Audio Visual Technology Degree Programs

Find out about courses and degree programs designed to prepare you for a career in audiovisual technology, including whether online programs are available. Learn about job duties and skills required to be successful in this field. Schools offering Digital Media Production degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Degree Program Options Are Available in Audiovisual Technology?

Most audiovisual technology positions have no specific educational requirements, but experience is required. Earning an Associate of Science in Digital Media Technology or Media Systems Technology with a concentration in audiovisual technology can provide you with the practical, hands-on experience that can get you the job over someone without formal education. These programs typically take two years to complete.

A 4-year bachelor's degree in computer science, computer engineering, broadcast engineering or information sciences can also lead to a career in audiovisual technology. Prerequisites for these programs include only a high school diploma, but experience using audio or visual technology could also be useful. Determining your career goals and the length of time you'd like to commit to your education before entering the field is important when choosing an audiovisual degree program.

Program LevelsAssociate's degree
Common Course TopicsRecording, synthesizing and producing music, troubleshooting audiovisual equipment, digital sound editing, operating audiovisual equipment
Online AvailabilityNot generally available due to hands-on learning using recording technologies and electrical systems
Possible CareersAudio technician, broadcast technician, radio producer, music recorder or a video editor

What Will I Learn?

Associate's degree programs in audiovisual technology combine topics in electronics, broadcasting and how to operate the technical equipment used in film production and broadcasts. Programs in audio and video production cover courses more along the lines of film production--including how to shoot films, edit them and integrate music. In your classes, you may learn to use cameras, sound recording equipment and test microphones. You could learn to install and operate cameras and lighting equipment, as well as home-theater systems and broadcasting equipment. Other topics you may study include:

  • Recording, synthesizing and producing music
  • Troubleshooting audiovisual equipment
  • Digital sound editing
  • Operating audiovisual equipment

Are Online Programs Available?

Online associate's degree programs in audio and video production, audiovisual technology, digital media technology or media systems technology are not available as of February 2011. Some schools may offer classes within a related program online, but students still visit campus for hands-on learning that involves using recording technology and electrical systems. Many schools house facilities where you can work directly with equipment and film broadcasts, repair tools and operate the technology.

What Are My Career Options?

You could work as an audio technician, setting up or operating microphones or other sound equipment. Working as a broadcast technician is another option that involves monitoring the sound and colors on television broadcasts. You could also become a cameraman. An associate's degree in audio and video production could lead to a career as a radio producer, music recorder or a video editor.

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