The changing face of audio in Adelaide

Adelaide

7 Mar 2018

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The changing face of audio in Adelaide

7 Mar 2018

SAE Creative Media Institute is helping to close the gender gap in traditionally male-dominated professions.

Thanks to a concerted effort by SAE staff to engage female students, there’s been a 160 percent increase in female student enrolments at the city campus this year.

In 2018, more than a quarter of new students commencing the Diploma of Studio Production and the Diploma of Electronic Music Production are women.

SAE Adelaide Campus Manager and music producer Johann Dreyer said he was elated with the latest trends.

“I’m really excited to see that our efforts are paying off and that we’re attracting aspiring female creatives,” he said.

“The new cohort of students has created a cultural change on campus, with a greater social and collaborative atmosphere. The ‘buzz’ in class is palpable."

“These women are engaged, enthusiastic and ready to expand their skill set, with many stepping up to volunteer at local music events.”

The General Manager of SAE’s Australian operations, Lee Aitken, said the Institute aimed to lead the way in redressing gender imbalances.

“We engage exceptional female academics and tutors to deliver our programs, and we’re proud of the quality of our teaching and student support staff who recognise the unique needs of different student groups,” he said.

“We recognise that having access to impressive role models can be an important source of support for our female students.”

Adding to the excitement at SAE is a new collaboration with Girls in the Mix; a program founded by SAE Adelaide graduate Emily Bettison.

“Girls in the Mix provides direction, networks, motivation and further education where necessary to fast-track development and support to women in the early days of their careers ” Emily said.

“Collaborating with SAE Adelaide is enabling me to create a great network of passionate young women interested in a future in music and audio.”

For Emily, the relationship is a chance to make a real difference in the industry.

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Image caption: SAE Adelaide audio graduate Bethan Maddison is completing a 12 month mentorship with Girls in the Mix .