Bachelor's Degrees in Audio Production

Earning an audio production bachelor's degree could give you the knowledge and skills to work as a producer or engineer in music, television and film. Find out about commonly offered courses along with employment outlook. Schools offering Animation degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Courses Will I Take in a Bachelor's Degree Program in Audio Production?

Audio production programs train you in techniques used in recording and mixing music for production of CDs, films, videos and live events. You'll learn the principles of MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) and sound synthesizing for analog and digital technology. Your program also is likely to examine current trends in audio production techniques and software.

Beginning courses typically introduce you to music theory, audio equipment, recording techniques and computer technology. You also should learn the fundamentals for designing, mixing and mastering CDs and DVDs. Additionally, you might explore music business and marketing, as well as composition and songwriting. Your final semester may include an internship or final project; which typically is the creation of a professional portfolio. Other courses you might find in your program include:

  • Digital composition
  • Surround sound techniques
  • Studio recording techniques
  • Copyright law
  • MIDI sequencing

Common Courses Marketing, music theory, music composition, copyright law, mixing and mastering
Learning Environment Traditional classroom; online/in-person hybrid programs are available
Possible Careers Supply chain operations, information technology management, valuation and cost control, managerial economics, capital acquisition

What Are My Online Options?

Complete online bachelor's programs in audio production are rare due to the hands-on application needed in recording studios and labs. However, you can find hybrid programs that offer theoretical and music business courses online. Classes are available from anywhere with Internet access and can be taken around work and family schedules. Online courses use online learning platforms and communication technology. Most hands-on labs and practical applications must still be completed at the college or university.

What Can I Do With My Degree?

With a bachelor's degree, you can find audio engineering and producing careers, such as studio engineer, music producer, studio manager, composer or sound editor. You can find opportunities working in the music, television, film, video game and other recording industries. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projected a seven percent increase in jobs for sound engineering technicians from 2014-2024 (www.bls.gov).

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