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BA/BSc (Hons) Audio Production

Overview
NEXT INTAKE: SEPTEMBER 2019
Registrations for the next intake are already open! Limited seats.


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 our Audio Supervisors. 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. 

A European degree that provides 180 ECTS credits.

By completing the BA/BSc (Hons) Audio Production, you will be able to:
  • Operate industry standard audio equipment, following a logical production workflow
  • Plan and execute complex audio production projects according to a brief
  • Create audio material electronically, through the use of sound synthesis and processing tools
  • Use programming technology to create computer-based audio processing applications
  • Produce and present business plans for small start-up companies
Why study at SAE Institute Brussels?
  • Free access to our professional studios and equipment
  • Creative hub with experienced lecturers and professionals
  • Support and guidance by our Audio Supervisors
  • Hands-on oriented to guide you through both technical and artistic aspects
  • 40 years of experience in creative media education
European  University degree, Bac + 3 / SAE Diploma 
Get a Bachelor degree in 2 or 3 years. The BA/BSc (Hons) Audio Production is a European university degree, equivalent to a degree in Belgium (Bac +3). The Bachelor is awarded by Middlesex University.
ECTS credit points

ECTS stands for "European Credits Transfer System".

It relates to the amount of work required to gain the knowledge and skills taught by a course. The workload is divided among all educational activities. They include lectures, seminars, workshops, independent study, library research, essays, projects,
internships, and exams.

ECTS is designed to make it easier for students to move between different countries and accrue credits at home and/or abroad, particularly via the ERASMUS exchange 
program.

 

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EDUCATIONAL LEVEL:

  • BACHELOR
    European university degree

NEXT INTAKES: 

  • SEPTEMBER 2019 (full-time, EN or FR) 
  • JANUARY 2020 (part-time, EN or FR)   

LANGUAGES: 

  • FRENCH
  • ENGLISH

DURATION: 

  • 2 YEARS (Full Time)
  • 3 YEARS (Part-Time)


Modules

First Year

Module AUD4100 - Principles of Sound and Audio Practice 
  • Sound theory
  • Essential maths and physics
  • Decibels
  • Acoustics
  • Critical listening
  • Equalization (EQ), Effects, and dynamic range processors 
  • Basic Audio Signal Routing and wiring
  • Electronics 
  • Microphones and Loudspeakers
  • Introduction to DAW and Sequencing Environments

 

Module AUD4300 - Signal flow and processing
  • Signal flow principles
  • Signal flow diagrams
  • Signal flow applications
  • Recording procedures and techniques
  • Mixing procedures and techniques
  • Digital Audio Workstations
  • Audio editing
  • Principles of signal processing
  • Equalization, Dynamics, and Effects
  • Time and pitch correction
Module CMN4200 - Information, Communication and Professional Media Practice
  • Learning theories and methods
  • Introduction to basic concepts and tools of project management, including group and collaborative work
  • Tools for career development
  • Defining and developing goals and outcomes
  • Concepts of, practices in, and reasons for research
  • Writing skills (articles, essays, journals, reports, proposals) and the differences between concept, development and presentation format
  • Essay structure, paragraph structure, sentence structure
  • Concept of a thesis/hypothesis
  • Ownership, intellectual copyright and plagiarism
  • Referencing, APA and Harvard
  • Introduction to culture and cultural movements
  • Overview of the creative media industries
Module AUD4400 - Audio Production 
  • Console types and differences
  • Components of consoles
  • Workflows: analog, digital, hybrid
  • Integrating hardware & DAWs
  • Care and maintenance
  • Production planning
  • The recording process
  • The mixing process
  • Audio editing techniques
  • Finalizing
Module AUD5100 - Sound for media 
  • Synchronization tools
  • DAW advanced
  • Game Engines
  • Mastering
  • Film sound tools
  • Commercials and sound-branding
  • Location recording
  • Film sound applications
  • Game sound techniques
  • Broadcast / TV / Media preparation
Electives : Electronic Music Production or Live Sound  

Module AUD5203 - Electronic Music Production

  • MIDI
  • Sequencing
  • Sound Synthesis and Sound Programming
  • Sampling and Sample Libraries
  • MIDI- and Audio-Editing
  • Beat Programming
  • Vocal Recording and Editing
  • Studio Setups
  • Songwriting and Music Theory for Electronic Music arrangement and remix
  • Music Genres within Electronic Music
  • Special Effects and Automation
  • Mixing Techniques/Internal Mixing
  • Final Mixdown and Mastering
  • Interactive Music Performance
  • Distribution and Promotion of Electronic Music
or

Module AUD5204 - Live Sound

  • Stage building and fastening techniques
  • Power supplying
  • Intercom
  • Lighting systems, control units, lights
  • Sound systems, signal routing, mixing consoles, speakers
  • Wireless systems
  • Legal requirements, Health and Safety and other standards
  • Basic principles of pyrotechnics, laser technology, video systems, broadcasting and live recording
  • Events planning
  • Basic sound systems set up and operations
  • Wireless systems set up and operations
  • Lighting systems set up and operations


Second Year

Module AUD5300 - Advanced Audio Production
  • Advanced Audio consoles/controllers
  • Advanced signal processing
  • Advanced equipment operation
  • Complex studio set ups
  • Advanced DAW operation
  • Session Planning
  • Session management
  • Advanced recording, editing and mixing techniques
  • Finalizing
  • Mastering
Module CMN5400 - Marketing, Business planning and Law
  • Business and management studies
  • Business planning
  • Legal issues and law
  • Enterprise, entrepreneurship
  • Ethical considerations
  • Marketing concepts
  • Market segmentation and targeting
  • Marketing & promotional strategies
  • Brand development & brand management
  • Product development
  • Communication models and theories
  • Presentation techniques
  • Crafting the pitch
Electives : Sound for Film or Industry Engagement

Module AUD6205 - Sound for Film

  • History of sound for film
  • Aesthetics of sound and music in film language
  • Selecting and producing music for movies
  • Principles of soundscape analysis and design
  • Multichannel and surround audio formats
  • Film sound delivery standards
  • Film production planning, workflow and professional roles
  • On-set recording practice
  • Advanced post-production techniques
  • Sound design and Foley techniques
  • Orchestral music programming, recording and mixing
  • Mixing sound for cinema

or

Module CMN6201 - Industry Engagement (INTERNSHIP POSSIBILITY)

  • Critically analyzing current/historical industry trends and practices (case study approach)
  • Industry engagement/analysis
  • Becoming a reflective practitioner
  • Logbook development
  • Building a portfolio
  • Supervisor consultation
  • Workplace health and society
  • Combination of directed and self-directed industry engagement activities

 

Module CMN6100 - Research Practice and Society
  • Research methodologies and their application in the creative media industries
  • Artistic and Scientific research and practice
  • Theories and paradigms of research
  • Contemporary issues surrounding research
  • Developing a research question/hypothesis
  • Gathering, analysis, interpretation and presentation of data
  • Literature review and critical analysis of existing research
  • Research ethics
  • Creative media industries: past, present and future
  • The role of practitioners in the creative media industries
  • History of ideas, and scientific and cultural theories
  • Types of culture
  • Scientific and cultural issues, the development of ideas over time and cultural diversity
  • Decoding science and culture: communication, meaning and semiotics
Module CMN6300 - Major project

BA

  • Potential avenues for research in the field or for presenting artistic work
  • Valuable research areas and contact to the industry
  • Research and production methodologies relevant to the major project
  • Development of project proposal and allocation of resources for the major project
  • Advanced project development and management skills
  • Combining, criticizing and defending the own work

or

BSc

  • Potential avenues for research in the field
  • Valuable research areas and contact to the industry
  • Research and production methodologies relevant to the major project
  • Development of project proposal and allocation of resources for the major project
  • Advanced project development and management skills
  • Combining, criticizing and defending the own work
Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • Minimum age 18 or 17 years old with parental consent
  • Have followed and completed high school studies (BAC/CESS)
  • Students whose first language differs from the language in which the program takes place must be able to demonstrate a minimum level of language competence B2  (learn more here - tab "Language Requirements")
  • Successfully pass the admission interview (learn more here - tab "Documents for Enrollment")
  • Have a student visa (for international students - learn more here)


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SAE - AUDIO

A complete enrollment application includes the following:

  • Enrollment contract duly filled in and signed
  • Registration fee of 300 €
  • Copy of I.D. or Passport
  • 1 photo I.D.
  • CESS/BAC copy or EU equivalent
  • Copy of the qualification that demonstrates competence in the language of the course
  • Motivation Letter
  • Copy of student visa (international student) 


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Additional benefits as an SAE Institute Brussels Student

Every student of our institute is eligible, according to his personal status, to the following benefits:

  • Family allowances
  • Issue of documents related to unemployment benefits
  • Student card (student discounts with our partners)
  • School certificates
  • Opportunity to work on the side of his studies
  • Access to internship agreements for Bachelor students 
  • Discount on Public Transport 
Fees & Funding

BACHELOR FULL-TIME / FEES 

Payment Plan 1

  • Registration Fee: € 300
  • Annual Payment: € 21.500
  • Total: € 21.800

Payment Plan 2

  • Registration Fee: € 300
  • 1st Annual Payment: € 11.250
  • 2nd Annual Payment: € 11.250
  • Total: € 22.800

Payment Plan 3

  • Registration Fee: € 300
  • Monthly Payments: € 1000 x 24
  • Total: € 24.300


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BACHELOR PART-TIME / FEES 

Payment Plan 1

  • Registration Fee: € 300
  • Annual Payment: € 21.700
  • Total: € 22.000

Payment Plan 2

  • Registration Fee: € 300
  • 1st Annual Payment: € 7.595
  • 2nd Annual Payment: € 7.595
  • 3rd Annual Payment: € 7.595
  • Total: € 23.085

Payment Plan 3

  • Registration Fee: € 300
  • Monthly Payments: € 670 x 36
  • Total: € 24.420

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Careers
  • Music/Jingle/Radio Producer
  • Sound Designer
  • Assistant Sound
  • Studio/Recording/Mixdown/Post Production/Mastering/Monitor Engineer‚Äč
  • Pro Tools Operator
  • Theatre Sound
  • Supervising Sound Editor
  • Location Recordist
  • Sound Mixer
  • Foley Artist
  • Boom Operator
  • Front of House Engineer
  • Editor
  • Audio Branding

SAE - Audio

This programme was developed and is delivered and assessed by SAE Institute, awarded by and quality assured by Middlesex University. Students will receive a Middlesex award on successful completion of their studies. Following successful completion of the first 3 academic terms, students may be eligible to obtain an RPL (recognition of prior learning) of 180 University Credits and enrol in a programme (3 academic terms) validated by Middlesex University to study towards a BA/BSc Honours degree. SAE Institute reserves the right to make revisions and changes to the information presented in line with continuous improvement actions, and stakeholder feedback.