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Show Production Degrees

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A degree in show production takes broad strokes in terms of how it can be applied to the working world. Upon graduation, students can work in live sound production, stage lighting, set building and as corporate & independent audio visual technicians. This specialization is yet another degree that pairs tech and art, preparing students for the rigors of running live productions with ease. Below, we’ll dive into some of the main schools in the US offering degrees in this discipline and others like live sound and entertainment design, that closely parallel and can be used in the same way as a show production degree. Let’s get to it!

Degrees Awarded

  • Diploma
  • Certificate
  • Associates
  • Bachelors

Classes and Prerequisites

Here’s a (by no means, ultimate) list of classes/prereqs you’ll typically come across:

  • Show Production Management
  • Live Sound and Mixing
  • Sound Reinforcement
  • Stage Lighting
  • Video Production
  • Web Development
  • Two and Four year schools typically make students fulfill general coursework in humanities, science, foreign language, English and mathematics

Salary Info

The salary breakdown for this job field is a bit tricky since a graduate can enter several areas of focus: Live Sound Engineers; Audio Visual Technicians; Lighting Technician. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, Live Sound Engineers pile up the cash like hay with pitchforks…hold it right there…not quite. It is however a modest, but livable, median, $41,780 per year. Payscale.com listed the median income of Lighting Technicians at $15 an hour ($31,200/year) and Audio Visual Techs median income at $17 an hour ($35,360).

*Note: The sound engineer salary has been discussed in our Sound Design Degrees and Audio Production Degrees articles. Included in the median wage for a live sound engineer are sound designers and studio engineers.

Possible Careers

  • Audio Visual Technician
  • Lighting Technician
  • Live Production Manager
  • Stage Manager
  • Live Sound Engineer
  • Tour Manager