In addition to being a Washington State licensed school, Seattle Recording Arts is also an AVID Learning Partner (ALP) with AVID-Certified Pro Tools Instructors. We pride ourselves on offering the highest quality education starting with instructors who are long-standing working professionals helping to define and advance the audio industry. We encourage you to take a closer look, do your research, and see if our programs are right for you.
- A Sound Education: SRA is founded by veteran audio professionals who bring a legacy of knowledge and experience. As industry thought leaders, studio owners, musicians, gaming geeks, sound designers, and all-around audio fanatics, we understand what it’s like to be different and the need to do something creative – we share that passion. By having a first-hand understanding of today’s industry, its demands and opportunities, our instructors are able to offer the kind of wisdom and expertise only insiders can. Educational institutions typically lag five or more years behind the market. We are the professionals who shape and form the industry, so our curriculum stays at peak relevance, remaining fluid and flexible, so it naturally evolves as technology advances.
- Small Class Size: We limit our classes to a maximum of eight students because we believe in quality over quantity and giving each student the attention they deserve. The proven benefits of small class size include improved mastery of skills, increased achievement, better engagement and participation, and stronger communication and teamwork.
- Hands-on Learning: We believe in thinking outside the classroom, and that learning hands-on with real-world scenarios is what turns theory into true knowledge. Audio Engineering students learn in our world-class studio, Orbit Audio, have access to our sought after collection of modern and vintage gear, and eventually produce and engineer sessions independently. Sound Design for Video Games students work with live exercises involving real games, scoring, field recording and sound design projects, finishing with a portfolio of work and valuable project experience.
- Business and Industry Training: A dynamic set of business and industry skills are key. Because there is so much opportunity to freelance, contract and pursue entrepreneurial ventures, it’s imperative to understand the industry. As long-time studio owners, we’ve seen over the years where most educational programs fall short and the challenges newcomers face when not properly prepared with this knowledge. We know what skills are desirable and relevant, what makes someone hirable (or not) and what it really takes to be successful. In addition, we feature inspiring Guest Lecturers, who are also audio professionals with diverse backgrounds. This is an opportunity to connect with influential people in a wide variety of audio vocations.
- Professional Tool Kit: As an SRA student, you’ll receive a specially curated Professional Tool Kit of recording equipment at no extra cost to tuition – including a MacBook Pro laptop with recording software, hardware and much more. You’ll learn and grow with these tools throughout our program and graduate with your own working studio set-up in progress.
- Respect: We promise to not stalk or spam you simply because you’ve requested information. We don’t subscribe to the high-pressure tactics or have a sales team ready to swoop. We are here to help and will keep you up to date with the latest news, but we respect your privacy and individual decision-making process in selecting a program that’s right for you.
We hope to very soon and have begun the process of applying to work with the VA. We cannot specify when this will go into effect, as the timeline to process applications is up to the VA, however, we are hopeful it could be possible before the end of 2019.
As an Eligible Training Provider (ETP) with Seattle-King County Worksource, SRA currently accepts Chapter 31 funds for disabled veterans. Interested Vets with Ch. 31 will need to contact the VA and request a Vocational Rehabilitation counselor be assigned to them. A preliminary meeting/interview with the assigned Voc-Rehab counselor will start the process, and from there, that counselor will provide all necessary forms and instructions for a determination of eligibility.
We do not accept federal students loans (ie: FAFSA) or government related grants and scholarships at this time, but do accept some funding for veterans (see section below). We are currently exploring our options for some potential community-based scholarship programs and look forward to offering those when possible sometime in the future
Please visit our Tuition Page for full details on each course. Our tuition is all-inclusive, so students receive all books, classroom supplies, and the Professional Tool Kit (includes a Mac laptop, software and curated selection of recording equipment) at no additional cost.
SRA has payment plans available for qualifying students taking our year long certificate courses. Plans do not involve any loans or lending, but are legal financial contracts between SRA and the student. All contacts require a 50% tuition down payment at the time of enrollment with the remaining balance paid in monthly installments from 9 to 30 months. While enrolled, payments are completely interest free, with low rates after graduation. Eligibility is based on an approved credit application Please email or call 206-623-7272 to request more information.
By electing to keep our Audio Engineering class sizes small (8 max) we are able to get to know every student personally, understanding their passions and goals so we can provide thoughtful career guidance throughout our program and beyond. As industry professionals, our instructors bring their continued years of experience working in audio and are able to offer insightful, honest support. We are always happy to call on our extensive network in the Northwest art and music community to make an introduction or help connect graduates with meaningful opportunities in their field of choice.
It’s also helpful to understand how the industry works. For Audio Engineers, there are traditional job roles; however, the scope of possibility widens greatly when considering client-based, contract-based, freelance, and entrepreneurial opportunities which are the most plentiful. Work often flows project to project. For example, an engineer or producer may work on an album, stage tech or do live sound for a tour, complete a corporate contract and so forth.
As a very social and community focused industry, longevity in audio really is found by those who remain active and involved through things like networking, collaboration, building relationships and growing their clientele. It’s not an always an overnight process, but continuing to “show up” with a spirit of service while planting many seeds along the way is a recipe for success. Because we know how important it is, we include specialized business and industry training throughout the course. Our students learn how to both seize and create opportunity, understand personal accountability, how things really work, and how we’ve done it ourselves. In addition to technical knowledge, these professional and personal skills are an essential part of the responsibility and reward of building a lasting career in audio.
Last, because we care – be wary of any claims out there that all you have to do is take a certain program and a job is just waiting at the end. These stats are self-generated with little regulation, and a job “in the field” can mean almost anything, so buyer beware. We would rather be upfront and transparent, educating our students about how things actually work and empower them with the necessary skills and understanding to create lasting success and a realistic understanding about how that can actually be achieved.
SRA Audio Engineering Course Certificate
AVID Pro Tools User Certification
Sound Design Fundamentals (Module 1) – Coming Soon!: SRA Sound Design Fundamentals Course Certificate
Pro Tools 101: SRA PT101 Course Certificate
Pro Tools 110: AVID Pro Tools User Certification
SRA offers certificates, which offer a specialized area of technical focus, whereas degree programs require a lot of generalized studies. Certificate programs are like a fast track to a major – bypassing all that is unrelated, allowing you to focus entirely on your craft and complete your education in a much shorter time frame.
Each individual program page includes upcoming start dates and application deadlines (see the pop down tab towards the bottom of page titled “Upcoming Courses and Schedule”).
Audio Engineering: Is typically offered twice a year, starting in spring and fall, and it runs an academic year (39 weeks + breaks). We’ve structured our class schedule to accommodate all types of busy schedules, with students attending class one-full-day each week (9:30a-6p). We begin with a brief round table to recap the previous lesson and allow for Q&A, making sure everyone fully understands the concepts before we move forward. Next, we begin the daily lesson to cover fundamental concepts followed by In-Studio Labs, where students put the lessons into action in the studio with hands-on exercises. After class, students can opt to stay for an Elective Lab Hour, which is time we’ve built in for additional mentorship, tutoring and project work. In addition to the onsite class hours, students can anticipate an average of 8-12 hours of homework each week; roughly a 16-20 hour/week commitment overall.
Sound Design for Video Games: Is moving to an exclusively online format, with new content currently under development. As a result, we won’t be offering the onsite course at this time and apologize for any inconvenience. The new lessons will be broken into shorter topic-based modules drawing from the original year-long course. Our first offering will be an eight lesson series called “Sound Design Fundamentals”. This new format will give students the flexibility to mix and match modules, selecting what best supports their educational goals while.going at a speed which is comfortable for their learning, and get educated from anywhere in the world. In addition to the online content, students can anticipate an average of 8-12 hours of homework, research and exercises each week.
Pro Tools 101 & 110 a la carte training: We are currently offering private instruction for individuals or small groups which can be tailored to fit your schedule, time frame and needs. Each level is approximately 21 hours to complete with in-person, individual instruction. We typically break this into two options: 3, full days or 6 half-days or evenings. Please contact us about available dates and scheduling.
We will additionally be offering Pro Tools online soon, stay tuned!
Audio Engineering: Students looking to attend our Audio Engineering Course may download an application kit online (available on the course page under the “Applications and Requirements” tab towards the bottom of the page). You may also request one by email. The application 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 $75 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.
Sound Design Fundamentals (Module 1) – Coming Soon!: Once our first online game audio module is available, students will be able to purchase on our site with no application process and begin anytime.
Private Pro Tools classes: Students do not need to apply, but simply register. Please contact us and request a registration kit be sent via email.
Audio Engineering: We are seeking the brightest individuals who are driven, committed and serious about learning. Previous audio training is not required, but can be valuable. We do require a passion for music and creativity, a sincere desire to be of service in this industry, being a team player, a great attitude and readiness for success.
Additionally experience playing musical instruments and any background in music theory are important building blocks and highly preferred. When working with musical talent, a first hand understanding of music is key. Being able to speak the same language as your clients and hone your ability to identify creative opportunities in music is a great asset to providing quality work and maximizing your value in the marketplace. Our advice for individuals without any experience playing a musical instrument yet is to start now, and gain at least one year of dedicated daily practice. Piano is a great foundation. Experiment with composition, play music with other people and most of all have fun!
Last, discipline and dedication are key to success at SRA since our goal is to ultimately prepare students for the real world. Students must maintain and graduate with a minimum 3.2 GPA to earn their course certificate. Our courses are fast paced, beginning with the fundamentals and quickly build to advanced methods and techniques. We provide everything needed (and more) to successfully complete each course given we are met halfway.
Sound Design Fundamentals (Module 1) – Coming Soon!: Once this first online module in game audio is available, we’ll include a detailed list of prerequisite learning students should have going in. Most notably, they will need a comprehensive understanding of how to use a professional digital audio workstation (preferably Pro Tools), and some basic music related and audio skills.
Private Pro Tools 101 classes: There are no prerequisites to take this course, however it’s beneficial for students to have a an understanding of / familiarity with:
- Basic audio and MIDI recording techniques
- Basic multi-track mixing concepts (such as setting levels and panning)
- Basic definition of effects such as EQ, Dynamic FX, Delays, Reverbs etc.
- Digital audio equipment such as MIDI controllers and audio interfaces
- A working knowledge of Windows or Macintosh or operating systems
Private Pro Tools 110 clases: A successful completion of Pro Tools 101 through SRA or another certified Avid Learning Partner (proof of completion must be provided) is required – or – equivalent level of previous training, a working understanding of Pro Tools fundamentals.