Audio, Arts, and Technology or Audio and Music Engineering?

The BA in audio, arts, and technology (AAT) and the BS in audio and music engineering (AME) have a lot in common, which can make it hard to decide which one is best for you. This section outlines some of the major differences, but we also encourage you to review their respective curriculum pages, as well as speaking to your advisor when making your decision.

The AAT program has a less technical curriculum than the AME program. AAT studies provide a solid technical foundation to enable students to focus on developing their creative and analytical abilities in the medium of sound and audio.

Students interested in more technical areas of audio engineering leading to careers in audio technology development and research can follow the AME curriculum, which includes significantly more technical coursework in mathematics, physics and acoustics, electronics, and digital signal processing.

The AME program is registered with the New York State Education Department as a professional engineering program and it is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), which allows AME graduates to pursue licensure as a professional engineer. For more information see the program educational objectives and student outcomes page.

The BA in AAT is not registered as a professional engineering program and is not a path to professional licensure.