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Audio Diploma

Overview

Program Overview

The Audio Diploma Program is a non-degree program that focuses on the foundations of sound engineering, designed to get the student into the field in as few as 12 months.

This program is an intensive practical and theoretical course of study that provides students with the knowledge and skills to shape audio design and creation. Students attending this program learn both the technical and creative components of audio design and the business principles of the entertainment industry. This is a hands-on, project-based program culminating in a major capstone project that draws upon the range of knowledge and skills learned throughout the program.

Learning Areas

SAE Institute has divided the Audio Program into trimesters. Each unit and trimester progressively builds skills toward the completion of educational and technical skills goals for the program.

  • Basics of Analog and Digital Audio
  • Acoustics
  • Studio set up
  • MIDI
  • Microphone theory and techniques
  • Logic Studio
  • Pro Tools
  • Synthesis
  • Sampling
  • Studio Recording
  • Procedures with large and small format analog or digital consoles
  • Mixing
  • Mastering
  • Sound for Picture
  • Surround Sound


Qualification

Audio Diploma

  • Nashville, TN
  • San Jose, CA

Skills

Technical and Professional Skills

  • Recording and Mixing
  • Audio Engineering
  • Music Programming
  • Live Performance Engineering
  • Electronic Music Production
  • Video Game Audio Creation and Integration
  • Lighting
  • Studio Maintenance
  • Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs)
  • Post-Production
  • Adaptive Audio Integration
  • Conceptual Physics
  • Interactive Design
  • Professional Life Skills

Your learning experience

  • A common core curriculum providing you with instruction in digital media literacy and 21st century design.
  • Be prepared technically and creatively as Multimedia specialists
  • Build your knowledge and skills on, and have access to, industry standard equipment.
  • Be part of a team that nurtures your talents, and encourages you to reach your learning potential.
  • Practical training in digital video, audio, and design paired with guided development such as critical thinking, résumé writing, and job interview practice.
  • Create a series of projects and assets throughout the program specially developed to demonstrate knowledge to prospective employers.

Careers

Career Options

  • Interactive Installation Developer
  • Installation Technician
  • DSP Developer
  • Composer
  • Audio Application Developer
  • Archivist
  • Studio Engineer
  • Field Recordist
  • Audio Producer
  • Audio Engineer
  • Programmer
  • Audio Engine Integrator
  • A/V Technician
  • Audio Tester
  • Technical Audio Director
  • Project Manager
  • Audio Tools Programmer
  • Audio Director
  • Audio Manager
  • Technical Sound Designer
  • Foley Artist
  • ADR Specialist
  • Field Recordist
  • Mix Engineer
  • Audio Software Engineer
  • Sound Designer
  • Recording Engineer
  • Sound Editor
  • Technical Audio Artist
  • Music Specialist

Key facts

  • DURATION(S):

    12 Months

  • INTAKES:

    Jul 2017

    Sep 2017

  • NEXT INTAKE:

    Enroll By: 10 Jul 2017

    Start Date: 10 Jul 2017

    End Date: 06 Jul 2018

  • COURSE TYPE:

    Diploma

Entry requirements

For entry requirements, please see our Admissions section.

Fees and Payments

Tuition: $25,000
Laptop Package: $3,800.00
Textbooks: $500.00
Technology Fee: $299.00

Total:

$29,599.00

Class Schedule

44 Credit Hours / 12 Months

The Audio Diploma program consists of 11 courses taken in 12 months. Students enrolled full-time in the diploma program take 3-4 courses per 15-week semester with a short break between terms. Students must successfully complete 40 credit hours of core audio and 4 credits in career preparation to receive a Diploma in Audio.

The SAE Institute San Jose campus is currently available to students and staff Monday through Friday 8:00AM to 11:00PM and 10:00AM to 6:00PM on Saturdays. The campus is closed on Sundays. During these opening times, access to the lecture theatre, all studios, labs, motion capture, green screen, audio and video suites, library and classrooms is subject to the booking process of the SAE Institute San Jose Master Scheduler. Access to offices, copy room, and all building maintenance and storage rooms is not available to students.

Most classes occur between the hours of 8:00AM - 11:00PM. However, labs may periodically be scheduled outside of these hours. Distance education courses are asynchronous. The labs and facilities are open for student use 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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