South Carolina students interested in pursuing a career in audio production can find certificate, associate's degree, and bachelor's degree programs in the field. Recording projects are included in some programs, and students earning a degree will take general education classes in addition to major courses. Some schools provide leads for new audio production professionals to find employment following graduation. Study abroad opportunities and evening and weekend classes may also be available.
Below are overviews of four schools in South Carolina that offer programs in or related to audio production, plus a comparison table showing programs and tuition info.
Clemson University in Clemson offers a bachelor's degree in production studies with an emphasis in audio technology. Courses include music theory, sound reinforcement, aural skills, audio engineering and acoustics of music. Students also participate in performing arts and audio technology practicums, internships and production workshops. Undergraduates produce a CD as their senior capstone project. To assist with hands-on learning, the university offers a recording control room, a digital media lab and opportunities for professional audio engineering work.
Midlands Technical College
West Columbia's Midlands Technical College is a public school that serves more than 12,000 students. The college's certificate program in audio engineering includes courses in digital music and live sound production, recording and mixing tools, music business and studio recording. All classes are held at the Midlands Audio Institute, so participants get live demonstrations and have opportunities for personal time with studio equipment. Additionally, some courses require students to complete recording projects.
Trident Technical College
Trident Technical College, located in Charleston, has associate degree and certificate programs in film production that teach students the basics of audio production along with other relevant skills. The 40-credit-hour certificate program covers pre- and post-production, lighting, photography, editing, set construction, and audio techniques. A six-credit film production practicum is required. Undergraduates in the 73-credit-hour associate's degree program build on that knowledge with training in videography, computer concepts, animation production, media business, and sound for picture. Students receive hands-on training with film equipment and may be able to participate in professional film projects.
University of South Carolina - Columbia
Students at the University of South Carolina's Columbia campus can pursue a bachelor's degree program in music. In addition to general music education and performance courses, undergraduates can study audio recording techniques, use of sound in media, studio techniques, and digital audio. Independent study in audio technology is available for majors. AP and dual credits may be applied toward some degree requirements, and the university offers study abroad programs and weekend/evening classes.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Audio Production Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|Clemson University||4-year; public; large suburb||Bachelor of Arts in Production Studies in Performing Arts with a concentration in Audio Technology||$14,272 (in-state); $33,190 (out-of-state)*|
|Midlands Technical College||2-year; public; large suburb||Audio Engineering Certificate||$3,988 (in-district); $4,924 (in-state); $11,524 (out-of-state)*|
|Trident Technical College||2-year; public; small city|| Certificate in Applied Science in Film Production,
Associate in Applied Science Media Arts Production with a career path in Film Production
|$4,039 (in-district); $4,481 (in-state); $7,645 (out-of-state)*|
|University of South Carolina - Columbia||4-year; public; midsize city||Bachelor of Arts in Music||$11,482 (in-state); $30,298 (out-of-state)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator