Bachelor of Audio


Program Description

Undertake the Bachelor of Audio at SAE and build your skills for a career in the audio industry. Apply skills and knowledge in the areas of studio production, post-production and live sound using industry-standard software and large-scale audio desks from such industry giants as Neve, SSL, Audient, and others.

During your time at SAE, you will learn on a variety of industry-standard software including Pro Tools, Logic Pro X, Ableton Live and more.

You will undertake specialized units designed for students to participate in real-world projects under the guidance of expert SAE staff. With this unique teaching style, you will demonstrate your skills and technical knowledge in a collaborative and creative studio-based learning environment.

Your Studies:

Each degree program is broken up into discrete stages, each designed to promote different skills.

Stage I – Foundational Skills Development
In Stage I, you will undertake a number of foundational units which will give you the essential technical skills and knowledge not only relevant to your discipline area but also give you the skills required to collaborate with other creative media students and professionals in later stages of the program.

  • Introduction to audio engineering
  • Microphones and signal processing
  • Principles of sound
  • Digital audio
  • DAW operation
  • Working with artists
  • Project management and professional etiquette
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Contemporary industry overview

Stage II – Interdisciplinary Projects, Media and Cultural Studies
In Stage II you will be working in simulated project groups where you are working towards large-scale deliverables each trimester. Within Stage II we will not only get you to apply your Stage I skills in a deeper context, but we will also help you work within the contemporary creative media workforce.

In Stage II we show you how your work contributes to and interacts with broader culture and media practice. This knowledge will enable you to work with a variety of other disciplines and artists and expand your potential on the global stage.

You will complete a number of real-world projects with students not only in your own discipline but in all other SAE disciplines.

In Stage II, you will be given the opportunity to work as project specialists within the following areas. The types of projects and project roles you choose to undertake will determine what area of specialization you fall within. Stage II has three studio modules with projects based on the following areas;

1. Studio Production

Students wishing to extend their studio production skills will work on large-scale commercial audio desks in both analog and digital format from both engineering and producing roles, acoustics, outboard effects and microphones.
Develop a complete understanding of the sound aesthetic from a technological level to a production level and use your skills to mix and master tracks from recording through to the final product.

In addition to large consoles, you will use a variety of equipment found in current industry practice, including in-the-box systems and cutting-edge hardware and software controller technology to achieve the same outcomes expected in traditional studio environments.

2. Post Production

Students with a post-production focus will incorporate audio with the moving image. This includes audio for film, games, and animation with creation and manipulation of the entire sonic environment of multimedia.
Explore location audio using various microphone techniques for ambient sounds as well as dialogue and sound effects. Develop skills in automatic dialogue replacement (ADR), Foley and sound design.
Students will look deeper into the aesthetics of literal and nonliteral sound and the techniques of mixing for immersive sound formats and environments.

Stage III
Stage III is the final part of your studies. Here you will undertake an interdisciplinary project of your choice to be the final and most ambitious portfolio project that you will undertake.

You will also finalize your studies by undertaking an elective module and completing a compulsory internship.

By the time you graduate, you will have; a professional online presence that you will have begun building at the start of the program, a wide range of interdisciplinary projects present in your portfolio, and a deeper understanding of the creative media fields and real-world experience.

Upon graduating, you will have a sound knowledge of audio for many applications in the music and creative media industries. You will be proficient in the use of a variety of industry-standard hardware and software, allowing you to use your skillset on large or small scale projects across many facets of the audio industry.

You will learn

  • Studio techniques
  • Principles of sound
  • DAW operation
  • Microphone techniques
  • Signal processing
  • Production techniques
  • Audio engineering principles
  • Sound design
  • Live sound
  • Critical listening
  • Industry knowledge

Your learning experience

  • Start working with industry standard microphones, mixing consoles and digital audio workstations in the first trimester.
  • Develop high-level skills in industry-standard software, including Pro Tools and Logic.
  • Master your craft on small and large format consoles and record the music genres you are interested in.
  • Get practical experience in live sound, electronic music, audio post-production, and audio for film and television.
  • Work with artists, designers, web, mobile and games developers, filmmakers, and animators.
  • Learn the principles of sound and audio technology – crucial knowledge for specialists in the audio industry.
  • Build your knowledge and skills on, and have access to, industry standard equipment and studio spaces.
  • Be part of a team that nurtures your talents, and encourages you to reach your learning potential.
  • Enjoy the benefits of being SAE trained – our audio students have achieved great success in the creative media industries. SAE graduates are known within the industry for their high-level skills and are in demand.


  • Live sound engineer
  • Mastering engineer
  • Acoustician
  • Foley engineer
  • Broadcast Engineer
  • Film mixer
  • Music producer
  • Pro Tools engineer
  • Dubbing mixer
  • Sound engineer
  • Studio manager
  • Location sound recorder


SAE audio graduates have been involved with many outstanding production companies, studios, live venues, and radio/broadcasters, including:

  • Dubai Parks and Resorts
  • IMG Worlds of Adventure
  • OSN Network
  • MBC Network
  • Leo Burnett Media Group
  • Mango Jam Studios
  • In The Mix Studios
  • Creative Force Studios
  • BKP Media Group
  • Showtech Electronics LLC
  • Delta Sound LLC
  • Eclipse Staging LLC
  • PRG Gearhouse
  • Mile Studios
  • Twofour 54
  • ARN Radio Network
  • Channel 4 Radio Network
  • White Cube Studios
  • Kilma Studios
  • Groove Master Entertainment

Entry Requirements

Minimum Age

Students seeking admission to SAE must be at least 17 years of age at the time of application.

Academic requirements

Applicants must have successfully completed secondary studies (high school) or have completed the SAE Dubai Foundation course.

Applicants must meet English language requirements as outlined below.

English language requirements

International students need to provide additional evidence of language skills including one of the following:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a band score of at least 6, or equivalent, OR
  • Completion of Year 12 English at an Australian secondary school or college, or equivalent.
Last updated Jul 2018

About the School

SAE, with 55 campuses in 28 countries, has been setting the global benchmark for creative media education since 1976. In Dubai, we proudly offer KHDA accredited certificates, diplomas, and bachelor de ... Read More

SAE, with 55 campuses in 28 countries, has been setting the global benchmark for creative media education since 1976. In Dubai, we proudly offer KHDA accredited certificates, diplomas, and bachelor degrees across 5 disciplines – Animation, Audio, Design, Film and Games. Read less