Schools Training

Your Audio Engineering School Experience

19 FEB 2013
Career Path : Audio Engineering

An audio engineering school is a place where you can learn all about sound. They are popular with both budding sound engineers, but also future musicians and composers, and many schools with any established history end up graduating people who become famous in multiple fields. They may also offer other classes related to entertainment, from video production to an in house DJ school.


Admission usually follows the standard model of any post-secondary institution. The specialist colleges are generally private businesses, but accredited so it is possible to receive student loan funding. Depending on the specifics of the program, the hands on nature of the work mean either a musical background or ideally some experience with sound mixing or audio engineering support. Volunteering with a high school level audio-visual club or with the theatre department is a good start.


Once you start, courses will generally be broken into segments that teach particular skills, with a heavy theory component. In many creative trades this will be assumed to be a passion and a hobby as well, so like visual arts, musical studies or writing, expect many long hours of tinkering with projects to be part of your study needs. Lessons in theory will allow you to improve in leaps and bounds faster than working on your own, as will instructor critique of your class assignments. Generally a program should take no more than two years. As a private college there is considerably more flexibility with semester structure, and you may be expected to study through the summer. From there, the rest of your experience will develop from career work not class work.


Term projects may be very collaborative, especially if your audio engineering school offers other kinds of programs like acting or video arts. You will usually be part of a team, potentially a team that mixes people with a broad range of skills, like a real creative production would involve. For example you might do a short music video.


Additionally, some of what you will be learning is work culture. Creative trades can be well compensated, but have their own expected work requirements.  Hours can be very long and jobs are often found based on insider recommendations. If it’s a DJ school, you can expect to work for free to build up your reputation alongside your course work. However the school will also help you on your way, finding those first few gigs.


Most schools will also give you access to alumni. When you are applying for work, other graduates who have completed the same audio courses will know what sort of education you have. And even among non-alumni, the school also provides useful branding of the sort of capacities you will have learned, before you get enough experience on your own.



Visit Trebas Institute for more information on audio courses.