Recording Arts and Production Applicants

This one- or two-year program emphasizes a holistic approach to recording arts and production, marrying technical mastery with deep musical understanding. 

Students who complete the first year of study will earn a Professional Certificate in Recording Arts. Students who complete the second year of study will earn an Artist Diploma in Recording Arts and Production.

Admission into the second year of the program requires a proven level of musical literacy. Please indicate on the application whether you intend to complete one or both years of the program.

Step 1: Complete the Application for Admission

Select the link below to access the Application Management portal. Follow the instructions on how to create an account to start a new application. Be sure to select the appropriate program before creating your application.

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Official deadline to apply is June 1 for fall admission, however applications will be accepted until positions are filled.  The application for Fall 2023 will be available in November.

NOTE: When completing the application, students will be required to submit a personal statement of interest (detailed on the application), résumé, and list of 3 references.

Step 2: Pay the Application Fee

The conservatory has an application fee of $100 (application fee is non-refundable).

After you submit the Application for Admission, you will be directed to your Applicant Portal. This portal contains a link that should be used to submit your application fee. No applicant will be considered without receipt of the application fee. In addition to fee payment, the Applicant Portal can be used to track the receipt of required materials (detailed below).

Step 3: Submit Transcripts

Preference will be given to students with a bachelor’s degree or certificate in recording arts from an accredited institution. High school diploma or equivalent required. Students who have attended any post-secondary institutions should provide transcripts from those institutions, otherwise high school transcripts are required.

Step 4: Submit Recording Examples (optional)

Students are encouraged to submit recording examples that demonstrate skill in the area of recording arts and production. These examples may be previous or ongoing projects and should be submitted in the form of audio or video files. If available, please upload reference audio or video files in WAV, AIFF, FLAC, or MP4 format (No MP3s please). Files can be submitted via digital upload to the Recording Examples Portfolio section on your Applicant Portal.

Step 5: Interview

Applicants must interview with faculty from the Recording Arts and Production program either in person or via Skype.

International students will have an informal assessment of their conversational English proficiency during the interview. We may require an additional video interview with Oberlin ESOL staff to further assess English proficiency. Submission of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Testing System (IELTS) is not required, but strongly recommended. TOEFL Code: 1587

For more information, visit the Recording Arts and Production program overview or contact program director, Andrew Tripp at