Audio Production

Audio Production Diploma

18 months
Audio Production Diploma
Course Durations
18 months
Start Date(s)
March and September 2024
Audio Production Diploma
Start Dates
  • March and September 2024

Audio Production Diploma
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Entry Requirements
Audio Production Diploma
Domestic Entry Requirements
Domestic Entry Requirements
High School Diploma / Technical High School Diploma.
Alternatively: Minimum age 17 years and intermediate level of education.
Alternatively Minimum age 17 years and intermediate level of education
Prior Knowledge Our diploma courses start from scratch, so you don't need to have any prior technical knowledge.
Audio Production Diploma
International Entry Requirements
International Entry Requirement
High School Diploma / Technical High School Diploma.
Alternatively: Minimum age 17 years and intermediate level of education.
Language Qualification English language proficiency certificate (Level CEFR-B2)
Visa Requirements To be able to study in Amsterdam, you need a residence permit for the entire duration of your studies.
valid Visa for the Netherlands or EEA area
EEA Citizenship
For over 47 years, the SAE Diploma has been the direct ticket to the media industry. With a focused hands-on practical approach, the diploma provides you with the technical and craft skills for a successful career start.

On this page, you will get a detailed insight into the course content of the Audio Production Diploma. You will find out everything you need to know to get started straight away.

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Course Structure

Semester 1
Develop the essential technical audio skills and the knowledge required to collaborate with other creative media students and professionals.
The module aims to introduce students to the fundamentals of sound as a physical quantity and to learn to understand its behaviour in various situations. Students will further be introduced to the basics of audio production (recording and editing), basic signal flow, and microphones and loudspeakers.
The module aims to teach students the tools and workflows necessary to perform computer-based music production. In addition, students will learn the concepts and application of sound synthesis, sampling, arranging, effects creation, and mixing.
Semester 2
Throughout the second semester, you will broaden your scope to work on more complex multidisciplinary projects with industry-standard practices.
This module aims to prepare students for studio work by applying the fundamentals learned predominantly in the module "Principles of Audio" to real studio situations. Students are encouraged to develop their workflows using practical tasks that are transferable between different audio work environments.
Recording in different studios and outdoors, mixing in hardware and software, and the integration of outboard equipment in DAWs are further topics of this module. This often involves music, but also other areas such as original sound and foley recording.
This module aims to teach the students professional production processes and techniques in various areas of the audio industry. In particular, the focus is on pre-production, editing, and mixing.
Semester 3
Semester 3 introduces you to a professional working environment where you will undertake several project briefs using a project-based ‘creative studio’ approach. Creative Studios provide a practically focused approach to your education, through the engagement with authentic assessment activities that reflect industry practises.
This module aims to enable students to utilise complex and industry-relevant workflows for producing media projects in a simulated workplace setting. They will explore best-practice project planning, production techniques, and project execution methods as they complete studio work.

Throughout this module, students will be encouraged to engage in self-reflective processes to improve their creative and collaborative work practices and to build the core skills necessary for a successful career in the creative industries. With the guidance of studio facilitators, students will complete a set of project briefs designed to build on the foundation skills acquired and to further enhance their competencies within their discipline area.

The Audio Production Diploma Course includes:

Recording Studio Techniques Collaborating with Artists Mixing and Mastering Electronic Music Production Live Sound Audio Post-Production


Audio students get the chance to collaborate with other disciplines, there are many opportunities and requirements to collaborate with students from other degrees throughout the course.

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