Creative Media Education

Audio Production

BA / BSc (Hons) Audio Production

"One-to-one tutors, lecturing in small groups
and a lot of practice – this is our key to success"

The Bachelor of Arts / Science (Hons.) Audio Production is a two-year intensive academic programme, forming the professional in audio engineering and production, which corresponds to a three-year degree in terms of credit points (180 ECTS).

More info about AUDIO PRODUCTION program

  • · The programme covers the full spectrum of audio production: Sound Theory, Basics of Electronics, Equipment and Wiring, Microphones, Acoustics, Loudspeakers, Amplifications, Patch-bay, Equalisation, Dynamics and Effects, Digital Theory, Sound Processing, Stereo Recording, Mixing, MIDI, Audio for Video, Sound Design, Audio for Video Games, Music Theory, Mixing and Production Theory, Synchronising, SSL Theory, Live Sound, Live Recording, Mastering, Tape and Vinyl, Music Business, Copyrights.         
  • · The programme involves 150 hours of work in studio with lecturers during the first year and a possibility to rent a studio for individual work.
  • · During the first year only, the audio students have practical assignments: recording of five songs in the studio of their choice, mixing exercises, sound design for a commercial, sound for film.  
  • · The equipment available to the students includes: iMac Lab, Analogue Studio with Soundcraft Ghost Mixing Console, Digital Studio with Yamaha 02R96, SSL 6000E Mixing Console, microphones including Sennheiser, Shure and AKG’s microphones, Live sound recording, Tascam portable recorder.
  • · A unique programme designed for rapid mastering of the most wanted software at the market: Digital Audio Workstations (DAW) – Logic and ProTools, Middleware program – Fmod (audio for video games program)
  • · Special classes of recording practice with lecturers and people from the industry are organised on a number of different locations: Student Culture Center, “Stevan Mokranjac” music school, Belgrade Youth Center, etc. 
  • · Specialised lectures are organised only for audio students from SAE Institute, for ex.: lectures on live sound at EXIT Festival, live sound lectures at the concerts (Billy Idol, Prodigy, Nile Rodgers, etc.).
  • · Experienced lecturers: Bojan Neskovic (professor of audio production; completed his Masters Degree from Macquarie University; lectured at SAE Institute in Sidney), Sasa Jankovic (music producer; worked with The Cure, Paul Weller, Nazareth, Bo Didley, Suede, Dusko Gojkovic, Negativ and Eyesburn; music producer in the prestigious Parkgate studio), Filip Vlatkovic (music producer; gained the title of ProTools Operator in New York; continued to record in New York; performs also as a solo singer-lyricist), Milan Trifunovic (audio engineer in Belgrade Youth Center), Aleksandar Petrovic (one of the most famous drummers in the region; music engineer), Nikola Jovanovic (MTV), Ivan Uzelac (sound for films), Vanja Ulepic (music producer from New York; worked with Jay Z), Milan Prokop (mastering engineer), Nino Rajacic (audio for video games).
  • · Study trip to London (visits to Metropolis Studio, SAE Institute London, BBC).
  • · Employment opportunities: sound engineer, studio engineer, audio engineer in films, TV, radio stations, sound designer, music producer, ProTools operator, Logic operator, mastering engineer, sound mixer, location recordist.
  • · Establishing connection with the industry through the partners: Berar Studio, Artist, AVC, MTV, EXIT, Rolling Stone Magazine, Sky Music, Player, Belgrade Youth Center, The Kolarac Foundation, Kombank Arena, “Stevan Mokranjac” music school, etc.
  • · Collaboration with some of the biggest music festivals: EXIT, Wonderland, LoveFest.

Thanks to exit point, the student who wishes to attend only the first year has the chance to achieve the title of SAE Institute Diploma in Audio Engineering, while the  student who will continue and accomplish the second year of study will achieve university diploma, Bachelor’s Degree.

Entry Requirements

  • Minimum age 17 and completion of a high school or equivalent; or
  • Mature age students over 21 years on receipt of suitable evidence, considered to have a reasonable chance of success in the program.
  • English Language Requirements

    Students whose first language is not English will need a qualification that demonstrates competence in English.

    For Non EU/EEA applicants, approved English Language Tests include:

    • IELTS(Academic and General) band score 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 within each component)
        • TOEFL - no less than 80
        • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

      Applicants who hold a qualification from another institution, or who have formally completed components of another qualification, must submit authorised evidence of those achievements at the time of application to SAE Institute.
      Please refer to Policy A06 Academic Credit and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for details.


  • After the first year of study: SAE Diploma.
    After the second year of study: University diploma: Bachelor’s Degree, Middlesex University, London, UK.

Duration and lectures

  • 2 years / 3 semesters per year
  • 3 hours of lectures 4 times per week
  • Individual bookings, with personal support
  • Access to facilities at least 6 days per week


January, May, September

Application Requirements & Application Process

Please contact Career Advisor to get the application form and the complete Info Package.

Career Options

The possible jobs that students could obtain upon successful completion of the programmes:

  • Music producer
  • Consultancy, education and associated careers
  • Studio manager
  • A&R executive
  • Digital media entrepreneur
  • Studio sound recordist/engineer
  • Live sound engineer
  • Mastering engineer
  • Broadcast engineer
  • Audio post-production
  • Music and dialogue editor
  • Location recordist
  • Electronic musician

Upon graduation, you will also have access to SAE Alumni services where you can be in touch with other graduates and prospective employers.

Programme Content

First Year Topics

Some of the topics during the first year of study: Sound Theory, Acoustics, Analog Consoles, Soundcraft Ghost, Patchbays/Ghost, Logic 1, Microphones, Electricity, Electronics, Decibels, Wiring, Dynamics, Sound Effects, Mixing, Recording, MIDI Technology, Digital Theory, Production Techniques, Synthesis, Music Theory, SSL Theory, SSL Studio Recording and Mixing, Mastering, Audio for Video/Film, Post-Productions, Live Sound Technology, Research Techniques, Music Industry, Music Business, Prof. Communication, etc.

Creative Media Practice

This module begins with an evolutionary analysis of the social, political, technological and economic changes which have helped shape entertainment and the entertainment industry over time, focusing on the roles of and interaction between artist, Producer and marketing forces leading up to the 21st Century. The module will also cover today’s structure and operation of the film, gaming, and Internet industries. Contemporary issues are explored in ways that encourage students to take an active part in professional dialogue. Students will be required to prepare a proposal for their research project in the form of a ‘Learning Agreement’.

Advanced Audio Practice

This Module focuses on professional development and awareness. Students will be introduced to generic professional skills ranging from presentation skills and project planning to management, marketing, and law to be able to operate independently within the ‘infotainment’ industry. Additionally, specific applications and needs of selected fields within the industry will be examined and students will be required to undertake an internship, as a means of application of previously acquired knowledge.

Specialized Research Project

This section of the course allows students to undertake an approved research project. The thesis is designed to show a student’s ability to initiate, implement and evaluate a substantial creative/technical project as a result of cognitive abilities put into effect within a limited time frame. Mentoring and support will be provided by qualified SAE staff to assist the students, who will have to submit their final thesis on the last day of class and defend it in front of a panel of assessors.

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