Best Audio Production Schools and Programs

Find out what qualities make an audio production school the best. Learn about program offerings and school rankings for three well-known schools with audio production programs. Schools offering Animation degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

How to Choose an Audio Production School

Schools with good audio production programs may offer plenty of hands-on experience and internship opportunities, either on-campus or with participating organizations. You might have a chance to specialize in performing arts, music recording or audio production for digital media. Excellent facilities could provide training and opportunities to specialize in the audio production field of your choice. You should seek out those schools that feature post-production facilities, studios or even on-campus radio stations.

What Are Three Schools with Audio Production Programs?

American University in Washington, D.C.

AU tied for 72nd among national universities in 2015, according to U.S. News & World Report. The audio technology program is closely associated with the physics, performing arts and computer science programs to permit exploration of both artistic and scientific aspects. The Department of Performing Arts offers arts management, dance, music, theatre and audio technology options. Graduate audio technology students may use a music library, a computation lab and recording facilities. The audio technology studios contain mixing and post-production suites and a digital audio lab. Students intern at radio stations, post-production facilities, concert halls and recording studios. You could earn the following:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Audio Production
  • Bachelor of Science in Audio Technology
  • Master of Arts in Audio Technology

Indiana University in Bloomington

IU tied for 75th as a U.S. News & World Report national university in 2015. The Jacobs School of Music offers 5-semester associate and 4-year bachelor's degree programs through its Department of Recording Arts. Recording arts concentrations are available in music, telecommunications, business, computer science or informatics. Students have access to four recording studios, two concert halls, a multitrack studio, production rooms and an electronics lab. The Musical Arts Center has recording facilities and a live sound system. Degree candidates serve as audio technical crew for university music, theatre and opera events as well as the IU record label. IU offers these degrees:

  • Associate of Science in Recording Arts
  • Bachelor of Science in Recording Arts

New York University in New York, NY

NYU ranked 32nd for national universities in 2015, according to U.S. News & World Report. The Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development's Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions offers undergraduate, graduate and accelerated dual degree programs in music technology. Majors and graduate students may study abroad in Florence, Italy, or Prague in the Czech Republic and complete internships in concert halls, recording studios, radio and television stations and other venues. NYU facilities include the James L. Dolan Music Recording Studio, music technology studios and theatre spaces. NYU has these degrees available:

  • Bachelor of Music in Music Technology
  • Master of Music in Music Technology
  • Doctor of Music in Music Technology

10 More Audio Production Schools

College/University Institution Type Location
Full Sail University 4-year, Private for-profit Winter Park, FL
Johns Hopkins University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Baltimore, MD
Middle Tennessee State University 4-year, Public Murpheesboro, TN
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor 4-year, Public Ann Arbor, MI
Ohio University - Main Campus 4-year, Public Athens, OH
Belmont University 4-year, Private not-for-profitNashville, TN
Carnegie Mellon University 4-year, Private not-for-profitPittsburgh, PA
Berklee College of Music 4-year, Private not-for-profit Boston , MA
The Art Institute of California 4-year, Private for-profit Los Angeles, CA
SAE Institute of Technology - New York <2-year, Private for-profit New York, NY

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