Audio Production Certificate Programs in Phoenix with Course Info

Sep 15, 2018

There are three schools in the Phoenix, Arizona, area that have audio production certificate programs. Read an overview of the programs, requirements and admission info at these three schools, all within 20 miles of downtown, and find out which school is the right one for you.

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Phoenix Schools with Audio Production Certificate Programs

All three of these schools are public institutions that offer certificate programs related to audio production. They are all within a 25-minute drive of downtown Phoenix. This article profiles the schools and the certificate programs they offer. Additionally, it includes a table of information about the schools, such as type, size, tuition and graduation rates.

  • Out of the three schools on this list, Mesa Community College has the largest student enrollment and offers a certificate program for students interested in audio production and technology. This school is about 17 miles from the city center.
  • Another option is Phoenix College, which is only three miles from downtown Phoenix and offers a certificate in audio production technologies.
  • Students who are looking for a smaller school setting can enroll at Paradise Valley Community College, which has a certificate in audio production technologies. It is about 17 miles from downtown Phoenix.

Comparison of Schools

By referring to the following table, prospective students can see how these schools compare in several important areas. This information may help them make a sound choice regarding their education.

Mesa Community College Phoenix College Paradise Valley Community College
School Type Two-year; public Two-year; public Two-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 20,424* 11,428* 8,447*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $2,094 for in-state students
$7,878 for out-of-state students*
$2,094 for in-state students
$7,878 for out-of-state students*
$2,094 for in-state students
$7,878 for out-of-state students*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 66%* 74%* 56%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - open admission policy* N/A - open admission policy* N/A - open admission policy*
Retention Rate (2017) 64% full-time students
42% part-time students*
63% full-time students
42% part-time students*
73% full-time students
45% part-time students*
Graduation Rate (for those who began their studies in 2014) 16% (26% transfer-out rate)* 18% (27% transfer-out rate)* 22% (33% transfer-out rate)*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

Mesa Community College

Students in the audio technologies production program can pursue a certificate or associate's degree. Learners get opportunities to operate audio equipment at live music events and recording sessions.

Certificate of Completion in Audio Production Technologies

Students in this certificate program are required to earn a total of 37-38 credits. Courses cover music theory, electronic music, aural perception and studio recording. Students who complete the program also gain instruction and experience using Pro Tools audio software. Towards the end of the program, students are required to take part in a music internship, which can provide professional experience working with recording technologies. All of the courses in the certificate program can be used towards an associate's degree if a student wishes to complete the general education courses required for the degree.

Phoenix College

The program at Phoenix College can prepare students for employment in the commercial music industry. Students have access to studios that can provide hands-on experience using audio technology for recording and mixing. Upon completion of the certificate program, students can transition to the associate's degree program in audio production technologies if they choose.

Certificate of Completion in Audio Production Technologies

Students must complete 36-40 credits to earn the certificate. Courses cover music business, music theory and aural perception. The two digital audio workstation courses give students a chance to learn about audio software programs and how to manage files and troubleshoot issues within the programs. An internship is also required, giving students an opportunity to connect with the music industry and gain professional experience.

Paradise Valley Community College

This school can provide students with a general understanding of the music industry and help them transition into an audio production career through its certificate program in audio production technologies.

Certificate of Completion in Audio Production Technologies

This program consists of 36-40 credits and gives students a chance to learn about audio equipment commonly used in the recording industry. Students get to participate in multiple labs, allowing them to get hands-on experience with actual recording equipment and recording programs like Pro Tools. Required courses include live sound reinforcement, studio music recording and computer literacy for musicians. The program requires a music internship as well.

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