Audio Production Technologies

The Audio Production Technologies program offers students an opportunity to receive training on industry-standard equipment. Students learn the concepts and theory associated with recording arts technologies while applying them in lab settings appropriate to their skill levels. The program is designed to give students a foundation of knowledge, competency, and experience important in the commercial music marketplace. A Certificate of Completion (CCL) is also available.

Program Code

3024 Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Audio Production Technologies
5334 Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Audio Production Technologies

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Program Contacts

Ron Marschall
Director Music Industry Studies
Phone: (480) 423-6466

Summer Contact:
Music Building, Room MUS-139
Phone: (480) 423-6333

Transfer Options

Transfer of credits may vary depending on the institution. Contact an Academic Advisor for more information on credit transfer.

Audio Engineering Society Education Directory:

Career Outlook

Graduates are prepared to

The Audio Production Technologies program provides two (2) track possibilities:

  • General Audio Production which focuses on music and incorporates live sound reinforcement
  • Sound Design, which includes voice over and FX recording for film, television and video games.

Employment outlook:

The earnings brought in by music artists vary drastically and the music business presents myriad obstacles and intricacies. Some musicians enjoy huge earnings, while others make relatively little. Artists, as well as their representatives, that achieve superstar status and global recognition often boast millions of dollars in revenue, while unknown acts playing small clubs and bars hardly make any money at all. Of course, a middle ground also exists for touring musicians that have amassed a loyal fan base but have yet to break into the mainstream.

Music industry careers are often gigs or freelance and entrepreneurial opportunities as opposed to full-time positions. Many music industry professionals either create their own businesses or must have a diverse portfolio of skills related to the industry in order to obtain many different part-time gigs that will equal a full-time career. This is true for seasoned professional musicians and music industry professionals, not just those new to the field.

Learning Opportunities
  • Hands-on lab environments
  • Performance opportunities
  • Workshops with professional producers and artists
  • Internships