Certificate in Audio Production Techniques

Develop Your Audio Engineering Skills


Program Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 9 months
  • Times: Evenings, Weekends
  • Cost: $6,285

Next start date:

October 1, 2024

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About this Program

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.  

Designed for

Those who want to enter or advance in the field of professional audio production.

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What you'll learn

  • The physics and terminology of sound
  • Elements of sound production, including signal processing, MIDI and synchronization
  • Techniques for multi-track recording and overdubs            
  • Software-based production techniques to create digital audio files

hands-on experience

  • Complete a music production and/or film/video post-production project 
  • Learn to use sophisticated audio recording software, including Pro Tools Studio
  • Participate in special Saturday sessions on plug-ins and location sound for film and video


You may be eligible to apply for a UW Certificate Scholarship or Rotary Scholarship to cover most of the costs of this program. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and the potential of the program to positively impact your career. For more information, see the Scholarships page.

Career Stats


Projected job growth for sound engineering technicians in Washington state (2020-30)


Average salary for sound engineering technicians in Washington state (2022)

Source: O*NET OnLine


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Program Overview

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.

Quarter 2

Audio Production in the Studio

Choose One of Three Sections

Quarter 3

Select One or Both Courses (Must Also Pay for 2nd Course When Choosing Both)

Audio Production Project: Music

Choose One of Two Sections

Audio Production Project: Video

Choose One of Two Sections

Learning Format

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Combine the convenience of online learning with the immediacy of real-time interaction. You’ll meet with your instructor and classmates at scheduled times over Zoom. Learn More »

Program Sessions

Online With Real-Time Meetings

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