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Choosing a Recording Engineering School

Posted on June 10th, 2013 by Jenny Frankel

recording-studioIt’s easy to become overwhelmed when choosing between colleges. With the abundance of schools and information available, it can be nearly impossible to determine which school is right for you. When choosing a recording engineering school, as with any college search, it is important to factor in issues such as cost and preferred class size. Once you’ve narrowed it down, here are some other distinguishing factors to keep in mind:

Internship Availability
Students choosing a career in recording engineering should look for schools that offer internship opportunities in the recording industry. Graduates with actual work experience in their field have a greater chance of getting hired than those without experience. Many schools assist students in finding off-campus opportunities in local studios that help students gain real-world knowledge and hands-on experience in their chosen field. It is a good idea to establish an amiable relationship with faculty members, as internships are often secured through faculty connections. A good internship can translate into a good reference or potential job prospects once you’ve graduated.

Location
International students who study recording engineering at schools located in large cities, particularly large music centers such as New York, Florida or Los Angeles, may have more opportunities for internships in the recording industry before and after graduation. Full Sail University near Orlando, Florida is an ideal school for studying recording engineering for just this reason. It is perfectly situated to offer its students access to various internships and hands-on experience available in the Orlando area. These internships may be in recording studios, radio stations, post-production facilities, and live performance venues throughout the area.

Availability of Studio Time
Much of what the recording engineering student is taught during his or her time at school is learned in the recording studio. Therefore, when choosing a recording engineering school, it is important to determine that one will be able to spend as much time in the studio as possible. Students should determine that a prospective school has enough recording studios to accommodate all of its students and that all of its recording equipment is up-to-date. Students should consider the ages and models of the equipment each school offers for its students’ use.

Written by Jenny Frankel

Jennifer is the Director of Financial Services at Envisage International. Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Florida where she holds a Masters in International Business and a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration. She has lived and worked abroad in Chile, Costa Rica and London, and traveled extensively in South America, Europe and Asia.

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