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Audio Technology Diploma


Program Overview

The Audio Technology Diploma Program (ATP) is a non-degree program focused on the foundations of sound engineering, designed to get the student into the field in as few is 9 to 12 months.

The Audio Technology Program is an intensive practical and theoretical training program that prepares students to become successful in today’s commercial sound recording industry. Students attending this program have the opportunity to learn both the technical and creative components of audio recording as well as the essential business principles of the entertainment industry.


Learning Areas

SAE has divided the Audio Technology Program into modules (or semesters in Chicago and Nashville).  Each module/semester encompasses at least one complete subject area and is comprised of subject units (skill and theory components of the course). Each unit and module/semester progressively builds skills toward the completion of educational and technical skills goals for the program.

Please select your campus of choice in the "Units" tab to see complete program breakdown, but the topics covered include, but are not limited to:

  • 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


Diploma of Audio Technology

  • Atlanta
  • Chicago
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • Nashville
  • New York
  • San Francisco


Technical and Professional Skills

  • Digital Audio Workstations
  • Digital Control Surfaces
  • Recording with Analog Consoles
  • Live Sound Production
  • Sound Effects Editing
  • Mixing
  • Automated Dialog Replacement
  • Mastering New Technologies
  • Technical Problem Solving
  • Entertainment Business
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Networking
  • Budgeting
  • Professionalism
  • Career Management
  • Personal Branding
  • Teamwork
  • Project Management

Your learning experience

  • Work with industry standard microphones, mixing consoles and digital audio work stations.
  • Develop high-level skills on industry-standard software, including Pro Tools and Logic.
  • Master your craft on small and large format consoles and record the music genres you are interested in.
  • Get practical experience in live sound, electronic music, audio post production, and audio for film and television.
  • Work with artists, designers, web, mobile and games developers, film makers, and animators.
  • Learn the principles of sound and audio technology – crucial knowledge for specialists in the audio industry.
  • Build your knowledge and skills on, and have access to, industry standard equipment and studio spaces.
  • Be part of a team that nurtures your talents, and encourages you to reach your learning potential.
  • Enjoy the benefits of being SAE trained – our audio students have achieved great success in the creative media industries. SAE graduates are known within the industry for their high-level skills and are in demand.


Career Options

  • Recording/Studio engineer
  • Sound designer
  • Re-recording mixer
  • Mixing engineer
  • Sound editor
  • Post production engineer – film and TV
  • Radio broadcast producer/engineer
  • Sound location recorder
  • Mastering engineer
  • Live sound engineer
  • Music producer
  • Media production specialist


SAE Institute audio graduates have been involved with many outstanding production companies, studios, live venues, and radio/broadcasting companies, Many alumni have also been successful entrepreneurs, starting their own studios, labels and companies.


Audio Technology Diploma
Semester 1 - Intro To Audio Technology and Studio Equipment
Introduction to Audio RecordingBasic Signal Flow ConceptsIntro to Digital Audio Workstations and Electronic Music Production
Semester 2 - Digital Audio Software and Advanced Studio Equipment
Intro to Studio and Live Audio ProductionIntermediate Signal Flow ConceptsIntermediate Digital Audio Workstations and Electronic Music
Semester 3 - Advanced Engineering and Digital Audio Applications
Advanced Audio ProductionAdvanced Signal Flow ConceptsAudio Post Production and Multimedia
  • Audio Technology Course
Semester 1
Introduction to Audio Recording
Basic Signal Flow Concepts
Intro to Digital Audio Workstations and Electronic Music Production
Semester 2
Intro to Studio and Live Audio Production
Intermediate Signal Flow Concepts
Intermediate Digital Audio Workstations and Electronic Music
Semester 3
Advanced Audio Production
Advanced Signal Flow Concepts
Audio Post Production and Multimedia
  • Audio Technology Course

Key facts


    9 Months


    Jun 2016

    Aug 2016

    Oct 2016


    Enroll By: 13 Jun 2016

    Start Date: 13 Jun 2016

    End Date: 17 Mar 2017



Entry requirements

For entry requirements, please see our Admissions section.

Fees and Payments

Tuition: $21,140.00
Laptop Package: $3,775.00
Textbooks: $225.00
Technology Fee: $299.00



Calculate the estimated cost of attendance with the Net Price Calculator.

Tuition may be paid by cash, check, money order, or bank transfer. SAE offers a discount of 3% on tuition paid in full in advance of the first class, with the exception of any loans administered through SAE (e.g., Sallie Mae) or any third-party agency sponsorship (e.g., employer sponsored tuition assistant programs). Our schools also offer monthly payment plans with no interest or finance charges. These payments comply with state and federal requirements.

Class Schedule & Brochure

48 Credit Hours / 9 Months / 25 Hours per week for 36 weeks

Students entering any full time program may state a preference for a morning or afternoon schedule. Because SAE Institute limits class size to maximize individual attention, student schedule preference is based on availability. The full time program is available in a morning, afternoon, and evening sessions, as follows:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm or

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, from 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm or

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Full-time students attend practical sessions in the Lab for an average of 10 hours per week. Practical hours are scheduled on an individual basis during hours of school operation. Extra lab hours may be taken without additional charge, subject to availability.  Students are also required to attend 36 hours of workshops during the program. Please see the Workshop Component section in the course catalog for details.

Check out our Audio Technology Program Brochure!