Through this hands-on oriented 12 week course, you will be given all the tools a Sound Designer needs in the modern digital age. With a focus on experimental uses of cutting edge audio technologies, the course will explore sound design for a range of applications: Virtual and Augmented Reality experiences, Video-games, Films, Sonic Arts and Audio/Visual installations.

Using the many powerful features of Ableton Live and Max for Live, students will explore granular synthesis, audio manipulation and spatial audio techniques. Students will also gain knowledge on psychoacoustics and the relationship between sound, emotions and meaning, developing their ability to engage in sound-aided storytelling.

Upon completion of the course, students will receive an SAE short course certificate and be part of our global alumni community.

SAE short courses are only open to students residing in the UK.






18 and over




  • Sound theory & Psychoacoustics
  • Digital Audio Technology
  • Ableton Live and Max For Live
  • Audio Recording & Manipulation
  • Granular Synthesis
  • EQ, Dynamic and Effects processing
  • Spatial Audio and Immersive Medias
  • Semiotics of Sound
  • Sound and Moving Image Medias
  • Compositional Techniques for Sonic Arts
  • Audio Branding

What you'll learn

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Understand the basic principles of sound in its physical and psychological manifestation
  • Use audio manipulation and granular synthesis to design original sounds
  • Creative immersive, sonic experiences for moving image medias and art installations
  • Understand how to communicate meaning and emotions through sound


Christian Duka

Electronic Music Production Lecturer

Christian Duka is a sound designer and music artist of the generation that emerged in the wake of digital technology. Following his Bachelor of Arts in Audio Engineering at SAE, he has worked extensively as a Music Producer/Sound Designer for independent musical artists and Augmented/Virtual Reality productions.

Christian is also an active experimental live performer; his shows span from experimental dance music (in collaboration with Marco Maldarella as “MARMO”) to immersive sound art events (as DVKA) and conceptual audio/visual installations (in the A/V series “HOLISTIC”). He has released various records both as a solo and collaborative artist; together with 8 artists around the globe, he is also currently developing a decentralised record label.

Since his formative years at SAE Institute, Christian has researched the relationship between musical/sonic experiences and emotional expression. His interests have moved to the personalisation of musical experiences, in which audience and artists collaborate in a process of artistic co-creation.

While lecturing Electronic Music Production at SAE, Christian has developed the Sound Design for Creative Medias short course.

Jose Rivas

Sound Design for Creative Media Lecturer London

Jose Rivas (aka Jose Macabra) (BA Sound Arts, UAL/ MA Fine Art, Kent University) is an Artist, sound designer, curator and lecturer in Sound Design for Creative Media at SAE London.

Jose has worked with and for Ernesto Tomasini, Ron Athey, HR. Giger, Sally Mann, Empress Stah, Lydia Lunch, FFIN DANCE Company, UCL, UAL, The Dream Corporation, Unite The Union, Katerina Valstur and Christian Duka to name a few.

Jose Macabra’s work has been performed in art establishment venues including The Barbican, Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool, BFI and The Photographer’s Gallery, Camberwell College of Arts and Kent University. Works involving Jose’s sound design have toured major festivals in Madrid, Berlin, Athens, Brussels, Milan, Barcelona, Lisbon, Manchester, Liverpool and other cultural centres.

Who should attend

This course is ideal for music producers, audio engineers and creative media developers that would like to take a deeper look into sound design. Basic knowledge in audio and related fields is recommended but not necessary.


You should bring a notebook and pen to classes. You may also wish to bring your own laptop or tablet, however, this is not necessary.

Student Case Study

  Date from Day(s) of the week Time Duration Campus Price  
  TBA Monday and Wednesday 18.30-21.00 12 Weeks London £1200