Recording Arts Degree - Online and Campus Programs

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  • Digital Audio Technology
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Locations:  San Jose, CA

  • Digital Audio Technology

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Now is a particularly exciting time for media production, but with technology more advanced than it ever was, starting a career in production is challenging without the proper skills. The Institute of Production & Recording (IPR) associate degrees can help you fill the gaps in your media production knowledge with the following associate degree programs:


Audio Production & Engineering

Music & Entertainment Business

Sound Design for Visual Media

Live Sound & Show Production

Digital Video & Media Production



Locations:  Minneapolis, MN

  • Associate in Applied Science in Audio Production and Engineering

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A good ear for balance and quality in sound, as well as interest in audio recording technology are the basic requirements for working as a sound engineer. If you are interested in audio engineering, digital recording, audio technology, or sound design, a job in sound engineering might be perfect for you. Sound engineers, also called sound technicians or recording engineers, work in the film, television, radio, and music industries operating sound equipment, both recording and sometimes mixing sounds to produce the best balance of high and low tones and faithfulness to the original.

Preparing for a Career in Recording Arts and Sound Engineering

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recommends that those who are interested in working in sound technology complete a vocational recording arts program, which typically takes about a year. Other programs are available, including recording arts associate's degrees and bachelor's degree programs in recording arts. Typical coursework in a recording arts or audio design program includes basic music theory, electronics, audio repair and maintenance, and multi-track recording to give aspiring sound designers a basic education in recording engineering.

Sound Engineering Salary and Career Outlook

According to the BLS, the mean annual wages for sound engineering technicians in 2008 was $53,110 and for audio and video technicians was $41,310. Audio and video technician employment is expected to grow about as fast as the average, while the employment of sound engineering technicians is expected to grow a little slower than the average. Most job competition is in big cities, so audio designers who are serious about getting a job should be willing to work in small towns or rural areas.