Master's Degrees in Recording Arts: Online and Campus-Based Programs

Find information on campus-based and online master's programs in the recording arts, including degree options and coursework. Keep reading to learn about program prerequisites and requirements. Schools offering Music Production degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Kind of Recording Arts Degree Can I Get?

You can usually enroll in recording arts courses as part of Master of Science in Recording Arts or Recording Arts and Technology programs. You may also find relevant classes in topics like sound mixing, recording and synchronizing in Master of Science in Musical Technology, Master of Arts in Audio Sciences, Master of Science in Music Engineering or similar degree programs. Online graduate programs in recording arts are uncommon. Some campus-based master's degree programs will let you take some courses online, while a few schools offer complete master's degree programs in recording arts online.

Degree FieldsRecording arts, recording arts and technology, musical technology, audio sciences, music engineering
Admissions RequirementsBachelor's degree in a related area or relevant experience, portfolio, audition; programming skills may be necessary for technology-focused programs
Common CoursesMusic history, digital or audio production, artist management, audio forensics, music publishing
Other Program RequirementsThesis or research project, internship, portfolio

What Are the Prerequisites?

Recording arts programs generally require that you hold an undergraduate degree in a subject that correlates closely with the focus of the graduate degree or equivalent experience. You may earn a bachelor's degree in music, electrical engineering or computers before enrolling in an on-campus or online graduate program in recording arts. Depending on the program you choose, you may also need to prepare a portfolio of previous work or perform an audition. You might also need to prove that you have computer programming skills if the degree program has a strong focus on technology.

What Kind of Classes Will I Take?

The focus of your course load will be dictated by what kind of master's degree program you enroll in. If you take classes on campus, you may have studio courses or hands-on classes where you use recording technology. You might also take classes in subjects like:

  • Artist management
  • Recordings marketing
  • Music publishing
  • Digital or audio production
  • Entertainment law
  • Foundations of music production
  • Music history
  • Audio forensics

What Kind of Requirements Might I Have to Complete?

Since recording arts programs can vary in their concentration, you'll find that the graduation requirements can vary just as greatly. You may have to complete a thesis or research project. Some programs also require students to develop a full portfolio. You might also be required to complete an internship.

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