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Diploma in Sound Engineering


The SAE Diploma in Engineering programme has been specifically designed for those who are looking for a course that will be both engaging and highly practical but without the commitment of longer-term study.

At SAE, we strongly believe in learning by doing, and this practical approach is the foundation of our one-year Diploma programme. All SAE students will have the opportunity to take advantage of our fully equipped recording studios and book their own practical time. This gives students the opportunity to practice what they have learned while working with experienced musicians, and produce quality recordings as they continue to gain experience. The expansion of your skillset, and portfolio creation, will prove very beneficial when looking to further your career in the industry.

The course provides options for each student to pursue their preference between specific training in live sound engineering or electronic music production. During your training at SAE you will have access to all of our in house facilities and will be able to accumulate countless hours of valuable practical experience on site.

Both of these options offer a first class, in-depth learning experience that will allow you become extremely versatile within the various fields of Audio Production and Performance. This will both broaden your horizons and provide you with a range of options in your future audio career.

Although the course is fundamentally aimed at those who do not initially wish to pursue our two–year Audio Production Degree course, there is the option for you to change your mind should you wish to continue with your studies. Successful completion of our Academic Bridge module will allow entry into the second year studies for the BA/BSc award.

Applications should be made directly to the Glasgow campus.

Full Time
Part Time


12 months

Cost: £5700

 £300 Registration fee

1x £1800 payment at start of each module


19 June 2017




Entry Requirements

Prosepctive students should be able to demonstrate a strong interest in music technology and want to develop their skills as a professional creative media practitioner. 

You will need to submit a personal statement with your application, outlining relevant experiences, your motivations for studying the course and what you expect to gain from the programme. 

Your personal statements is important as it will help selectors to decide whether you are good match for the course. 
Applicants are also required to have achieved National 5s at Grade C for entry, with English, Maths or Physics the preferred subject choice.

English Language not your first language? You will need a qualification

Students applying for short courses (up to 6 months duration) and whose first language is not English will need a qualification that demonstrates competence in English to CEFR level B1.

IELTS (Academic and General) : Minimum 4 in each component Pearson PTE Minimum 36 in each component

Non-EU applicants are advised that the Home Office no longer accept ETS exams as evidence of English language ability. This includes the TOEFL iBT test, provided by ETS.

Students without a formal language qualification will need an interview with the programme leader.

Non UK/EU students will need a student visitor VISA in order to attend the course.
 For more information please visit the UKBA student visitor page


Fees & Funding

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Enrol today and get ready to start your music production career. There are no formal entry requirements, just bring your ideas and passion.

Course Cost £5700
Payable in 3 Installments of £1800

*Course cost includes £300 registration fee. 






The course opens up the world of audio and sound production to those that succesfully complete it. 

Career options include:

  • Sound recording studio engineer
  • Live sound engineer (elective module)
  • Front of house engineer
  • Monitor engineer
  • Electronic music producer (elective module)
  • Sales and marketing for audio equpment companies
  • Audio editor
  • Radio and broadcast
  • Theatre technician