Bachelor of Fine Arts in Audio Production (BFA)

Are you into music? Does the idea of learning what goes on behind the scenes at recording studios intrigue you? At Sanford-Brown, our Bachelor of Fine Arts in Audio Production degree program can offer you the ideal environment to showcase your talents and push your creativity in the audio arena. Sanford-Brown's training program encourages experimentation and allows you to interact with students that share your interests.

In such a competitive industry, it is essential for you to gain a comprehensive education that combines both general education courses and principal concentration courses. Our focused curriculum can help you gain the essential hands-on training and real-world experience for your development into a capable professional. Are you ready to challenge yourself and push your imagination to new heights in the bachelor-level Audio Production degree program at Sanford-Brown? Consider enrolling today!


Sanford-Brown's innovative BFA Audio Production degree program focuses on helping students like you develop advanced techniques in recording, mixing and mastering. Our curriculum encourages you to learn the principles of MIDI (musical instrument digital interface) as well as synthesis and sound design for CD, film and video production. Through the exploration of current trends in digital and analog audio production, you can gain an adaptable skill set for this field.

Below is a sampling of course topics included in Sanford-Brown's Bachelor of Fine Arts in Audio Production degree program.* Classes are led by instructors with relevant career experience.
  • Digital Audio Workstations
  • Introduction to Audio Production
  • Special Topics in Audio Production
  • Audio Recording Techniques
  • Studio Design and Maintenance
  • Music Design and Synthesis
  • Recording on Location
  • Mixing and Mastering
  • Surround Sound Techniques
  • Music Composition and Songwriting
  • Digital Composition
  • Advanced Synthesis and MIDI
  • Advanced Mixing and Mastering
  • Foley For Film and Television
  • Session Recording and Mastering
  • Sound Dynamics

*Course curriculum is subject to change.

These are some of the exciting careers in the field of digital audio production. With the right education and your own initiative, one of them could be in your future:

  • Assistant Recording Engineer
  • Mixing Engineer
  • Assistant Location Sound Engineer
  • Foley Recorder/Mixer
  • ProTools Operator
  • Assistant Sound Designer
  • Sound Effects Assistant
  • Location Sound Recordist/Mixer
  • Production Assistant

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Employment Rates and Other Student Disclosures

Sanford-Brown provides certain information to assist prospective students in understanding facts about our programs. Click here to find these disclosures in the form required by United States Department of Education regulations.

Below the School discloses virtually all of the same and additional data, placement rates (if required), and qualifications and explanations that are important to fully understand the data. Past performance is no guarantee of future results, and the School does not guarantee employment or salary.

  Program Disclosure Information for: SBC - Tampa - Bachelor of Fine Arts in Audio Production (BFA)

Employment Rates:

Given the fact that all of the rates reflected below are based on historical data and were subject to varying levels of audit and re-interpretation, students should not rely on them as an implicit or explicit representation or promise of future outcomes or employability following completion of a program of study. Indeed, there are numerous factors that affect a student’s ability to graduate and secure employment over which we have little or no control. Therefore, our school cannot and does not guarantee or estimate the likelihood of on-time completion, graduation, or employment for any student.

  • 62.7%
    Campus Rate
  • 48%
    Program Rate
Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS):

Reporting Period: 7/1/2012 through 6/30/2013

Date Submitted: 11/2013

The campus rate shown corresponds to the 2013 ACICS campus level rate reported for International Academy of Design and Technology Tampa prior to its name change to Sanford Brown College Tampa.

RATE CALCULATION 

The scope of ACICS recognition by the Secretary of Education is defined as accreditation of private postsecondary institutions offering certificates or diplomas, and postsecondary institutions offering associate, bachelor’s, or master’s degrees in programs designed to educate students for professional, technical, or occupational careers, including those that offer those programs via distance education.

Rate Calculation

(PF+PR)/(G-U)

PF = Placed in Field, PR = Placed in Related Field
G = Graduates and Completers, U = Unavailable for Work

  • "Placed in Field" means the position requires a direct use of the skills taught in the program
    • In applying this ACICS definition, we classify graduates as employed in some cases if they are employed on a part-time or temporary basis or in a non-traditional capacity.
  • "Placed in Related Field" means the position requires an indirect use of the skills taught in the program.
  • A "graduate" is (all of the following):
    1. Has achieved a GPA of 2.0 or greater at graduation.
    2. Has successfully passed all courses in the program or substitute courses permitted by the institution.
    3. Has attained required competencies or speed levels in all courses.
    4. Has met all clinical, internship, and externship requirements.
    5. Has satisfied all other academic requirements for graduation.
    6. Has satisfied all non-academic requirements for graduation, such as payment of tuition and fees, return of books, etc.
    7. Has received the appropriate credential.
    8. Ceased enrollment in the program at the institution.
  • A "completer" is a student who is no longer enrolled in the institution and who has either completed the time allowed or attempted the maximum allowable number of credits for the program of study but did not accomplish one of the following graduation requirements:
    1. Achieve a GPA of at least 2.0.
    2. Attain required competencies or speed skills.
    3. Satisfy non-academic requirements (e.g., outstanding financial obligations).
  • "Unavailable for work" includes graduates who are unavailable for employment because of pregnancy, death, or other health-related situations, continuing education, or military service, as well as students who are not eligible for employment in the United States because of visa restrictions, or who are completers and graduates of a stand-alone English as a Second Language program.
    • Spouses and dependents of military personnel who have moved due to military transfer orders should be included.
    • Graduates are
        not
      considered "Unavailable for work" if they have relocated from the area, declined the use of placement services, or expressed a lack of interest in seeking employment. Also, graduates who may be working out of their home cannot be listed under this category. Instead, they must be listed as employed if documented evidence is available or not working if documentation cannot be obtained.
 

Program Costs

Q:
How much will this program cost me?
A:

  • $64,800.00Tuition & Fees
  • $0.00Books & Supplies
  • $0.00Room & Board

 

 

Tuition pricing is subject to change and can vary by location and program structure.

 

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Program Costs

The US Department of Education categorizes educational programs offered at an institution by CIP code (Classification of Instructional Program codes as defined by the Department of Education) and degree level (Associates, Bachelors, etc…). For that reason, all educational programs with the same CIP Code and degree level are combined to calculate program costs. While these combined programs are similar, variations in tuition and fees can exist due to differences in location and/or program structure.

The costs shown are calculated using the average costs of all programs offered by the campus within the same CIP Code and degree type, for students that complete the program within the normal period of time.

Room and Board information represents the average cost of optional institutional housing where offered.

This Campus is part of a larger institution that contains the following additional campuses:

  • SBC - Online
  • SBC - Tampa
  • SBC - Orlando
  • Le Cordon Bleu in Orlando
  • SBC - Las Vegas
  • SBC - Seattle
  • IADT - Sacramento
  • SBC - San Antonio
  • SBC - Portland

The costs of similar programs calculated as an average across all campuses for this Institution are as follows:

  • $64,800.00Tuition & Fees
  • $0.00Books & Supplies
  • $0.00Room & Board

 

Financing

Q:
What are my financing options to pay for this program?
A:

In addition to any grant or scholarship aid for which students might be eligible, students may use loans to finance their education. The median loan debt for graduates of this program is as follows:

  • $52,180.00Federal
  • $0.00Private
  • $0.00Institutional

 

 

The amounts shown above represent the median debt incurred by students of the given Institution who completed the program between 7/1/2012 and 6/30/2013.

 

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Financing

The US Department of Education categorizes educational programs offered at an Institution by CIP code (Classification of Instructional Program codes as defined by the Department of Education) and degree level (Associates, Bachelors, etc…). For that reason, all similar educational programs for the given Institution1, with the same CIP Code and degree level are combined to calculate Loan Debt. While these combined programs are similar in nature, variations in program costs may exist due to differences in location and/or program structure. Accordingly, the debt amount shown may exceed the specific program's tuition and fees.

The Financing amounts represent the median debt from federal Title IV loans, private educational loans and institutional2 payment plans incurred by all graduates of the given Institution, CIP Code and Degree level.

1  The current Institution includes all of the following campus locations:

  • SBC - Online
  • SBC - Tampa
  • SBC - Orlando
  • Le Cordon Bleu in Orlando
  • SBC - Las Vegas
  • SBC - Seattle
  • IADT - Sacramento
  • SBC - San Antonio
  • SBC - Portland

2  Institutional debt is the amount owed by the students directly to the institution within 30 days after graduation related to the educational program.

 

Success

Q:
How long will it take me to complete this program?
A:

This program could take as little as 30 instructional months to complete when continuously enrolled.

58.82% of the students graduating from this program completed in the designed timeframe.

Q:
What job opportunities exist for students in this area of study?
A:

View 2 opportunities

The occupation(s) listed here are derived from the Occupational Information Network (O*Net), which is developed under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor / Employment and Training Administration.

The specific program does not necessarily prepare students for, and graduates do not typically find employment in, all listed occupations. We cannot guarantee employment or salary.

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Program Completion

The US Department of Education categorizes educational programs offered at an Institution by CIP code (Classification of Instructional Program codes as defined by the Department of Education) and degree level (Associates, Bachelors, etc…). For that reason, all similar educational programs for the given Institution1, with the same CIP Code and degree level are combined when determining On Time Completion Rates.

On-Time Completion Rates are calculated using the gainful employment formula in order to comply with U.S. Department of Education requirements.  The statistics track all students who graduated from their program between 7/1/2012 and 6/30/2013 and have reached completion within the program’s designed timeframe.  For example, for a two-year program, the on-time completion rate would include all graduated students who started two years prior.   

Academic Calendar breaks that occur during continuous enrollment are considered when determining if a student graduated within the designed timeframe; however, summer breaks typically incorporated into the normal timeframe for more traditional schools are not included in this determination.  The instructional months displayed represent the highest amount of all versions of the program found at the institution; therefore, depending on the specific program version or campus location, the instructional months may be a shorter amount of time.  Each student is measured against the designed timeframe of their specific program version when determining if they graduated “on-time” or not; as a result, this determination may not be made against the displayed instructional months should a shorter or discontinued timeframe be applicable to a student’s specific program version.  One instructional month represents four instructional weeks.

1  The current Institution includes all of the following campus locations:

  • SBC - Online
  • SBC - Tampa
  • SBC - Orlando
  • Le Cordon Bleu in Orlando
  • SBC - Las Vegas
  • SBC - Seattle
  • IADT - Sacramento
  • SBC - San Antonio
  • SBC - Portland

For additional information on program costs and available financial aid options, visit the Net Price Calculator

 

SBC - Tampa - Graduation Rate

The percentage of first-time, full-time undergraduate students who started between
7/1/2007 and 10/15/2007 who completed within 150% of the normal time period: 26%

The rate shown corresponds to the IPEDS campus level rate reported for International Academy of Design and Technology Tampa prior to its name change to Sanford Brown College Tampa.

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Graduation Rate

A first-time student has no prior postsecondary experience before enrolling at this campus. This means that a student who attended another college, university or other postsecondary school before enrolling at this school is not included in the calculation. The rate also does not include students initially enrolled part-time, taking individual classes (as compared to enrolling in a full program), or only auditing classes. These rates are calculated using the Student Right-to-Know formula in order to comply with U.S. Department of Education requirements. The statistics track all first-time, full-time and certificate or degree-seeking undergraduate students who began school during the date range and have completed within 150% of the normal program length. For example, for a two-year program, the graduation rate would include students who had completed within three years of beginning the program. This statistic is not specific to one program alone; rather, all applicable undergraduate programs are included in this overall rate. Information pertaining to the Graduation Rates of all postsecondary institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education may be found on the College Navigator website. http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/