Master's Degrees in Audio Production
Continuing your education in audio production can better hone your skills before entering a career in the recording or engineering field. Read on to learn about graduate degree program options, the curriculum offered, and prerequisites.
What Master's Degrees in Audio Production Can I Earn?
While you will not find master's degrees offered in audio production, you will find degrees with closely related titles at several colleges and universities. Since all of these programs involve extensive practical training in an audio production facility, they are typically only available in campus-based formats. Two audio production-related programs are sound recording technology and audio science; these programs teach you general skills about the tools used in recording studios since they pertain to a wide range of media forms, from music to film.
If your interest is primarily in music audio production, then a master's degree in music technology may be appropriate. This program includes similar training to a sound recording technology or audio sciences program, while emphasizing skills needed for work in the music industry. A master's degree in music engineering will also train you to use the technology employed in audio production; however, this program involves more specialized, music industry-focused education from an engineering and computer science perspective.
|Degree Programs||Master of Science in Music Technology|
|Common Curriculum||Audio production, acoustics, familiarity with audio technology tools|
|Prerequisites||Bachelor's degree, music experience|
|Job Outlook (2016-2026)*||8% (for broadcast and sound engineering technicians)|
|Median Salary (2018)*||$43,660 (for broadcast and sound engineering technicians)|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
What Courses Will I Take?
Though you may pursue different types of master's degrees in audio production, coursework in the programs is similar. You will learn about theories of audio production and acoustics. Also, you will study how sound functions and is perceived by the human ear. You will spend significant time working with audio technology tools, including mixing boards, digital recording software and audio editing software. This will include time in both recording studios and computer labs.
What Undergraduate Programs Will Prepare Me for This Field?
All audio production master's programs require you to possess a bachelor's degree. In many cases, especially if you are applying to a music technology program, you are expected to have studied music while an undergraduate. To earn a music engineering degree, you are typically required to possess a bachelor's degree in computer science or an engineering field, such as electrical or computer engineering. In general, prior coursework in music theory is helpful and often required. Though not always necessary, professional training in a musical instrument is useful.