Application FAQ’s

Considering applying for an audio program with us? We’ve put together a list of the most commonly asked questions regarding our application process, we hope you find it helpful!

Q: What does the application process entail?
A: The steps include an application form, an essay, references and a most recent transcript. Elective additions include any letters of recommendation and/or work samples, but are both optional. The final step is an informal interview with the school directors.

Q: What is the application interview?
A: This process allows us to take things from just paper to a real conversation. Oftentimes, it may be the first time we’ve had the pleasure of speaking with an applicant, so we really value this opportunity to make a more personal connection, get to know each person a bit more and also answer any questions that come up.

Q: What if I am unable to get a copy of my transcript in time?
A: We suggest requesting a digital copy of your transcript if possible, that tends to expedite things. If you are unable to obtain a copy in time, you may still submit your application without the transcript, and send it once it does arrive. In this case, please make sure to include a note with your email submission regarding this. For students who may have taken a long hiatus from education and are having trouble in general getting any copy of a transcript, please just email us directly at: to discuss.

Q: Do I need any previous audio experience?
A: For our Audio Engineering Level 1 program, previous experience or prerequisite training in audio is not a requirement, however, a background in music, music theory and/or experience playing musical instruments are very helpful building blocks, and are both highly encouraged and ultimately preferred.

For our Audio Engineering Level 2 program, the AE Level 1 program serves as it’s prerequisite, and we also consider students who already have an equivalent background in education and/or working experience with priority given to SRA Level 1 graduates.

Q: What kinds of qualities are you looking for in an applicant?
A: As a school with very small classes, we really want to see that each prospective student can be a positive part of the whole, and works well with others. Students that are serious about their education, responsible, reliable and ready for success are a great fit and will thrive. We also value diversity among backgrounds, gender, ethnicity, age and audio interests as a whole.

Q: How do I get an application kit?
A: Application kits are available for download on each of the program pages of our website. Once on the program page, scroll about two-thirds down and you’ll see a section dedicated to applications.  Click the “download application” button at the bottom to automatically start the download to your computer. Alternatively, feel free to write to us at: and request one be sent directly by email. Additionally, the application kit will include all necessary forms as well as an instructions sheet. Please be sure to read the instructions first.

Q: Is there a cost to apply?
A: A $75 processing fee will be due at the time of submission in order to begin the review process. We will send an online invoice via Square requesting payment, usually within a day of having received your files.

Q: What is the turnaround time for processing my application?
A: Most often, we can process applications in about a week to two weeks from the time we receive them depending on how soon we can schedule the application interview and hear back from references. All applicants will be notified in writing within 30 days if they have been accepted. Once accepted, students have the option to accept the offer of enrollment by a certain deadline (typically a few weeks before a course begins).

Q: Is the application process competitive?
A: We do accept and process applications on a rolling basis, or as they come, so it’s always an advantage to apply early. There are usually seats still available through an application deadline, however a percentage may be filled by early applicants.

Q: What if I missed the deadline, can I still apply?
A: In the event that any seat goes unclaimed or a spot is released, we can consider late applications. It never hurts to ask! If a class is already full, a late applicant can also be put on a standby list in the event a spot does become available.

Q: What if I get accepted, but can’t make the timing work?
A: An approved application stays good for one year, so if the timing for the most immediate course doesn’t work out, you can consider rolling your approval over to a future course if that works better. Audio Engineering courses typically start twice yearly in spring and fall.

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We hope this answered your questions about our application process. Feel free to reach out to us at or 206-623-7272 if you’ve got any further questions about this or any of our programs.


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