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Audio Diploma


Program Overview

The Audio Diploma Program is a non-degree program that focuses on the fundamental principles of sound engineering.  It is designed to be completed in as little as 12 months to help students get out the door and launch the career of their dreams.

SAE Institute focuses on the skills and knowledge to shape audio design and creation. Students have the opportunity to learn more than just the technical and creative components of audio design. They learn through a series of hands-on, project-based courses that culminate in a major capstone project, which helps them showcase their range of knowledge and skills.

Learning Areas

SAE Institute has divided the Audio Program into trimesters. Each audio engineering class and trimester progressively build skills toward the completion of educational and technical skills goals for the program.

  • Basics of Analog and Digital Audio
  • Acoustics
  • Studio set up
  • MIDI
  • Microphone theory and techniques
  • Logic Studio
  • Pro Tools
  • Synthesis
  • Sampling
  • Studio Recording
  • Procedures with large and small format analog or digital consoles
  • Mixing
  • Mastering
  • Sound for Picture
  • Surround Sound


Audio Diploma

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Emeryville, CA
  • Nashville, TN



While genres and artists may change, the basics of audio engineering stay the same. That’s why at SAE Institute, we focus on giving our students the knowledge and skills they need to succeed.

Students at SAE Institute in the Audio Diploma Program will learn about: 

  • Recording and Mixing
  • Audio Engineering
  • Music Programming
  • Live Performance Engineering
  • Electronic Music Production
  • Video Game Audio Creation and Integration
  • Lighting
  • Studio Maintenance
  • Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs)
  • Post-Production
  • Adaptive Audio Integration
  • Conceptual Physics
  • Interactive Design
  • Professional Life Skills

Your learning experience

At SAE Institute, our sound engineering, live performance engineering, and other classes immerse you with hands-on, real-world industry experience. As part of your learning experience, you will:

  • Be prepared technically and creatively as multimedia specialists
  • Build your knowledge and skills around industry-standard equipment.
  • Be part of a team that nurtures your talents and encourages you to reach your full learning potential.
  • Create a series of projects and assets specifically developed to demonstrate knowledge to prospective employers

SAE Institute uses a Student-Centered Active Education design. The Audio Diploma Program focuses on promoting learning through practical experiences that try to replicate common professional competencies.



After completing SAE Institute’s Audio Diploma, students have the opportunity to take their skills into their new careers.

Some entry-level positions our graduates qualify for include:

  • Interactive Installation Developer
  • Installation Technician
  • DSP Developer
  • Composer
  • Audio Application Developer
  • Archivist
  • Studio Engineer
  • Field Recordist
  • Audio Producer
  • Audio Engineer
  • Programmer
  • Audio Engine Integrator
  • A/V Technician
  • Audio Tester
  • Technical Audio Director
  • Project Manager
  • Audio Tools Programmer
  • Audio Director
  • Audio Manager
  • Technical Sound Designer
  • Foley Artist
  • ADR Specialist
  • Field Recordist
  • Mix Engineer
  • Audio Software Engineer
  • Sound Designer
  • Recording Engineer
  • Sound Editor
  • Technical Audio Artist
  • Music Specialist

Key facts


    12 Months



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Entry requirements

For entry requirements, please see our Admissions section.

Fees and Payments

Tuition: $22,000.00
Technology Package: $900.00
Technology Fee: $674.25
Administrative Fee: $200.00



Class Schedule

Class sizes are limited to maximize individual attention. Please refer to the campus catalog for specific class times or contact the campus to determine class time availability. Not all class times are offered every semester. Students also attend practical lab sessions, and these hours are scheduled on an individual basis during hours of school operation, and the maximum number of students is based on the number of available stations. Extra lab time may be reserved without additional charge, subject to availability. Students may also be required to attend seminars/workshops for specific courses. Please refer to the Workshop Component section in the course catalog for details.