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Audio Technology Associate Degree


Program Overview

The Audio Technology Associate Degree program focuses on the foundations of sound engineering, designed to get the student into the field in as few as 12 to 16 months.


Degree Progression

Each term you'll be immersed in project-based, hands-on audio courses while gradually racking up your general education requirements.

Term 1: Principles of Sound, Fundamentals of Recording, Music Theory

Term 2: Live Sound, Studio Production, Digital Audio Workstations

Term 3: Large-format Consoles, Post-Production, Advanced Production Techniques

Term 4: Final Projects, Recording Business, Entrepreneurship

Associate of Science students will be required to complete 15 hours of General Education classes including: English Composition, World History, Introduction to Mathematical Modeling, Conceptual Physics, and Speech Communications. These classes are offered on campus.



Associate of Science Degree in Audio Technology

  • Chicago, IL


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

  • Audio/Visual Technician
  • 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
  • Live sound engineer
  • 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 Associate Degree
Module 1 - AT101 Introduction to Audio Technology and Studio Equipment
Intro to AudioBasic Signal FlowIntro to Digital Audio WorkstationsMusic Theory
Intro to MIDIAudio ElectronicsSignal ProcessingMicrophone Theory
Microphone TheoryWorld History  
Module 2 - AT102 Digital Audio Software and Advanced Studio Equipment
Pro Tools IIntermediate Signal FlowSession Procedures
Advanced SequencingSynthesis and SamplingDigital Signal Flow
Pro Tools IIIMathematical Modeling  
Module 3 - AT103 Advanced Engineering and Digital Audio Applications
Sync Interface & FormatsAcousticsAdvanced Signal Flow I
Pro Tools IIIAdvanced Signal Flow IIMixing
MasteringConceptual Physics  
Module 4 - AT104 Advanced Recording Engineering and Production
Sound for PictureSurround SoundMusic Production
Game AudioSpeakers, Amps, & Live SoundMusic Business
Multimedia & BroadcastSpeech Communications  
Module 5 - AT105 Advanced Recording Engineering and Production
History of Recording IndustryCopyright and Entertainment LawPrinciples of Music PublishingArtist Management
Record Business and Label MarketingConcert Promotion and TouringMusic MerchandisingEntrepreneurship in the Music Industry
Research Thesis and Portfolio PresentationEnglish Composition  
  • General Education Course
  • Audio Technology Course
  • Degree Course
Module 1
Intro to Audio
Basic Signal Flow
Intro to Digital Audio Workstations
Music Theory
Intro to MIDI
Audio Electronics
Signal Processing
Microphone Theory
World History
Module 2
Pro Tools I
Intermediate Signal Flow
Session Procedures
Advanced Sequencing
Synthesis and Sampling
Digital Signal Flow
Pro Tools III
Mathematical Modeling
Module 3
Sync Interface & Formats
Advanced Signal Flow I
Pro Tools III
Advanced Signal Flow II
Conceptual Physics
Module 4
Sound for Picture
Surround Sound
Music Production
Game Audio
Speakers, Amps, & Live Sound
Music Business
Multimedia & Broadcast
Speech Communications
Module 5
History of Recording Industry
Copyright and Entertainment Law
Principles of Music Publishing
Artist Management
Record Business and Label Marketing
Concert Promotion and Touring
Music Merchandising
Entrepreneurship in the Music Industry
Research Thesis and Portfolio Presentation
English Composition
  • General Education Course
  • Audio Technology Course
  • Degree Course

Key facts


    16 Months


    May 2018


    Enroll By: 14 May 2018

    Start Date: 14 May 2018

    End Date: 23 Aug 2019



Entry requirements

For entry requirements, please see our Admissions section.

Fees and Payments

Tuition: $32,000.00
Laptop Package: $3,775.00
Textbooks: $475.00
Technology Fee: $598.00



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

Class Schedule & Brochure

Class sizes are limited to maximize individual attention. Please refer to the campus catalog for specific class times or contact the campus to determine class time availability. Not all class times are offered every semester. Students also attend practical lab sessions, and these hours are scheduled on an individual basis during hours of school operation, and the maximum number of students is based on the number of available stations. Extra lab time may be reserved without additional charge, subject to availability. Students may also be required to attend seminars/workshops for specific courses. Please refer to the Workshop Component section in the course catalog for details.