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
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.