Degree Spotlight: Recording Arts

Recording Arts is Full Sail’s oldest degree program – it’s the only subject matter the school taught when it first opened its doors back in 1979. Today, the Recording Arts Bachelor’s Degree is still one of the staple programs that Full Sail offers. And while there is a heavy focus on recording, producing, and engineering musicians and bands, the program also encompasses live audio, game audio, and post-production for films and movies.

“When you think of audio, almost anything we do involves audio to some extent,” says Brandon Egerton, Recording Arts Program Manager. “This program presents many diverse opportunities for students; not just the music industry side of things.”

Throughout the course of the 20-month program, students are given a solid foundation of the recording industry while learning to record, mix, and master music. They work with instructors who all have real-life industry experience, take technical courses like Music Theory and Digital Audio and Theory, and work in the studio to record live musicians during Session Recording courses. Students have access to a vast amount of equipment, including the Audio Temple, a 72-channel SSL Duality hybrid console, an AMek 9098 SSL 9000J recording console, six ProTools suites, and a Mix Palace with 24 individual mix suites.

“There’s quite a mix of facilities that we are able to give students exposure to,” says Brandon. “It’s not often you get to go to a place and work out of your own studio and call on an instructor to help you.”

After graduation, students can take on anything from being an engineer in a studio, a studio assistant, producer, or a mix engineer (once they’ve gained experience). Other non-music industry career options include working in game audio, post-production, or live event engineering and production.

“Since I’ve been here I’ve tried to help students realize that their success is largely dependent on their work ethic,” says Brandon. “The dream they have to work in this business will come as a result of them really working hard.”



11 thoughts on “Degree Spotlight: Recording Arts

  1. Avatar Heinz says:

    The recording arts degree program in Full Sail is amazing. They have every equipment you need to learn everything you need to know about recording arts. Lately many Full Sail recording art grads are famous. They are working with a lot of famous people and doing amazing thing through the world.

    1. Avatar shufei says:

      Yes, I heard that Full Sail was famous for its recording arts first and at that time Full Sail campus even just like a house size, but now , it is strong and amazing!

  2. Avatar rimx noor says:

    hello :)) i am rimx no0r. i just wanted to ask that i am like a student of 9th grade and i am like so interested in music. so is it necessary to have a degree before applying???

    1. yes. you need at least a HS diploma or GED.

  3. Avatar ajack says:

    I would like to know how the online program can compare to on campus when there is no equipment at home to have the hands-on campus experience?

    1. Amy Cassell Amy Cassell says:

      Hi ajack, our Recording Arts degree program is not offered online.

  4. Avatar Treyson_YL_Darden says:

    Okay so I’m highly attracted to this and i was wondering since I’m a musican I’d like to know how this program works

    1. Amy Cassell Amy Cassell says:

      Hi Treyson,

      You can find out more about our on-campus Recording Arts program at If you have any other questions or need more details, you can give one of our Admissions Reps a call at 800.226.7625.

      1. Avatar Treyson_YL_Darden says:

        I was wondering if I would be able to learn to use the recording studio and also be able to record myself?

        1. Amy Cassell Amy Cassell says:

          Treyson – a big (though not the only) focus of the program is learning to use professional recording studios and the tools within them. As to recording yourself, you should get in touch with our Artist Relations department ( for more details on using our recording studios. You might also want to look into the online Music Production Bachelor’s Degree program ( if you’re an artist focused on learning how to record your own material.

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