Recording Engineering Degree Programs and Colleges

Investigate the variety of recording engineering degree, diploma and certificate programs available. Explore the coursework associated with the programs and how to choose a college that suits your goals. Schools offering Music Production degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

If you would like to focus on the technical aspects of recording engineering, a diploma or certificate program may be your best option. Through degree programs, on the other hand, you can combine technical coursework in music or audio production with classes that cover the performance and management side of the music industry.

Degrees Associate of Applied Science in Sound Recording and Music Technology, Bachelor of Science programs in Digital Recording Arts Technology, Sound Recording Technology
Diplomas/Certificates Diplomas in Audio Recording Technology, Music Production, Certificates in Recording Arts Technology, Music Recording Engineering
Courses Audio signal processing, audio amplifier circuits, acoustics, sound reinforcement, music mastering, studio mix-down techniques, record production

What Recording Engineering Degree Programs are Available?

Through associate's and bachelor's degree programs, you'll commonly have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in subjects like sound design and recording system design, as well as to study topics like music promotion and artist management. Musical performance and composition courses are more commonly offered through these programs, which you might prefer if you're pursuing artistic aspirations as well as recording engineering goals. The following courses might be offered:

  • Visual design
  • Music editing and processing
  • Sound reinforcement
  • Music business
  • Field audio production
  • Music mixing and mastering
  • Commercial production
  • Audio system design and installation

What Will I Study in a Certificate or Diploma Program?

Certificate programs may be completed in as little as one semester and tend to focus mainly on the technical aspects of recording engineering, like microphone positioning, sound reinforcement, mixing and production. You might be able to take elective classes in piano performance and music theory through some certificate programs. Diploma programs may take up to two semesters to complete and offer courses in subjects like electronic circuits, acoustics and equipment assembly. These programs might allow credit to be put toward an associate's degree.

How Can I Choose a Program or College?

Recording technology programs vary in their academic goals and available electives, so you may consider narrowing your professional aspirations before enrolling in a specific program. For instance, if you have a desire to perform strictly technical work like sound reinforcement or music editing, you may prefer a focused diploma program. However, if you want to incorporate performance and business elements of the music business into a sound technical understanding of recording engineering, you may prefer a bachelor's degree program. These schools offer programs in recording engineering:

  • Mercy College (Dobbs Ferry, NY)
  • New England Institute of Technology (East Greenwich, RI)
  • Schoolcraft College (Livonia, MI)
  • Milwaukee Area Technical College (WI)
  • Community College of Philadelphia (PA)

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