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Audio Engineering and Video Production

Audio engineering and video production is the area of study and employment that is responsible for the recording, editing, and finalization of audio and video for the purposes of art and/or entertainment.  Individuals in this field will work with various software and equipment to produce and finalize the given work.  Audio engineers may choose to work with software such as Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Apple Logic Pro, or Propellerheads.  Video producers may choose to work with software such as Pinnacle Studio, Adobe Premier Elements, or AVS Video Editor.   Individuals working in this field will typically work with other specialist to blend ideas, change effects, and make edits to meet client or supervisory demands.

Career Summary

MEDIAN SALARY

$47,450

PERCENT ABOVE NATIONAL
INCOME AVERAGE

21.88%

TOTAL SECTOR EMPLOYMENT

69,670

Degree Median Salary vs Adjacent Degree Types

Source: BLS, US Census, and IPEDS

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Johns Hopkins University (JHU) is a public research university that is a world leader in education, research and medical healthcare. When it was founded in 1876 by benefactor Johns Hopkins, it was divided into the university and a separate hospital - The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Today the university has three major campuses: the headquarters "Homewood" campus in Baltimore, a campus in Washington, D.C., and a campus in Montgomery County, Maryland. Johns Hopkins University also maintains learning facilities throughout the Baltimore-Washington area and in China and Italy.

The Homewood Campus sits on 140 acres of green space and offers courses for part-time and full-time undergraduates, as well as programs for full-time graduate students. Part-time coursework is also available to master's degree students.

Johns Hopkins Institutions are comprised of the university and the Johns Hopkins Health System. Together, these institutions are the state's largest private employer.

Johns Hopkins programs rank first among U.S. universities in many areas, including federally funded research programs, the School of Medicine and the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Johns Hopkins faculty members and their research colleagues have won more federal research and development funding than any other university in the U.S. since 1979.

History

Johns Hopkins University was opened in 1876 with the mission to provide "knowledge for the world."  From the beginning, Johns Hopkins administrators believed that research and teaching are interdependent, so both areas have developed at an even pace over more than 130 years.

Academics

The general academic calendar for Johns Hopkins University follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer semesters. However, the summer semester is divided into several "Summer Sessions." There is a "Winter Intersession" offered in January.

Each of Johns Hopkins University's nine schools maintains separate academic calendars, which may vary somewhat from the general academic calendar. Students are encouraged to consult the academic calendar for their specific school within the university to determine their schedules.

Colleges and Schools

  • Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
  • Whiting School of Engineering
  • Carey Business School
  • School of Education
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Nursing
  • Peabody Institute
  • Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) 

The Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is a division of the university that is equal to the nine schools, but with a non-academic, research-based mission. APL is located between Baltimore and Washington. It supports national security and pursues space science, exploration of the Solar System and other civilian research and development.

The schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing share a campus in east Baltimore with The Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Peabody Institute, a professional school of music, is located on Mount Vernon Place in downtown Baltimore. SAIS is located in Washington's Dupont Circle area.  The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, the Whiting School of Engineering, the School of Education and the Carey Business School are based at the Homewood campus in northern Baltimore, which is considered the headquarters of Johns Hopkins University.

Student Life

The Homewood Campus of Johns Hopkins University is a community within a larger city for the students who reside there. Residential halls offer on-campus housing, and students on campus enjoy a range of meal plans and dining options. There are things to do around campus year-round, with outdoor movies shown at the quad in summer, an annual speaker series, and more than 360 student groups, clubs and organizations that cover every interest. The fine arts and performing arts communities are very active on campus, offering a full calendar of entertainment. For more ideas about what to do on campus, students may access the events calendar online at www.event.jhu.edu.

JHU students can access a host of services and resources online, where they will find links to student affairs, calendars, libraries, fitness and health centers, ministries, campus facilities, ID card services, and more.

The Arts and Culture at The Johns Hopkins University is thriving. Students can choose from some of the following:

  • Homewood Museum
  • Evergreen Museum & Library
  • Homewood Art Workshops Gallery
  • Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum
  • WJHU, Johns Hopkins Student Radio
  • Ballroom Dance Club
  • Digital Media Center
  • Johns Hopkins Film Fest
  • Hopkins Symphony Orchestra
  • JHU Symposium on Foreign Affairs
  • Homewood Arts Programs
  • Barnstormers Theater Group
  • Johns Hopkins University Theatre

Traditions

The traditional school colors for Johns Hopkins University are light "Columbia" blue and black, with white as an accent color. The school mascot is a blue jay, and the athletic teams are nicknamed the Johns Hopkins "Blue Jays." The Athletic Department was founded in 1876.

Athletics

The Johns Hopkins "Blue Jays" athletic teams have won many state and national championships while competing in several intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Water Polo
  • Wrestling

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Fencing
  • Field Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

  • Homewood
  • East Baltimore
  • Peabody Campus
  • SAIS Washington
  • SAIS Bologna
  • SAIS Nanjing
  • Applied Physics Laboratory
  • Washington, D.C., Center
  • Montgomery County
  • Columbia, Md.

Community Life

The Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute (UHI) is an initiative that forms a vital connection with East Baltimore. The UHI fosters University and community partnerships in health care, education and community planning. The UHI works with local residents, educators, philanthropic organizations, elected representatives and community leaders, in addition to the wealth of intellectual resources at JHU.

A community garden is underway on the Johns Hopkins at Eastern campus, due to the efforts of a small group of students and support from several university offices.

The garden was created for Real Food Hopkins, a student-run group committed to bringing local, sustainable, humane and fairly priced food to the Homewood campus and the surrounding Baltimore area.

There are many things for students and visitors to see and do in Baltimore, Maryland. The Maryland seafood is world-famous; there are many city festivals and events to enjoy, including Restaurant Week in Baltimore's Inner Harbor area or the Preakness Stakes. The Baltimore Orioles and Baltimore Ravens play at Camden Yards.

Other activities include the Art, Cultural and Historic Museums, the National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center, and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History, among others.

Acceptance Rate

11.17

Student to Faculty Ratio

7:1

American University is a nonprofit private institution located in Washington, District Of Columbia and provides a large number of degree programs for students. The United Methodist affiliation of this school is an important part of the history, education and curriculum that defines the school. Enrollment at AU exceeds 13,000 per year.

A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Legal Professions And Studies
  • Social Sciences
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Education

Students applying for admission are most often asked to submit an application, school records, test scores and any requested letters of recommendations, which will then be reviewed by the admissions staff. Most common test scores among applicants admitted to AU are between 26 - 30 on the ACT, or 1750 - 2050 for the SAT exam. 42% of those students that apply are accepted to American University, of which 20% choose to attend. More information regarding admissions can be found at american.edu.

The cost of tuition is close to $42,000 for the year. Tuition prices may change for any number of reasons, and as such students should use the school's price of attendance calculator to understand their personalized cost estimate of attendance. The cost of on-campus housing is estimated to be $10,000 for the year. Students at this school may be eligible for aid which is generally scholarships, grants, and loans.

Athletic programs are available at American University through the NCAA, allowing students to participate in intercollegiate athletics. Sports available may include:

  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-AAA)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-AAA)
  • Field Hockey (NCAA Division I-AAA)
  • Lacrosse (NCAA Division I-AAA)

To see a full list of academic programs offered, enrollment information, admissions information, and more, please visit the school's website at http://www.american.edu.

Acceptance Rate

36.08

Student to Faculty Ratio

12:1

Brigham Young University (BYU) is an institute of higher learning located in the beautiful mountain region of Provo, Utah.  It is dedicated to academic excellence and the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  The university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, and is recognized for very strong programs in language, performing arts, sports and international studies.

History

Brigham Young University was established in 1875 as "Brigham Young Academy" in the current city of Provo. The campus was moved in 1891, and the name was changed to Brigham Young University in 1903.  The original charge was that all teachings at the university should be rooted in scripture, and the integration of academics and faith in the gospel continues today.

The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints sponsors BYU, which is part of the Church Educational System. 

Academics

Brigham Young University follows a semester calendar with fall and winter semesters, and shorter spring and summer "terms."

Colleges and Schools

The colleges and schools at Brigham Young University include:

  • Marriott Business School
  • Continuing Education
  • McKay School of Education
  • Fulton College of Engineering and Technology
  • Family, Home and Social Sciences
  • Fine Arts and Communications
  • Graduate Studies
  • Humanities
  • Independent Study
  • David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies
  • Law School
  • Life Sciences
  • Nursing
  • Physical and Mathematical Sciences
  • Religious Education
  • Undergraduate Education

Student Life

Student Services at BYU include "Student Links," programs and organizations that help students to connect and become involved.  These programs include BYUSA (Student Services Association), Campus Life Events, clubs, a graduate study society, international cinema, intramural sports, new student orientation, Outdoors Unlimited, service and learning opportunities, and more.

Other student services include an accessibility center, a book exchange and bookstore, the Center for Conflict Resolution, the Counseling & Career Center, Health Services, Wilkinson Student Center, Women's Services & Resources, and a selection of dining spots, among other amenities.

Brigham Young University offers various living on-campus living options for single and married students.  Off-campus housing is also available from landlords who agree to abide by BYU's housing guidelines for students.

Traditions

BYU's mascot is "Cosmo" the Cougar, and one of BYU's two traditional spirit songs is known as "The Cougar Song" or "The Cougar Fight Song."  The other traditional spirit song from BYU is the "College Song for Brigham Young University."

There is a giant "Y" that stands on the mountain behind the BYU campus, which is lit for special occasions and events.

Athletics

Brigham Young University has one of the top intercollegiate athletics programs in the country, with many national championships to its credit.  The sports facilities at BYU are also top-notch, offering both indoor and outdoor training complexes and stadiums.

Intercollegiate sports at BYU include, but are not limited to:

Men's Sports Teams:

  • Football
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball

Women's Sports Teams:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

BYU's main campus is in Provo, Utah, but there are many BYU continuing education and literacy programs, as well as seminaries and religious institutes, around the world.

BYU satellite campuses include:

  • Laie, Hawaii
  • Resburg, Idaho
  • LDS Business College in Salt Lake City, Utah

Community Life

Provo, Utah and Provo Canyon are beautiful regional areas, offering much to see and do.  There are many outdoor activities available, as well as musical concerts, films, museums and more.

Acceptance Rate

67.49

Student to Faculty Ratio

N.A

Butler University is a nonprofit private institution located in Indianapolis, Indiana and provides a large number of educational opportunities for students. Over four thousand students enroll at Butler University per year. Areas of study offered at Butler University include but are not limited to:

  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Education
  • Physical Sciences
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
To be considered for admissions, applicants may be required to fill out an application, provide letters of recommendations, and submit school records, which are then reviewed by admissions officials. Either the SAT or ACT exam must be taken in order to apply to this school. Scores within the range of 25 - 30 on the ACT or 1590 - 1880 on the SAT are needed to increase the chance of getting accepted. This school has an acceptance rate of 61% of which only 16% decided to attend. More information on admissions can be found from the school's site or by requesting information here. The cost of tuition is nearly $35,000 annually. Tuition prices may change for a variety of reasons, and therefore students should visit the school's tuition calculator to get a better idea of their costs. Student housing is available on-campus for students. The annual cost of housing is estimated to be $5,700. Students at this school may be eligible for aid which is generally grants and loans. The Butler University "Bulldogs" compete in a number of intercollegiate sports through participation in the NCAA. Sports available may include but not limited to:
  • Baseball (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Football (NCAA Division I-AA)
Students may visit the Butler University website to see a complete list of areas of study, financial aid details, and more that is available at this school.

Acceptance Rate

73.17

Student to Faculty Ratio

11:1

Founded in 1820, Indiana University in Bloomington has since become the flagship campus of the Indiana University System and the main campus of Indiana University. IU Bloomington is a major research university that is distinguished among the best universities in the world, offering over 300 undergraduate programs and nearly 200 professional degrees. Among its institutions are the Kelley School of Business, Maurer School of Law, and the Schools of Education, Public and Environmental Affairs, and Journalism.

The university is also known for its Individualized Major Program which allows students to tackle multidisciplinary studies, leading to a bachelor of arts degree conferred by the IUB College of Arts and Sciences. Students with exemplary academic performances are recruited into the Hutton Honors College, with provisions for merit scholarships and admission to the Honors Residential Community.

Situated over 2,000 acres, IUB is home to numerous cultural institutes and research centers, including the Kinsey Institute, IU Research and Teaching Preserve, and the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center. The university also features the Jacobs School of Music, known as one of the best music schools in the world.

Students are given the opportunity to participate in fundraising events for charity and scholarships such as the Little 500 bicycle race, IU Sing, and the Dance Marathon. Notable campus traditions include painting the Jordan Avenue bridges for student events and the Senior Tree Dedication, an annual event sponsored by the current graduating class. Participation in athletic events are led by the IU Hoosiers, known mostly for achievements by the men's basketball and soccer teams.

Acceptance Rate

77.91

Student to Faculty Ratio

16:1

Ithaca College is a nonprofit private institution located in Ithaca, NY and provides a large number of degree programs for students. Ithaca College has an annual student enrollment of over six thousand. A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Communications And Journalism
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Visual And Performing Arts
  • Psychology
Students applying for admission are required to submit an application, transcripts, test scores and any requested application essays, which will then be reviewed by the admissions staff. Either the SAT or ACT exam can be taken in order to be able to apply to IC. Scores in a range of 23 - 28 on the ACT or 1570 - 1880 on the SAT are needed to greatly increase your chances for getting accepted. This school has an acceptance rate of 68% of which only 18% decided to attend. More information on admissions can be found here. Undergraduate tuition is approximately $39,000 for the year, though it may vary based on different types of circumstances. Students should visit the school's price of attendance calculator to determine a more personalized cost estimate. On-campus housing is available for students, which costs about $7,600 per year. Financial aid may be offered to students that meet the necessary requirements. The mascot for Ithaca College is the "Bombers", and they participate in intercollegiate athletics through the NCAA. Sports available may include:
  • Baseball (NCAA Division III)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division III)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division III)
  • Field Hockey (NCAA Division III)
Contact information, financial aid information, programs offered, and much more may be viewed on school's website at http://www.ithaca.edu.

Acceptance Rate

72.76

Student to Faculty Ratio

10:1

Lebanon Valley College provides a variety of degree programs for students to guide them in their growth and development. The school is located in Annville, PA and operated as a private institution. The United Methodist affiliation at the school is an important part of the history, education and curriculum that defines the school. About two thousand students enroll at LVC annually.

A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Education
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Psychology
  • Visual And Performing Arts
  • English Language And Literature

To be considered for admissions, students may be required to fill out an application, write a personal statement, and submit any transcripts or test scores, which are then reviewed by admissions staff. 67% of students that apply are accepted to this school, of which 20 percent choose to enroll. More information from the admissions office can be found at lvc.edu.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is close to $37,000 for the year. Tuition prices may change for any number of reasons, and that is why students should use the school's price of attendance calculator to understand their personalized cost estimate of attendance. Housing may be available for those who wish to live on-campus for around a cost of $4,700 annually. Some students at Lebanon Valley College may qualify for financial aid, which is typically offered in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.

The mascot for Lebanon Valley College is the "Flying Dutchmen", and they participate in intercollegiate sports through the NCAA. Sports available:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division III)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division III)
  • Field Hockey (NCAA Division III)

Students may visit the school's http://www.lvc.edu to see additional information.

Acceptance Rate

79.58

Student to Faculty Ratio

10:1

York College Pennsylvania provides a variety of program options for students to guide them in their growth and development. The school is located in York, Pennsylvania and operated as a private institution. Nearly 5,600 students enroll at York College Pennsylvania per year. Students can pick from several areas of study, including but not limited to:

  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Security And Protective Services
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Education
  • Recreation And Fitness Studies
To be considered for admissions, you may be required to complete an application, provide letters of recommendations, and submit test scores or other school records, which are then reviewed by the admissions office. An ACT or SAT exam may be required prior to applying, with scores in a range of 1450 to 1720 for the SAT exam and in a range of 20 to 25 for the ACT exam is typical among students accepted to York College Pennsylvania. YCP has an acceptance rate of around 73% of which only 15% decided to enroll. More information from the admissions office can be found from the school site or by requesting an admission packet here. The cost of tuition is around $17,000, but may change yearly. Students are encouraged to use the school's price of attendance calculator to better estimate their cost of attendance. Student housing is available for students, which costs approximately $5,500 annually. York College Pennsylvania may offer financial aid for students that are eligible as scholarships, grants, and loans. The mascot for York College Pennsylvania is the "Spartans", and they participate in intercollegiate sports through the oversight and organization of the NCAA. Athletic programs available may include the following:
  • Baseball (NCAA Division III)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division III)
  • Field Hockey (NCAA Division III)
Students may visit the YCP website to obtain a complete list of areas of study, programs, student services, and more.

Acceptance Rate

68.96

Student to Faculty Ratio

14:1

About
Michigan Technical University, a public four year research institution located in Houghton, Michigan, was founded 1885 as the Michigan Mining School. The school was established by Jay Abel Hubbell to provide an education for mining engineers. The school maintained mining education until the end of World War I, where it began adding technical programs to its offerings. By 1931 the school had increased its enrollment, and as a result it began adding more programs, going through a series of name changes and eventually offering over 130 programs and having an enrollment of nearly 7000 students a year. Michigan Tech is considered one of the best schools in the midwestern United States by the Princeton Review, and 115th overall according to US News and World Report.

Academics
Michigan Technical University offers a large number of programs resulting in undergraduate and graduate degrees. The large number of programs allows students to find a program that is right for them in achieving their academic and professional goals. Though the school is referred to as a technical university, it offers programs in a variety of fields. The school also has a large number of minors available to help students augment their education. Graduate programs reflect the technical aspects of the school, focusing primarily on engineering and sciences.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid
Students may apply online to begin the admissions process at Michigan Technical University. Students will also provide transcripts and test scores, all of which will be used to determine whether or not students will be admitted to the university. Once all information has been received, it will be reviewed by the admission committee and final decision made well prior to the start of the fall semester.

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, work study programs and scholarships. Students in need of financial assistance must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which will be used by the school to determine need, eligibility and awards. Students may be required to provide additional information regarding finances and taxes to ensure the accuracy o0f the provided information prior to the disbursement of funds. A number of scholarships are also available through private organizations which require separate applications and are awarded for a variety of reasons.

Athletics
The Michigan Tech Huskies participate in a number of intercollegiate athletic programs through the NCAA. These programs offer  students the opportunity to experience personal and group success in a healthy competitive environment. Students also learn the value of discipline, good health and teamwork while working toward a common goal.

Athletic programs offered:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Skiing
  • Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Acceptance Rate

74.31

Student to Faculty Ratio

13:1

Located in Hollywood, California, Musicians Institute is a private institution that provides professional level education and training in music and music theory. Musicians Institute offers several programs for students to choose from. Some of the more popular programs being offered for students includes:

  • Music Performance
  • Music

Student and special services are available at Musicians Institute, offering personal and academic assistance for students, which includes:

  • Night and weekend classes available
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Assistance to find work

Student success after graduation may be determined by a number of factors, including graduation rate and loan default. At Musicians Institute, the graduation rate is about 47%, and the school has an average loan default rate of around 14%.

This school has been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation, Commission on Community/Junior College Accreditation having first received its accreditation from that agency in 1980. To learn more and get consumer disclosures, you can visit www.mi.edu.

Acceptance Rate

68.71

Student to Faculty Ratio

5:1

Greenville College provides a variety of degree programs for students to assist them in their growth and development. The school is located in Greenville, Illinois and operated as a private institution. The school's Free Methodist affiliation is one of its defining characteristics and plays an important role within the school's mission. About 1,600 students enroll at Greenville College yearly.

Here is a list of some of the popular programs Greenville College offers:

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Education
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • History
  • Public Administration And Social Services
  • Visual And Performing Arts

Students applying for admission are most often required to submit an application, transcripts, records, standardized test scores and any requested personal statements, which will then be reviewed by the admissions office. Students may take either the SAT or ACT scores to be considered for admissions at Greenville College. A score within the range of 1331 - 1773 on the SAT, or 19 - 25 for the ACT is usually submitted among admitted students. This school has an acceptance rate of around 74 percent of which only 34 percent decided to attend. More information regarding admissions can be found at greenville.edu.

The cost of tuition is nearly $24,000 for the year. Tuition prices may change for a variety of reasons, and that is why students should use the school's net price calculator to identify their cost of attendance. On-campus housing is available for students, which costs about $3,900 annually. Financial aid may be provided to students that meet the necessary requirements.

This school has several athletic programs overseen by the NCAA. Athletic programs available include:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division III)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division III)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division III)
  • Football (NCAA Division III)
  • Soccer (NCAA Division III)

Students who would like to see more about Greenville College can take a look at their website at http://www.greenville.edu.

Acceptance Rate

56.12

Student to Faculty Ratio

11:1

Principia College is a liberal arts college that offers an undergraduate education and helps students in developing important skills useful in pursuit of graduate education or employment. A liberal arts curriculum exposes students to a variety of topics and subjects. The school is located in Elsah, IL, which is a predominantly rural area. The higher teacher/student ratio and access to faculty and teachers are due primarily to the smaller enrollment, over 500 students, maintained by Principia College.

Here is a list of some of the popular programs Principia College offers:

  • Communications And Journalism
  • Visual And Performing Arts
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences

To be considered for admissions, students may be required to complete an application, provide letters of recommendations, and submit any transcripts or test scores, which are then evaluated by the admissions committee. Students may provide either the ACT or SAT exam scores to be considered for admissions at Principia College. A score between 1376 - 1911 on the SAT, or 21 - 30 for the ACT is usually submitted among accepted students. 80% of those who apply are accepted to this school, of which 61 percent choose to enroll. More information from the admissions office can be found here.

Tuition is approximately $28,000 per year, though it may change based on any number of circumstances. Students should check the school's net price calculator to determine cost. The price of on-campus housing is around $5,100 for the year. Some students at Principia College may be eligible for financial aid, which is typically provided in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.

The Principia College Panthers participate in a number of intercollegiate athletic programs, with competitions managed and overseen by the NCAA.

Contact information, admission forms, areas of study, and much more can be accessed on school's website at http://www.principiacollege.edu.

Acceptance Rate

91.43

Student to Faculty Ratio

6:1

Ball State University is a comprehensive public research university located on a beautiful campus with buildings of Classic architecture in Muncie, Indiana. It offers roughly 180 undergraduate majors and 12 pre-professional programs, and more than 100 programs at the master's and doctoral levels. The Princeton Review has deemed Ball State one of the best colleges in the Midwest, and U.S. News & World Report has ranked it number eight among "up-and-coming" colleges. Top-ranked programs include architecture and landscape architecture, entrepreneurship, telecommunications and education.

Ball State is known for its commitment to immersive learning, with most programs incorporating research, community partnerships, practical experience and projects into the curricula. The immersive learning approach is an integration of content, skills, societal need and student interests. These programs can be completed on campus, off campus, throughout Indiana, or overseas. Practical, real-world experience is emphasized. For example, students in Ball State's entrepreneurship program must pitch a business plan to a panel of experts, who judge its viability. Students in the performance arts at Ball State participate in talent showcases held in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

Ball State boasts an excellent faculty of top experts, with professor-level instructors teaching more than ninety percent of all classes. Thanks to Ball State's approach to immersive learning, all faculty members are heavily involved in projects, research and partnerships as part of the teaching curriculum. The research faculty benefit from Ball State's increasing emphasis on technology transfer and commercialization to support faculty in bringing their ideas to market for the benefit of Indiana's economy.

There are a variety of learning opportunities at Ball State, including internships, study abroad programs, a Building Better Communities Fellows Program, and many community charter schools for local children. Ball State has an outdoor classroom and laboratory that provides hands-on learning for its nature programs, including a forest, a prairie, wetlands, greenhouses, and agricultural ground.

History

In 1899, the community of Muncie, Indiana founded as a private teacher-training college. The college did not thrive, and its land and buildings were later purchased and donated to the city by the Ball brothers - industrialists who aimed to establish a local college that would help to boost Muncie's development. The new school that was established as a result of this gift was called the Indiana State Normal School Eastern Division. It opened in 1918, but was renamed the Ball Teachers College in 1922. It was renamed again in 1929, becoming Ball State Teachers College.

Throughout the 1960s, the curricula expanded and the college attracted top faculty. Enrollment and funding increased. In 1965, the college was renamed Ball State University.

Academics

The Ball State University academic calendar follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer semesters. The summer semester is comprised of two shorter sessions.

Colleges and Schools

Ball State University has seven academic colleges that offer approximately 170 majors, 88 master's degrees, 16 doctoral degrees, and four specialist programs.

  • College of Applied Sciencesand Technology
  • College of Architecture and Planning
  • Miller College of Business
  • College of Communication, Information, and Media
  • College of Fine Arts
  • College of Sciencesand Humanities
  • Teachers College

In addition to its colleges, Ball State has many academic centers, institutes, clinics and bureaus, as well as academic research and outreach units.

Student Life

Students at Ball State University are encouraged to become involved in one of the many organizations available on campus in order to develop social and leadership skills and serve the greater community. Involvement in clubs can also provide opportunities for professional networking and can boost a resume. There are clubs and organizations that focus on professions, academics, cultural heritage, religion performing arts, special interests and sports. Additionally, there are many active fraternities and sororities on campus, and university housing organizations that provide opportunities for making the Ball State campus a better place to live.

The Ball State events calendar includes tours of Broadway shows, top division athletics, music headliners, professional dance companies, guest speakers and more.

Traditions

The traditional school colors for Ball State University are red and white with black as an accent color.  The school mascot is a cardinal, who appears as "Charlie Cardinal" at many athletic events to energize and entertain the crowds. The athletic teams are nicknamed the Ball State "Cardinals."

Fight Song
Fight team fight for Ball State
We must win this game
Onward now you Cardinals
Bring glory to your name
Fight! Fight! Fight!

Here's to both our colors
Cardinal and White
Praying for a victory
So fight, fight, fight!

Athletics

The Ball State "Cardinals" athletic teams participate in many intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

Ball State University has only one primary campus, but offers many International Programs and distance or online education that lead to a degree, certificate or continuing education credits.

Community Life

Ball State University conducts many projects and a significant amount of research to help drive innovation in the State of Indiana. The Building Better Communities initiative provides an opportunity for students and faculty to partner with local leaders on development projects.

Acceptance Rate

76.71

Student to Faculty Ratio

16:1

Belmont University provides a variety of degree programs for students to aid them in their growth and development. The school is located in Nashville, Tennessee and operated as a private institution. The Interdenominational affiliation at the school is an important part of the history, education and mission that defines the school. Approximately 5,900 students are enrolled annually at Belmont University.

A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Visual And Performing Arts
  • Education
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences

The admissions process begins with the submission of an application, school records, and test scores, which are then reviewed by the admissions office. Students may submit either the ACT or SAT scores to be considered for admissions at Belmont University. A score between 1060 - 1270 on the SAT, or 24 - 29 for the ACT is usually submitted among admitted students. 82% of students that apply are accepted to Belmont University, of which 36% choose to enroll. More information regarding admissions can be found at belmont.edu.

The cost of tuition is nearly $27,000 for the year. Tuition prices may change for any number of reasons, and therefore students should visit the school's tuition calculator to get a better idea of their costs. Housing is available for students, which costs around $5,800 annually. Financial aid may be offered to students that meet the required requirements by way of scholarships, grants, and loans.

The Belmont University "Bruins" compete in a number of intercollegiate sports through participation in the NCAA. Sports available may include but not limited to:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division I-AAA)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-AAA)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-AAA)

Contact information, financial aid information, programs, and more can be viewed on school's website at http://www.belmont.edu.

Acceptance Rate

83.8

Student to Faculty Ratio

14:1

George Fox University is a nonprofit private institution located in Newberg, Oregon and provides a large number of degree programs for students. The school maintains a Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) affiliation, which is evident in the role it plays in program curriculums and daily life at the school. Around 3,500 students enroll at George Fox University annually.

Areas of study offered at George Fox University include:

  • Education
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Psychology
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Health And Clinical Professions

To be considered for admissions, you may be asked to complete an application, provide letters of recommendations, and submit school transcripts, which are then evaluated by admissions staff. The majority of students admitted to this school have an SAT score within the range of 980 to 1240, or an ACT score in a range of 21 to 27. Roughly 80% of all applicant were accepted at this school, with 23% of those admitted choosing to enroll. More information regarding admissions can be found here.

The cost of tuition is nearly $32,000 annually. Tuition prices may change for any number of reasons, and that is why students should use the school's tuition calculator to identify their personalized cost estimate of attendance. Housing is available for students, and generally costs around $5,800 annually. Students at this school may be eligible for aid which is typically grants and loans.

Athletic programs are available at George Fox University through the NCAA, allowing students to participate in intercollegiate sports. Sports available:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division III)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division III)
  • Golf (NCAA Division III)
  • Soccer (NCAA Division III)
  • Softball (NCAA Division III)

Acceptance Rate

82.39

Student to Faculty Ratio

14:1

Minnesota State University - Moorhead provides a variety of educational opportunities for students to aid them in their growth and development. The school is located in Moorhead, MN and publically funded. Enrollment at MSU Moorhead exceeds 7,500 per year. A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Communications And Journalism
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Education
The admissions process begins with the submission of an application, transcripts, records, and test scores, which are then evaluated by the admissions office. A SAT or ACT exam is required prior to applying, with scores within the range of 1003 - 1120 on the SAT and between 20 - 24 on the ACT is typical among students admitted to Minnesota State University - Moorhead. This school has an acceptance rate of about 63% of which only 43% decided to attend.  Key admissions information can be gathered by completing the form on this page or calling the school. The cost of tuition is close to $8,100 annually. Tuition prices may change for a variety of reasons, and that is why students should use the school's net price calculator to understand their cost of attendance. Housing may be available for those who wish to live on-campus for around a cost of $4,600 per year. Financial aid may be offered to students that meet the required requirements in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs. The MSU Moorhead "Dragons" compete in a number of intercollegiate sports through participation in the NCAA. Athletic programs available:
  • Basketball (NCAA Division II)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division II)
  • Football (NCAA Division II)
  • Golf (NCAA Division II)

Acceptance Rate

65.38

Student to Faculty Ratio

19:1

Kuyper College is a nonprofit private college that has a large selection of degrees available for students to choose from. The school is located in Grand Rapids, MI, in a predominantly suburban area. The Protestant (Other) affiliation at the school is an important part of the history, education and curriculum that defines the school. The school enrolls 340 students per year, allowing for a more personalized education. Here is a list of some of the popular programs Kuyper College offers:

  • Public Administration And Social Services
  • Theology And Religious Vocations
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences
  • Education
  • Communications And Journalism
  • Business And Marketing Studies
Students applying for admission are most often asked to submit an application, school records, standardized test scores and any requested application essays, which will then be reviewed by the admissions staff. Most students admitted to Kuyper College score in-between 20 to 25 on the ACT exam. This school has an admissions rate of around 55 percent of which only 30 percent decided to enroll.  More information regarding admissions can be gathered via their primary portal or by simply requesting information via our portal. The cost of tuition is approximately $19,000, but may change per year. Students are encouraged to visit the school's tuition calculator to better understand their cost of attendance. Students at this school may be eligible for aid which is generally loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs. Students who wish to view more about Kuyper College can visit their website at kuyper.edu.

Acceptance Rate

62

Student to Faculty Ratio

11:1

Malone University, a nonprofit private institution, offers an assortment of educational opportunities, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Canton, OH, it offers an urban setting for students to study in. The school maintains a Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) affiliation, which is evident in the role it plays in program curriculums and daily life at the school. Malone University has a yearly student enrollment of about 2,500. Areas of study available at Malone University include but are not limited to:

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Communications And Journalism
  • Recreation And Fitness Studies
  • Education
The admissions process will include the submission of an application, student records, and test scores, which are then reviewed by the admissions committee. Either the SAT or ACT exam must be taken to apply to Malone University. Scores between 20 to 26 on the ACT or 895 to 1135 on the SAT are required to increase your chances for acceptance. Approximately 80 percent of all applicant were admitted at this school, with 30 percent of those admitted choosing to attend. More information on admissions can be found here. The cost of undergraduate tuition is close to $26,000, but may change each year. Students are encouraged to visit the school's price of attendance calculator to better estimate their cost of attendance. Student housing is available on-campus for students. The annual cost of housing is around $4,600. Some students at this school may be eligible for financial aid, which is typically offered in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs. Students may visit the website to get a complete list of areas of study, admissions information, and more that is available at this school.

Acceptance Rate

70.88

Student to Faculty Ratio

11:1

Savannah College of Art and Design, located in Savannah, GA, is a nonprofit private art institution that offers interested students career training and education in the fields of art and design. SCAD offers over forty different programs available, with a Master's degree being the highest degree available. The more popular programs among aspiring artists are shown below:

  • Illustration
  • Animation
  • Photography
  • Graphic Design
  • Cinematography And Film
  • Fashion Design

To support students and graduates, SCAD may offer some services to students like those listed below:

  • Online classes
  • Career path counseling
  • Work study style employment
  • Assisting students to find work

Student success after graduation may be determined by a number of factors, including graduation rate and loan default. At SCAD, the graduation rate is around 64%, and the school has an average loan default rate of around 3%.

Savannah College of Art and Design has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges having first received its accreditation from that agency in 2005. To learn more and get consumer disclosures, please visit scad.edu.

Acceptance Rate

95.91

Student to Faculty Ratio

21:1

Minnesota State University - Mankato provides a variety of educational opportunities for students to aid them in their growth and development. The school is located in Mankato, MN and publically funded. Minnesota State University - Mankato has a yearly student enrollment of approximately 15,000.

Areas of study offered at msu include but are not limited to:

  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Education
  • Security And Protective Services
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences

To be considered for admissions, applicants may be required to fill out an application, write a personal statement, and submit school transcripts, which are then studied by admissions staff. Most students accepted to msu score in-between 20 to 24 on the ACT. 89% of those students that apply are accepted to msu, of which 45% choose to attend. More information regarding admissions can be found here.

The cost of tuition varies for in-state and out-of-state residents. In-state residents pay around $7,900 and out-of-state residents pay $16,000 for the year. Some students at Minnesota State University - Mankato may qualify for financial aid, which is generally provided as scholarships, grants, and loans.

The Minnesota State University - Mankato "Mavericks" have a number of intercollegiate athletic programs through participation in the NCAA. Athletic programs that are available may include:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division II)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division II)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division II)

Students who wish to see more about this school may take a look at their website at http://www.mnsu.edu.

Acceptance Rate

62.71

Student to Faculty Ratio

22:1

Texas State University - San Marcos is an institution of secondary education located in Texas hill country, equidistance between Austin and San Antonio. The San Marcos River runs nearby the main campus of Texas State, which has abundant trees, making it a beautiful setting.  Students enjoy many outdoor activities in the area around the main campus, which is situated on 457 acres.

The Aquarena Center at Texas State is located alongside the large springs in Texas, which feed the San Marcos River.  These springs support abundant aquatic life and eight endangered species, making Texas State and excellent place to study aquatic ecosystems and species.

The San Marcos campus of Texas State also has 5,038 additional acres around the area. Texas State offers roughly 100 undergraduate and 97 graduate degrees.  The student population at Texas State is quite diverse, with 35 percent being ethnic minorities.

History

In 1899, the Texas Legislature authorized Texas State University.  It first opened its doors in 1903, functioning as a teacher preparation school under the name of "Southwest Texas State Normal School."  The school's name changed several times over the years, finally becoming Texas State University-San Marcos in 2003.

Texas State University's first building was the castle-like Old Main, built in 1903 when the campus opened its doors.

Academics

Texas State University - San Marcos follows the semester system, with fall and spring semesters, as well as two shorter summer sessions that offer evening and weekend classes.

Colleges and Schools

Texas State University - San Marcos has nine academic colleges:

  • Applied Arts
  • McCoy College of Business Administration
  • Education
  • Fine Arts and Communication
  • Health Professions
  • Liberal Arts
  • Science and Engineering
  • University College
  • Graduate College

Student Life

Texas State University - San Marcos offers many on-campus housing options, with assistance provided by the Department of Housing and Residential Life.

There are many student clubs and organizations for students to get involved in at Texas State. With everything from Greek Life (fraternities and sororities) to political groups or major-specific organizations, there is something available for everyone.  The university also offers many student activities and services, including Study Abroad programs, the Associated Student Government, University Radio Station, Career Services, Financial Aid and Scholarships, a Student Health Center, a variety of intramural sports teams, and more.

Athletics

The Texas State "Bobcats" teams compete in many intercollegiate athletics, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Track and Field

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

In addition to Texas State University's main San Marcos campus on the banks of the San Marcos River, the university also has a campus in Round Rock, Texas.  This campus is The Round Rock Higher Education Center (RRHEC), which is often called "Texas State - Round Rock."  On this campus students can attend upper-level courses for bachelor's degrees or masters degrees, as well as certificate programs.  For lower-level courses, students may attend the nearby Austin Community College and Temple College at Taylor.  If a student completes his/her degree requirements at the Texas State - Round Rock campus, the degree will officially be earned from Texas State University - San Marcos.

Community Life

Prospective students of Texas State University - San Marcos are encouraged to attend a one-day program held on Saturdays called a "Bobcat Day" to learn all the university and surrounding community have to offer.

Acceptance Rate

81.13

Student to Faculty Ratio

N.A

Northwest University is a nonprofit private institution located in Kirkland, Washington and provides a large number of program options for students. The school maintains an Assemblies of God Church affiliation, which is evident in the role it plays in program curriculums and daily life at the school. Enrollment at Northwest University is nearly a thousand yearly.

Students can select from many areas of study, including but not limited to:

  • Education
  • Theology And Religious Vocations
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Psychology
  • Communications And Journalism

To be considered for admissions, applicants may be asked to complete an application, write a personal statement, and submit high school records and test scores, which are then studied by the admissions committee. Most common scores among applicants accepted to Northwest University are within the range of 19 to 26 on the ACT, or 1340 to 1720 for the SAT exam. An estimated 60 percent of all applicant were accepted at this school, with 42 percent of those accepted choosing to enroll. More information regarding admissions can be found at northwestu.edu.

Tuition is approximately $26,000 per year, though it may vary based on any number of circumstances. Students should visit the school's tuition calculator to see the personalize cost of attendance. Financial aid may be provided to students that meet the required requirements in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.

The Northwest University "Eagles" compete in a number of intercollegiate sports through participation in the NAIA. Athletic programs offered include:

  • Basketball (NAIA Division II)
  • Soccer (NAIA Division II)
  • Track and Field, Outdoor (NAIA Division II)
  • Track and Field, X-Country (NAIA Division II)
  • Volleyball (NAIA Division II)

To see a full list of programs offered, enrollment information, student services, and more, please visit the school's website at http://www.northwestu.edu.

Acceptance Rate

93.17

Student to Faculty Ratio

12:1

Living Arts College, located in Raleigh, North Carolina, is school that provides educations in the arts and allied health. The school is housed in three hurricane proof domes, which provide a motion picture soundstage and mixing studio, a full library, digital theater and gallery. The school also offers on and off campus housing. The school is known for its media arts, with many of its graduates finding position in feature films, television, animation and other projects.

Academics

Living Arts College offers media arts and allied health programs for its students. Students may earn diplomas, certificates or degrees through the various program offerings. Allied health programs are diploma only. Certificate programs are shorter than degree programs, with degree programs typically taking 3 years to complete. Start dates for school vary based on the program.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid

Students wishing to enroll at Living Arts College must contact the school to schedule a guided interview. During the interview process students will be assisted in outlining their future goals, and identifying which program is right for the student. Once completed, students must submit a completed application which will be reviewed and a final decision for admission made. Financial aid is available in the form of federal loans and grants. Students who demonstrate eligibility may qualify for federal financial aid. Additional information and application assistance is available through the school.

Acceptance Rate

100

Student to Faculty Ratio

10:1

North Central University is a nonprofit private institution located in Minneapolis, MN and provides a large number of program options for students. The school's Assemblies of God Church affiliation is one of its defining characteristics and plays an important role within the school's vision. North Central University has a yearly student enrollment of approximately 1,400. Students can choose from several areas of study, including but not limited to:

  • Theology And Religious Vocations
  • Family And Consumer Sciences
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Business And Marketing Studies
Students applying for admission are usually required to submit an application, school records, standardized test scores and any requested letters of recommendations, which will then be reviewed by admissions staff. Either the ACT or SAT exam must be taken in order to apply to North Central University. Scores within the range of 19 - 25 on the ACT or 870 - 1170 on the SAT are required to increase your chances for getting accepted. This school has an admissions rate of around 71% of which only 53% decided to attend. More information regarding admissions can be found here. The cost of undergraduate tuition is nearly $20,000 annually. Tuition prices may change for a variety of reasons, and therefore students should visit the school's tuition calculator to identify their cost of attendance. Student housing is available on-campus for students. The yearly cost of housing is around $3,400. Students at this school may qualify for aid which is usually grants and loans. The North Central University Rams participate in a number of athletic programs, overseen by the NCAA. Athletic programs offered may include:
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Golf
Students should visit the North Central University website to see a complete list of areas of study, financial aid details, and more that is available at this school.

Acceptance Rate

89.89

Student to Faculty Ratio

17:1

Columbia College Chicago provides a variety of degree programs for students to guide them in their growth and development. The school is located in Chicago, Illinois and operated as a private institution. Approximately twelve thousand students are enrolled per year at Columbia College Chicago.

Areas of study offered at Columbia College Chicago include:

  • Visual And Performing Arts
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Communications And Journalism
  • Communication Technology
  • English Language And Literature
  • Interdisciplinary Studies

The school has an open enrollment policy, admitting any applicants that meet the basic requirements for admission. Submission of transcripts, records, test scores, and letters of recommendations may be needed for certain programs.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is close to $23,000 per year. Tuition prices may change for a variety of reasons, and that is why students should use the school's tuition calculator to identify their cost of attendance. This school may offer financial aid for students that qualify as loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.

Students who would like to see more about this school may check out their website at http://www.colum.edu.

Acceptance Rate

90.22

Student to Faculty Ratio

13:1

What is Audio & Video Production?

Video and music producing is the field of study that leverages leading-edge technology and unique equipment to produce a variety of content through visual and auditory mediums. Video and audio specialists typically work for broadcasters or production companies to capture multimedia from presentations, concerts, schools, public presentations, music videos, newscasts, conventions, films, and a variety of live events.

In a recent survey by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the top job responsibilities of music production specialist and video engineer specialist were brought into focus. A list of the top job duties of a video producer and sound engineer include:

  1. Selecting equipment and software for particular venues
  2. Operating sound board and mixing board
  3. Analyzing audio and video techniques and production methods with executives
  4. Operating video and audio equipment
  5. Installation of audio and video equipment in a variety of settings from schools to conventions
  6. Utilizing software to properly edit sound files and videos
  7. Aligning audio and video images to ensure they are in synch
  8. Capturing visual and audio files as additional texture for production

Do You Need a Degree in Video and Audio Production?

For entry-level jobs in the field, a certificate from an accredited college or trade school is recommended.  Higher level jobs typically favor graduates with a formal music production or video engineering degree such as an associate degree and bachelor degree from an accredited college.  Each organization or consulting firm will ultimately decide upon candidate requirements given the size of the job, the scope of the project, and the budget they are working within.

Classes in a certificate program or degree-granting program in audio and video production include classes such as: signal processing, transmedia design, essentials of Pro Tools, psychology, audio production, creative presentation, creative writing, mixing concepts, quantitative principles, analog recording systems, recording consoles, studio recording, mastering, live music production, music copywriting, and business administration.

Top Video Production Schools

A video production degree is a subset of A/V production with a singular focus on visual media.  Students earning an associate’s degree in video production or bachelor’s degree in video production will have the best opportunity to enter the competitive video production field.  From entry-level positions through upper level film editing and production, the combination of a formal education and work experience in the field provide the best opportunity for career mobility.  Video production students will create a portfolio during their time in college while taking classes to enhance skills and knowledge with video: editing, producing, directing, design, camera operation, lighting, sound, special effects, and mastering.

Top Audio Engineering Schools

The audio engineering and audio production track is an area of specialty that may be offered as either an associates degree or a certificate program.  It will take about a year to complete a certificate program and 2 years for an associate’s degree from an accredited college.  Students will learn the intricacies of recording, cabling, live sound production, testing equipment, music theory, electrical codes, recording techniques, sound editing, sound design, along with analog and digital recordings.  Quickly find the best audio engineering schools by requesting information from the schools below.

Best Colleges in Video & Audio Production

Individuals wishing to enter the field of audio and video production will typically pursue an education through an art or film school, usually earning a bachelors degree. An education in this field will cover both practical and theoretical applications of audio and video production, educating individuals in the various programs used by the music and entertainment industry, and how best to apply ones knowledge in completing a given project.

A curriculum in audio and video production may include:

  • Lighting Techniques
  • Audio Production
  • Video Editing
  • Camera Operation
  • Film and Digital Media

Though art and film schools are the traditional location where one would find such a program, it is also true that many traditional colleges and universities also offer an equivalent curriculum. Identifying the right program depends largely on the type of work the individual wishes to pursue, and the level of education they wish to receive. Short programs can offer targeted education in a specific area, whereas four year or graduate studies can provide a broader or more in depth education that may lead to wider varieties for employment.

Careers in Audio & Video Production

Once an education is received, individuals may pursue careers in a variety of related fields. The most common is editing, special effects, or recording, though careers in cinematography, pre-production, planning and others are also possible. Work can be procured through a variety of sources, including television stations, recording studios, post-production houses, freelance, and more. Individuals should be able to take criticism and work under the supervision of others in order, including a willingness to revisit and adjust previously completed material.

Due to emerging technologies that allow for the distribution of content quickly, demand for professionals capable of producing quality content is expected to increase over the next decade. As such trained and knowledgeable individuals should be able to find some form of work related to their area of expertise.

The median annual income of an audio and video production specialist is currently $59,040 according to the BLS with an expected growth rate of 11% is expected over the coming decade. This rate of job growth is nearly twice the average rate of job growth during this time frame adding some 6,400 jobs during this reporting period. Students earning a master's degree in video production average $110,000 a year according to the latest survey performed by Payscale.

Top Jobs of an Audio and Video Production Major

Audio and video specialists will find a variety of job types available to choose from after graduating from an accredited college or trade school.  To help students understand the vernacular and job type variations, we have assembled a list to make the process more efficient.  A list of the top jobs of an audio and video production major include:

  • Broadcast Engineer
  • Reporter
  • Sound Engineer
  • Producer
  • Multimedia Artist
  • Animator
  • Editor
  • Recording Engineer
  • A/V Technician
  • Audio Technician
  • Sound Editor
  • Field Technician
  • A/V Specialist
  • Broadcast Engineer
  • Master Control Operator
  • Videographer
  • Production Assistant
  • Floor Director
  • Photojournalist
  • Foley Artist
  • Production Technician
  • Studio Camera Operator
  • Sound Mixer
  • Film Editor
Top Employers of Audio and Video Production Graduates
  1. Motion Picture Industry
  2. Radio & Television Broadcasting
  3. Cable Operators
  4. Scientific & Technical Consulting Firms
  5. Local Government
  6. Independent Artists
  7. Spectator Sports
Top Paying States for Video and Audio Production Graduates
  1. District of Columbia     $87,220
  2. New York                        $82,870
  3. California                        $75,550
  4. Oregon                            $65,880
  5. Washington                   $65,000

Additional resources and information may be found at through the Digital Media Organization, a professional association dedicated to protecting the rights of its members and encourage lawful usage of media and technology.  Students may also be interested in organizations such as the Audio Engineering Society (AES), MVPA, or the California Film Commission (CFC).

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