Recording Arts Career Training in Dallas with Program Overviews

The Dallas area has three colleges that offer recording arts programs. Learn about the programs, admission info and program requirements for these schools, all within 35 miles of downtown, to make an informed education decision.

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Dallas Schools with Recording Arts Training Programs

Students interested in the recording arts can find appropriate courses within several types of programs, including those in audio production and recording technology. This article looks at three schools, none more than 40 minutes from downtown Dallas, and the relevant programs they offer. Information that could be important to prospective students, such as school size, tuition and the graduation rate, is included in a table at the end of the article.

  • MediaTech Institute, about 15 miles from the city center, offers a diploma in recording arts.
  • Also about 15 miles from downtown, Cedar Valley College features certificates and an associate's degree in recording technology.
  • Tarrant County College District is approximately 32 miles from Dallas and offers an audio production certificate.

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Comparison of Schools

The following table provides a look at some important factors to consider when choosing a school.

MediaTech Institute Cedar Valley College Tarrant County College District
School Type 2-year; private, for-profit 2-year; public 2-year; public
Total Enrollment (2014) 191* 6,759* 50,595*
Campus Setting Large suburb Rural Large city
Tuition & Fees (2015-2016) $24,000* $1,770 in-district, $3,330 in-state, $5,220 out-of-state* $1,320 in-district, $2,064 in-state, $4,920 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2014) 73%* 78%* 77%*
Acceptance Rate (2016) N/A - Open admissions N/A - Open admissions N/A - Open admissions
Retention Rate (2014) 96%, full-time students* 51%, full-time students; 37%, part-time students* 59%, full-time students; 48%, part-time students*
Graduation Rate (2014) 81%* 7% (34% transfer-out rate)* 10% (19% transfer-out rate)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

MediaTech Institute in Dallas

MediaTech Institute is a private, for-profit school designed to provide students with hands-on training in the fields of digital film and recording arts. Students may enroll in the recording arts program to learn how to record music and other commercial sounds, as well as develop an understanding of the business side of the music industry.

Recording Arts Diploma

This diploma program is 45 weeks in length and provides students with an understanding of audio recording equipment and operations. Students learn to set up audio equipment with various configurations to capture different sorts of sounds. Some of the required courses include audio engineering, studio techniques, music mixing and mastering, production and songwriting, post-production audio, live sound reinforcement, the business of music and business communications. Students in these courses may access seven different studios on campus, as well as a live sound facility and a remote recording truck. Real, hands-on experience is encouraged.

Cedar Valley College

Students enrolling at Cedar Valley College can pursue both academic and technical programs. The commercial music and recording technology department features five full-time and 17 adjunct faculty members. Opportunities are available to pursue two certificates and associate's degree in recording technology.

Recording Technology Certificate

Students can pursue a 1-year or 2-year recording technology certificate at Cedar Valley College. Both programs provide commercial musicians with recording skills, including mixing, production, session procedures and microphone selection. The 1-year certificate is 21 credits and covers topics in audio engineering, Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI), music business and recording techniques. Students in the 2-year program must complete 39 credits and take additional audio engineering courses.

Associate of Applied Science in Recording Technology

The Associate of Applied Science in Recording Technology is 60 credits and consists of general education requirements and core courses in the field. Students are required to complete coursework in music theory, audio engineering, piano, recording techniques, MIDI and music business. Two semesters of cooperative education in radio and television are part of the program. Students must also complete a jazz, woodwind, guitar, symphonic wind, vocal, brass and keyboard ensemble.

Tarrant County College

Tarrant County College offers over 70 areas of study in the fields of art, technology, business, communication, social services and more. While the school offers an associate's degree in radio, television and film, it also features certificates in video and audio production

Audio Production Certificate

Students pursuing the audio production certificate must complete core coursework and a practicum. In addition to two audio/radio production courses, students may also have an opportunity to complete courses in communication, studio/field production and television technology.

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