Audio Production Degree Review - Associate Degree

Published Dec 18, 2006

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An Audio Production Associate Degree provides students with basic audio production theory and practice for production techniques. Students who earn Associate Degrees in Audio Production can start their artistic careers in studio management, music recording, television, radio, and technical support, industrial and corporate audio and visual, live sound reinforcement and other audio production fields.

An Audio Production Associate Degree Overview

Summary of the Degree

An Audio Production Associate Degree provides students fundamental skills and knowledge of basic audio production techniques. Some of the more general courses mandatory in an Audio Production Associate Degree Program include:

  • Music Industry Survey
  • Technology of Audio
  • Analysis of Listening
  • Audio Recording
  • Digital Media and Audio
  • Physics
  • Reinforcing Live Sound
  • Recording with a Hard Disk

Career Fields

The U.S. Department of Labor (www.bls.gov) reported that individuals looking for entry-level jobs as audio technicians may face competition in major metropolitan areas. The pay is higher than in smaller areas but the amount of people looking for work exceeds the number of openings. Individuals do better if they look for work in small cities, gain experience, then move to a larger city for better pay.

Occupational Outlook

Payscale.com (www.payscale.com) reported that a sound mixer makes between $24.00 and $38.00 an hour while an audio technician makes between $12.00 and $25.75 an hour.

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