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Associate Degree of Audio



What will I learn?

At SAE you won’t find yourself in a lecture with 300 people, or in a traditional lecture at all. As an Audio student at SAE, you’ll be learning in a studio environment, amplifying your talents using cutting-edge equipment like Neve, SSL, or an Audient console while gaining proficiencies on software such as Pro Tools, Logic Pro X, and Ableton Live.

Your growth and development will be assessed through the completion of industry-based projects, not theoretically based essays. This will ultimately help you build up a body of work and portfolio to share with potential employers or your first client.

In preparation for an industry that commands agility and adaptability, you’ll cut your creative teeth on projects initially in partnership with your course peers. As your skills develop and you work on more dynamic projects, you’ll apply your capabilities to cross-discipline projects in games, film, music, and animation. By the end of your course, you could be collaborating with fellow students across all SAE disciplines.

Ultimately, a qualification from SAE in Audio will expand your career. As part of your course, you will be provided practical experience and work with others to help build your network. We’ll also equip you with employability skills, giving you professional strategies in communication and self-promotion.

With an Associate Degree of Audio, you’ll be ready for cutting-edge industry roles using modern creative business concepts and strategies. Career options include Games Audio Specialist, Audio Engineer, Sound Editor in film, live music, broadcast media, or games development.

Enjoy the benefits of being SAE trained – our audio students have achieved great success in the creative industries. SAE graduates are known within the industry for their high-level skills and are in demand.

SAE Associate Degree of Audio offers:

  • Record your preferred music genres and participate in real-world audio projects under the guidance of expert SAE lecturers.
  • Gain industry-specific skills and knowledge using world-class audio facilities.
  • SAE has a range of approaches to learning and teaching to provide flexibility in the face of changing circumstances as required.

Learn in world class studio environments: Neve, SSL, Audient consoles and Pro Tools, Logic Pro.
Practical, immersive training: All work is project-based, with no exams. Graduate with a portfolio to share with an employer or first client. Cross-discipline collaboration Work across film, gaming, and animation projects at SAE.
Flexible course options: Completing two of the three stages of the Bachelor of Audio, this course provides an excellent pathway into the Bachelor.

Students who have completed the Associate Degree of Audio would have opportunities in the professional workplace as:

  • Studio Engineer
  • Music Producer
  • Game Audio Specialist
  • Sound Editor
  • Staging Crew
  • Audio/Visual Technician
  • Sound Designer
  • Live Sound Engineer/Operator
  • Radio Broadcasting



Study options

Full Time (4 Trimesters - Fast Tracked (Full Time); 6 Trimesters - Full Time)

Tuition fees
A$25,720.00 (US$ 17,274) per year
AUD $51,440 for the entire course
Start date

29 May 2023, 18 September 2023


Brisbane Campus

Cnr Jane Street and Riverside Drive,



4101, BRISBANE, Australia

Full Time (4 Trimesters - Fast Tracked (Full Time); 6 Trimesters - Full Time)

Tuition fees
A$25,720.00 (US$ 17,274) per year
AUD $51,440 for the entire course
Start date

29 May 2023, 18 September 2023


SAE Institute

Byron Bay Campus,

373-391 Ewingsdale Road,


New South Wales,

2481, NORTH COAST, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have successful completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (Year 12) or an equivalent overseas qualification. English Language Requirements: IELTS Academic: A band score of 6 or higher; PTE (Pearson Test of English): Academic score of 46 (or higher); TOEFL iBT (Internet Based Test): 73 or higher.

For international students

Academic requirements

Successful completion of secondary school studies (assessed as an equivalent of Australian Year 12 secondary studies). Minimum overall pass is required.

Minimum Age

International students seeking admission to SAE must be at least 18 years of age prior to the commencement of their study.

English Language Requirements

  • International English Language Testing Sydney (IELTS): An overall score of 6.0 or higher with no individual band lower than 5.5 (only the Academic Test is accepted), OR
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 73 overall (internet-based test), OR
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): Academic score of 46 or higher, OR
  • Completion of Year 12 English in an Australian secondary school or college or equivalent with a minimum result of “Satisfactory” or equivalent.
  • Successful completion of an Academic English program with an SAE-approved Australian-based English partner.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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