Audio Engineering and Music Production Diploma

Get serious about your career in audio today
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SAE Institute Vancouver
Audio Engineering and Music Production Diploma
Domestic Fees

Tuition $16,863.00

Textbooks & Materials $1,108.00

Registration Fee $100

Total Cost of Program: $18,071.00

Audio Engineering and Music Production Diploma
International Fees

Tuition $20,271.00

Textbooks & Materials $1,108.00

Registration Fee $100

Total Cost of Program: $21,479.00

9 months
Audio Engineering and Music Production Diploma
Course Durations
9 months
Start Date(s)
January 4th
Audio Engineering and Music Production Diploma
Start Dates
SAE Institute Vancouver
  • January 4th

  • April 3rd

Entry Requirements
Audio Engineering and Music Production Diploma
Domestic Entry Requirements
Domestic students must meet the following criteria:
High School diploma, or equivalent, or be at least 19 years of age by the time studies begin, AND
Conduct an interview to assess the applicant's aptitude, level of interest, and basic computer skills.
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Audio Engineering and Music Production Diploma
International Entry Requirements
International students must meet the following criteria:
High School diploma, or equivalent, or be at least 19 years of age by the time studies begin, AND
Conduct an interview to assess the applicant's aptitude, level of interest, and basic computer skills, AND
With the exception of applicants from the U.S, UK, and Australasia, International students are required to show proof of English proficiency, AND
Obtain and show proof of a valid study permit before the first day of class.
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The audio industry is a truly dynamic and global industry that demands high-tech, skilled-up professionals. Are you ready to become one of them?

Our nine-month diploma program is designed for those who are serious about obtaining a career in the audio and creative media industries.


Learn in professional environments We are a highly specialized school that teaches within the environment of a professional quality recording studio.
Launch your career sooner Our program can be completed in as few as 9 months to help you get out of the door faster and launch the career of your dreams.
Vertically integrated curriculum What is learned in one lesson prepares students for the next lesson. This method of teaching is structured and progressive, focusing on building to advanced levels.


Ableton Live Music Production Pro Tools 101, 110 & Game Audio Music Business Live Sound

Course Structure

The Audio Engineering and Music Production diploma program provides 720 hours of integrated theory and real-world studio practicals. You will be attending class 4 hours per day, 5 days per week.
Required Courses
Microphone Design and Placement
Recording Projects, from Vocals to Live Bands
Analog and Digital Mixing Consoles
RADAR, Tape, and Pro Tools Recording
Assistant Engineering
Signal Flow and Processing
Overdubbing and Editing
Running Studio Sessions
Waveforms and the Physics of Sound
Studio Design and Construction
Equipment Construction
Basic Electronics
Soldering and Wiring
Acoustical Treatments
Project and Professional Studio Installations
Song Charts and Tempos
Budgets and Studio Bookings
Concept and Song Elements
Producing an Artist
Equipment Selection
Recording Studio Communication and Etiquette
Session Musicians and The American Federation of Musicians
Digital Audio Theory
Editing Techniques
Recording Platforms
Digital Clocking Systems
Digital Interfaces and Connectivity
Codecs and Formats
Advanced Computer Operation
Computer Design and Maintenance
Create your first session
Make your first audio recording
Import media into your session
Make your first MIDI recording
Select and navigate
Apply basic and mixed editing techniques
Finish your work
Create a music hands-on project
Create a post hands-on project
Configure your studio and session
Control Pro Tools using external controllers
Manage session data and media files
Record MIDI and audio, using loop recording and advanced techniques
Work with time scales and virtual instruments
Work with Avid Elastic Audio
Edit and quantize MIDI and audio
Use audio editing and file management techniques
Apply editing techniques such as the use of Beat Detective for Region Looping
Enable, play, view, and edit automation data
Mix using sends, returns, plug-ins, Master Faders, and groups
Understand game audio workflow
Work with dialog
Incorporate Foley
Add sound effects
Work with background (ambient) sounds
Create an interactive music score
Incorporate realistic vehicle sounds
Create dynamic cinematics
Stereo and 5.1 Mixing
Beat and Loop Production
Ableton Live
DJing with Serato and Ableton
Autotune and Melodyne
Sequencing and Synth Programming
Chord Structure
Chord Progressions and Analysis
Scales, Keys
Tempo and Time Signatures
Chord Substitution Theory
Studio Session Charts
Cycle of Fifths
Overtone Series
Song Structure
Creative Lyric Writing
Creating Memorable Melodies
Writing from a Title
Rhyme Schemes
Small Business Planning "Starting Your Own Musician Business"
Goal Setting & Situational Analysis "Entrepreneurship is Essential"
Understanding Music Copyright
Music Publishing 101 "The Flow of Rights & The Flow of Dough"
Resources & Associations "A Helping Hand"
Major Label vs Indie label
Sales, Marketing, Publicity & Promotion "Developing an Integrated Marketing Plan"
The 6 Phases of Online Music Marketing
Marketing With Data "Using Analytics To Measure Results"
Distribution "Getting Your Music Out There"
DIY 101 "Doing It Yourself Best Practices"
Direct To Fan (D2F) Marketing "Managing Your Tribe"
Niche Marketing Techniques "Super Serve Your Customer"
Social Media Marketing "Everything Must Cross Promote"
Email Marketing 101
20 Things You Must Know About Being Online
Building a Press Kit
The Top 10 Truths of The Business We Call Music
Promoting Your Music To The World of Film & Television
How Artists and Their Managers Will Shape The Future
5.1 Mixing
Foley, Sound Effects, and Dialog Recording
Editing to Picture
Synchronization and Timecode
Sound Design
Set Recording and Playback
Pre-lay Animation Recording
Sound Effect Library Creation
PA Design
Room Tuning
Avid Live Sound Systems - "Venue" consoles
Tour Management
Transportation Logistics
Venue Construction
Live Recording
Live Internet Streams
We collaborate with the best in business to make sure that your course is relevant to your chosen career path and equips you with all the skills needed to enter the entertainment business.
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Career Outcomes

After completing the Audio Engineering and Music Production Program, graduates will be able to find entry-level opportunities for careers such as:
  • Recording Artist
  • Music Producer
  • Live Sound Technician
  • Sound Designer
  • Production Manager
  • And more...

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Course FAQs

If you haven’t already done so – Install any audio recording software on your home computer or laptop and practice your programming and computer skills. If you are still in High School it would benefit you to take any classes that deal with computers, media, arts, or music creation. Check out our Resources Page for links to online magazines, forums, videos, and tutorials.

The Ableton Live course is included in the AEMP program, at no extra cost. The course can also be taken separately.

SAE Institute Vancouver is a Designated Learning Institution with the Private Training Institutions Branch, part of the BC Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. For more information on PTIB, visit their website.

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