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 SSL, Audient, and others.
During your time at SAE, you will learn about a variety of industry-standard software including Pro Tools, Logic Pro X, Ableton Live, and more.
You will undertake specialised 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.
Each degree programme 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 programme.
Introduction to audio engineering
Microphones and signal processing
Principles of sound
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 specialisation you fall within. Stage II has three studio modules with projects based on the following areas;
Studio ProductionStudents wishing to extend their studio production skills will work on large-scale commercial audio desks in both analogue 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.
Post ProductionStudents with a post-production focus will incorporate audio with the moving image. This includes audio for film, games, and animation with the 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 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 finalise 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 programme, 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.
Bachelor of Audio
Your Learning Experience
SAE has implemented a remote flexible learning option for current and future students. The range of tools developed by SAE will not only allow students to collaborate online but also gain experience in remote working practices widely used within the creative industries.
Start working with industry-standard microphones, mixing consoles, and digital audio workstations in the first trimester.
Develop high-level skills on 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
Film mixerMusic producer
Pro Tools engineer
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
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
ARN Radio Network
Channel 4 Radio Network
White Cube Studios
Groove Master Entertainment
Applicants from all applicant groups who wish to study a Bachelor degree course must satisfy the following entry requirements:
Be at least 18 years of age (or turning 18 during your first year of studies) or 17y before the commencement of the first term.
Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (SSCE) or equivalent; which is Grade/Year 12 according to the Australian curriculum.
Completion of a Diploma level qualification or higher issued under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF); or other equivalent qualifications.
Experience Based Entry - for applicants who do not meet the requirements of entry criteria 1 or 2. Please read the section below on Experience Based Entry, Higher Education Pathway or contact an SAE Course Advisor directly for more information.
High school Certificate
High school transcript (Grade scale must be provided if not graduated in US, IB, UK or Indian curriculum), unless grades are mentioned as percentages (%)
Proof of English language proficiency
SAE recognises industry experience and previous studies from accredited institutions.
For more information on SAE's entry requirements refer to the Student Selection, Admissions, Deferral, and Transfer policy.
English Language Requirements
International students have to provide additional evidence of language skills and complete one of the following:
International English Language Testing System (IELTS): A band score of 6 or higher for a Higher Education (HE) course and 5.5 or higher for a VET course (only the Academic Test is accepted), OR
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): A score of 550 or higher (paper-based test), 60 or higher (internet-based test) for a Higher Education (HE) course, and a minimum score of 527 (paper-based test) or 46 (internet-based test) for a VET course, OR
International Second Language Proficiency Rating (ISLPR): An overall rating of 3, OR
Pearson Test of English (PTE): Academic score of 50 (or higher) for a Higher Education (HE) course, and an Academic score of 42 (or higher) for a vocational education programme, OR
Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) A B 2.1 level or higher.
Completion of Year 12 English at an Australian secondary school or college or equivalent with a minimum result of “Satisfactory” or equivalent.
An equivalent level from other approved secondary schooling English studies by providing a signed and stamped letter of confirmation from the High school stating that English was the language of instruction.
Other evidence of English competency may be considered for review and will be accepted at the discretion of SAE Creative Media Institute. This can be either proof of mother tongue language or a signed and stamped letter of confirmation from a Higher education institution stating that English was the language of instruction.
English test scores more than two (2) years old at the time of application will not be accepted.
In case proof of English language proficiency cannot be obtained, SAE Dubai organises in collaboration with Eton institute, a CEFR test at the beginning of each term for which students can sign up.