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.
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. Please note: we unable to accept GI Bill at this time, but are working on it for the future.
We do not accept federal students loans, grants or scholarships at this time, but are considering it for the future – however, it can be a long and complex endeavor, so we are unable to provide timelines at this point. We are currently in the process of cultivating our scholarship program(s) and look forward to offering these options when possible 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.
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, understanding their passions and goals so we can provide thoughtful career 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.
It’s helpful to understand how the industry works as well. 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. Work in this fashion 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. For Game Audio Sound Designers, there is a bigger base of traditional jobs for hire in the industry, however like audio engineering there is also a great deal of contract based and freelance work as well. In gaming, contracts may span anywhere from a few months to a few years.
As a very social industry, longevity in audio requires being actively involved in the local community, networking, building relationships and clientele and continuing to “show up” with a spirit of service. We include specialized business and industry training throughout our courses because we know how important it is. Our students know 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.
Audio Engineering Program
- SRA Audio Engineering Certificate and Diploma
- AVID Pro Tools User Certification
Game Audio Program
- SRA Game Audio Certificate and Diploma
- AVID Pro Tools User Certification
SRA offers certificates. The difference being that certificate programs offer a specialized focus, whereas degree programs require a great deal of general-education classes. Certificate programs are like a fast track to a major, bypassing anything unrelated, so you complete your education in a much shorter time and can start doing what you love sooner.
SRA’s programs are advanced and very intensive, running an academic year (3, 13 week quarters + breaks).
-Our Audio Engineering students attend class one-full-day each week (9:30a-6p). Instead of a few shorter classes throughout the week, this full-day format allows a seamless flow from the daily lesson into the studio for hands-on learning and better integration.
-Our Sound Design for Video Games program is structured into two half-days (evenings) per week (5:45-9:45p). As a tech-forward, computer focused program, this is ideal for developmental breaks, experimentation and project completion as each class builds step by step.
Class begins with a brief roundtable 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 followed by the In-Studio Labs, where students work hands-on with our instructors using the concepts they’ve just learned. We offer an Elective Lab after class concludes (2 hours for Audio Engineering, and 45 minutes hour for Sound Design for Video Games), where students may opt to stay, get additional project time, tutoring and mentorship. In addition to regular class hours, students can anticipate an average of 10 hours of homework each week; roughly a 17-20 hour per week commitment between on-site classes, project work and home study.
Each individual program page includes upcoming dates and application deadlines (see program drop-down list under “Course Info” tab on main menu.)
You can download our application kit HERE and it’s also available on each individual course page. 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 $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.