Audio Technology Schools, Colleges and Universities

Audio technician programs may be called audiovisual communications or audiovisual production in many schools. These programs help students develop expertise in broadcasting, radio and film technology. While audiovisual communications programs most often offer associate's or bachelor's degrees, some certificate programs may be available.

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A certificate, associate's or bachelor's degree can be pursued while studying to be an audio technician. Program lengths and costs vary, and some schools offer the option of transferring to another institution to complete a degree.

Schools with Audio Technician Programs

The following colleges offer programs for those interested in a career as an audio technician.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)
Bossier Parish Community College Bossier City, LA 2-year, Public Certificate In-state, $4,070; Out-of-state, $8,580
College of the Ozarks Point Lookout, MO 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's $18,730
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Cincinnati, OH 2-year, Public Associate's In-state, $3,825; Out-of-state, $7,393
Edmonds Community College Lynnwood, WA 2-year, Public Certificate In-state, $3,758; Out-of-state, $9,096
Jamestown Community College Jamestown, NY 2-year, Public Certificate In-state, $5,360; Out-of-state, $9,880
Montgomery College Rockville, MD 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-district, $4,728; In-state, $9,156; Out-of-state, $12,432
New England School of Communications at Husson University Bangor, ME 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's $16,585
Northeast Community College Norfolk, NE 2-year, Public Associate's In-state, $3,165; Out-of-state, $4,215
Webster University St. Louis, MO 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's $25,500

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES); School websites

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School Selection Criteria

Potential students of audiovisual technology should first determine what level of degree they are interested in attaining. Some other considerations include:

  • Students may take courses or specialties with specific audio technician applications in fields like music production, theater, film or television.
  • Students should check to see that a targeted audio technology program offers students the ability to work with the latest audio technology software programs and equipment.
  • Some certificate and associate's programs can be transferred to another institute to complete further studies.
  • There are a number of public and private schools, and program costs vary widely based on the type of school and location, so prospective students should consider their financing when choosing a program.

Audio Technology Certificate

An audio technology certificate can typically be completed in less than one year.

Audio Technology Associate's

Associate's degrees require two years of full-time postsecondary study. Some schools offer the option of transferring to another institute to complete a bachelor's degree.

Audio Technology Bachelor's

A bachelor's degree in audio technology involves four years of postsecondary study. With a bachelor's degree it's also possible to consider further studies to teach in this field at the postsecondary level.

There are a number of schools that offer certificates, associate's degrees and bachelor's degrees for aspiring audio technicians. When choosing a school, prospective students may want to check the audio equipment available at the school and whether specialty areas are offered in the program.

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