Sound Editing Degree Programs

A bachelor's or a master's degree in a field such as sound design or audio production could lead to a career in sound editing. Learn what you'll study, get information about online degree programs and see career options for this field. Schools offering Music Production degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Will I Learn About Sound Editing at the Bachelor's Degree Level?

Through bachelor's degree programs, you can choose from a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Sound Design, Audio Production or Design with a concentration in sound design. For the BFA, you may have to study basic drawing and design classes and put together your own CDs or a DVD soundtrack. Your topics of study could include learning to record, cut, edit and produce music. By studying films, music theory and sound synthesis, you could learn to mix music, create a fluid composition and use modern music technology to put together your own synthesized music. Other topics may be:

  • Marketing music
  • Re-mastering audio recordings
  • Editing digital recordings
  • Music theory
  • Music composition

Undergraduate Course TopicsMarketing music, re-mastering audio recordings, editing digital recordings, music theory, music composition
Graduate Course TopicsRigging theaters for sound, creating audio cues, sound design troubleshooting, live and studio recordings
Online Availability Programs are available entirely or partially online
Career PossibilitiesMusic editor, sound recorder, composer, recording studio technician, studio manager

What Topics Are Covered at the Master's Degree Level?

To be considered for admission to a master's degree program, most schools require you to submit a portfolio of completed work from your undergraduate schooling. This should showcase your ability to compose, edit and produce music. At schools where production and editing experience isn't necessary, a music background--which could include playing one or more musical instruments--is required. Master's degree programs are available as Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts in Sound Design.

Your courses may cover production techniques, sound design theories and computer-drafting techniques used in sound design. Other topics of study may include:

  • Rigging theaters for sound
  • Creating audio cues
  • Sound design troubleshooting
  • Live and studio recordings

Can I Earn My Degree Online?

Some schools offer entire programs dedicated to music production online, while others offer online classes within a larger, campus-based program. You learn to use modern technology to record, edit and compose music. Many programs include an internship, which provides practical experience working with sound equipment, such as microphones, recording equipment and other tools and software used to edit music and produce digital sound. The completion of an in-person, experiential unit can be especially useful for those enrolled in an online program.

What Career Options Are Available?

With a bachelor's or master's degree in sound design, you could become a music editor, which involves taking recorded music and editing it for a CD or movie soundtrack. You could become a sound recorder and record, edit and produce music. Or you could go into music composition. With a bachelor's degree, you could become a recording studio technician, a production recorder or a studio manager. A master's degree can lead to a career as a music producer, which involves testing and setting up sound for live performances.

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