The gaming industry is exploding with opportunities for musicians.
AVID Pro Tools Software Training and Certification
Middleware (Implementation Tools): Wwise and FMOD
Game Engines: Unity and Unreal
Music Composition and Cinematic Scoring
MIDI and Audio Based Integration
Sound Design and Effects
Foley and Field Recording
Character Voiceovers and Dialogue
Creative Mixing, Layering and Editing
Sound to Video Syncing
Advanced Ear Training
Business and Industry Skills
Portfolio Building and Demo Reels
and much more
As an SRA student, you’ll receive a specially curated Professional Tool Kit of recording equipment at no extra cost to tuition – including a brand new Macbook Pro laptop with Pro Tools software and much more, and it’s yours to keep. You’ll learn and grow with these tools throughout our program and graduate with your own working studio set-up in progress.
MacBook Pro Laptop
AVID Pro Tools 12 Software W/ iLok
Middleware: WWise and FMOD
Game Engines: Unity and Unreal
Samson Carbon 49 USB MIDI Keyboard
Focusrite Scarlett Solo Interface
Shure SM57 Microphone
Samson Mic Stand, Clip and XLR Cable
Sennheiser HD 280 Pro Headphones
All Textbooks, Course Materials and Lab Supplies
SRA Hoodie and Coffee Mug
SRA Sound Design for Video Games Course Certificate
AVID Pro Tools User Certification
2 Year Grammy U Membership
Industry Partner Gear Discount Card
Educational Discounts for Pro Software Sound Production Plugin’s
–Spring 2019: Our next course will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings, beginning March 13th. Applications are due by Sunday, February 18th.
Interested in applying? Please see the next section below to download an application and begin the process. Early applications are always encouraged since space is limited (8 max/class).
Download an SRA Application. Spring 2019 applications are due by Sunday, February 17th.
SRA accepts applications on a “rolling” or first come basis, so classes may become full before application deadlines. The process entails an application form, a written essay, personal/professional references, a most recent transcript and a couple elective components such as including letters of recommendation and work samples if available. The final step is an interview/meeting with the school, which can take place in person or by phone depending on your location.
A $50 processing fee will be due at the time of submission and all applicants will be notified in writing if they have been accepted or not. Those accepted will be given the opportunity to confirm or decline enrollment.
SRA’s Sound Design for Video Games Program is an academic year (3, 13 week quarters + breaks) with students attending class two half-days (usually Tues/Thurs evenings) each week. Classes run 5:45 to 9 pm with Elective Labs from 9 to 9:45 pm. During this time, students are welcome to stay for additional project time and mentorship. Students can anticipate about 10 hours independent study each week; roughly a 17-20 hour per week commitment between on-site classes, project work and home study. The total program hours are 720.
Previous audio training is not required, however an introductory-level understanding of audio fundamentals is very helpful. Experience playing musical instruments and/or music theory are essential building blocks for this program. Our advice for individuals without any musical background as of yet is to start now, and gain at least one year of dedicated daily practice and then consider applying. Piano is a great foundational instrument. Experiment with composition, play music with other people and most of all have fun!
As an independent arts academy, we do not require academic test scores to apply, however, we do consider a host of other factors including grades from a recent transcript. In addition to our courses being very advanced, fast paced and setting the bar for technical education, SRA students must maintain and graduate with a 3.2 or higher GPA in order to earn the course certificate, so we are seeking the brightest students who are driven and serious about learning. We also require a passion for music and creativity, a sincere desire to be of service in this industry, being a team player, responsibility, dedication, a great attitude and a readiness for success.
Students need to be at least 18 years of age and a high school graduate (or GED) to attend our programs. Students who will graduate and be of age by a program start date may apply in advance. Our courses are taught in English, so international applicants must be fluent.
Our aim is to inspire lasting, meaningful careers. We believe this process is as unique as each individual and should begin on day one. By electing to keep our class sizes small, we are able to get to know every student personally, understand their passions and goals so we can provide thoughtful support and guidance throughout our program and beyond. Our instructors bring years of professional experience working in audio and are able to offer the kind of support only seasoned professionals can. We are always happy to call on our extensive network in the northwest art, music and gaming communities to make an introduction or help connect graduates with meaningful opportunities in their field of choice.