Digital Recording Arts Courses and Schools

Learn how to choose a digital recording arts program. Read on for information on program types and course topics, as well as the variety of career options open to graduates of digital recording arts schools. Schools offering Music Production degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Programs that offer instruction in digital recording arts go by a variety of names: audio recording/engineering, audio/sound technology, sound recording technology, recording arts or recording technology. You can earn a certificate, an associate's degree or a bachelor's degree in these fields.

Courses Music performance courses, business and technical courses; business law, sound mixing, mastering, studio acoustics, live sound, digital audio recording
Degrees Associate's and bachelor's degrees
Certificate Options Prep for entry-level sound engineering jobs; some fields include audio/sound technology, sound recording technology, recording arts, recording technology, music production

What Careers Will I Be Prepared For?

Certificate and degree programs are designed to prepare you for entry-level sound engineering technician jobs at a recording studio, television station, radio station, theater company or corporate audio-visual department. Sound engineering technicians or sound engineers select and set up microphones, monitor recording levels and control mixing boards.

You could also find work as a Foley artist or audio/video equipment specialist. Foley artists create and record life-like sound effects for movies and television shows. Audio/video equipment specialists set up mixing boards, connect cables and repair sound equipment.

How Can I Choose a Program?

If you enjoy learning in a hands-on environment, look for programs that offer plenty of opportunities to use recording equipment in a studio. You might want to study traditional analog equipment as well as digital recording equipment; if so, make sure the program you select offers courses in analog recording. Look for programs that offer internships; enrolling in an internship can give you some experience in a professional setting and help you make contacts in the industry.

You'll also want to look for programs that allow you to create a portfolio of recorded work you can share with potential employers or clients. If you're interested in becoming a broadcast recording engineer, you might choose a program that prepares you for certification by the Society of Broadcast Engineers.

What Courses Will I Take?

You'll take a combination of business and technical courses. If you choose a degree program, you may also have the option of taking music performance courses; these courses are required in some bachelor's programs. Band, choir, improvisation, composition, jazz, guitar and keyboarding are just some of the performance areas you might study.

You might take business courses such as music business law, media management and media ethics. Your technical courses could include Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) techniques, digital audio recording, principles of sound mixing, on-location recording, session mastering, surround sound techniques and studio acoustics.

To continue researching, browse degree options below for course curriculum, prerequisites and financial aid information. Or, learn more about the subject by reading the related articles below:

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