Top Audio Engineering Programs

Learn the requirements for studying audio engineering. Read about school rankings and programs offered at three top schools with audio engineering degree programs. Schools offering Animation degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Are Some Characteristics of Top Audio Engineering Programs?

Programs offered by audio engineering schools may expect applicants to have some experience in music recording or performance. You should consider schools that have dedicated production and electronics facilities. You'll probably want opportunities to practice recording using varied media. Internships in the U.S. and abroad may be available.

What Are Three Top Audio Engineering Programs?

Clemson University (CU) in Clemson, SC

U.S. News & World Report ranked CU 24th among top public schools and 66th among national universities in 2019 (www.usnews.com). The Department of Performing Arts offers a Bachelor of Arts in Production Studies in Performing Arts. Audio technology is a concentration within the major. The Music Technology Lab is equipped with synthesizers, modern computers and software for recording and mixing. Students may gain hands-on experience by recording or engineering concerts at CU's Brooks Center for the Performing Arts. You might have an opportunity to intern at the Kennedy Center, the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center or the Spoleto Festival.

You'll need to interview and audition for the program, providing samples of work on a laptop, CD or DVD. Experience in songwriting, music reading or performance may increase your chances of admission.

  • Bachelor of Arts in Production Studies in Performing Arts, with a Concentration in Audio Technology

Indiana University (IU) in Bloomington

U.S. News and World Report ranked Indiana University 89th for national universities and 38th for top public schools in 2019. The Associate of Science in Recording Arts is intended for students already enrolled in a related bachelor's program, like music or telecommunications. Students in the Bachelor of Science in Recording Arts program put in studio time supporting IU ballet, opera and music performances at IU's Musical Arts Center. Some of these students also handle production duties for the university's record label projects.

  • Associate of Science in Recording Arts
  • Bachelor of Science in Recording Arts

Tulane University in New Orleans, LA

Tulane tied for 44th in U.S. News & World Report's 2019 ranking of national universities. Tulane has an electroacoustic composition studio and a computer music lab. Other music school facilities include recital, choral and orchestral music halls. The Howard-Tilton Memorial Library is home to the Music and Media Center and the William Ransom Hogan Jazz Archive.

The Newcomb Department of Music offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in music with a minor in music science and technology, and a master's program in music science and technology. These are interdisciplinary degrees involving music, science, and computer studies. Possible courses might include music signal processing, music perception and psychoacoustics, performance systems design, and electronic composition. A major in digital media production is offered that includes a sound production component; this option is available to students earning a degree in another discipline. The following degrees are available:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Music, Minor in Music Science and Technology
  • Bachelor of Arts, Coordinate Major in Digital Media Production
  • Master of Arts in Music Science and Technology

Ten Audio Engineering Schools

College/UniversityInstitution TypeLocationEstimated Undergrad In-State Tuition*
American University4-year PrivateWashington, DC$48,500
Middle Tennessee State University4-year, PublicMurfreesboro, TN$9,000
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor4-year, PublicAnn Arbor, MI$15,000
Ohio University4-year, PublicAthens, OH$12,000
Belmont University4-year, privateNashville, TN$34,000
New York University4-year, PrivateNew York, NY$52,000
Carnegie Mellon University4-year, PrivatePittsburgh, PA$55,500
Berklee College of Music4-year, PrivateBoston, MA$44,000
Northwestern Michigan College4-year, PublicTraverse City, MI$4,000
Georgia Institute of Technology4-year, PublicAtlanta, GA$12,000

*Source: NCES, U.S. Department of Education

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