Top Recording Arts Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Find out more about top-ranked schools offering recording arts programs. See schools' program, ranking and location information to see if one of these schools is right for you.

To have a high-quality recording arts program, a school must have high-quality facilities and education, as well as offer graduate options. Take a look below at some of nation's leading programs in audio technology.

School Overviews

Recording arts is the field of study dealing with capturing the production of music and other audio material. Recording arts programs are sometimes offered at private art schools, but our focus here is on accredited 4-year college and universities. These national universities are ranked as some of the best U.S. schools and colleges with recording arts programs, as noted on their websites.

Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD

School Highlight: Students in the Recording Arts and Sciences degree program receive extensive practical experience, culminating in internships with local radio, television, and recording companies.

The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University offers recording arts programs at the undergraduate and graduate degree level. At the undergraduate level, students can pursue a Bachelor of Music in Recording Arts and Sciences. At the graduate level, a Master of Arts in Audio Sciences is available.

Indiana University in Bloomington, IN

School Highlight: This program only admits 15 new students each year.

The Department of Recording Arts at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music offers two undergraduate options for students interested in a career in recording arts. The Associate of Science in Recording Arts from Indiana is a 5-semester program designed to be completed as a post-grad technical degree or alongside a bachelor's degree in a related area. The Bachelor of Science in Recording Arts is designed for individuals interested in a career in audio post-production and music recording for television and film, CD and DVD, and live shows.

American University in Washington, D.C.

School Highlight: Offers bachelor's and master's degree and graduate certificate programs in recording arts fields, with access to two recording studios, an editing suite, a fully equipped live studio and a performing arts theater.

The audio technology program at American University seeks to combine the technical and artistic elements of audio/sound production. In addition to having a range of educational options and prime facilities, the program is also connected with other school departments, such as computer science, that provide students with practical experience and the ability to branch out into other areas of the field.

Top Recording Arts Schools

The following schools have recording arts programs with first-rate facilities.

  • Michigan Technological University in Houghton, MI, has facilities that include music technology and listening labs; electronic audio, music and video studios; plus an electronic library and virtual reality lab.
  • The University of Colorado, located in Denver, CO, offers degree options like B.S. in Music with a recording arts emphasis and a M.S. in Recording Arts.

John Hopkins University, Indiana University, and American University are three of the top national schools with exceptional recording arts programs. These colleges, along with Michigan Technological University and the University of Colorado, provide students with top-of-the-line studio equipment and academics.


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