Degrees in Audio & Video Production

Whether you choose to earn an associate's degree or a bachelor's degree may depend upon how quickly you want to enter the field—and what you want to do.

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As a highly specialized career field, audio and video production offers quite a few career options at different points of entry on the career ladder. If you've already received training or earned a degree in IT or computer technology and you want to move into this creative and collaborative arena, you may even be able to bypass taking a four-year program and enter the field in a higher capacity with two-year training.

Let's take a look at what you'll study and what jobs you'll be prepared to do with these different degree types.

Earning Your Associate's Degree from Audio Production School

Length of program: Two years

Typical courses: Audio technology, digital audio and media, audio recording, hard disk recording, live sound reinforcement

Jobs you'll be prepared to do: Entry-level careers in music recording, television, radio, studio management, corporate audio visual, technical support and live sound reinforcement.

Earning Your Bachelor's Degree from Audio Production School

Length of program: Four years

Typical courses: Those courses listed above plus more advanced classes in topics such as advanced recording techniques, electronics, business fundamentals, media ethics, listening and analysis, music theory, principles of computer music, working in the audio industry, sound for picture, video technology and multimedia. In addition, you'll take general education courses in math, science and English.

Jobs you'll be prepared to do: All careers in the associate's program, but the bachelor's degree program focuses more on the business and management aspects of working within the audio industry.

Earning Your Associate's Degree from Video Production School

Length of program: Two years

Typical courses: Introduction to video production, 2-D design, history of motion media, audio production, digital cinematography, video editing, scriptwriting, art history, science of light, video lighting, broadcast graphics and animation

Jobs you'll be prepared to do: Entry-level positions as a video editor, assistant camera operator, production assistant or assistant director.

Earning Your Bachelor's Degree from Video Production School

Length of program: Four years

Typical courses: All courses in the associate's program plus documentary film study, topics in film, popular culture, media ethics, introduction to video, lighting for video and television, history of the moving image, fundamentals of scripting, storyboarding, digital post effects, production management, digital media management, introduction to photography, single camera production, multi-camera production, audio for video and television, digital video editing, cinematography, directing. In addition, you'll take general education courses in math, science and English.

Jobs you'll be prepared to do: All entry-level careers in the associate's program, and higher-level roles such as cinematographer, lighting designer, director, or management and production management roles within the film, video and digital media industries.

You will also take courses in portfolio creation in both the associate's and bachelor's program, as you will need to be prepared to present yourself and your work in the best light when you begin to make your employment rounds. In the bachelor's programs you may also be required to complete a senior project that utilizes everything you've leaned throughout the course your four-year program.