Charlotte Audio Production Schools
A professional in audio production can go into many career directions, from technical work in radio, TV, film or theater, to studio production and publishing in the recording industry. Students may pursue audio production training through broadcasting and production programs. While there are no schools in Charlotte that provide programs strictly focused on audio production, there are a couple of institutions within a 50-minute drive of the city center. Read about their program coursework and cooperative experience requirements, and check out the table of school stats.
- Gaston College offers certificate, diploma and associate's degree programs related to the audio production field. The campus is around 24 miles from central Charlotte.
- Located about 42 miles from Charlotte's downtown area, Cleveland Community College has an associate's degree and diploma available in broadcasting.
Comparison of Schools
If you're ready to learn more about these profiled schools, take a glance at this table to get information on tuition costs, campus environments, graduation rates and more.
|Gaston College||Cleveland Community College|
|School Type||Two-year; public||Two-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||5,172*||2,700*|
|Campus Setting||Midsize suburb||Fringe town|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$2,704 in-state; $8,848 out-of-state*||$2,526 in-state; $8,670 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2017)||67%*||77%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - open admissions*||N/A - open admissions*|
|Retention Rate (2017)||69% of full-time students; 40% of part-time students*||66% of full-time students; 34% of part-time students*|
|Graduation Rate (for those who began their studies in 2014)||30%; 18% transfer out*||21%; 20% transfer out*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics.
Gaston College is part of the North Carolina Community College System and offers several broadcasting and production programs through its Liberal Arts and Sciences Division. Students have the option of pursuing certificate, diploma or degree programs. The school also boasts a local radio station and a state-of-the-art recording studio.
Broadcasting and Production Technology - Audio Production Certificate
The audio production certificate program consists of 14 credits. Students take courses in broadcast speech, audio/radio production, radio performance and multi-track recording.
Broadcasting and Production Technology - Audio and Video Production Certificate
Students who enroll in the audio and video production certificate program must earn 16 credits. Course requirements in this program include audio/radio production, video/TV production and radio/TV performance.
Broadcasting and Production Technology Diploma
The 41-credit broadcasting diploma program consists of general education requirements along with production courses. Students have an opportunity to learn about broadcast sales, writing and laws and ethics. Audio courses include audio/radio production, radio performance and multi-track recording. This program also includes a co-op work experience opportunity.
Associate in Applied Science in Broadcast and Production Technology
The Associate in Applied Science in Broadcast and Production Technology requires the completion of 68 credits. While students complete the same courses offered in the diploma program, electives provide education and training options in photography, management, programming and journalism. Co-op experiences can be completed at local radio stations, production companies, theater productions, live event production companies and cable network companies.
Cleveland Community College
Cleveland Community College offers broadcasting and production technology training through a diploma program and associate's degree program.
Broadcast and Production Technology Diploma
This diploma program consists of 40 credits and combines academic coursework with hands-on experience. Courses include TV systems, video/TV production and audio/radio production. Students can complete the program over the course of two semesters plus one summer session.
Associate of Applied Science in Broadcast and Production Technology
This associate's degree program covers all aspects of broadcasting and can prepare students for careers in broadcasting, radio production and audio production. Students are required to complete 70-71 credits, which can be done in five semesters. In addition to courses covering topics in audio and video production, students are also required to complete a co-op experience.