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Diploma of Audio Production

GET ON TRACK TO MAKE SERIOUS NOISE IN THE AUDIO INDUSTRY
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Diploma of Audio Production
Domestic Fees

Indicative Total Course Fees*

$23,708 AUD

* The Indicative Total Course Fee reflects the students are charged fees on a per unit basis and the fee for a unit may increase.

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Diploma of Audio Production
International Fees

Indicative Total Course Fees*

$28,040 AUD

* The Indicative Total Course Fee reflects the students are charged fees on a per unit basis and the fee for a unit may increase.

Duration(s)
2 Trimesters Full Time (Fast Track)

Complete your course faster by studying the course units over approximately 7 months (2 trimesters).

Diploma of Audio Production
Course Durations
2 Trimesters Full Time (Fast Track)

Complete your course faster by studying the course units over approximately 7 months (2 trimesters).

3 Trimesters Full Time

Whilst still classified as a full-time study load, you will complete the course units over one year. (3 trimesters)

Part-time option available

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)
February 2023
Diploma of Audio Production
Start Dates
Adelaide
  • February 2023

  • May 2023

  • September 2023

Brisbane
  • February 2023

  • May 2023

  • September 2023

Byron Bay
  • February 2023

  • May 2023

  • September 2023

Melbourne
  • February 2023

  • May 2023

  • September 2023

Perth
  • February 2023

  • May 2023

  • September 2023

Sydney
  • February 2023

  • May 2023

  • September 2023

Entry Requirements
Diploma of Audio Production
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 a Certificate IV qualification or higher (for example a TAFE Certificate IV); OR

Experience-Based Entry – for applicants who do not meet the requirements of entry criteria 1 or 2 above.
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Diploma of Audio Production
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 System (IELTS): An overall score of 5.5 or higher with no individual band lower than 5.0 (only the Academic Test is accepted), OR
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 63 overall (internet-based test); OR
Pearson Test of English (PTE): Academic score of 36 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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DIPLOMA OF AUDIO PRODUCTION

In a matter of months, you’ll learn the key fundamentals of studio production, live sound production, and electronic music production.

The Diploma of Audio Production has been built in a way that gives you plenty of time with expert practitioners and many hours on the latest tools and software.

You will engage in collaborative learning and apply the skills learned throughout the course to a real-life scenario. Demonstrating your recording and mixing techniques you will deliver a practical recording from a specified brief, under the support and mentorship of our network of expert lecturers.

To complement your technical skills, you will graduate with employability skills, introductory project management skills, and scholarly techniques for higher education.

Upon completion, you will be eligible for up to 80 credit points towards either the Bachelor of Audio.

YOUR CAREER IN AUDIO BEGINS NOW

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Access to world class studio environments Apply your learning to a range of hardware and software packages like Ableton, Pro Tools and Logic.
Practical, immersive training Learn as you collaborate on real-world projects and briefs. Build a portfolio to share with an employer or first client.
Collaboration opportunities You could collaborate with musicians to create remixes and produce tracks.
Flexible course options Completing one of the three stages of the Bachelor, this course provides an excellent pathway into the Associate Degree and the Bachelor.

TOOLS & SOFTWARE

THIS AUDIO COURSE COVERS:

Music Theory Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) Recording Techniques Technical Principles and Practical Applications of Microphones Digital Technology in Audio Production Assembly of a small scale digital recording system

Course Structure

The Diploma of Audio Production is stage 1 of the 3 stages of a Bachelor.
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Stage 1: Foundations
Develop the essential technical 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 will introduce you to the mindset and skillset of the creative entrepreneur, and transform your approach to problem-solving. You will analyse historical and contemporary models of leadership and best practice in entrepreneurship, and use tools for project design that include ideation, problem framing, and pitching. The skills in this unit will assist you in developing your creative thinking, exploration, and experimentation methods, allowing you to experiment with project design and content for creative media.
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.
CRICOS Course Codes
102827H (2 TRIMESTERS) 094743E (3 TRIMESTERS)
Australian Qualifications Framework
AQF: Level 5 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

What jobs will this course lead me into?

  • Assistant Sound Engineer
  • Radio/Broadcast Personnel
  • Junior Studio Administrator or Sound Designer
  • Voice over Recordist/Engineer
  • Junior Sound Editor
  • Live Sound Operator/Assistant
  • Studio Engineer

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Course FAQs

Read more about SAE enrolment for domestic students here.

Read more about SAE enrolment for international students here.

You can apply for SAE courses quickly and easily online. Go to our Apply now page for further information.

We carefully design and deliver all our units to help you develop the knowledge you need to be successful in your chosen field of study. Courses and course units at SAE follow best practice teaching and learning.

Diplomas

A diploma is niche skills focussed. By undertaking an SAE diploma in animation, audio, film or games, you will develop foundation skills in these specific discipline areas. Students can use the SAE diploma as a pathway to degree level study at SAE and at other Australian tertiary institutions. Diplomas are a great option for people who haven’t studied before and/or those looking for an alternative pathway to degree level studies.

Bachelor Degree

A bachelor degree offers a rigorous combination of niche skills combined with a greater depth and breadth of theoretical knowledge and analytical skills. This knowledge is applicable to both your creative media discipline and the professional world more broadly. A bachelor degree offers you an entry point to professional work, builds portable skills, and develops sustainable, lifelong learning. Key high learning skills are a requisite of the bachelor degree and graduate study options are available upon completion. Bachelor degrees are suitable for people looking to develop professional skills and knowledge and to build long-term, successful careers in their industry of choice. SAE bachelor degree courses attract Fee-Help for Australian students.

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CREDIT AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING

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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Easy transition into the Bachelor Course

SAE Diploma, Associate and Bachelor Degrees are structured in an integrated course framework.

This means that when you complete an SAE Diploma you will be awarded the maximum credit points available, providing you with the opportunity to seamlessly transition into the higher level Associate and Bachelor degree qualifications if you choose to do so.

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