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Digital Recording Arts Courses and Schools

Learn how to choose a digital recording arts program. Read on for information on program types, course topics and the schools that offer certificates, associate's and bachelor's degrees.

What You Need to Know

Programs that offer instruction in digital recording arts go by a variety of names, such as digital recording, audio recording and production, audio technology, and digital media production. 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 like business law, sound mixing, mastering, studio acoustics, live sound, digital audio recording
Degrees Associate's and bachelor's degrees
Certificate Options Recording arts, audio recording and production

What Certificate Courses Will I Take?

A certificate in recording arts is designed to help students learn about the fundamental concepts of audio engineering and music production. These programs offer students the opportunity to learn about digital recording in a less-intensive program of study. Some course topics are as follows:

  • Making music with computers
  • Piano
  • Sound and lighting in fine arts
  • Mixing
  • Mastering
  • Aural music skills
  • ProTools

What Degree Courses Will I Take?

In a degree program, you might take a combination of business and technical courses. You may also have the option of taking music performance courses (these courses might be required in some bachelor's programs). Band, choir, improvisation, composition, jazz, guitar and keyboarding are just some of the performance areas you may study. Your technical courses could include Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) techniques, digital audio recording, on-location recording, session mastering, surround sound techniques and studio acoustics. These topics might also be covered:

  • Digital editing
  • Principles of sound
  • Remote radio production
  • Digital audio workstations
  • Documentary filmmaking
  • Music theory
  • Music recording techniques
  • Post-production

How Can I Choose a School?

If you enjoy learning in a hands-on environment, look for programs that offer plenty of opportunities to use digital recording equipment in a studio. 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. These schools offer digital recording arts courses:

  • New England Institute of Technology
  • Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute
  • SAE Institute
  • Rutgers University
  • Niagara County Community College
  • Henry Ford College