Audio Production Schools in Brookline, MA
Prospective audio production students can choose from among several programs in the Brookline area, including the ones offered by the three schools featured below. In addition to the program summaries, this resource includes a comparison table with essential school information and a brief overview of other area colleges that provide training in audio production.
- The Bay State College offers a bachelor's in entertainment management with an audio production concentration at its Boston, MA, campus, which is roughly four miles from downtown Brookline.
- Emerson College, located less than four miles away from Brookline's downtown, offers two closely related bachelor's degree programs in sound design and audio post-production.
- The Berklee College of Music in Boston is just a little over two miles away from downtown Brookline and offers five certificate programs related to audio production.
Comparison of Schools
This table includes some key statistical and tuition information for Emerson College, the Berkelee College of Music and Bay State College.
|Bay State College||Emerson College||Berklee College of Music|
|School Type||4-year; private, for-profit||4-year; private, not-for-profit||4-year; private, not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2017)*||717||4,459||6,762|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city||Large city|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)*||$22,320||$44,832||$42,750|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)*||96%||76%||70%|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)*||44%||46%||53%|
|Retention Rate (2017)*||48% for full-time students; 35% for part-time students||88% for full-time students||84% for full-time students; 52% for part-time students|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (Students Beginning in 2011)*||30%||81%||64%|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Bay State College
Students of Bay's entertainment management audio production program receive training in studio operations, current recording technologies, audio theory and music production. Instruction takes place through a variety of hands-on exercises, in-class lectures and internships at some of the top recording studios in New England.
Bachelor's Degree in Entertainment Management - Audio Production Concentration
The audio production bachelor's program consists of preparing students for careers in aspects of the audio field, recording, sound design and microphone techniques. Students will develop their critical and creative thinking skills as they study the technical, artistic and scientific perspectives of audio production and post-production in a variety of entertainment venue, studio, corporate and entrepreneurial settings. Admission requirements include a high school diploma or GED and an interview.
Emerson doesn't offer a certificate in audio production, but it does provide students with the opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree in sound design and audio post-production. Prospective students can choose between a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program. The programs are nearly identical and focus on producing soundtracks for film, video and other types of digital media.
Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sound Design/Audio Post-Production
Undergraduates in the BA and BFA programs complete 44 and 60 credits of major coursework respectively. In addition to taking more courses, BFA students also participate in two advanced visual and media arts workshops. Participation in the workshops is optional for BA students.
Students in either degree program must take courses in the history of media art, media criticism and advanced sound design. To apply to either program, students must submit high school transcripts, a school report, a teacher evaluation and SAT or ACT scores.
Berklee College of Music
All 15 certificate programs related to audio production at Berklee are only available online through the college's extension school. Interested students can enroll in one of the below programs or one of ten others that look at audio production in live situations and for game usage. These are for-credit programs that begin in the Fall, Spring, Winter or Summer terms. Enrollment and payment also happens online.
Certificate in Advanced Music Production
This 5-course certificate program teaches students how to turn a desktop computer into a virtual recording studio, create professional-sounding music at home and conduct audio mastering techniques. Students should be able to produce a high-quality master recording at home by the end of the short program.
Advanced Professional Certificate in Music Production Using Pro Tools
This program's eight courses focus on developing critical listening skills and providing students with the foundations of using Pro Tools to record, mix and produce music. Students also learn how to set up a studio and monitor technical equipment. Five of the courses are required courses, while three are electives.
Professional Certificate in Electronic Music Production and Sound Design
This 9-course program teaches students the foundations of using a home computer to sample, sequence, remix and produce electronic music and sound. Students learn everything needed to create a fully-functioning electronic sound studio at home, in addition to composing music and arranging instruments in a variety of musical styles.
Professional Certificate in Pro Tools
This program includes the four courses that look at Avid's Pro Tools. Two courses are specific to Pro Tools, while the other two courses look at mixing and mastering with Avid's Pro Tools.
Master Certificate in Music Production and Technology
The music production and technology master certificate is the most comprehensive program offered by this online school. The 36-credit program includes courses in desktop production, theory, mixing, sampling and working with different types of recording software and hardware technology. Graduates of this program can expect to be prepared for entry-level positions in the recording industry.
Other School Options
A bachelor's degree in communications with a concentration in radio broadcasting/audio production is available at Curry College in Milton, located about eight miles south of Brookline.