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Audio Engineering Diploma



Whether you are starting or looking to further develop your career in the audio industry, the Audio Engineering Diploma qualifies you for work in recording studios, post production for film and TV, radio, sound design and game sound or live sound.

Combining theoretical understanding with a strong hands-on training ethos, (75% of course assessment is practical), through our industry standard production facilities, you are able to explore and expand your technical and creative skill sets.

The course runs for 18 months and classes can take place in the daytime, evening or on weekend, providing you with flexibility whether you are working full-time, part time or just passing through.


Available at all campuses




Principles of Sound and Audio Practice

  • Oscillations & wave theory
  • Fundamental knowledge of mathematics and physics
  • Fundamental knowledge of signal flow und wiring
  • Digital audio workstation
  • Ear anatomy and psychoacoustics
  • Leveling and metering
  • Effects; equalizer
  • Effects; dynamic range processor
  • Effects; reverb and delay
  • Effects; use of equalizers and dynamic range processors
  • Mixing; frequency allocation and space
  • Mixing; development of blending
  • Electro-acoustics
  • Fundamental knowledge of electrical engineering
  • Microphones & speakers

Signal Flow and Processing

  • Signal flow; block diagramms
  • Studio signal flow
  • Digital audio workstation; recording medium
  • Recording & mixdown
  • Beat adjustment
  • Pitch adjustment
  • Mixing processes & techniques
  • Equalizers, dynamic range processors and effects
  • Digital technique
  • MIDI

Audio Production

  • Production planning and scheduling
  • Psychoacoustics
  • Stereo microphone techniques
  • Consoles
  • Recording workflow
  • Recording process
  • DAW
  • Audio editing techniques
  • Mixing workflow
  • Mixing process
  • Post production
  • Broadcast/EB

Sound for Media

  • Film sounds
  • DAW advanced
  • Voiceovers
  • Audiobooks
  • Video basics / advanced metering
  • Foley
  • Multi channel audio
  • Surround formats
  • Voiceovers
  • Synchronisation
  • Score composition for film/TV
  • Game sounds
  • Adverts & Jingles
  • Mastering
Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • University entrance qualifaction (Abitur or similar)
  • Alternatively: minimum age of 18 years plus intermediate educational qualification and aptitude test
  • Own notebook computer for office work, theoretical tests and own notes from lectures
  • Normal hearing (audiogram required)
  • Language skills: students whose first language is not English will need a qualification that demonstrates competence in English; at least Level B2
Fees & Funding

Payment Plans

  • Upfront: 3 payments, each at the beginnig of next semester
  • Standard: 18 payments, each at the beginning of month

Financing Options

There are several options that may be available to you to help you finance your studies, such as;

  • STANDARD and UPFRONT payment plans
  • Student loans
  • Educational funds

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  • Music Producer
  • Jingle Producer
  • Sound Designer
Studio Engineer
  • Recording Engineer
  • Mixdown Engineer
  • Mastering Engineer
  • Post Production Engineer
  • Pro Tools Operator
  • FOH Engineer
  • Monitor Engineer
  • Theatre Sound
  • Supervising Sound Editor
  • Radio Producer
  • Location Recordist
  • Sound Mixer
  • Foley Artist
Boom Operator
  • Audio Branding
  • Sound Artist

Industry Sectors

  • Music Production
  • Sound for moving image (TV, Film, Web)
  • Application of Sound in Business
  • Advertising
Corporate Sound
  • Events & Conferences
  • Sound for Games
  • Artist Exhibition
  • BMG Ariola
  • Pro7, Sat1, ZDF, WDR, RTL
  • The Village Recorder L.A.
  • MSM Mastering Studio
  • Bayerischer Rundfunk
  • Radio Energy and many more…
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