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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