Audio Production Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Audio production courses prepare students for a variety of careers, including work in the music recording, film, television, live theater and computer gaming industries. Degrees are often interdisciplinary, combining audio production with music, recording arts or audio technology.

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You can find education in audio production from the certificate level up to an advanced degree from public and private institutions.

10 Schools for Audio Production

The following is a list of 10 schools that offer audio production programs.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)*
University of Texas Austin, TX 4-year, Public Bachelor's $9,806 in-state
$34,676 out-of-state
Valencia College Orlando, FL 4-year, Public Associate's $2,474 in-state
$9,383 out-of-state
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's Undergraduate: $13,856 in-state
$43,476 out-of-state
Graduate: $20,966 in-state
$42,016 out-of-state
New York University New York, NY 4-year, Private Certificate, Bachelor's, Master's Undergraduate: $47,750
Graduate: $40,984
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's Undergraduate: $9,056 in-state
$29,774 out-of-state
Graduate: $9,183 in-state
$24,032 out-of-state
Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI 4-year, Public Bachelor's $11,029 in-state
$25,713 out-of-state
Syracuse University Syracuse, NY 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's Undergraduate: $43,318
Graduate: $34,500
University of Central Oklahoma Edmond, OK 4-year, Public Associate's $6,096 in-state
$14,972 out-of-state
Montana State University Bozeman, MT 4-year, Public Bachelor's $6,849 in-state
$22,081 out-of-state
University of Denver Denver, CO 4-year, Private Bachelor's $44,178

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, Schools' websites

School Selection Criteria

Many schools offer some type of audio production program. Here are some factors to keep in mind when selecting a school:

  • There are several levels of degrees you can choose from in audio production, including certificate, associate's, bachelor's and master's.
  • Consider schools that incorporate contemporary recording suites and state-of-the-art software packages in their programs.
  • Find out which school has the best internship connections with local studios, venues, radio and TV stations.

Certificate Programs

In certificate programs, students often take an assignment from pre- to post-production, using technology like microphones and mixing boards. During the course of study, students gain a broad understanding of audio production, including recording, mixing, editing and more.

Associate's Degree

An associate's degree in audio production generally takes two years and some schools offer a transfer option for those who wish to continue on to a bachelor's degree. The associate's curriculum blends theory and applied learning by using professional audio production equipment, and some general education credits are required as well.

Bachelor's Degree

Bachelor of Science students explore the physics of sound and the technology for processing it through classes like acoustics, audio recording, audio mixing and technical project management. Curriculum emphasizes music theory and its applications through classes in musical arrangement and sound design.

While you're planning your future in audio production, consider how much time you want to spend in school and the amount of money you'd like to spend in the process in order to make the best decision.

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