Develop Your Audio Engineering Skills
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When you marvel at the sound of the latest hit song, popular video game or Hollywood blockbuster film, you are enjoying the work of audio engineers. These sound wizards use cutting-edge tools and technologies to produce audio that enthralls and entertains us in a variety of ways.
In this three-course certificate program, you’ll explore the technical principles and creative skills required to complete professional sound projects. We’ll study the basics of editing, mixing, storage media and the mastering process. You’ll get experience with acoustics, microphones and analog and digital recording, and you'll apply your knowledge to create a pro-quality audio project for music or film.
Individuals who want a practical foundation in professional audio production, including those that want to enter or advance in the field.
Participation in the certificate program is recommended for individuals with at least two years of college or the equivalent work experience in audio production, film/video or as a musician.
If you're not a native English speaker, you’ll need to have at least basic English language skills to enroll. To learn more, see English Language Proficiency Requirements.
To enroll, international students must have a visa that permits study in the United States. This program does not enable students to obtain or maintain F-1 visa status. For more information, see Admission Requirements for International Students.
You must have access to a computer, and we recommend a high-speed internet connection.
You earn the certificate by regularly attending class and successfully completing all required courses. For more information, see Completing Your Program.
Alum Jacob Christensen talks about the value of earning his Certificate in Audio Production.
Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.
Principles of Audio Production
Audio Production in the Studio
Choose One of Three Sections
Audio Production Project
Choose One of Four Sections
Certificate in Audio Production
Approved by the UW School of Music.
View this program's advisory board.
Each of our programs uses an advisory board to review content, guide design and recommend updates to ensure the program remains current as the field of study evolves. By tapping the minds of the top thinkers, doers and leaders in the field, we offer a transformational learning experience. The following individuals serve as the advisory board for this program.
Peter Barnes, Owner, Clatter & Din
Ella Brackett, Owner, Brackett Audio, LLC
Rovy Branon, Vice Provost, University of Washington Continuum College
Matt Brown, Musician/Producer/Engineer
Rachel Field, Mastering Engineer
Holly Figueroa, Recording Artist/Producer
Joe Hadlock, Owner, Bear Creek Studios
Dave Howe, President, Bad Animals
Michael Karbowski, MD, PhD, Audio Engineer
Nick Kolias, Location Sound Recordist, Fat Frog Pro Audio
Steve Lawson, President, Friendly Voice
Peter Lewis, President, AUDISEE
Edmund Littlefield, Jr., Owner, Sage Arts
Steve Palermo, Independent Audio Producer
Joan Rabinowitz, Executive Director, Jack Straw Foundation
Roxanne Ray, Assistant Director, Academic Programs in the Arts, UW Professional & Continuing Education
Marc Seales, Associate Professor, School of Music, University of Washington
Craig Sheppard, Donald E. Petersen Endowed Professor of Piano, School of Music, University of Washington
With the exception of the one-time application fee, certificate program fees are charged on a quarterly basis. Payment is due when you register.
Course fees do not include any costs for class materials such as textbooks and software.
Drops, Withdrawals & Refunds
Attend class in person at one of our convenient locations. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. An online learning management system may be required to access some course materials and assignments.
Our special blended programs combine the convenience of online study with the vibrancy of in-person classes for a unique learning experience.
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Enjoy the flexibility of online learning, which allows you to participate in class activities, assignments and discussions on your schedule, from anywhere. Experience cutting-edge technology and a supportive, diverse learning community.
Owner, Blue Charles Productions, Seattle
Audio Engineer, Producer
Audio Engineer, Musician, and Author
Owner and President, GlennSound/Seattle
If you’re thinking about heading back to school, you’re probably also wondering how you’ll pay for it. To help you figure that out, we’ve put together a list of ways to help fund your education.
Examine some of the most common problems encountered in field recording. Explore the use of basic audio tools on location and selection of proper microphones for particular assignments.