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Bachelor of Audio

Overview

Get on track to make serious noise in the audio industry.

If a career in audio is music to your ears, you're going to love the sound of our internationally accredited bachelor degree. It's an immersive, hands-on experience that covers every possible level of studio-, post- and live production.

Starting with the foundations, then ramping up to the highly specialised areas, you'll be amplifying your talents with cutting-edge equipment like Neve, SSL, and Audient consoles, while gaining proficiencies on software including Pro Tools, Logic Pro X, and Ableton Live.

Our expert teachers will ensure you stay on track by providing face-to-face guidance throughout your entire course as you work to deliver real-world projects in a state-of-the-art, studio-based environment. Once complete, you’ll have just what you need to mix it with the best.

SAE Students working behind the scenes at the 2017 Bluesfest


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Graduate roles may include

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

 

Paul McKercher

 

Lecturer spotlight
Paul McKercher is a five-time Aria winner and audio production mastermind behind some of the greatest music albums produced in Australian rock history such as Sarah Blasko, Art VS Science, Pete Murray and Augie March. Paul teaches Audio at SAE Sydney.

"I teach [SAE Institute Audio students] best practice - and how to work cooperatively with artists to deliver high-quality music recordings" - Paul McKercher

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 Industry Associations & Partners

Blues and Roots Festival 2017 logoAudient logoEnergy Groove Radio logo

Falls Festival logoMetro logoMusic NSW logo

Max Watts logoPrince Bandroom logoRosemount Hotel logo

Secret Sounds Connect logoSplendour in the Grass logoSolid State Logic logo


 

  • Brisbane
  • Byron Bay
  • Sydney
  • Melbourne
  • Perth

Course

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.

BACHELOR OF AUDIO

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

Stages of Audio Degree

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

  • 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

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Stage II – Interdisciplinary Projects, Media and Cultural Studies
In Stage II we show students how their Audio 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 their potential on the global stage.

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

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 of study. Here you will undertake an interdisciplinary project of choice to be the final and most ambitious portfolio Audio project that a student will undertake.

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


SAE Institute Australia Fees and Financing

 

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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.

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
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.

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

Key Info

  • DURATION(S):

    6 Trimesters

  • INTAKES:

    Feb 2018

  • NEXT INTAKE:

    Enrol By: 05 Feb 2018

    Start Date: 05 Feb 2018

    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.