Audio Production Degrees in Atlanta, GA with Course Summaries

The Atlanta, GA, area has three schools that offer audio production-related programs. Learn about the programs, admission info and program requirements for these schools, none more than 20 miles from downtown, and make an informed education decision.

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Atlanta Schools for Audio Production Degrees

Atlanta has a few schools for individuals who want to learn about audio production; however, programs are typically found under alternative titles while still containing relevant classes. This article looks at two schools in downtown Atlanta and another just 30 minutes away that offer these programs at several levels. The article also includes a table of information about the schools, such as enrollment and tuition, which prospective students can refer to when weighing their options.

  • Those wanting to attend a public university at the heart of downtown Atlanta can find a bachelor's program in music technology at Georgia State University.
  • Also located in the downtown vicinity, just two miles from the city center, is Georgia Institute of Technology . Georgia Tech may be an ideal option for students wanting to earn either undergraduate or graduate degrees in music technology, since it has both bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs. It also offers a certificate program in music and allows undergraduates to minor in music.
  • In the suburb of Marietta, about 19 miles from downtown Atlanta, Chattahoochee Technical College offers an associate's program in television production technology that features courses in audio production techniques.

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Comparison of Schools

When choosing a school, individuals should look at many factors. The following table lists important facts about these three institutions in a format that makes it easy to compare them.

Georgia State University Georgia Institute of Technology Chattahoochee Technical College
School Type Public, 4-year university Public, 4-year institute Public, 2-year technical college
Total Enrollment (Fall 2014) 32,556* 23,109* 9,942*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large suburb
Annual Tuition and Fees (2015-2016) $8,974 in-state, $23,542 out-of-state* $12,204 in-state, $32,396 out-of-state* $2,682 in-state, $4,818 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid (2013-2014) 92%* 74%* 89%*
Acceptance Rate (Fall 2014) 59%* 33%* N/A- Open Admissions
Retention Rate (2013-2014) 81% full-time, 57% part-time* 96% full-time, 25% part-time* 51% full-time, 43% part-time*
Graduation Rate 53% (students who began in 2008)* 82% (students who began in 2008)* 6% (students who began in 2011)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Georgia State University

GSU students can choose from more than 250 bachelor's, master's and doctorate degree programs in more than 100 disciplines. The university is comprised of eight main schools and colleges that are further divided into departments and schools. The College of Arts and Sciences houses the School of Music, where students interested in audio production can earn bachelor's degrees in music technology.

Bachelor of Music in Music Technology

In addition to applying to GSU, students must also apply to the School of Music in order to enter this bachelor's program. All applicants must complete an audition. The music technology concentration comprises classes relevant to audio production; however, students must also complete 21 credits in music performance classes, 16 credits in theory/composition and 3 credits in music history/literature. The 33 credits of music technology courses include sound recording, audio production processes and audio technology. Students must also complete a practicum and internship to complete this program.

Georgia Institute of Technology

Georgia Tech is made up of six main colleges that are further divided into smaller schools and departments. The College of Architecture is divided into five research centers and five schools, including the School of Music.

Certificate in Fine Arts in Music

To earn this certificate, students must complete 13 credits; however, students should note that four credits of performance-related courses are required. Students also complete three required courses that cover the uses of electronic music systems, music composition and music principles. Students may also choose up to two credits of elective coursework; options may cover audio production computer programs or audio design.

Minor in Music Technology

Students can earn a minor in music technology by completing 15 credits. To gain admission into the minor program, students must first complete one semester of college-level coursework. Students may learn about the history of electronic music systems, music literacy and computer programs for audio production.

Bachelor of Science in Music Technology

This 4-year program instructs students on mastering current music recording technology and hands them the tools to innovate and create the technology of the future. Students are required to complete 122 hours of a curriculum that includes instruction on audio technology, recording and mixing. Also offered with this program are concentrations in both mechanical engineering in music technology or electrical and computer engineering.

Master of Science in Music Technology

This 2-year program requires students to have bachelor's degrees in a field related to music, engineering or computers and prove their musical expertise. Students can choose between the project track and thesis track. In the project option, students must complete 36 credits of coursework and 12 credits of research leading to a project. Students in the thesis option complete 30 credits of coursework, 12 credits of research and six credits of thesis work. In both tracks, students may learn about the history of electronic computer music, music cognition and digital audio production.

Doctor of Philosophy in Music Technology

Students applying to this program must have master's degrees in music technology or a related field and acceptable GRE scores. They must also submit portfolios and complete interviews in order to demonstrate their music technology skills. In this 4-year program, students spend the first two years completing classes that cover topics such as audio signals, audio production computer programs and music information retrieval. The second year concludes with a comprehensive exam. In the third year, students may learn research methods and complete teaching practicums as well as qualifying papers, comprehensive exams and dissertation proposals. Students continue working on their dissertations in the fourth year and conclude the program by presenting and defending their dissertations.

Chattahoochee Technical College

CTC is part of the Technical College System of Georgia. It has two campuses in Marietta in addition to six other campuses around Georgia. The Mountain View campus in Marietta is where the associate's program in television production technology is located.

Associate of Applied Science in Television Production Technology

This program is designed for those who want to obtain entry-level positions in the various divisions of television production, including audio production. Students must earn 65 credits to complete this program. All students must complete core classes that cover topics such as audio and film production processes, broadcast writing and computer graphics. Students also choose three electives, which may include an internship, mass communication and production appearance.

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