Acoustic engineering programs combine the art and science of acoustics in a variety of settings. Degree programs in this field prepare you to work in architectural acoustics, musical acoustics, noise control and sound engineering. Some of your duties include operating computerized sound equipment, working with performers and producers and mixing music for post-production purposes. Enrolling in a certificate or undergraduate program prepares you for this job, and you can take classes online or on campus.
Fullerton College in Fullerton, California offers a certificate in recording and production. The program consists of 32 to 33 units, including six to seven electives. Required course work includes introduction to music technology, recording lab techniques, electronic music and beginning musicianship. You can choose from electives such as music fundamentals, recording techniques, musicianship and harmony. It takes about four semesters to complete this certificate program. Upon graduation, you will be prepared to work as a professional sound technician or music producer.
If you are looking for a program in the Midwest, Columbia College Chicago offers a Bachelor of Science degree in acoustics. This undergraduate degree is the only program in the country to cover issues of perception and cognition in addition to a concentration in acoustics. This program accepts 12 to 15 students each year and takes approximately four years to complete. Some courses include audio and vibration studies, musical instrument construction, introduction to psychoacoustics and engineered acoustics. Research and practicum experience is included in this program.
The Art Institute of Dallas offers a Bachelor of Science degree in audio production. This undergraduate program focuses on acoustical engineering related to audio production. Course offerings cover the physics of sound and acoustics, equipment operation, design and industry theory and trends. This program requires practicum courses to help you practice skills learned in the classroom. Strong analytical skills and a 2.5 minimum GPA in high school are required for admission to the program. After graduating from the program, you can go on to be a sound engineer or producer in the entertainment field.
The University of Hartford in Connecticut offers a Bachelor of Science in engineering. This program includes a concentration on acoustics and music with an emphasis on engineering and technology. If you are seeking admission to this program, you must meet rigorous math and science prerequisites and pass an audition. The program takes 145 credit hours to complete, or about four years if you take a full load each semester. The University of Hartford website says this is the only program in the United States to combine acoustics and music in an undergraduate degree.
- Fullerton College: Recording/Production Certificate
- Columbia College Chicago: B.S. in Acoustics
- Acoustical Society of America: Acoustics and You
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Sound Engineering Technicians
- The Art Institute of Dallas: Audio Production Bachelor of Science
- University of Hartford: Acoustical Engineering and Music
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