Digital Recording Arts Technology Degrees

Learn about degree programs in digital recording arts technology, including those at the associate's and bachelor's levels. Find information on program emphases, course topics and online options. Schools offering Music Production degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Kinds of Digital Recording Arts Technology Degrees Can I Earn?

You'll most commonly find digital recording arts technology programs at the associate's and bachelor's degree levels. In all programs, you'll focus on music recording and audio production, but in some, you'll also explore TV, film and video game recording technologies. Associate's degree programs usually award an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Applied Science in Recording Technology or Music Technology, while completing a bachelor's degree program is likely to earn you a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Media Production, Audio Production or Recording Arts.

Degree FieldsMusic technology, recording technology, audio production, digital media production, recording arts
Courses: Associate'sMusic business, audio production, music theory, music recording
Courses: Bachelor'sDigital production, sound mixing, editing, advertising
Program FormatsOn-campus and online programs available; online students might want to use onsite music studios and labs
Online RequirementsHigh-speed Internet connection, printer, headphones, speakers; might need specific Web browser and music software programs

What Can I Learn on the Associate's Level?

Associate's degree programs usually focus solely on music recording and production rather than video production. Your coursework will combine technology, music and business topics. You typically don't need prior music performance experience to begin a program. During your classes, you're likely to examine topics such as:

  • Music theory
  • Recording labs
  • Music business
  • Audio production
  • Music management

What Can I Learn on the Bachelor's Level?

Digital recording arts bachelor's degree programs usually focus on more than music recording and explore multimedia, film and video game production. Schools might require you to hold an associate's degree in production technology or a related subject before applying to a bachelor's degree program.

Once enrolled, you'll learn about audio recording, sound mixing, editing and ways to record audio during location shoots and music recording sessions. You also might gain advertising and marketing experience to promote your creative endeavors. Bachelor's programs usually end with a final project, during which you can work for a client as a music or video producer. Common topics that you'll explore in a digital recording arts program include:

  • Digital production
  • Radio programming
  • Music mixing and mastering theories
  • Advertising fundamentals
  • Studio design

Can I Earn a Degree Online?

If you want to study from home, you can enroll in an online associate's or bachelor's degree program in music technology or music production. You usually can complete these programs entirely online or mix on-site and online courses. You might want to live close to campus, however, so that you can use the school's music studios and labs rather than purchase equipment on your own.

You can complete assignments, engage in discussions and take exams online. To participate in online classes, many schools recommend that you have a high-speed Internet connection, along with a printer, headphones and speakers. You also might need a specific type of Web browser and various music software programs.

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