Associate Degree of Audio

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Available at
Brisbane, Byron Bay, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney
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Associate Degree of Audio
Domestic Fees
Entire Course Fee
$43,500 AUD
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Associate Degree of Audio
International Fees
Entire Course Fee
$51,440 AUD
4 Trimesters Full Time (Fast Track)

Complete your course faster by studying the 11 units over 15 months. (4 trimesters)

Associate Degree of Audio
Course Durations
4 Trimesters Full Time (Fast Track)

Complete your course faster by studying the 11 units over 15 months. (4 trimesters)

6 Trimesters Full Time

Whilst still classified as a full time study load, you will complete the 11 units over two years. (6 trimesters)


If you want to take a little longer, that’s ok too. We’ll help you work out the best study load to suit your needs.

Note: Part-time is not available for international students.

We understand that things can change, so you'll have the flexibility to change your study load throughout your course if you need to.
Start Date(s)
Feb 2022
Associate Degree of Audio
Start Dates
  • February 2022

  • May 2022

  • September 2022

Byron Bay
  • February 2022

  • May 2022

  • September 2022

  • February 2022

  • May 2022

  • September 2022

  • February 2022

  • May 2022

  • September 2022

  • February 2022

  • May 2022

  • September 2022

Entry Requirements
Associate Degree of Audio
Domestic Entry Requirements
Domestic students must meet one of the following criteria:
Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (your Year 12 certificate) or equivalent; OR
Completion of an Australian Diploma level qualification (for example a TAFE Diploma) or higher; OR
Experience-Based Entry – for applicants who do not meet the requirements of entry criteria 1 or 2 above.
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Associate Degree of Audio
International Entry Requirements
International Entry Requirements
Minimum age requirements
International students seeking admission to SAE must be at least 18 years of age prior to the commencement of their study.
Academic requirements
Successful completion of secondary school studies (assessed as an equivalent of Australian Year 12 secondary studies). Minimum overall pass is required.
English language requirements
International English Language Testing Sydney (IELTS): An overall score of 6.0 or higher with no individual band lower than 5.5 (only the Academic Test is accepted), OR
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 73 overall (internet-based test), OR
Pearson Test of English (PTE): Academic score of 46 or higher, OR
Completion of Year 12 English in an Australian secondary school or college or equivalent with a minimum result of “Satisfactory” or equivalent.
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Successful completion of an Academic English program with an SAE-approved Australian-based English partner. Please refer to our SAE International Study Pathways for more information.
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Learn in world class studio environments Neve, SSL, Audient consoles and Pro Tools, Logic Pro.
Practical, immersive training All work is project-based, with no exams. Graduate with a portfolio to share with an employer or first client. Cross-discipline collaboration Work across film, gaming, and animation projects at SAE.
Flexible course options Completing two of the three stages of the Bachelor of Audio, this course provides an excellent pathway into the Bachelor.



Studio Production Post Production Mastering Sound Principals Working with Artists

Course Structure

The Associate Degree of Audio has two stages that provide foundational learning and applied skill.
Stage 1: Foundations
Develop the essential technical audio skills and the knowledge required to collaborate with other creative media students and professionals.
Credit Points: 10

An essential foundation for your studies and your future career, You'll develop skills to become an independent learner, critical thinker and reflective practitioner

Examine influencers and trends in Audio, to develop an understanding of the learning process, research and nature of creativity and scholarship.

Potential projects:
Research the characteristics of a music or audio ‘genre’ and create a piece of work that demonstrates that knowledge.
Make an experimental mashup, to see if you can reconcile diverse sources (different genres, cultures or time periods) within one creative work.
Credit Points: 10

Establish a basic knowledge of the principles of sound, foundational acoustics, human hearing, perception of sound and the range of technical terms related to audio.

You'll sonically assess a listening environment and be able to communicate your ideas using industry terminology.

Potential projects:
Improve the acoustic properties of a home studio setup.
Using technology analyse the sound of different rooms.
Credit Points: 20

Gain the audio recording skills required to operate studio equipment and a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) system by undertaking simple recording and mixing projects.

You'll be able to demonstrate an understanding of session planning, studio etiquette, microphone placement, signal flow, multi-track recording and signal processing (EQ, filters and dynamics processing) and be able to edit your session in preparation for mixdown.

Potential projects:
Develop a plan for a professional recording session.
Analyse sound recordings and create multiple mixes using balance, pan, equalisation, automation and FX processing.
Credit Points: 10

This unit aims to develop your understanding of the creative media industries by studying the evolution of the industries over time. Change, evolution and disruption within creative media industries occur regularly and change the way the industries operate by displacing an existing market, industry, technology, person or process and creating something new which is more valuable. Change, evolution and disruption are inevitable and both creative and destructive processes.

In order to develop a career within the creative media industries, you will need to prepare for this disruption and evolve your employability skills over time. The key to maintaining this career is developing hard and soft skills, refining current skills sets and anticipating future changes in required skill sets. You will need to understand how the audience informs and influences the production and distribution of creative media products and how this in turn affects the skills required to succeed within the creative media industries.

You will study these topics alongside your colleagues in other disciplines, to develop an understanding of the intersections between various creative media industries.
Credit Points: 10

An introduction to the technology used in various audio systems such as recording studios, live, and audio-visual sound reinforcement systems.

Develop basic soldering and electronics fault-finding skills and investigate the connectivity and terminology of small-scale audio systems.

Potential projects:
Safely set up and operate small live sound or audio-visual systems for music or spoken presentations.
Credit Points: 20

Apply your acquired production skills in real-life audio, music or sound design projects, one ‘in the box’ and one in the recording studio.

You'll deliver to a brief, using production skills and researching comparable works to create well-rounded products through iterative processes.

Potential projects:
First project: Enhance an audio production using sequencing, sampling and synthesis for music composition or sound design project.

Second project: Working on a collaborative studio production, You'll apply project management skills to demonstrate effective use of time and resources, whilst documenting and reflecting on the production process, identifying areas for improvements and responding to feedback from your your classmates and facilitator.
Stage 2: Refine & Expand
Broaden your scope to work on complex multidisciplinary projects in accordance with industry standard practices.
Credit Points: 10

In CIM210 you will be working on interdisciplinary projects that relate to some of the most important concepts in contemporary media production. You will learn practical and analytical skills in order to help you develop your creative powers and meet briefs that take you out of your comfort zone. You will need to bring all of the skills you have learned so far: technical skills, research skills, communication skills and a growth mindset, and be prepared to encounter new concepts and new ways of working.
Credit Points: 30

Work collaboratively on audio and music projects, responding to a brief and led by your facilitator. In collaboration with your your classmates, You'll work towards established project milestones within a recording studio project with your facilitator acting as your project manager, mentor, and colleague.

Further develop your production skills through conceptualising, planning and executing a project, employing recording studio hardware and software. You will adhere to a planned schedule and demonstrate professional practice in pre-production, production, mixing and mastering.

This process includes focusing on the creative, technical and managerial aspects required for a completed music project. Teamwork, interdisciplinary collaborative skills, and engagement with feedback processes are emphasised in this unit, as you further refine and reflect on your transferable skills.

Potential project
4-6 track original EP, recorded, mixed, mastered and ready for release, working closely with the artist to aim for the desired sounds, feels and sonic outcomes.
Credit Points: 10

Media and culture are not simply entertainment, but something that affects the “real world”, our everyday lives, and our worldviews. As such, we will not ask whether media accurately reflect the real world but instead ask how media shape, reinforce, and challenge power structures that influence our understanding of the world and ourselves. This unit takes a ‘critical theory’ approach to analyze media and culture. In this unit, you will explore media texts, contexts and meaning, society and subjectivity, pop culture aesthetics, and critical cultural discourses that inform creative media practices.

Drawing on a range of creative content and analytical frameworks, you will be encouraged to develop ways of thinking about media and culture that demonstrate a broad awareness of aesthetic principles and stylistic trends; subjectivity, agency, ethics, and relations of power; contexts, disciplines and discursive formations. In support of this exploration, you will produce a range of media artifacts that explore and contextualize the relationship of media to culture through individual analysis, collaborative and interdisciplinary creative practice, and critical reflection.

Credit Points: 30

Collaborating with game design, animation or film students to produce finished original creative works, You'll develop the project management skills You'll need for working in large scale production environments.

You'll be introduced to appropriate session management techniques and project planning where You'll learn how to manage budgets, resources and personnel, along with delivery requirements.

You'll be introduced to the terminology and workflows used for producing audio for narrative in industries such as film, television, games, and multimedia. This unit focuses on the creation of the character-related sounds that are developed using location recording techniques, recording and editing of ADR and foley and the mixing of these elements for a professional outcome.

You will primarily focus on the impact of sounds on audience perception in various media. The application of surround sound mixing, and immersive production techniques will provide new challenges to suit the needs of modern-day listening environments.

Potential main project
Sound design for a short film, animation, game or audio/visual installation mixed in a multi-channel environment, focusing on sonic aesthetics and enhancing the associated emotional response from the audience’s perspective.
CRICOS Course Codes
103288M (4 TRIMESTERS) 080179K (6 TRIMESTERS)
Australian Qualification Framework
AQF Level: 6 Fully Accredited with TEQSA
We consult closely with industry professionals so you can expect a course that’s highly relevant and equips you with sought-after skills.
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Career Outcomes

Studio Engineer
Music Producer
Game Audio Specialist
Sound Editor
Staging Crew
Audio/Visual Technician
Sound Designer
Live Sound Engineer/Operator
Radio Broadcasting

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Course FAQs

This can vary depending on the campus and course. You may, for example, have a larger lecture group for common units, and a smaller tutorial group of 8-15 students. In most cases tutorial sizes average 15 – 30 students.

At SAE we consider your creative potential and commitment to the Creative Industries, not just your academic history. Which is why you don’t need a minimum ATAR to study with us.

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For international student entry requirements click here

You can choose to study most of our courses at a part-time capacity. An SAE course advisor will be able to give you more information about the study options for your chosen course.

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SAE may recognise your prior learning and may grant credit towards satisfying the requirements for a VET or a higher-level program. This is applied where previous learning is considered equivalent to the content and learning outcomes prescribed for units within the program.
For full details, please refer to SAE's policy on recognition of prior learning and credit transfers.
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