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Dr. Mark Bassett

Academic Director, Education Partnerships
BYRON BAY MCI Postgraduate
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Dr Mark Bassett is an internationally experienced education director, senior lecturer, mastering engineer, acoustician, and EdTech developer.

He possesses over fifteen years’ Higher Education education management and lecturing experience in Australian, UK, US and UAE systems. Mark is the Academic Director, Education Partnerships with oversight of SAE campuses in Amman, Belgrade, Bogotá, Cape Town, Dubai, Jakarta, Johannesburg, and México City.

Mark is also a Senior Lecturer in SAE Australia’s Masters of Creative Industries program, where he teaches interactive audio programming within the Max software environment. His professional audio experience includes running a successful acoustic consultancy business and working for over twelve years as a Mastering Engineer at Turtlerock Mastering in Sydney.

His experience in academic leadership includes roles as the Project Manager of Curriculum Development for the SAE Institute in the USA, Academic Coordinator and Senior Lecturer at the SAE Institutes in Sydney, Dubai, and Byron Bay, and Head of Audio Engineering for the two largest creative media institutes in Australia.

He holds a PhD in psychoacoustics (critical listening and technical ear training) and a Master’s Degree in Design Science (Audio & Acoustics)(Honours) from the University of Sydney’s Spatial Audio and Acoustics Lab, and a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching (Curtin). His technical ear training, critical listening, and audio engineering EdTech research has been published and presented internationally.

Mark recently contributed a chapter to Audio Education: Theory, Culture, and Practice (2021) – the first-ever dedicated text on audio engineering education. His interview led off the Navitas Learning and Teaching (C&I) Podcasts Series, where he discussed the creation of virtual audio consoles and the implications of digital tools for learning and teaching in SAE globally.

In October 2020, Mark launched the SAE Audient ASP4816 Simulator, developed as part of SAE’s Virtual Tools project, which he spearheads. The simulator provides students with remote access to a fully functional photorealistic simulation of the Audient ASP4816 analogue console. This was followed in February 2021 by the release of the SAE Mackie 1604VLZ4 simulator.

In 2021, he received the inaugural Navitas Inspire Intrapreneur Award for developing the SAE Audient ASP4816 Simulator. The Intrapreneur Award recognizes those who generate positive outcomes for staff, students, partners, or the wider business through creativity, progressive thinking, and innovation.

In 2022, Dr. Bassett launched FREQUIA, an interactive, personalised, expert technical ear training program.

Mark serves on the Education Committee of the Audio Engineering Society and is the Founder of Zipper Noise – a company specialising in developing audio engineering education technology.


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Audio Education Theory, Culture, and Practice
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Dr. Bassett has developed next-generation educational technologies to facilitate student learning
Dr. Baseett developed FREQUIA, an interactive, personalised, expert technical ear training program


Mark Bassett has completed the following qualifications:
Doctor of Philosophy
Master of Design Science (Audio and Acoustics) (Honours)
Graduate Certificate Tertiary Teaching
Diploma of Engineering Technology (Audio Engineering)
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