Best Audio Engineering and Production Colleges: List of Top Schools

Learn about audio engineering and production programs, which can typically be found at the undergraduate level through a college music department. Find information about degree options and courses at three noteworthy universities, as well as a handy table that lists other schools around the country that offer programs in audio engineering and technology.

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Each of the three universities profiled below offers bachelor's degree programs in audio production or technology. Unique to the individual programs are opportunities for an internship, a minor or a specialization. Learning outcomes include the ability to record, mix and master music from both technical and creative angles.

Top U.S. Schools with Audio Engineering and Production Programs

1. American University in Washington, D.C.

American University (AU) ranked 82nd on U.S. News & World Report's list of top national universities in 2012. AU's College of Arts and Sciences offers a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Audio Production program that allows for the study of sound synthesis and studio management. Through specializations in communication or music, students can take courses in Web development, music history, digital imaging, harmony and musicianship.

The college also offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Audio Technology with specializations in computer science and physics. Students in this program take courses in sound synthesis, studio management, electronics and acoustics. Both the B.A. and B.S. programs offer the opportunity for an internship. The school also features a combined bachelor's and master's degree program in audio technology and audio production.

2. University of Denver in Colorado

In 2012, the Princeton Review included the University of Denver (DU) in its edition of 'The Best 376 Colleges' in the nation. DU offers a Bachelor of Music (B.M.) in Audio Production through its Lamont School of Music, which can help students prepare for careers in sound engineering and music production. Program requirements include instrument training, along with clinical and classroom instruction. Students also take courses in music theory, analog synthesis and digital audio work.

3. Belmont University in Nashville, TN

Belmont University is a Christian school that U.S. News & World Report ranked seventh on its list of the best regional universities in the South for 2013. Belmont offers a B.S. or a B.A. in Audio Engineering Technology through its Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business. Both degree programs can prepare students for careers in music reproduction and recording. Audio engineering physics, electronics, hearing science and circuit theory are among the required courses. Additionally, students complete an 18- to 24-credit minor in a career-related discipline.

List of Ten Good Audio Engineering and Production Schools in the U.S.

School Name Distinction Location
American University Opened new state-of-the-art studio in 2011 Washington, D.C.
Belmont University College of Entertainment and Music Business offers internship programs in the U.S., England and Australia Nashville, TN
Carnegie Mellon UniversityOffers bachelor's and master's degree programs in music and technology Pittsburgh, PA
Georgia Institute of Technology Has master's and doctoral degree programs in music technology Atlanta, GA
Lawrence Technological University Offers a bachelor's degree in audio engineering technology Southfield, MI
Middle Tennessee State University Largest degree program in audio production in the world Murfreesboro, TN
New York University Audio teaching studio is among the most advanced audio facilities in the U.S.New York, NY
San Francisco State University Offers music business and audio engineering programs San Francisco, CA
University of Denver Has two production studios and an electronic music studio Denver, CO
University of HartfordOffers a bachelor's degree in acoustical engineering and music West Hartford, CT
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