Bachelor of AudioMAKE SERIOUS NOISE IN THE AUDIO INDUSTRY
Complete the program across 3 years (8 trimesters)
Complete the program across 3 years (8 trimesters)
2023 – February, Dubai
2023 – June, Dubai
YOUR CAREER IN AUDIO BEGINS NOW
Master your craft on small and large format consoles and record the music genres you're interested in.
Get practical experience in live sound, electronic music, audio post-production and audio for screen.
SAE has a range of approaches to learning and teaching to provide flexibility in the face of changing circumstances as required.
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This Audio Engineering & Sound Production course covers:
Course StructureThe Bachelor of Audio is broken up into three distinct stages, each designed to develop different skills.
An essential foundation for your studies and your future career, You'll develop skills to become an independent learner, critical thinker and reflective practitioner
Examine influencers and trends in Audio, to develop an understanding of the learning process, research and nature of creativity and scholarship.
Research the characteristics of a music or audio ‘genre’ and create a piece of work that demonstrates that knowledge.
Make an experimental mashup, to see if you can reconcile diverse sources (different genres, cultures or time periods) within one creative work.
Establish a basic knowledge of the principles of sound, foundational acoustics, human hearing, perception of sound and the range of technical terms related to audio.
You'll sonically assess a listening environment and be able to communicate your ideas using industry terminology.
Improve the acoustic properties of a home studio setup.
Using technology analyse the sound of different rooms.
Gain the audio recording skills required to operate studio equipment and a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) system by undertaking simple recording and mixing projects.
You'll be able to demonstrate an understanding of session planning, studio etiquette, microphone placement, signal flow, multi-track recording and signal processing (EQ, filters and dynamics processing) and be able to edit your session in preparation for mixdown.
Develop a plan for a professional recording session.
Analyse sound recordings and create multiple mixes using balance, pan, equalisation, automation and FX processing.
This unit aims to develop your understanding of the creative media industries by studying the evolution of the industries over time. Change, evolution and disruption within creative media industries occur regularly and change the way the industries operate by displacing an existing market, industry, technology, person or process and creating something new which is more valuable. Change, evolution and disruption are inevitable and both creative and destructive processes.
In order to develop a career within the creative media industries, you will need to prepare for this disruption and evolve your employability skills over time. The key to maintaining this career is developing hard and soft skills, refining current skills sets and anticipating future changes in required skill sets. You will need to understand how the audience informs and influences the production and distribution of creative media products and how this in turn affects the skills required to succeed within the creative media industries.
You will study these topics alongside your colleagues in other disciplines, to develop an understanding of the intersections between various creative media industries.
An introduction to the technology used in various audio systems such as recording studios, live, and audio-visual sound reinforcement systems.
Develop basic soldering and electronics fault-finding skills and investigate the connectivity and terminology of small-scale audio systems.
Safely set up and operate small live sound or audio-visual systems for music or spoken presentations.
Apply your acquired production skills in real-life audio, music or sound design projects, one ‘in the box’ and one in the recording studio.
You'll deliver to a brief, using production skills and researching comparable works to create well-rounded products through iterative processes.
First project: Enhance an audio production using sequencing, sampling and synthesis for music composition or sound design project.
Second project: Working on a collaborative studio production, You'll apply project management skills to demonstrate effective use of time and resources, whilst documenting and reflecting on the production process, identifying areas for improvements and responding to feedback from your your classmates and facilitator.
In CIM210 you will be working on interdisciplinary projects that relate to some of the most important concepts in contemporary media production. You will learn practical and analytical skills in order to help you develop your creative powers and meet briefs that take you out of your comfort zone. You will need to bring all of the skills you have learned so far: technical skills, research skills, communication skills and a growth mindset, and be prepared to encounter new concepts and new ways of working.
Work collaboratively on audio and music projects, responding to a brief and led by your facilitator. In collaboration with your your classmates, You'll work towards established project milestones within a recording studio project with your facilitator acting as your project manager, mentor, and colleague.
Further develop your production skills through conceptualising, planning and executing a project, employing recording studio hardware and software. You will adhere to a planned schedule and demonstrate professional practice in pre-production, production, mixing and mastering.
This process includes focusing on the creative, technical and managerial aspects required for a completed music project. Teamwork, interdisciplinary collaborative skills, and engagement with feedback processes are emphasised in this unit, as you further refine and reflect on your transferable skills.
4-6 track original EP, recorded, mixed, mastered and ready for release, working closely with the artist to aim for the desired sounds, feels and sonic outcomes.
Media and culture are not simply entertainment, but something that affects the “real world”, our everyday lives, and our worldviews. As such, we will not ask whether media accurately reflect the real world but instead ask how media shape, reinforce, and challenge power structures that influence our understanding of the world and ourselves. This unit takes a ‘critical theory’ approach to analyze media and culture. In this unit, you will explore media texts, contexts and meaning, society and subjectivity, pop culture aesthetics, and critical cultural discourses that inform creative media practices.
Drawing on a range of creative content and analytical frameworks, you will be encouraged to develop ways of thinking about media and culture that demonstrate a broad awareness of aesthetic principles and stylistic trends; subjectivity, agency, ethics, and relations of power; contexts, disciplines and discursive formations. In support of this exploration, you will produce a range of media artifacts that explore and contextualize the relationship of media to culture through individual analysis, collaborative and interdisciplinary creative practice, and critical reflection.
Collaborating with game design, animation or film students to produce finished original creative works, You'll develop the project management skills You'll need for working in large scale production environments.
You'll be introduced to appropriate session management techniques and project planning where You'll learn how to manage budgets, resources and personnel, along with delivery requirements.
You'll be introduced to the terminology and workflows used for producing audio for narrative in industries such as film, television, games, and multimedia. This unit focuses on the creation of the character-related sounds that are developed using location recording techniques, recording and editing of ADR and foley and the mixing of these elements for a professional outcome.
You will primarily focus on the impact of sounds on audience perception in various media. The application of surround sound mixing, and immersive production techniques will provide new challenges to suit the needs of modern-day listening environments.
Potential main project
Sound design for a short film, animation, game or audio/visual installation mixed in a multi-channel environment, focusing on sonic aesthetics and enhancing the associated emotional response from the audience’s perspective.
This is the first unit in a two-part process of developing a collaborative project, designed to meet professional publication standards. In a group, you'll design and execute a full-scale creative project which will be designed to a specific target audience and market of your team's choosing.
Working closely with SAE Project Supervisors, your project will be guided through formal pre-production and production processes to deliver a creative media project. If you are undertaking a specialisation in your course, you will be required to align it with this capstone project as part of the approval process.
This unit is designed to support the pre-production process, long term success of the project and the fair and equitable contribution of group members. You'll present to the panel your forward plan for the project, which demonstrates rigourous pre-production processes to mitigate risk to ensure the project can be delivered on time and to specification.
Once you successfully complete this unit the emphasis of the capstone project development will move away from pre-production into full production mode.
Plan and execute professional productions with emphasis on an authentic and real audience. You'll develop and pitch projects, clearly establishing your aims and engage in feedback processes with project stakeholders.
You'll be able to autonomously demonstrate commercial industry practices in order to compete as an industry professional. You'll refine your transferable skills such as collaboration, research, interdisciplinary approaches and engagement with specific feedback processes, further preparing you for entry into the audio industry.
You will work autonomously as an audio practitioner within challenging and diverse team environments across all disciplines and will be encouraged to work towards common project goals.
Aesthetic and non-artistic concepts of live sound reinforcement and advanced application of audio such as broadcast and streaming will feature heavily and you are encouraged to look at how emerging technologies and traditional studio environments can potentially intersect.
As with other studio units, Studio 4 covers a range of generalised areas and with the support of your facilitator You'll aim to synthesise and contextualise these areas to your own career interests.
You'll be able to take on a higher level of responsibility which can range from professional portfolio articles, and contribution to your industry through to the delivery of industry-standard artifacts hosted on your own portfolio or in other public domain areas such as published industry media sites, streaming services, sound installations or social media.
Start to develop a clear career direction and build artifacts and relationships that will impact your trajectory towards it positively.
Using the project plan and pre-production work that you completed in the Major Project Development Unit, you'll adopt a quality framework that will lead to the publication of a final creative piece.
This quality process will be accountable to multiple, external stakeholders and will test your ability to problem solve, evaluate and synthesise information to the standard that we expect from all SAE graduates. Throughout this journey, you will interact with your classmates and other key stakeholders using the processes and systems and that you would have developed throughout your course.
The publication and subsequent success of the final deliverable will represent the broadening and deepening of your professional practice which has occurred during your journey.
Gain an introduction to the principles of entrepreneurship to create and operate your own creative media small business venture. Through analysing the global media landscape, You'll be able to identify and explore start-up opportunities within the creative industries.
This unit is designed to be done in parallel with your capstone project. You'll apply the skills and knowledge from this unit to formulate a rigorous business case to help you commercialise your capstone project and use it as a basis for a creative media start-up.
Future jobs will require workers to learn on the job; focus on relationships with people; have strong communication skills; use a range of transferable skills. Research consistently points to the benefits of students being prepared with documents that are required for job applications, such as a Resume, Cover Letter, and E-portfolio.
In addition, the value of a Work Placement which provides you with professional experience and an opportunity to use skills and knowledge gained from study to complement this.
The Work Placement for SAE Bachelor students requires a minimum of 80 hours at one or more host organisation. Both the student and the host are required to complete an SAE Agreement which formalises the placement.
What jobs will this course lead me into?
Game Audio Specialist
Live Sound Engineer/Operator