ACADEMY OF PRODUCTION & RECORDING ARTS
Calgary, Alberta, www.thebeachaudio.com. The certificate courses enable students to learn all elements of audio recording, engineering and production. APRA is located within Alberta’s premier recording facility, The Beach Advanced Audio.
ALTA CENTER FOR COMMUNICATION ARTS
Phoenix. 10-week digital audio recording diploma program. Curriculum is created for independent musicians, artists, producers and engineers. Offers a multimedia production program, including digital graphics, video production, animation and Website development.
AMERICAN INTERCONTINENTAL UNIVERSITY
Los Angeles, www.aiula.com. B.F.A. in media production with concentrations in audio and sound recording; computer animation and special effects; editing and post-production; and general media. Starting with a history of popular music, the program allows students to create their own music using MIDI and to record, mix and master live music. Other topics of study include techniques for recording on location and audio post for video.
ART INSTITUTE OF SEATTLE
www.artinstitutes.edu/seattle. 6-quarter A.A.A. in audio production. Program includes studio production, post-production, streaming media, radio production. Required internships, placement assistance upon completion. Hands-on experience: five studios, four DAWs, two 25-seat computer labs.
ART INSTITUTE OF VANCOUVER
Burnaby, BC, www.aivan.artinstitutes.edu. 1-year independent recording arts certificate, 2-year professional recording arts diploma. Students train for careers in music and post-production for film, video, TV and new media. The campus covers more than 55,000 square feet and boasts five recording studios, a mix-to-picture surround studio and automated music production facility.
ASPEN MUSIC FESTIVAL AND SCHOOL
Aspen, CO, www.aspenmusicfestival.com. The Edgar Stanton Audio Recording Institute is an intensive, 4-week, full-time seminar/workshop. Provides a background in the basics of audio production and prepares students for a career as a recording engineer. A wide range of recording and guest lecturers. The session is limited to 10 students.
AUDIO INSTITUTE OF AMERICA
San Francisco, www.audioinstitute.com. Diploma in recording engineering. Home-study course for professional careers and home recording studios. AIA has students in 100 countries around the world. This licensed school specializes in the art of digital and analog recording techniques.
San Francisco, www.audiome.com. Pro Tools training and certification for both music and post. Master instructors, world-class facilities, small class sizes. In addition to Digidesign’s official curriculum, AudioMe offers ICON D-Control and D-Command training program.
Banff, Alberta, www.BanffCentre.ca. Work-study program that provides a bi-weekly stipend with no tuition fee. The audio program runs alongside internationally renowned music programs with prominent faculty and musicians. Facilities include recital hall with adjoining control room, digital multitrack recording studio, Pro Tools post-production suite, Sonic Solutions editing suite, Pyramix digital audio workstation and a multichannel research lab.
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, CHICO
www.csuchico.edu/mus/ra. 4-year B.A. in music industry and technology with an option in recording arts.
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, DOMINGUEZ HILLS (CARSON)
www.csudh.edu/musicdepartment. B.A. and certificate programs. Analog and digital studio, and synthesizer studio. Mackie and Panasonic digital 5.1 mixing consoles, 48 tracks of DA-98 and ADAT multitrack recording, Pro Tools and Sonic Solutions DAWs, and high-res mastering equipment.
Casper, WY, www.caspercollege.edu. 2-year A.A. degrees in music performance, music education, multimedia and theater tech. Non-degree students welcomed. Sound Reinforcement I, II and III levels of independent study. Analog, hard disk and Pro Tools LE recording. Aligned with NASM.
Glendora, CA, www.citrusstudios.org. 1-year vocational certificate in recording technology. Two studios with Neve VR and Euphonix CS2000 consoles, Tascam digital, Studer A827 analog and Pro Tools HD recorders. Auditorium for live recordings and film scores, a smaller analog studio and a lab with 25 Pro Tools workstations. The curriculum has courses in engineering, acoustics, live sound, critical listening, digital audio, MIDI and music business.
CITY COLLEGE OF SAN FRANCISCO
www.ccsf.edu. Sound recording/sound design certificates. Program covers analog and digital multitrack techniques, basic tracks, overdubbing, editing, mixing and mastering, mic placement, the console, signal flow, gain structure, music mixing theory and aesthetics, equalization, compression and reverberation.
CLACKAMAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Oregon City, Oregon, www.clackamas.cc.or.us/. CCC offers a one-year Music Technology certificate. Five tracking rooms (4,500 square feet total) and a spacious control room with Pro Tools HD system; Digidesign D-Command console/Mackie 8-bus; Digidesign and True 8 pre’s; and Neumann, Sennheiser, Audix, Audio-Technica, RODE, ADK, Shure and AKG mics. Video connects throughout. We record student and commercial projects from voice-overs to film scores.
COGSWELL POLYTECHNICAL COLLEGE
Sunnyvale, CA, www.cogswell.edu. 4-year digital audio technology program. Students receive instruction in recording, audio editing, musicianship, and the business of audio and project management. The final three trimesters of study concentrate on audio production tailored to students’ specific needs.
COLLEGE OF SAN MATEO
San Mateo, CA, www.gocsm.net. 2-year A.A. program. Core classes: Electronic Music I and II, Sound Creation: Sampling and Synthesis, Audio for Visual Media. Three studios and a state-of-the-art theater. Digital Performer, Peak, ARP 2600V and Max/MSP. Mac G5, MOTU 828 audio interface, ADAT and DAT recorders, mics, various MIDI synthesizers, sound modules and drum machines.
Vancouver, BC, www.columbia-academy.com. Students in the 1-year program develop pro skills in engineering, music production, post, digital editing and mixing, tracking and recording, with hands-on experience in broadcast production, audio post and music recording studios. In the music studios, students regularly work with live talent. In post-production, independent filmmakers provide students with feature-length movies, documentaries and short films.
COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN NEVADA, CHEYENNE
www.ccsn.edu. Certificate in music business and technology covering audio recording, the business of music, computer skills and communication abilities. Pro Tools, Otari 24-track analog, 24 tracks of ADAT and more.
CONSERVATORY OF RECORDING ARTS & SCIENCES
Tempe, AZ, www.audiorecordingschool.com. 10 certifications. Limited to 12 students, Master Recording Program II secures and requires an internship for graduation. Our 40,000-square-foot facility includes eight control rooms, five studios, two Pro Tools labs, two digital labs, two mix labs and a 6,000-square-foot live sound classroom. Gear includes 26 Pro Tools rigs, SSL, Neve, Studer, Manley, Otari, Universal Audio and more. Financial aid is available.
Paso Robles, CA, www.cuesta.edu. Cuesta College Recording Studio has been a full-service professional studio since fall 2001. Recording technology and studio procedures are taught in the 1,500-square-foot facility. A fine array of new and vintage gear, as well as current digital recording equipment.
Ex’pression College for Digital Arts
EX’PRESSION COLLEGE FOR DIGITAL ARTS
Emeryville, CA, www.expression.edu. Bachelor degrees in sound arts in an accelerated 2.5-year program. Class size is limited to ensure hands-on learning. Students are provided with real-world client projects, mentorship and internship opportunities, and a high placement rate for graduates. Accredited by the ACCSCT.
Los Altos Hills, CA, www.foothill.edu/musictechnology. A.A. degree in music technology. On-campus and online courses in recording arts, digital audio production, sequencing and songwriting, music business, digital video and performance. Interdisciplinary arts center has 30 workstations where students from every area of the arts work side-by-side.
Fullerton, CA, www.fullcoll.edu. 2-year music recording production certificate covering music technology, music business and electronic music. Recording studio has a Mackie digital board and hard disk system, Digital Performer, soft synths and an electronic music lab.
Santa Clara, CA, www.futurerhythm.com. Digidesign Operator certifications in music production and post-production; Digidesign Expert certification in music production and post-production; Apple Logic Pro certification; Apple Final Cut Pro certification; Apple DVD Studio Pro certification. Future Rhythms offers classes in digital audio and video. Future Rhythm also teaches a class in Propellerhead’s Reason. All instructors are full-time industry professionals.
GLENDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Glendale, AZ, www.gc.maricopa.edu. 2-year associate degree, 2-year certificate program in audio production technologies. Classes cover principles of sound recording with emphasis on acoustics, signal flow, mic selection and recording equipment, sound reinforcement, DAWs, music business, electronic music, music theory, aural perception and internships. Facilities include a state-of-the-art studio and lab with 25 individual Pro Tools stations.
GLOBE INSTITUTE OF RECORDING AND PRODUCTION
San Francisco, www.GlobeRecording.com. Audio Producer associates, Psychoacoustics and Sound Healing associates, Audio Recording and Production certificate, Music Business certificate, Audio for Media certificate, Digital Composition certificate, Disc Jockey certificate, Digital Audio Workstations certificate, Psychoacoustics and Sound Healing certificate. Hands-on intensive recording classes on major equipment. Five studios with Pro Tools, Reason, Live. World-renowned 3-D visual system as a tool for explaining and showing how to create a great mix.
COLDEN WEST COLLEGE
Huntington Beach, CA, www.gwc.info. 2-year A.A. degree, 3-semester recording arts certificate, 1-year certificates in home recording and live sound. Four Pro Tools — equipped control rooms. Specialty labs are provided for Final Cut Pro video editing, CD/DVD duplication, maintenance and electronic music.
LONG BEACH CITY COLLEGE
Long Beach, CA, www.lbcc.cc.ca.us. A.A. degree with emphasis in commercial music, 10 certificates in music, radio or TV. Seven studios with digital audio and/or analog multitrack, 42 MIDI workstations, three-camera online video facilities and three offline editing rooms. Hands-on experience during their first semester. Job placement and intern positions.
LOS ANGELES RECORDING SCHOOL
North Hollywood, www.recordingcareer.com. 900-hour recording engineer certificate. 10 studios include Solid State Logic, Neve VR, Pro Tools, and Sony DMX-R100s and Oxford digital console. Financial aid, student scholarships and dorm housing available.
LOS MEDANOS COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Pittsburg, CA, www.losmedanos.edu. 2-year A.A., 2-year recording arts certificates. Faculty honored with multiple Grammy Awards and nominations. Two fully equipped 24-track studios, with Studer and Alesis ADATs, Otari MX-70 and MTR-90 multitracks, and Pro Tools. Fully accredited.
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY
Los Angeles, film.lmu.edu. 4-year B.A. in recording arts (music recording and film sound). Educates students in audio engineering, music production, film sound production and post-production. Students must scout the artists they want to record. Pro Tools — based state-of-the-art facilities.
Mesa Community College
MESA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Mesa, AZ, www.mc.maricopa.edu. 2-year A.A.S. in audio production technology, 1-year certificate of completion in audio production technology. Classes in studio recording, live sound reinforcement, DAWs, electronic music (MIDI and digital audio), music business, music theory and more. Two recording studios: one equipped with a Solid State Logic console and the other with a Trident console. AKG and Neumann microphones, and high-end outboard processing. With a huge two-story studio proper, we accommodate orchestras, choirs, big band jazz and pop music bands.
Oakland, CA, www.mills.edu. B.A.s can specialize in composition with an emphasis on technology; M.F.A. degrees in composition can specialize in electronic music and recording media. Studios include 24-track analog (with Dolby SR) and Pro Tools.
Oceanside, CA, www.miracosta.edu/music. A.A. in music;certificates in recording arts, computer audio production, sound reinforcement, music technology and performance technician. Programs in commercial music, choral, instrumental and other general transfer-level courses. Two control room/studios with digital and analog recording and Pro Tools systems. MIDI/digital recording lab with 25 stations and a Foley lab.
MT. SAN JACINTO COLLEGE
San Jacinto, CA, www.msjc.edu. A.A. degrees and 18-unit certificates in audio technologies. Program on theoretical instruction, from basic audio principles to full lock-to-picture audio post with digital and analog recording. Five studio floors, four independent control rooms and computer music lab. Upper-level classes are small. Financial aid is available.
Hollywood, www.recordingconnection.com. On-the-job training in major recording studios, record companies, and radio and TV stations. Available in every city or town. Call for free video or CD-ROM. Network of more than 5,000 recording studios in the U.S. and Canada. Accredited.
Hollywood, www.mi.edu. 4-year Bachelor of Music degrees; 18-month music certificate programs; 6-month recording engineer program, recording artist program, music business program and guitar craft academy. Three-story, 64,000-square-foot complex contains classrooms, labs, studios, rehearsal space, live performance facilities and concert venues.
San Francisco, www.onlinedjschool.com. Low-cost programs for anyone who is just starting out as a DJ or is refreshing their skills. With our programs, you can learn any place and any time with no schedules to interfere.
PACIFIC AUDIO VISUAL INSTITUTE
Vancouver, BC, www.pacificav.com. 1-year diploma programs in audio engineering/production, film/music business, game design and film/digital arts. World-class commercial recording studio. Film students graduate with a pro portfolio and studio experience. Game design students graduate with a completed game and a game engine license.
San Francisco, www.pyramind.com. 8-month certificate programs: digital producer, post-production and electronic music producer. Hands-on training interacting with industry professionals in the recording studio and classroom. Students learn current software and hardware skills and techniques for media and music production.
ROCK ‘N’ ROLL RANCH STUDIOS
Las Vegas, www.rocknrollranchstudios.com. 20-week course covers basic to advanced recording techniques and skills.
SACRAMENTO CITY COLLEGE
Sacramento, www.scc.losrios.edu. 2-year program encompassing live sound reinforcement, studio audio engineering, and post-production editing for picture and for sound and independent projects. Associate degrees or certificate programs.
SAN DIEGO COMMUNITY COLLEGE
San Diego, CA, www.sdccd.net. 2-year A.A. in electronic music. Students receive a well-rounded music education while focusing on Pro Tools in a Mac-based lab. Graduates are prepared for entry-level positions in recording studios, radio and TV stations, multimedia facilities including Web-based production, as live sound engineers, etc.
SAN DIEGO MESA COLLEGE
San Diego, CA, www.sandiegomesacollege.net. 2-year certificate, associate degree. Beginning to advanced classes in the Mesa College Electronic Music Studio are hands-on and cover several different music composition, production and recording techniques.
SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY
www.sfsu.edu. B.A. and M.A. in radio and television with emphasis in music recording, audio-for-visual media and audio post-production. Fully equipped studio with 2-inch analog multitrack, state-of-the-art DAWs and labs for individual work.
SANTA BARBARA CITY COLLEGE
Santa Barbara, CA, www.sbcc.cc.ca.us.
SANTA MONICA COLLEGE
Santa Monica, CA, academy.smc.edu. Certificates and A.A. degrees. The interactive media program is a comprehensive course in the design and implementation of Websites, interactive entertainment and other media. The program emphasizes high-quality design driven by real-world business, entertainment and technical requirements.
SCHOOL OF WORSHIP
Santa Ana, CA, www.schoolofworship.net. 1-year certificate. Program focuses on basic theological concepts, leadership, administration, music theory, studio and live engineering, vocal techniques and many others. The campus is located at Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa.
Castlegar, BC, selkirk.bc.ca. 2-year certificates in music performance, engineering or composition. A contemporary music program with an emphasis on music technology. State-of-the-art Pro Tools/ProControl studio and project studios.
SHORELINE RECORDING STUDIOS
Seattle, success.shoreline.edu/sccstudio. A.A.A.S. degrees in digital audio engineering, MIDI, music business and performance. Certificates of proficiency in Pro Tools, Digital Performer, Reason and Live. Specific courses in producing and songwriting. A.F.A. in music. Traditional A.A. and A.S. for general music transfer to 4-year schools. Regional Grammy University, active Student AES Chapter. Four different digital and analog control rooms, DAWs, analog and digital consoles.
Meridian, ID, www.soundharvest.com. Training for church volunteers on-site, includes training of worship teams, thorough P.A. system check and 2-day seminar with training on-site.
Los Angeles, www.soundmasterrecording.com. 8-month audio engineer program. Small classes, analog and digital equipment, and a curriculum that covers all the aspects of the industry that you’ll need to land gigs as an audio engineer. Accredited.
Phoenix, www.studiocatproductions.com. Courses include recording, editing and mixing of music created by Arizona’s top local artists. Small class sizes, hands-on training. Instructed by multi-Platinum Award — winning engineer Jamison Weddle.
Vancouver, BC, www.trebas.com. 3-year B.A. in sound technology, 1-year diploma programs. Courses in music business, audio, record production, film/TV production, post-production, interactive multimedia and computer animation. High-tech studios and labs. Lifetime national job-search assistance. Authorized training center for Cubase and Macromedia.
Los Angeles, www.uclaextension.edu/entertainmentstudies. Certificate programs that prepare students in the art and science of the music business, songwriting, recording engineering and film scoring. Entertainment Studies has a curriculum of required and elective courses that cover theory and practice in audio technology, equipment, musicianship and business practice.
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO
La Jolla, CA, music.ucsd.edu. The Computer Music program emphasizes research in new techniques for electronic music composition and performance, and an active concert program emphasizing new works.
University of Denver
UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO, DENVER
www.cudenver.edu. 4-year B.S. in recording arts, 2-year M.S. in recording arts with emphasis in pedagogy, audio forensics, adv. RA. Five control rooms, 24-track analog and digital, audio sweetening, surround sound and audio forensics. National internship program. AES Student Section and SPARS member.
UNIVERSITY OF DENVER
www.du.edu/lamont. 4-year concentration in audio production within the jazz and commercial music program. The school is housed in the Newman Center for the Performing Arts, comprising state-of-the-art classrooms, concert halls and a Pro Tools HD — based studio. Students work in the electronic music studio and on the Yamaha PM5D and Sony Oxford digital consoles.
UNIVERSITY OF OREGON, EUGENE
darkwing.uoregon.edu/~fmo. The curriculum balances the development of artistic and creative skills with the mastery of the discipline’s technical aspects. Courses emphasize music composition, performance and real-time interactive media environments. Focus is on creation of experimental types of musical content.
UNIVERSITY OF THE PACIFIC
Stockton, CA, www.pacific.edu/conservatory/music_conservatory.asp. 4-year bachelor degrees in music composition and music management. Introductory and advanced training in the use of music technology for composers and music-management professionals.
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Los Angeles, www.usc.edu/schools/music/programs/industry. B.S. degree. The technology track emphasizes recording, MIDI and other music technologies. Computer lab with 15 workstations, featuring Pro Tools, Logic, Reason, Finale and Digital Performer. Our main studio has Pro Tools HD, ProControl 40-fader worksurface, and a large selection of microphones and outboard equipment.
VANCOUVER FILM SCHOOL
Vancouver, BC, www.vfs.com. Digidesign Operator certificate. Audio engineering for visual media. Students learn the culture of the industry by designing sound for film, games and animation, and specialize in mixing, dialog editing, recording or music production. All students graduate with original demo reels.
Burbank, CA, www.videosymphony.com. Pro Tools User and Expert certification classes and exams. Authorized Pro Tools editing/mixing/sound design classes and career program. Job-centric, professional training for Hollywood professionals. Other career programs in Avid video editing and motion graphics are offered.
WOMEN’S AUDIO MISSION
San Francisco, www.womensaudiomission.org. WAM seeks to create an environment that will encourage and enable the aspirations of women in the recording arts and, in turn, expand the vision and voice of media and popular culture. We provide access to audio technology and training to record sound for music, radio, film, television and the Internet for women and girls.