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Audio Bachelor of Applied Science


Program Overview

If you are interested in attending SAE Institute audio schools, you will have the option to enroll in the Audio Bachelor of Applied Science program. This music production degree expands students’ knowledge with advanced subjects including studio production, mastering, sound design, game audio, projection mapping, and creative coding. These intensive programs combine audio and technology to prepare students for a wide variety of career outcomes in creative media industries. You’ll learn to produce a variety of work including studio production, post-production, live sound and theater lighting, electronic music production, sound design, interactive audio, studio maintenance, audiovisual technology, entertainment business, career preparation, portfolio development, and other multimedia applications.

This is a hands-on, project-based program culminating in a major capstone project that draws upon the range of knowledge and skills learned throughout the program, and the program can be completed in as few as 32 months.

Degree Progression

While working towards your music production degree you'll be immersed in project-based, hands-on courses while gradually accruing your general education requirements.

Bachelor of Applied Science students will be required to complete 36 credits of General Education classes including Speech Communication, College Mathematics, American History, Literature, and more.

Audio Bachelor of Applied Science

  • Emeryville, CA
  • Nashville, TN


Technical and Professional Skills

While working on your audio engineering degree at SAE Institute, you will learn and develop the following skills:

  • 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

While at SAE Institute’s audio school you will be able to experience:

  • A common core curriculum providing you with instruction in digital media literacy and 21st century design.
  • Be prepared technically and creatively as Multimedia specialists
  • Build your knowledge and skills on, and have access to, industry standard equipment.
  • Be part of a team that nurtures your talents, and encourages you to reach your learning potential.
  • Practical training in digital video, audio, and design paired with guided development such as critical thinking, résumé writing, and job interview practice.
  • Create a series of projects and assets throughout the program specially developed to demonstrate knowledge to prospective employers.


Career Options

After graduating with your bachelor's degree from SAE Institute’s audio school, you are ready to start your career! Here are some of the career opportunities you can choose from:

  • 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

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Entry requirements

For entry requirements, please see our Admissions section.

Fees and Payments

Tuition: $84,000.00
Technology Package: $1,399.00
Technology Fee: $1,798.00
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.