Audio Technology Program Associates Degree
This program accepts GI Bill Veteran Funding, for Veterans who qualify.
ATP Program Objectives
The Audio Technology Program is specifically designed to train students for entry level positions in the audio industry, such as commercial recording and post-production studios, as well as live sound events. Students will have the necessary management skills for entry-level management positions in the entertainment business.
The graduate will be able to enter the audio / music business as an effective professional in an entry level position in a number of roles on either the technical or business management sides of the music and broadcast industries: recording engineer, post production engineer, live sound engineer, studio manager, music business manager, audio film editor, or record company professional.
Program length 72 semester credit hours / 1260 clock hours
12 Months - Full Time
Classes are scheduled 4 days per week (Full Time), Monday - Thursday.
In addition to the regular class schedule, seminars are scheduled on Fridays. Many audio and business related topics are featured. SAE Atlanta invites industry professionals from all aspects of the music business to participate and share their knowledge. Educational videos are also featured.
72 Semester Credit / 1260 Clock Hours
Includes Weekly Individual Lab Time
Prerequisite Semester - General Education
Fifteen (15) General Education Credits must be completed with a C (2.0 on 4.0 scale) average at an approved accredited institution prior to enrolling at SAE Atlanta. To meet institutional approval the institution must be either accredited by agencies recognized by the Department of Education or institutions that operate under state approval.
At least one course is required in each of the following:
- Mathematics such as algebra, trigonometry, analytic geometry, calculus, statistics and other higher-level mathematics.
- Science such as biology, botany, chemistry, ecology, physics
- Humanities such as English, literature, philosophy, logic, history of art and sciences, philosophy, communications, composition, speech and drama, and combinations of courses.
- Social Science such as history, psychology, government and sociology
Semester 1 - Introduction to Audio Technology and Studio Equipment
- Introduction to Audio
- Basic Signal Flow I
- Introduction to Digital Audio Workstations (DAW)
- Music Theory
- Introduction to MIDI and Sequencing
- Basic Electronics
- Signal Processing (Dynamic & Time Based)
Semester 2 - Digital Audio Software and Advanced Studio Equipment
- Basic Signal Flow II
- Stereo Microphone Techniques
- Advanced Sequencing I
- Advanced Sequencing II
- Synthesis & Sampling
- Session Procedures
- Basic Signal Flow III
Semester 3 - Advanced Engineering and Digital Audio Applications
- Pro-Tools I
- Pro Tools II
- Music Production
- Advanced Signal Flow I
- Advanced Signal Flow II
- Mixing Techniques
Semester 4 - Advanced Record Engineering and Production
- Sound for Picture
- Surround Sound
- Loudspeakers & Amps
- Live Sound
- System Interface
- Music Business
- Broadcast Engineering & Multimedia
Semester 5 - Advanced Music Business Practices
- History of Recording Industry
- Copyright & Entertainment Law
- Principals of Music Publishing
- Artist Management
- Record Business & Label Marketing
- Concert Promotion & Touring
- Music Merchandising
- Entrepreneurship in the Music Industry
- Research Thesis & Portfolio Presentation