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Audio Engineering Diploma



If you want to begin or further develop a career in the audio economy, this is where you will find the appropriate ways to do so. The Audio Engineering Diploma will qualify you for employment in a sound studio, in post-production for film and television, in radio, in sound design, in the game sound sector, or for live acoustics.

The Audio Engineering Programme provides qualifications for a professional career in the audio industry and will train graduates through a broad spectrum of studies to be flexible in a variety of directions: in the music industry, in radio, in film and television, theater, musicals, games or live events.

The study course is aimed at goal-oriented and creative people who are excited about working in a studio or at live events, who are interested in audio work in the film and television industries, and who have a flair for music.

The hands-on training parts of the Audio Engineering Programme can include creating a complete music production in the studio and the production of advertising spots.



The course will require five hours of classroom instruction a week combined with a recommended 20-25 hours a week of hands-on learning and training. An Audio Engineering Diploma can be earned in two years. Students will also be able to gain work experience through internships, working in the events sector, working in a sound studio, etc.








  • Sound and sound fields;
  • basic math and physics;
  • basic information flow and basic wiring;
  • digital audio work station;
  • anatomy of the human ear and psycho-acoustics;
  • sound levels and meter;
  • effects;
  • equalisers;
  • dynamic processsors;
  • reverb and delay;
  • application of equalisers and dynamic processing mixing;
  • frequency distribution and spatiality;
  • producing mixes;
  • acoustics;
  • basic electronics;
  • microphones and loudspeakers;


  • Signal Flow & Block Diagrams
  • Studio signal flow
  • Digital Audio Workstations & Recording Media
  • Recording Techniques
  • Rhythm Corrections
  • Pitch Shift
  • Mixing Techniques
  • EQ, Dynamic Processors and Effects
  • Digital Audio Technology
  • MIDI Basics


  • production planning
  • Psychoacoustics
  • Stereo microphone techniques
  • Mixers: types and differences
  • Recording workflows: analog, digital and hybrid
  • The recording process
  • Integration of special hardware in DAWs
  • Audio editing techniques
  • Mix workflows: analog, digital and hybrid
  • The mixing process
  • Finalize
  • Listening Sessions


  • Film sound - departments and processes / sound elements and their production / sound FX and sound libraries
  • DAW Advanced - editing, automation and bus routing / plug-ins and tools for movie sound
  • ADR and voiceover techniques
  • radioplay
  • Video Basics / Advanced Metering
  • Foley
  • Multi-channel formats
  • Surround mixing
  • Original sound - microphones and recorders / at the film set
  • synchronization
  • Movie Score / composition
  • Gamesound - departments, processes and production elements / Engines & Middleware / Music
  • Advertising & Sound Branding
  • Authoring, mastering and formats


  • Songwriting for electronic music
  • Remix
  • MIDI
  • Sequencing
  • sound synthesis
  • sampling
  • Beat Programming
  • Special effects and automation
  • Label structures and distribution


  • Overview of live sound reinfordement
  • Digital mixing consoles for live applications
  • PA speakers & speaker arrays
  • Wireless Systems
  • Lighting Systems
  • Stage construction and technology
  • power supply
  • legal aspects and regulations


  • Advanced signal flow
  • Advanced Production Techniques (Recording and Mixing)
  • History of music production
  • Tape Recorders
  • Mastering
  • Studio Acoustics
Entry Requirements


  • Minimum age 18 years
  • The admission must be completed by a positive completion of the 9th grade
  • You're required to bring your own laptop/notebook
  • Proof of intact hearing (audiogram)
  • admission interview
Fees & Funding

Payment plans:

  • Payment in advance: 1 payment at the beginning of the course
  • Standard: 24 payments per 1st of the month
  • Financing through home savings loans possible in individual cases


  • Studio & Live
  • Music Production
  • Sound Engineer
  • FOH Engineer
  • Production Technician
  • TV & Film
  • Boom Operator
  • Broadcast Engineer
  • Sound-Mixing Technician
  • Post-Production Engineer
  • Creative Economy
  • Game Sound Designer
  • Audio Book Producer
  • Sound Designer
  • Theater Sound Engineer
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