Associate of Applied Science in Recording Arts

You find them at the helm of the sound board at concerts and live events. They are weaving soundscapes for video games and other interactive media. They’re hard at work in the recording studio capturing and mixing music.

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Recording Arts will provide you with the foundation to capture, create, mix, and manipulate audio. At Tribeca Flashpoint audio engineering school in Chicago, you’ll study sound design, music engineering, live event production, and audio post-production—and graduate with the skills to build a career in this high-volume industry.

Select general education courses are available online and on campus.


Are you the type of person who:

  • Can’t live without sound? Is fascinated by how it works, and how to capture it, mix it, and manipulate it? Listens with a critical ear?
  • Dreams of recording and mixing music, running sound for live performances, or working with sound for film, games and commercials?
  • Is interested in pursuing a degree in music production and launching a career in music engineering, live sound, or sound design?
  • Can solve problems and communicate well? Recording arts professionals need to be able to think on their feet, and work effectively in a team with peers, employers, and clients.
  • Is ready to get to work on professional projects, and learn by doing right in the studio? The audio industry is demanding, and a commitment to quality and attention to detail is important.
  • Wants to attend an audio engineering and recording arts school in the heart of Chicago’s rich and prolific recording arts industry.
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In this program, students have the opportunity to build a broad and transferable skill set in studio recording and mixing, live event engineering, sound design for visual media, and postproduction. Here are some of the skills and techniques taught in the AAS in Recording Arts program.

  • How to record, edit, and mix audio using Pro Tools
  • How to record and mix artists in studio and live environments
  • How to record automated dialogue replacement (ADR)
  • Sound design for visual media using Foley, sample databases, and synthesis
  • Location audio
  • Post-production techniques for commercials, films, and video games

In this program, you’ll also participate in general education courses offered through our Core Studies department, designed to complement and enhance discipline courses. Our Core Studies curriculum is designed to give students a foundation of knowledge and skills that will enable them to excel in their chosen disciplines and become well-rounded, lifelong learners. Learn more about our Core Studies Department here.


  • Project-based curriculum. Classes are designed to put you to work collaboratively in teams on real-world projects. You’ll be recording, editing and mixing audio, and learning post-production techniques for commercials, films and video games. All while you build your confidence and a professional portfolio.
  • Cross-disciplinary experience. Unlike traditional audio engineering schools, Tribeca joins students from different programs in a capstone course each year to work on a project alongside those who are fulfilling the various roles in the marketing and creative process. This reflects the on-the-job reality that may become your career, and starts here in your first year.
  • High-tech campus. The Tribeca campus is loaded with world-class environments and equipment. Featuring a professional screening room, film and recording studios, sound design suites, visual effects labs and more—this is the place to get prepared for your career.
  • Award-winning pros as your instructors. Faculty at Tribeca don’t just teach—they mentor. In our focused, personalized environment you’ll get maximum attention and support from instructors who know you, and will guide every step of your education.
  • Deep industry connections. With the endorsements and support of some of the industry’s top players, Tribeca offers incredible opportunities to meet your future employer through career services workshops, speaker events, portfolio shows and more.
  • Support every step of the way. With financial aid options for those who qualify, seamless transfer credit assistance, academic support workshops, and so much more—the Tribeca community has a deep commitment to the success of every student from the first day of class to graduation and beyond.


Your Recording Arts degree can help prepare you for professional roles such as:

  • Live Sound Engineer
  • Stagehand
  • Music Engineer
  • Location Recording Specialist
  • Post-Production Specialist
  • Sound Designer


For more information about this program’s graduation rate, median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please click here for this program’s gainful employment disclosure.


First Year Experience
Composition I
Oral Communication
Digital Audio Workstation
Live Sound I
Studio Recording II
Studio Recording I
Fundamentals of Sound + Acoustics
Computer Technology
Sound Design for Visual Media

Introduction to Media and Motion
Production Module I
Composition II
General Math
Live Sound II
Flashpoint Studios
Advanced Topics: Sound Design + Post-production
Advanced Topics: Music Engineering + Live Event Production
The Hero’s Journey