Sound Arts Degree Programs

Read about the sound arts degree programs that can prepare you for a career in sound engineering or audio and video technology. Find information on course topics, learning outcomes, career options and salaries here. Schools offering Music Production degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Types of Degree Programs Are Available in Sound Arts?

Associate's and bachelor's degrees are the most common degrees that you can earn in sound arts, although these programs are rare. You also might enroll in an undergraduate program in sound design, sound technology or recording arts. If you choose a bachelor's degree program, you typically can pick a specialization, such as music performance or music composition. Sound arts-related degree programs are generally not available online due to studio and equipment requirements.

Degree TracksSound design, sound technology, recording arts
Course TopicsMusic theory, audio production, live sound arts, audio engineering, advanced recording techniques
Career PossibilitiesSound engineering technician, audio and video equipment technician, recording or audio engineer
Median Annual Salary (May 2018)* $52,390 (for Sound Engineering Technicians)
Job Growth (2016-2026)* 8% (for Sound Engineering Technicians)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Skills Will I Develop?

Through an undergraduate program in sound arts, you'll likely explore audio design and music production for both studio sessions and live performances. You also might learn to create sound and music for film, television, video games and multimedia projects. Additionally, you should be introduced to master audio programs, such as Pro Tools, Logic Studio and Final Cut Studio.

A sound arts program usually allows you to use your school's studios, lab rooms and sound equipment to collaborate with other students on production assignments. Additionally, you might be able to participate in an internship during the final portion of your undergraduate education. Common topics that you'll explore over the course of a sound arts program include:

  • Music theory
  • Audio production
  • Live sound arts
  • Audio engineering
  • Advanced recording techniques
  • Music for movies and television

What Can I Do?

If you earn a degree in the sound arts field, you might find a job as a sound engineering technician or audio and video equipment technician. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), technician positions were predicted to grow at an average rate from 2016-2026 (www.bls.gov). You might want to consider earning a bachelor's degree if you wish to advance beyond entry-level sound technician positions.

The BLS stated that sound engineering technicians made a mean yearly salary of $63,500 as of May 2018, while audio and video equipment technicians earned $48,940. You also might apply for work as a recording or audio engineer. PayScale.com reported that audio engineers earned a salary range of $25,646 - $86,522 as of August 2019.

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