Recording arts career training in Georgia is primarily found in bachelor's and master's programs, but a doctoral program and minor are also available. Students in these programs could be required to complete a thesis, internship or final project. Admission requirements vary, but an audition or portfolio might be needed. Some programs, particularly at the graduate level, require previous musical and/or engineering experience. Georgia programs that prepare students for recording arts careers are summarized below.
Georgia Institute of Technology
Also known as Georgia Tech, this Atlanta school offers a Master of Science in Music Technology. This 2-year program prepares students for positions in audio design and development using the latest technology. In addition to courses in music recording, mixing, multimedia production and post-production, this degree program requires students to take a minimum of twelve credit hours of research. Students may choose either a project or thesis track.
Applicants must have a degree in music, engineering, computer science or a related field and must be able to demonstrate their skills in music as well as programming or engineering. Admission to the program also requires an interview and portfolio examination. Students who complete this master's program or who have an appropriate background can apply to the Doctor of Philosophy in Music Technology program at Georgia Tech.
Georgia Southern University
Located in Statesboro, Georgia Southern University offers a Master of Music with a concentration in music technology that focuses on digital audio tools, sound design and contemporary music. Specific course topics include digital audio montage, interactive media, advanced MIDI sequencing and the relationship of music, technology and contemporary culture. To be considered for admission, students must have earned a bachelor's degree in music and present a portfolio with previous work in music technology. Graduate assistantships are available. Georgia Southern also offers a minor in music technology in which undergraduate students learn to create, record, mix and produce music using the latest technology.
Georgia State University
Georgia State University, which is in Atlanta, offers a Bachelor of Music in Music Technology. Designed to train students for careers in audio engineering and music technology, this program features a curriculum that emphasizes technical abilities as well as the development of artistic skills. Along with a required audition, students applying for this program need to have prior experience and strength in reading and performing music.
Savannah College of Art and Design
Savannah College of Art and Design is located in Savannah. This private college offers both bachelor's and master's degree programs in sound design that prepare graduates for careers in sound editing, production, mixing and sound design. Students in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program complete 180 hours of study, with coursework ranging from sound synthesis and desktop audio to music for motion pictures and voice in cinema. The 90-credit hour Master of Fine Arts in Sound Design includes coursework in audio systems engineering, film and digital media production technology and audio signal processing. Students participate in an internship and present a thesis.
The college also offers a 45-credit hour Master of Arts program in sound design that includes coursework in sound design resources and analysis, music theory for sound designers and contemporary art. Students in this program complete a final project and participate in a seminar in which they critique each other's work and keep abreast of industry developments.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Recording Arts Degrees Offered||Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Georgia Institute of Technology||4-year, public; large city|| Master of Science in Music Technology,
Doctor of Philosophy in Music Technology
| $13,788 tuition, $2,010 fee (in-state);
$28,568 tuition, $2,010 fee (out-of-state) (graduate)*
|Georgia Southern University||4-year, public; remote town|| Minor in music technology,
Master of Music
|$6,356 in-state, $17,142 out-of-state (undergraduate)*|
|Georgia State University||4-year, public; large city||Bachelor of Music in Music Technology||$9,112 in-state, $23,971 out-of-state (undergraduate)*|
|Savannah College of Art and Design||4-year, private, not for profit; mid-size city|| Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sound Design,
Master of Arts in Sound Design,
Master of Fine Arts in Sound Design
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics, College Navigator