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Bachelor of Recording Arts


This programme receives funding from TEC and is NZQA approved, therefore is eligible for the 'Fees Free' scheme.  To determine your eligibility, visit feesfree.govt.nz

Programme Overview

The Bachelor of Recording Arts is an opportunity to deepen your understanding of the audio and music industries.

The programme is highly practical, involving hands-on experience right from the start, and workplace scenarios where you will learn technical and operative skills, project workflow and management, research skills, documentation and communication with clients and other industry professionals.  The degree provides the opportunity to collaborate with student film practitioners in a unique interdisciplinary creative hub, and culminates in individualised capstone creative projects.

You will meet high profile creative industry professionals up close in small workshops and seminars who give an insight into their perspectives, knowledge and experience.  As well as focussing on further development of music production skills, the programme includes relevant aspects of cultural studies, business management and legal matters.

This degree opens the way to the highest levels of academic education (Master's and PhD).

Who should take this programme?

  • Diploma graduates interested in enhancing their creative production skills
  • Those seeking to broaden their engagement with the wider creative industries
  • Individuals with previous industry experience wishing to expand their scope of business practice
  • Those wishing to pursue academic/research based careers


12 Feb 2018

NZQA Accredited (PC1196)

  • Auckland


Skills and Outcomes

  • Establish networks
  • Conduct independent academic research
  • Present findings and discuss the implications
  • Interpret and respond to a design brief
  • Create a business plan


Career Options

  • Concert promoter
  • Publicist
  • Operations manager
  • Sound designer
  • Audio post-production
  • Music producer
  • Electronic musician
  • Marketing
  • Systems designer
  • Consultancy, education and associated careers
  • Studio owner
  • Studio manager
  • A&R executive
  • Digital media entrepreneur
  • Broadcast manager
  • Equipment representative


Bachelor of Recording Arts
Academic Research and Writing Techniques
Industry Perspectives, Issues, and Research Techniques
Cultural Perspectives
Business & Legal Studies
Technology and Education
Research Project
Research Project
Academic Research and Writing Techniques
Industry Perspectives, Issues, and Research Techniques
Cultural Perspectives
Business & Legal Studies
Technology and Education
Research Project



What do I need to get in?

The entry criteria for this qualification is outlined on the KIS info tab.

I’m keen to undertake the Bachelor of Recording Arts, but I’m being enrolled in the Diploma of Audio Engineering. Why?

The Diploma of Audio Engineering is a Level 5 programme that constitutes the first year of the degree. Near the end of your Diploma year, you’ll be asked to complete an Intention to Graduate form, indicating whether you wish to exit with the Diploma qualification or continue for two more years and complete the Bachelor of Recording Arts.

If I continue onto a Bachelor of Recording Arts degree, what happens to my Diploma?

If you undertake the degree, that Level 7 Bachelor qualification supersedes the Level 5 Diploma qualification. Once you successfully complete your degree, the Bachelor of Recording Arts is the qualification that we would record next to your name in our records.

How long is this programme?

Two further years AFTER successful completion of the Diploma in Audio Engineering (ie 3 years in total).

How many intakes are there per year?

The Bachelor of Recording Arts usually has one intake per year starting in February. Occasionally we also offer a July intake depending on demand.

When is the next intake for the Bachelor of Recording Arts?

The next intake starts on the 12th February 2018. Apply now to secure your spot!

How much are the student fees for this programme?

The Bachelor of Recording Arts is approx. $17,047 for the 2 years of study for domestic students, and $39,583 for international students. This is in addition to the fees associated with the Diploma in Audio Engineering.

Why is this figure slightly different from the fee under the KIS info page?

The KIS info page links to the Ministry website and is an estimate based on averaging recent enrolments including students who may have studied part time. It also considers the fees for all 3 years, however if you have already successfully completed the Diploma in Audio Engineering you do not need to undertake that Level 5 study again. Therefore, the fees above are the full figure of all the Level 6 and Level 7 courses that you will need to undertake in order to obtain a Bachelor of Recording Arts.

Is there an administration fee?

There is no administration fee for Degree study, as typically you have already been enrolled at SAE as a Diploma student.

Can I pay for the fees via StudyLink?

Yes, both the administration fee and tuition fees can be paid by StudyLink.

Beyond the tuition fees, are there any additional costs?

Everything you need to complete the programme is included within your fee. However, you may want to allow for costs associated with personal items such as stationery. You may also choose to pay for additional equipment etc, but this is not a requirement.

When do I need to pay the tuition fees?

You should pay fees before the commencement of your programme. Fees for multi-year programmes are paid annually.

Can I study part-time?

Most students study full time with us, but it is possible. If you are keen, get in touch to talk through options.

What if I enrol, and then change my mind?

It's important that you choose the right programme. We appreciate however that you may not know until you start. So, you have the first 8 days (for domestic students) or 10 working days (for international students) to decide. This is referred to as the Census Date. If you choose to withdrawal before Census Date, you will be refunded your fees.

What if I change my mind after the first 8-10 days?

If you choose to withdrawal after census date, you will not be refunded any fees and your academic transcript will show as 'unsuccessful completion'.

Are there any implications of withdrawing after census date for future study?

Potentially yes. Having a 'unsuccessful completion' on your academic record can jeopardize future enrolment opportunities at both SAE and other tertiary institutions. It can also jeopardize your ability to access StudyLink support for future study.

What if I fall behind for a legitimate reason, such as being unwell?

SAE offers fantastic Student Support to help you catch up. We are as keen to see you succeed as you are!

How do I apply?

Email us at auckland@sae.edu and we'll send you an application form.

I'm still unsure, can I come in, have a look around, and chat with one of the staff?

Of course! Complete an inquiry form and we'll line up a campus tour for you.

Key Info

Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements
To be eligible for admission, domestic students must be 17 years of age, have SC/NCEA level 1 Mathematics and Science and a good command of oral and written English; international students must be18 years of age, have SC/NCEA equivalent qualifications, IELTS Score of 6, hold a Study Visa, or applicants must have successfully completed the Diploma in Audio Engineering (Level 5).

3 Years
Tuition Fees
Total Qualification
Student Fees (What you pay)

Government Tuition Subsidy (What the government pays)


Student Loan Information

Student Success
Successful Course Completions

National Graduate Outcomes

(3 Years after Completion)

Median Earnings

Earnings range
$44,955 - $69,425

In Employment

In further study

On a benefit

Note:- All KIS information is the most recent available relating to domestic students only.

Click here for more information about the Key Information for Students.