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Diploma in Audio Engineering

Overview

Programme Overview

The Diploma in Audio Engineering focuses on intensive practical training that forms a natural progression for developing sound recording and mixing skills. Graduates are able to apply and demonstrate a solid grounding in all aspects of commercial music and audio within the industry.

This programme constitutes the first year of the three-year Bachelor of Recording Arts.


Who should take this programme?

  • People wishing to transition their personal audio interests into an exciting career
  • Experienced individuals wanting to stay competitive in a rapidly developing professional industry
  • Musicians wishing to develop a technical studio skill-set to enhance their music career

INTAKES:

18 Sept 2017

15 Jan 2018

02 Apr 2018

18 June 2018

17 Sept 2018


NZQA Accredited as a Level 5 Diploma (PC1902)

  • Auckland

Skills

You will learn

The course is designed to provide you with the essential skills and knowledge in audio engineering including:

  • Analogue and digital console theory and practice
  • Multi-track recording
  • Microphone theory and techniques
  • Signal processing and effects
  • Mixing techniques
  • Signal flow
  • Sound system set up and tuning
  • Monitoring systems
  • Wireless systems
  • Workplace safety

Careers

Career Options

  • Assistant sound engineer
  • Studio sound recordist/engineer
  • Mix engineer
  • ProTools operator
  • Live sound engineer
  • Dubbing engineer
  • Mastering engineer
  • Broadcast engineer
  • Audio post-production
  • Music and dialogue editor
  • Location recordist
  • Music producer
  • Electronic musician
  • Sales and installation
  • Consultancy, education and associated careers
  • Stage manager

Courses

Diploma in Audio Engineering
VIEW COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
Computing and Media
Introduction to Studio Studies
Acoustics
Basic Musicianship and Theory Studies
Introduction to Studio Equipment
Digital Audio Editing
Advanced Studio Studies
Computing and Media
Introduction to Studio Studies
Acoustics
Basic Musicianship and Theory Studies
Introduction to Studio Equipment
Digital Audio Editing
Advanced Studio Studies

Faq

FAQ

What do I need to get in?

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

How many intakes are there per year?

The Diploma in Audio Engineering runs 3 times per year, with intakes starting in January, April and June. Occasionally we also offer a September intake depending on demand.

When is the next intake for the Diploma in Audio Engineering?

The next intake starts on the 18th September 2017. Apply now to secure your spot!

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. The fees above are the full figure for enrolling in all the courses that make up the Diploma in Audio Engineering.

Is there an administration fee?

Yes. The administration fee is $500. This can be paid as part of your StudyLink loan. The administration fee is non-refundable.

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
Domestic students: 17 years of age, have SC/NCEA level 1 Mathematics and Science, a good command of oral and written English. International students: 18 years of age, have SC/NCEA equivalent qualifications, IELTS Test Score of 6

Duration
1 Year
Tuition Fees
Annual
Total Qualification
Student Fees (What you pay)
$12,645
$12,645

Government Tuition Subsidy (What the government pays)
$9,688
$9,688

Total
$22,334
$22,334

Student Loan Information

Student Success
Successful Course Completions
72%

National Graduate Outcomes

(3 Years after Completion)

Median Earnings
$43,011

Earnings range
$33,003 - $52,554

In Employment
64%

In further study
24%

On a benefit
6%

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.