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Dakota State University
Bachelor of Science in Digital Arts and Design
Audio Production Specialization

Dakota State University is a four-year public University in Madison, South Dakota, with a technology centric focus.

As an essential element in the digital arts, a degree in Audio Production prepares graduates to be effective members of a multimedia design team, with skills as an audio recording engineer for music production, audio for video, broadcast, and live sound applications.

Quality music production takes more than a passionate performer.  An Audio Engineer skillfully adds order, sparkle, clarity, balance and depth to an artist’s creation through use of cutting-edge software, mixing consoles, microphones, and signal processors.  An engineer learns to think like a musician, developing a deep understanding for music in a wide range of styles.

The Audio Production degree lays a solid foundation for a career in a music recording studio, but can also include television and film sound recording, commercial advertising and voice-over, corporate presentations, web media, and even computer game audio. This degree can also prepare students for Live Sound production in venues such as concert halls, churches, clubs, and theatres.  The possibilities are more extensive than ever before!

In addition to sound production, this degree uniquely prepares our students to work as leaders on a multimedia team, rooted firmly in traditional and computer graphics, computer programming, and business marketing.

A career in audio has enormous possibilities, and some audio professionals earn tremendous amounts of money, but a middle-class income is more typical. Graduates can expect initially to earn moderate incomes in entry-level or assistant positions with career expansion coming as responsibility and experience grow, and the possibilities for personal and professional success and satisfaction are endless!

See our detailed list of career opportunities for Audio Production.

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