AAS, Recording Arts
Once employed primarily in traditional recording studios, today’s recording arts professionals work in a vast range of industries and capacities—from optimizing audio at concerts and other live events, to creating soundscapes for video games and other interactive media, to designing and mixing sound for feature films, and beyond.
Focusing on the technical side of sound production, TFA’s Associate of Applied Science degree in Recording Arts teaches students to capture, create, mix, and manipulate audio using industry-standard hardware and software. Students learn sound design, music engineering, live event production, and audio post-production while working on a variety of projects on campus and in the field.
How We’re Different
What Separates TFA from Everyday Audio Engineering Schools?
When you first arrive on campus, it’s easy to see that TFA’s Recording Arts program in Chicago competes with the best audio engineering schools in the nation. But what sets us apart from them?
As audio engineering schools go, we offer one of the most diverse perspectives on the many audio engineering career paths available today. From music mixing to corporate a/v to interactive application sound design to dozens of different jobs in the live audio and touring industry, our Recording Arts program gives every student a chance to find his or her niche.
We also differ from other audio engineering colleges by cultivating a continually evolving curriculum. Because we revise our course content each year and encourage our faculty to create work outside of the classroom, we ensure that our lessons, labs, and instructors remain up-to-date with (and, at times, even ahead of) the industry they serve.
Why so much emphasis on being different? We set ourselves apart from other audio engineering schools so that, when you leave TFA, you'll have much more than just a degree to point to. You'll have hours of hands-on experience, direct knowledge of the recording production pipeline, and extensive skill in location audio and post-production for film and broadcast. All of this adds up to the on-the-job skills that will show employers you're ready to hit the ground running.
About Our Recording Arts Faculty
We firmly believe that an audio engineering school is only as good as the audio engineers who teach there. Our Recording Arts faculty boasts more than a combined century of audio industry experience, ranging from worldwide record releases to major motion pictures to bestselling video games. They’re progressive thinkers whose knowledge is surpassed only by their hunger to learn more. But most of all, they’re dedicated to our students and to training the best new generation of audio engineers in the world.
Chicago Recording Arts Program & Music School