Which California Schools Offer Recording Degrees?

Learn about recording programs in California. Get info about degrees and certificates available, as well as program requirements, to help you make an informed decision about your education. Schools offering Music Production degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Do you dream of having a career in the recording industry? Would you like to complete your training in California? Here is some essential information to help you choose the right program.

What You Need to Know

A certificate program in the recording arts should take 1-2 years to complete and should cover the basic technical components of the audio recording industry. Depending on the school, these certificate programs may also contain general education courses. A 2-year associate's degree program in recording arts can prepare graduates to either gain entry-level employment as a sound engineering technician or to transfer to a 4-year program. Bachelor's degree programs in the recording arts generally combine courses in music theory with technical courses in audio production and sometimes require the completion of a portfolio.

Recording Certificate Programs in California

Citrus College

Citrus College is a community college located about 25 miles from Los Angeles. A certificate in recording technology from the school could be helpful for advancing your career or gaining an entry-level position in sound recording. Some of the required classes include digital audio technology, studio workshop and careers in audio recording.

  • Program Name: Certificate of Achievement in Audio Recording Technology
  • Program Length: 1 year
  • Tuition and Fees: $1,174 for residents; $6,550 for nonresidents (2015-2016)
  • Requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
  • School Type: 2-year, public; 12,780 students

Los Medanos College

Los Medanos College (LMC) is a community college located about 40 miles east of San Francisco. The school offers a Certificate of Achievement in Recording Arts, which can be completed in less than 2 years. You must take 32 credits from the recording arts department, in addition to competency courses in math, English and computers.

  • Program Name: Certificate of Achievement in Recording Arts
  • Program Length: About 3 semesters
  • Tuition and Fees: $1,298 for residents; $7,542 nonresidents (2015-2016)
  • School Type: 2-year, public; 8,695 students

Recording Associate's Degree Programs in California

Citrus College

The associate's degree in recording arts program at Citrus College prepares you to become an engineer for all forms of audio recordings, from video games to classical concerts. The college has two studios where students can record performances, such as those in the school's auditorium. Your required coursework for the A.S. degree program includes live sound recording, critical listening skills, acoustics and audio technology workshops.

  • Program Name: Associate of Science (A.S.) in Recording Technology
  • Program Length: 2 years
  • Tuition and Fees: $1,174 for residents; $6,550 for nonresidents (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: Must complete entertainment technology, audio engineering and music theory courses with a 2.0 GPA in order to interview for the major
  • Requirements: High school diploma or equivalent; admission to the major based on interview
  • School Type: 2-year, public; 12,780 students

Los Medanos College

The A.A. in Recording Arts at LMC is an interdisciplinary program that includes required courses in sound reinforcement, basic tracking, Pro Tools technology, production roles and recording workshops. Additional classes are offered in direct current circuits, recording industry business and music production. LMC has two 24-track studios on its campus, each with digital and analog technology.

  • Program Name: Associate of Arts (A.A.) in Recording Arts
  • Program Length: 2 years
  • Tuition and Fees: $1,298 for residents; $7,542 nonresidents (2015-2016)
  • Requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
  • School Type: 2-year, public; 8,695 students

Recording Bachelor's Degree Programs in California

California State University - Chico

The B.A. at California State University - Chico (CSUC) offers an option in recording arts that prepares you for careers that combine music and recording technology. All students in this major are required to purchase an Apple computer and software bundle.

At CSUC, you must take classes in music industry, music composition, audio recording, ensemble recording and composition with electronics. Electives in music recording for video and audio are also available. If you want to expand your training for a career in recording, you can add a minor in engineering, computer science, electronics, business or telecommunication.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Music Industry and Technology
  • Field Option: Recording arts
  • Program Length: 4 years
  • Tuition and Fees: $7,022 for residents; $18,182 nonresidents (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: Music theory and music technology with a 2.0 GPA required for admission to the recording arts option
  • Requirements: 2.5 GPA in all college coursework for acceptance to major; application essay on recording arts; admission favors students with musical ability
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 16,081 students

Loyola Marymount University

The School of Film and Television at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) has a bachelor's degree in recording arts that focuses on video and music sound production. You must take a music theory class, as well as courses in live and studio recording, film production, sound design, multi-track recording and post-production. As a student in this major, you're expected to partner with musical performers to develop your portfolio. During your senior year at LMU, you're required to complete a project in video/television and music production.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Arts in Recording Arts
  • Program Length: 4 years
  • Tuition and Fees: $42,795 (2015-2016)
  • Requirements: High school diploma or GED; English, foreign language, math, science and social science for university admission
  • School Type: 4-year, private not-for-profit; 9,515 students

Citrus College and Los Medanos College offer certificate and associate recording degree programs, while California State University - Chico and Loyola Marymount University offer bachelor's degree programs.

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