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The Master of Fine Arts in Recording Arts and Technologies offers preparation for advanced work in audio production, recording, and integrated electronic media. Coursework helps students develop a strong foundation in audio production and an understanding of the theoretical concepts of closely related disciplines. The program is designed to foster creativity and features a strong technical component utilizing the latest advancements in software and hardware. A diverse range of technical and artistic projects are produced, culminating in a final project of professional caliber. The degree plan also offers preparation for select graduates to teach at the postsecondary level in the field of audio recording and production. Creativity is one of the primary qualities sought in new students for the six-semester program. This creative background may be in audio engineering or in a field closely related to what might be described as "entertainment technology."

The Department of Recording Industry offers the Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Recording Arts and Technologies.

A limited number of students, typically 12-14, are accepted each year for fall admission. The quality of the creative portfolio is usually the determining factor in admission.

A previous degree in audio engineering/music technology isn't required, but some students with little or no audio background may be asked to complete foundation audio courses in the summer before starting the program.

Residents from the following states are eligible to enroll in this program at MTSU at the in-state tuition rate through Academic Common Market agreements: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.

The M.F.A. program normally has two or three graduate assistantships to award each fall.
Career
This M.F.A. helps foster and develop creativity and trains students in technology for advanced work in audio/music engineering or related fields that could be described as "entertainment technology." Graduates can use the degree program to excel in professional pursuits such as:

Audio post-production engineer
Audio studio design and installation
Broadcast audio
Independent audio contractor
Live sound engineer
Manufacturer audio product specialist
Mastering engineer
Media specialist
Recording studio engineer
Recording studio manager
Retail audio sales
Sound design for film/video
University professor

Employers of MTSU alumni include:

Alabama State University
Art Institute of Tennessee
Asbury University
Belmont University
Brickhouse Records
Butler University
Clair Brothers
CNN
GC Pro
Hope College
Jeff Slaughter Ministries
Middle Tennessee State University
National Public Radio (NPR)
New England School of Communications
Old Dominion University
Sweetwater
Tennessee Digital Video
Truphonic Recording Studios
Yamaha Corporation of America

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