Audio production programs often incorporate studies in music production technology, recording engineering, and digital media. There are many colleges and universities in Florida offering programs in audio production and related fields. Such programs lead to the award of certificates, associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Some programs, in addition to classroom instruction, provide students with an internship opportunity.
Read below about 10 of the largest traditional institutions with audio production certificate and degree programs.
Broward College, located in downtown Fort Lauderdale, offers a certificate program in music production technology and an Associate of Science (A.S.) degree program in music technology. The 15-credit certificate program prepares students for entry-level roles in sound and recording technology and covers digital audio, MIDI systems and recording studio procedures. Students completing the A.S. degree program in music technology also earn the certificate. The 5-semester degree program focuses on music performance and prepares graduates to work as audio technicians, theater sound technicians and music producers. The curriculum includes musical instrumentation in piano and voice, as well as a music marketing class, a music production project and an internship.
Daytona State College
Located in Daytona Beach, the facilities at Daytona State College include a recording studio that's digitally linked to 2 live performance theaters in the News-Journal Center in Daytona. A 15-credit certificate program in audio and recording technology includes courses in audio engineering and audio labs, as well as applied music classes in piano. The A.S. program in music production technology prepares students for careers in audio production, recording engineering and audio technology. It includes the same coursework as the certificate program, with the addition of general education requirements and classes in sound reinforcement, soundtrack development, studio production and audio post-production. Electives are available in acoustics and psychoacoustics, electrical circuits and live recording techniques.
Florida International University
Florida International University in Miami offers a Bachelor of Music degree and a Master of Music degree. Each program offers a track in music technology through the university's School of Music. These programs are designed for those with musical experience who wish to pursue careers in audio technology. The school's facilities include 2 state-of-the-art music technology studios. A voice or instrumental audition is required for admission to the bachelor's program, and a portfolio is required for admission to the master's program.
The undergraduate curriculum includes courses in electronic music, MIDI technology, and computer science electives. Undergraduates must also complete a senior thesis prior to graduation. The 36-credit graduate program requires students to complete a summer internship at a music technology company. They must also complete a master's thesis project and pass an oral exam to graduate.
Florida State College at Jacksonville
Florida State College in Jacksonville offers an A.S. degree program in digital media and multimedia technology. The program focuses heavily on computer graphics and design, but there are courses available in digital production and streaming as well as recording techniques. The latter covers recording vocals and instrumentals, recording equipment and mixing down recordings. Program participants must complete an internship and create a portfolio. The college has a professional-quality audio and video recording studio on campus.
Gulf Coast State College
Gulf Coast State College, located in the state's panhandle in Panama City, features a new degree in theater and entertainment technology. The degree program includes 3 distinct certificates in the fields of stage technology, audio technology and multimedia video production.
The associate's degree program prepares graduates to work as recording technicians, sound technicians, and audio editors. In addition to general education courses, students take audio production classes, such as sound recording and sound reinforcement. Students in the program have the opportunity to participate in recording and production for Boundless Sounds, the school's student-run recording label.
Miami Dade College
Miami Dade College, located in Miami, is the largest school in Florida and the second largest public university in the U.S. The university's School of Entertainment and Design Technology offers an A.S. degree program in music business with a track in creative production. Core courses include sound recording, MIDI electronic music, ear training, and piano, as well as a co-op experience. Students in the program are able to gain hands-on knowledge through the campus radio and television stations.
Northwest Florida State College
Northwest Florida State College is in Niceville, nestled near Choctawhatchee Bay in the panhandle of the state. The school's 15-credit certificate program in audio technology trains students in the recording arts with coursework in music technology, recording technology and multi-track mixdown. Those pursuing the 64-credit A.S. degree in music production technology earn the certificate as part of the degree program. In addition to the classes offered in the certificate program, students take acoustics, music theory classes, and general education courses. Students use recording facilities located at the school's Mattie Kelly Fine and Performing Arts Center, which boasts a 24-track recording studio and an acoustic performance hall.
St. Petersburg College
St. Petersburg College is located in Clearwater, just across the bay from Tampa. The A.S. degree program in music industry recording arts trains students to work in audio production, live sound reinforcement and post-production technology. The college facilities include a music technology lab and a professional-quality production suite. Required classes in the A.S. program cover music technology and recording techniques, acoustics, psychoacoustics and the music business. The program offers an optional production track with some coursework in audio mixing and critical listening, as well as 2 semesters of a sound engineering internship.
University of Central Florida
Located in Orlando, the University of Central Florida offers a Bachelor of Arts program in radio and television with a concentration in production through its School of Communication. The university has campus television and radio production facilities, where students can gain real-life experience during the program. Those interested in audio production can pursue a production track with an additional emphasis in audio. Program participants learn how to use studio and field production tools through audio, studio television and radio production classes. The completion of a practicum or internship is required.
Valencia College in Orlando offers a 15-credit technical certificate program in sound and music production with audio-visual production, which trains students in the use of audio technology, acoustics, and live sound operation. Credits from the program may be applied toward the sound and music technology associate's degree program. Required courses include audio production, live sound techniques, audio-visual production and MIDI electronic music.
The Valencia A.S. degree program in sound and music technology allows students to gain hands-on experience with the college's student-run recording label, FlatFoot Music. The A.S. program trains program participants in the technical studio and creative skills necessary for an audio production career through 3 program specializations. The sound technology specialization teaches students about the use of audio equipment, acoustics, audio master production and soundtrack production. A music performance and sound option teaches students about music business, music theory and performance. The audio engineering technology specialization covers the analysis and maintenance of digital and analog sound systems. Students who earn an A.S. degree with the audio engineering technology specialization can go on to earn a bachelor's degree in electrical and computer engineering technology at Valencia.
School Comparison Table
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Audio Production Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Broward College||4-year, primarily associate's, public; large suburb|| Certificate in Music Production Technology,
Associate of Science in Music Technology
|$2,830 in-state; $8,952 out-of-state*|
|Daytona State College||4-year, primarily associate's, public; small city|| Certificate in Audio and Recording Technology,
Associate of Science in Music Production Technology
|$3,104 in-state; $11,993 out-of-state*|
|Florida International University||4-year, public; large suburb|| Bachelor of Music (Music Technology Track),
Master of Music (Music Technology Track)
|$6,546 in-state; $18,954 out-of-state*|
|Florida State College at Jacksonville||4-year, primarily associate's, public; large city||Associate of Science in Digital Media and Multimedia Technology (Audio Production Concentration)||$2,878 in-state; $9,992 out-of-state*|
|Gulf Coast State College||4-year, primarily associate's, public; small city|| Audio Technology College Credit Certificate,
Associate of Science in Music Production Technology
|$2,370 in-state; $8,633 out-of-state*|
|Miami Dade College||4-year, primarily associate's, public; large city||Associate of Science in Music Business (Creative Production Option)||$2,838 in-state; $9,661 out-of-state*|
|Northwest Florida State College||4-year, primarily associate's, public; fringe rural|| Certificate in Audio Technology,
Associate in Science in Music Production Technology
|$3,133 in-state; $11,940 out-of-state*|
|St. Petersburg College||4-year, primarily associate's, public; small city||Associate of Science in Music Industry Recording Arts (Production Specialization)||$2,682 in-state; $9,286 out-of-state*|
|University of Central Florida||4-year, public; large suburb||Bachelor of Arts in Radio and Television (Production Track)||$6,368 in-state; $22,467 out-of-state*|
|Valencia College||4-year, primarily associate's, public; midsize city|| Certificate in Sound and Music Production - Audio-Visual Production,
Associate in Science in Sound and Music Technology (Sound Technology, Music Performance and Sound, Audio Engineering Technology Specializations)
|$2,474 in-state; $9,383 out-of-state*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.