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
|Valencia College||Orlando, FL||4-year, Public||Associate's|| $2,474 in-state
|University of Michigan - Ann Arbor||Ann Arbor, MI||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's|| Undergraduate: $13,856 in-state
Graduate: $20,966 in-state
|New York University||New York, NY||4-year, Private||Certificate, Bachelor's, Master's|| Undergraduate: $47,750
|Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis||Indianapolis, IN||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's|| Undergraduate: $9,056 in-state
Graduate: $9,183 in-state
|Western Michigan University||Kalamazoo, MI||4-year, Public||Bachelor's|| $11,029 in-state
|Syracuse University||Syracuse, NY||4-year, Private||Bachelor's, Master's|| Undergraduate: $43,318
|University of Central Oklahoma||Edmond, OK||4-year, Public||Associate's|| $6,096 in-state
|Montana State University||Bozeman, MT||4-year, Public||Bachelor's|| $6,849 in-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.
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.
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 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.