Audio Production Career Training in NY with Degree Options

Jan 25, 2019

Research audio production programs in New York, which currently has limited program offerings. Read an overview of one school's certificate program and get some quick facts for this school to see if the program is right for you.

New York Career Training in Audio Production

New York students interested in learning about audio production have limited school option; however, one school does offer training appropriate for beginners or for those with prior experience. Learn about the curriculum, studio work, electives and performance options. The table following this article provides additional school information.

  • Jamestown Community College is located in Jamestown, NY, in the western portion of the state. This school offers a certificate in digital audio production.

School Facts: At a Glance

Even when the options are slim, students may still want to check out school details after looking over the program. The table below outlines the tuition, enrollment and graduation data.

Jamestown Community College
School Type 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 4,463*
Campus Setting Remote town
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $5,670 (in-state)*
$10,420 (out-of-state)*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 90%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 100% (open admissions)*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 56% for full-time students*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (students began studies in Fall 2014) 35%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Jamestown Community College

Jamestown Community College began in 1950 as one of the first community colleges in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. With a student-faculty ratio of 15:1, the college offers vocational training, alongside programs in liberal arts and humanities. JCC features 2-year associate degree programs and shorter certificate offerings.

Certificate in Digital Audio Production

Students in the digital audio production certificate program at JCC are trained in technological and artistic aspects of the field. They also must complete nine credit hours of general education courses, including a writing class and a social science elective. The program is designed for students seeking entry-level positions in audio production, as well as professionals in search of additional training.

Core music and recording courses make up 22-23 credit hours of this program. These include a music theory course, which teaches students to read and write music, and a group piano class. Students have numerous opportunities to use the school's digital and audio studios, becoming familiar with software, synthesizers and other technology through hands-on experience. A seminar class provides further studio time, through which students can develop their own independent projects.

Classes in music appreciation and the history of rock & roll are offered as electives. Music ensemble classes are also offered; these are strongly recommended for students who plan to transfer to an associate's or bachelor's degree program in audio production. Ensembles include choral, rock and jazz groups, a concert band and an orchestra.

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