Music production programs may be found at recording schools, art schools, community colleges and universities. They are typically offered at the undergraduate level, incorporating technical and business curricula.
10 Schools with Music Production Programs
The following schools have undergraduate and/or graduate programs for music or audio production.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)*|
|Spokane Falls Community College||Spokane, WA||2-year, Public||Associate's, Certificate||$3,388 (in-state)
|The Art Institute of Austin||Austin, TX||4-year, Private for-profit||Bachelor's||$17,664|
|American University||Washington, D.C.||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's, Master's, Graduate Certificate||$43,103 (undergrad)|
|Scottsdale Community College||Scottsdale, AZ||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$2,046 (in-state)
|SAE Institute of Technology-Atlanta||Atlanta, GA||2-year, Private||Diploma, Associate's||$22,400|
|Academy of Art University||San Francisco, CA||4-year, Private for-profit||Associate, Bachelor's, Master's||$20,340 (undergrad)|
|IPR College of Creative Arts||Minneapolis, MN||4-year, Private||Associate||$16,560|
|Daytona State College||Daytona Beach, FL||4-year, Public||Associate||$3,282 (in-state)
|Washtenaw Community College||Ann Arbor, MI||2-year, Public||Certificate||$3,816 (in-state)
|Hennepin Technical College||Brooklyn Park, MN||2-year, Public||Diploma, Associate||$5,159|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
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College Selection Criteria
Consider the following factors when deciding on a music production program that suits you.
- Individuals may want to seek recording arts programs that include courses in sound engineering, as well as business and communications.
- Prospective students must choose a program based on their career goals, as different degrees of study are available. Bachelor's degree programs may offer more coursework geared towards those interested in managerial positions than associate's-level programs.
- Aspiring music producers want to look for schools that provide access to the newest audio equipment and computer software, in addition to internship opportunities.
Associate's Degree in Music Production
Coursework in associate's degree programs focuses on the technical skills involved in audio production. Classes in business management and copyright law are typically included. Students complete general education requirements as well. Some programs allow students to earn credit from internships, and programs may culminate in the student creating a portfolio. It takes two years to complete most associate's degree programs, but some programs are offered on an accelerated schedule that allows full-time students to finish in one year. Core courses could include audio production for visual media, music production techniques, and music theory.
Bachelor's Degree in Music Production
Bachelor's degree programs offer many of the same technical courses that associate's degree programs do, but usually offer more opportunities to develop a specialty or to take advanced production courses. Prospective music producers may complete an internship and capstone project. A 4-year degree program explores concepts in sound synthesis, studio techniques, studio management, harmony, and form and analysis.
Certificates, diplomas, associate degrees, and bachelor's degrees in audio/music production are offered by colleges all around the county, and some even have master's programs, so whichever you choose should depend on how far you want to take your education. Schools that also provide business classes and internships would be best.