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Recording Arts Technology


Recording arts technology programs prepare people to produce and edit sound recordings for music, films, videos, and mixed-media productions.

Recording arts technology programs include topics such as:


Many community colleges and two-year schools offer certificate and associate degree programs in recording arts technology. A certificate program usually takes a year of full-time study. An associate degree program usually takes two years of full-time study.

Several colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in recording arts technology. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

For this program, schools recommend that you know how to use a computer and the Internet.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This undergraduate program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Things to Know

Many recording arts technology programs are offered part time, with day and evening classes.

A few schools offer programs in producing and recording. These programs prepare you to become a producer or manager who works closely with recording artists. Typically, these programs do not focus on the technology but on the creative elements, including song selection, voice work, and marketing.


King-Snohomish Area

Cornish College of the Arts

DigiPen Institute of Technology

Northwest University

Seattle Pacific University

Shoreline Community College

Spokane Area

Spokane Falls Community College

Tacoma Area

Bates Technical College (Central/Mohler Campus)