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Diploma in Audio Production

This course is available


Level of Study



1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


SAE Institute


This qualification is for individuals who wish to develop their experience and practice in audio engineering and production. It provides the music industry with people who have a range of audio engineering skills to produce complex audio recordings and sound-related works. Graduates can contribute to the cultural, social and economic life of Aotearoa New Zealand.


To equip students with early-to-intermediate industry-led skills and knowledge in audio engineering and production. To facilitate the development of self-reflective creative practice, underpinned by transferable skills.


This is an NZQA accredited programme of study that leads to the Level 5 NZ Diploma in Audio Engineering and Production.


  • Analogue and digital console theory and practice
  • Multi-track recording
  • Audio technologies and protocols
  • Microphone theory and techniques
  • Signal processing and effects
  • Mixing techniques
  • Signal flow
  • Sound system setup and tuning
  • Monitoring systems
  • Wireless systems
  • Workplace safety

Career Outcomes
What jobs will this course lead me into?

Game Audio Specialist
Radio/Broadcast Personnel
Junior Studio Administrator
Audio Post Production Engineer
Sound Designer
Mix Engineer
Studio Engineer
Quality Assurance Officer

Entry criteria

Minimum Age: International students seeking admission to SAE must be at least 18 years of age at the time of application.

Proof of Identity: A copy of the student's valid passport must be provided.

Academic Requirements: Completion of the equivalent of NCEA Level 3 or University Entrance qualification.

English Language RequirementsInternational students who are not native English speakers need to provide additional evidence of language skills and complete one of the following:

International English Language Testing System (IELTS): A band score of 6 or higher (only the Academic Test is accepted), OR

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): A score of 550 or higher (paper based test), 60 or higher (internet based test) All entry is at the discretion of the Academic Manager.

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