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Audio Production Diploma

Overview
Next Start Date: 22 January
Registrations are open. Limited spots available!


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Whether you want to work in music production, post production for film or TV, live sound, radio broadcasting, sound design, game sound or in one of the many different areas of the audio industry, the Audio Production degree gives you the knowledge and practical skills needed for a successful career.

SAE's hands-on ethos ensures you are given access to our world-class studio facilities, supported by one-to-one supervision. This enables you to bring theory and practice together with your creativity in a variety of settings to advance your skills to a professional level, developing a competitive edge as you complete your studies.

Constant advances in commercial technology drive this area forward, creating a need for skilled producers who can understand these technical needs and be able to apply them for commercial gain.


Your Instructors

Bruce Gibb
Head of Audio Department and long track record as main lecturer at SAE Institute. Bruce Gibb has 20 years experience in teaching audio to students. Having completed SAE in 1995 he worked as a freelance live sound engineers for several years before stating to teach at SAE. He still combines his love of live sound with post production work as well as teaching the next generation of professional audio engineers.
Frank De Jong
Starting his audio engineering career 10 years ago, Frank is known for his fierce determination to achieve the right sounding result in any sound project. Through the years he has had experience working in several studios ranging from small vocal production to full range top of the line music production studios. Specializing in the arts of recording and mastering engineering he has gained a very broad skillset within the audio industry that led to positions such as senior lecturer at the SAE institute, chief engineer at Red Bull Studios and Head engineer at the new HAL5 Studio. These skills are however not confined to the studio as Frank can often be found outside doing field recording and sound design for films, games or sound libraries.
Hens Zimmerman
Hens Zimmerman (1967) studied sound at the Dutch film school and at SAE Amsterdam. He is now a much sought after post production mixer and sound designer for television and internet programs. Besides his duties as freelance teacher at SAE, he also produces music and creates software.
Erwin Palper
Erwin Palper is a music lover, electronics nerd, teacher and producer. As a teacher, his goal is to inspire and get his students to think instead of follow. As an engineer, he has designed numerous analog audio devices for all kinds of clients. As a studio producer, he has won the “Best Dutch Blues Album” award three years in a row for his work with critically acclaimed blues duo The Damned And Dirty. In october, he accompanied the duo on drums for their latest single, which was released in Paradiso Amsterdam.

Interview from Masterclass Jacob Hellner (Rammstein Producer)

Full Time

The full-time version of the course consists of 4 lessons per week, typically Monday to Thursday lasting for 12 months.

Besides the classes, students complete a series of practical excerises and assignments as part of the course. No maximum limit is set as to how much hands-on time a student can book in our industry standard studios and practical workstations for their training. The school facilities are open 6 - 7 days per week, depending on the campus and there is always a tutor available for advice and practical help.  

Part Time

The part-time version of the course consists of 2 lessons per week, delivered in the daytime or evening dependent on the intake. The course runs for 24 months.

Besides the classes, students complete a series of practical exercises and assignments as part of the course. No maximum limit is set as to how much hands-on time a student can book in our industry standard studios and practical workstations for their training. The school facilities are open 6 - 7 days per week, depending on the campus and there is always a tutor available for advice and practical help.


AVAILABLE: 

  • FULL-TIME
  • PART-TIME

DURATION:

  • 1 YEAR FULL-TIME
  • 2 YEARS PART-TIME

START DATES:

  • JANUARY
  • MAY
  • SEPTEMBER

Modules

Principles of Sound and Audio Practice

You will be introduced to the concept of sound as a physical phenomenon and shown how to protect its behaviour by exploring maths and physics concepts, which will support your learning throughout the rest of the course. You will then focus on the fundamental principles of audio production, including the theory and practical application of EQs, dynamics processors and effects. This critical foundation will enable you to grasp the concepts of signal routing, microphones and loudspeakers, providing you with the basic skills to operate in a professional audio environment. 

Introduction to Academic and Professional Practice 

In this module, we introduce you to proven concepts and routiness of academic research, critique and writing, and nurture these skills to ensure that you apply good study practice and management throughout your studies. We aim to familiarise you with the theories of culture and communication and develop a basic understandning of the creative media practitioner. Together, all of these skills will help you develop transferable career skills to aid your job search upon graduation. 

Signal Flow and Processing 

This module is designed to help you build the theoretical knowledge necessary to operate in a modern studio environment. You will develop the hands-on skills to operate in a modern studio environment. You will develop the hands-on skills to operate professional audio equipment, enabling you to complete your first productions on both analogue and digital setups. Furthermore, you will advance your knowledge of music production techniques to a more sophisticated level.

Audio Production

This module takes your knowledge to the next level as we prepare you for studio work in the industry. You will develop professional practice in the planning and execution of a recording and mixing project, quickly becoming familiar with working in front of a recording console and using outboard gear and software plugins. 

Multimedia Sound

Tha aim of this module is to provide you with a wide range of professional tools and techniques utilised in the production of audio for multimedia applications. It focuses primarly on audio preparation for different media, including visuals and interactive environments. This module aims to enable you to explore your own interests and develop an individual design aesthetic within audio, whilst also providing an overview of possible career paths within the field. 

Elective Module 

You are given the opportunity to choose an elective from a bank of modules. Each campus can advise which of the electives may be available to you and provide further advice to assist you in selecting an option that is reflective of your specialisation interest. The detail of each module can be found on our website.

  • Creative Production
  • Live Sound
Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • A valid VISA for entire duration of the selected course is required prior to enrolment (for non-EU students)
  • Applicants have achieved an intermediate education level
  • English language skills: minimum TOEFL score of 80, or, minimum IELTS score of 6,5 (or equivalent)

 

* Our courses require that our students are in possession of a laptop (Mac/PC) in order to make notes in class, complete written homework and/or do research. For questions regarding specifications please consult the Study Advisors.

 

 

Fees & Funding

Payment Plans

Plan A: Upfront Payment - one full payment in advance
Plan B: Two payments in advance per stage (Diploma & Degree)
Plan C: Monthly instalments per stage (Diploma & Degree)

* Course Fees and Registration Form can be requested from the Study Advisors: edoardo.advisor@sae.edu or c.saunders@sae.edu

* Please Note: Students are not eligible for funding through DUO.

 

Careers
  • Music Producer
  • Sound Designer
  • Studio Engineer
  • Post Production
  • Recording Engineer
  • Front of House Engineer
  • Pro Tools Operator 
  • Monitor Engineer
  • Theatre Sound
  • Supervising Sound Editor
  • Radio Engineer
  • Location Recordist
  • Sound Mixer
  • Foley Recorder
  • Boom Operator
  • Sound Artist
  • Industry Sectors
  • Music Production
  • Sound for moving image (TV, Film, Web)
  • Audio installations
  • Audio sales and support
  • Advertising and Corporate Sound
  • Events & Conferences

  • Sound for Games 
  • Audio Branding 
SAE Institute reserves the right to make revisions and changes to the information presented, in line with continuous improvement actions and stakeholder feedback.