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Bachelor of Audio

Overview

Course Overview

Study the Bachelor of Audio at SAE Institute and build skills for a career in the audio engineering and sound production industry. Apply skills and knowledge in the areas of studio, post-production and live sound production using industry-standard audio software and large scale audio consoles from such industry giants as Neve, SSL, Audient and others.

During your studies at SAE, students will learn on a variety of industry-standard audio software including Pro Tools, Logic Pro X, Ableton Live and more.

Students will undertake specialised units designed for students to participate in real-world audio projects under the guidance of expert SAE staff. With this unique teaching style, students will demonstrate their skills and technical knowledge in a collaborative and creative studio-based learning environment.


Your Studies:

Each degree program is broken up into discrete stages, each designed to promote different skills.

Stage I – Foundational Skills Development
In Stage I, students will undertake a number of foundational audio units which will give you the essential technical skills and knowledge not only relevant to their discipline area, but also give students the skills required to collaborate with other creative media students and professionals in later stages of the program.

  • Introduction to audio engineering
  • Microphones and signal processing
  • Principles of sound
  • Digital audio
  • DAW operation
  • Working with artists
  • Project management and professional etiquette
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Contemporary industry overview

Stage II – Interdisciplinary Projects, Media and Cultural Studies
In Stage II students will be working in simulated project groups where they are working towards large scale deliverables each trimester. Within Stage II we will not only get students to apply your Stage I skills in a deeper context, but we will also help students work within the contemporary creative media workforce.

In Stage II we show students how their work contributes to and interacts with broader culture and media practice. This knowledge will enable students to work with a variety of other disciplines and artists and expand your potential on the global stage.  

Students will complete a number of real-world projects with students not only in their own discipline, but in all other SAE disciplines.

In Stage II, students will be given the opportunity to work as project specialists within the following areas. The types of projects and project roles they choose to undertake will determine what area of specialisation they fall within. Stage II has three studio modules with projects based on the following areas;

1. Studio Production

Students wishing to extend their studio production skills will work on large-scale commercial audio desks in both analogue and digital format from both audio engineering and music producing roles, acoustics, outboard effects and microphones.
Develop a complete understanding of the sound aesthetic from a technological level to a production level and use your skills to mix and master tracks from recording through to the final product.
In addition to large consoles, you will use a variety of equipment found in current audio industry practice, including in-the-box systems and cutting edge hardware and software controller technology to achieve the same outcomes expected in traditional studio environments.

2. Post Production

Students with a post production focus will incorporate audio with the moving image. This includes audio for film, games and animation with creation and manipulation of the entire sonic environment of multimedia.
Explore location audio using various microphone techniques for ambient sounds as well as dialogue and sound effects. Develop skills in automatic dialogue replacement (ADR), Foley and sound design.
Students will look deeper into the aesthetics of literal and non-literal sound and the techniques of mixing for immersive sound formats and environments. 

Stage III
Stage III is the final part. Here students will undertake an interdisciplinary project of their choice to be the final and most ambitious portfolio project that they will undertake.

Students will also finalise their studies by undertaking an elective module and completing a compulsory internship.

By the time students graduate, they will have; a professional online presence that they will have begun building at the start of the program, a wide range of interdisciplinary projects present in their portfolio, and a deeper understanding of the creative media fields and real-world experience.

Upon graduating, students will have a sound knowledge of audio for many applications in the music and creative media industries. Students will be proficient in the use of a variety of industry standard hardware and software, allowing you to use your skillset on large or small scale projects across many facets of the audio industry.


QUALIFICATION
Bachelor of Audio


INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS
SAE Institute is involved in a range of Audio specific industry boards including:
Music NSW
West Australian Music

  • Brisbane
  • Byron Bay
  • Sydney
  • Melbourne
  • Perth

Skills

You will learn

  • Studio techniques
  • Principles of sound
  • DAW operation
  • Microphone techniques
  • Signal processing
  • Production techniques
  • Audio engineering principles
  • Sound design
  • Live sound
  • Critical listening
  • Industry knowledge

Your learning experience

  • Start working with industry standard microphones, mixing consoles and digital audio work stations in the first trimester.
  • 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.

Careers

Career Options

  • Studio engineer
  • Post production engineer – film and TV
  • Radio broadcast producer/engineer
  • Sound location recorder
  • Mastering engineer
  • Live sound engineer – F.O.H and monitors
  • Music producer

Employers

SAE audio graduates have been involved with many outstanding production companies, studios, live venues, and radio/broadcasters, including:

  • Forester Savile
  • Count Bounce
  • Micheal Stavrou
  • Labsonics – Post Studio
  • Black Pearl Studios
  • Sing Sing Studios
  • Woodstock Studios
  • Prince of Wales Hotel
  • Revolver
  • J-Air community radio station
  • Soundcorp

Modules

Bachelor of Audio (Post Production)
VIEW MODULE DESCRIPTIONS
Trimester 1 (1st Year)
Critical Thinking in Creative MediaPrinciples of SoundMicrophones & Signal ProcessingIntroduction of Audio Engineering
Trimester 2
Overview of IndustryDAW OperationDigital AudioProduction 1
Trimester 3
Media StudiesAudio Studio 1
Trimester 4 (2nd Year)
Cultural PerspectivesAudio Studio 2 (Post Production)
Trimester 5
Major Project DevelopmentAudio Studio 3 (Post Production)
Trimester 6
Work PlacementElectiveMajor Project Production
  • Creative Industry Unit
  • Discipline Specialisation Unit
  • Elective Unit

Note: 
Elective unit is selected from any other bachelor course, trimester 1 or 2 units.

Exit point options:
Option to complete your studies with an Associate Degree of Audio after 160 credit points/first prescribed 16 units. The associate degree provides graduates with the basic core skills for entry into the industry, or to cross-skill into a related creative industry. Graduates will have broad technical knowledge and skills at a paraprofessional level.

Trimester 1
Critical Thinking in Creative Media
Principles of Sound
Microphones & Signal Processing
Introduction of Audio Engineering
Trimester 2
Overview of Industry
DAW Operation
Digital Audio
Production 1
Trimester 3
Media Studies
Audio Studio 1
Trimester 4
Cultural Perspectives
Audio Studio 2 (Post Production)
Trimester 5
Major Project Development
Audio Studio 3 (Post Production)
Trimester 6
Work Placement
Elective
Major Project Production
  • Creative Industry Unit
  • Discipline Specialisation Unit
  • Elective Unit

Note: 
Elective unit is selected from any other bachelor course, trimester 1 or 2 units.

Exit point options:
Option to complete your studies with an Associate Degree of Audio after 160 credit points/first prescribed 16 units. The associate degree provides graduates with the basic core skills for entry into the industry, or to cross-skill into a related creative industry. Graduates will have broad technical knowledge and skills at a paraprofessional level.

Key facts

  • DURATION(S):

    6 Trimesters

  • INTAKES:

    Feb 2017

    May 2017

    Sep 2017

  • NEXT INTAKE:

    Enrol By: 06 Feb 2017

    Start Date: 06 Feb 2017

    End Date: N/A

  • COURSE TYPE:

    Bachelor

Entry requirements

Applicants for degree courses must satisfy one of the following minimum entry criteria:

  1. Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (SSCE) or equivalent, OR
  2. Completion of a diploma level qualification issued under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), OR
  3. Alternative entry for applicants who do not meet the requirements above. For alternative entry options, contact your campus directly for more information.

Fees and Payments

Fees: view our current Fee Schedule for information on SAE course fees.

Payment options: Fee-Help, or upfront trimester instalments.