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Interactive Audio Bachelor of Applied Science


Program Overview

The Interactive Audio Bachelor's Degree program focuses on digital and analog music and post-production environment to get the student into the field in as few as 32 months.


Degree Progression

Each academic year you'll be immersed in project-based, hands-on courses while gradually accruing your general education requirements.

Freshman Year: Music Theory, Communications & Critical Thinking, Living in a Media World

Sophomore Year: Concepts in Science, Mathematical Concepts, Basic Recording, Studio Maintenance

Junior Year: Popular Culture, Intermediate Recording & Production, Live Sound & Lighting, Digital Audio Workstations, Interactive Audio Fundamentals

Senior Year: Creative Writing, American History, Adaptive Audio Integration, Programming for Sound Artists, Senior Research Project

Bachelor's of Applied Science students will be required to complete 36 credits of General Education classes including: Communications & Critical Thinking, Mathematical Concepts, American History, Creative Writing, and more.


Bachelor's of Applied Science Degree in Interactive Audio

  • Emeryville, CA


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.


Career Options

  • Interactive Installation Developer
  • Installation Technician
  • DSP Developer
  • Composer
  • Audio Application Developer
  • Orchestrator
  • 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


    32 Months


    Mar 2017


    Enroll By: 27 Mar 2017

    Start Date: 27 Mar 2017

    End Date: 22 Nov 2019



Entry requirements

For entry requirements, please see our Admissions section.

Fees and Payments

Tuition costs per semester based on credits being taken
12+ Credits: $11,800.00
7 - 11 Credits: $9,300.00
6 - 8 Credits: $6,340.00
1 - 5 Credits: $1,060.00
Technology Fee: (per academic year) $299.00


A Bachelor's of Applied Science Degree is generally 8 semesters for a student attending full-time. Total tuition costs for the program is $94,400. The estimated cost of attendance with fees is $95,297.

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

Tuition may be paid by cash, check, money order, or bank transfer. SAE Expression College also offers monthly payment plans with no interest or finance charges. These payments comply with state and federal requirements.

Class Schedule

126 Credit Hours / 32 Months

SAE Expression College is available to students and staff on a 24-hour basis. Access to all studios, labs, audio and video suites, Meyer Performance Hall, library and classrooms is subject to the booking process of the SAE Expression College 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.

For every 15 contact hours of theory class, students are awarded 1 semester credit. For every 30 hour of lab class, students are awarded 1 semester credit. For 45 contact hours of internship, students are awarded 1 semester credit.