Recording Technology Degree Programs and Schools

Compare the curricula for the range of degrees and certificates available in recording technology. Research options that set schools apart and provide unique career-enhancing opportunities. Schools offering Music Production degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Recording technology programs are not confined only to degree programs. Certificate and diploma programs exist that could allow you to complete your education in less time and in a more concentrated manner. Associate and bachelor's degree programs are also available in recording technology, and you may find that they offer more hands-on experience.

Degrees Associate of Science in Music Recording Technology, Audio Technology Associated Degree, Bachelor of Science in Digital Media Production
Diplomas/Certificates Sound Recording Technology Certificate, Audio Technology Diploma
Courses Basic studio techniques, keyboard skills for recording engineers, synthesizer ensemble, sight singing and ear training, basic MIDI and sequencing, live sound reinforcement, digital audio editing, on-location recording, music management

What Can I Learn in a Degree Program?

Associate and bachelor's degree programs commonly incorporate academic courses, such as music appreciation, music theory and performance as well as technical courses like audio engineering, digital electronics and frequency communication. Here are some course topics that are offered in these programs:

  • Digital editing
  • Principles of sound
  • Music recording techniques
  • News production
  • Post-production
  • Multi-track recording
  • Recording business
  • Sound for picture

What Subjects Will I Study in a Certificate or Diploma Program?

Certificate programs may allow you to focus on technical aspects of the field, like acoustics and audio electronics, in order to give you the fundamental education you need for entry-level positions. Some certificate programs may go beyond these technical aspects into more artistic areas, such as music appreciation and ear-training. Diploma programs can last between nine and 12 months and may be appropriate if you're interested in an extended technical education. Coursework in areas like acoustics, microphone theory, and mixing and mastering might be common.

How Can I Select a School?

There is a lot of variety in recording technology programs, so it's best to narrow your goals before enrolling in a school. For instance, if you're interested in the technical aspects of the field, enroll in a certificate or diploma program with a concentrated curriculum and up-to-date, on-campus studios for hands-on training. However, it's important to keep in mind that a higher education, like a bachelor's degree, could allow you to advance more quickly in the field. These schools offer recording technology programs:

  • SAE Institute
  • New England Institute of Technology
  • Schoolcraft College
  • DePaul University
  • Finger Lakes Community College

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