SRA is founded and run by veteran audio professionals who bring a legacy of knowledge and experience. We are a licensed and approved Washington State School and an AVID Leaning Partner (ALP) with AVID Certified Pro Tools Instructors. We pride ourselves by offering the highest quality education through small class sizes, hands-on experience, industry training and individualized mentorship under the care of real audio professionals..
As industry thought leaders, studio owners, musicians, 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. Compared to most educational institutions who typically lag five or more years behind the market and are completely removed from the trade, we are the audio professionals who shape, form and are advancing the industry. We bring a first-hand understanding of today’s market, its technology, demands and opportunities so our curriculum stays at peak relevance.
We encourage you to take a closer took do your research and compare. We think you’ll find that we offer a level of quality and expertise that’s hard to match.
The schedule and details for each course including upcoming start dates, application deadlines and the weekly class times can be found on each individual course page. We typically offer Audio Engineering Level 1 and Level 2 twice yearly with spring and fall starts, and we'll offer a virtual Sound Design for Video Games course again in 2022. A la carte Pro Tools classes are offered to individuals and small groups and can be scheduled to fit your availability and needs.
For our Audio Engineering and Sound Design for Video Games programs, application kits are available for download on each of the program pages. The process entails an application form, a written essay, personal/professional references, a most recent transcript and optional letters of recommendation and work samples if available. The final step is an informal interview/meeting with the school directors. A $75 processing fee will be due at the time of submission and all applicants will be notified in writing within 30 days if they have been accepted.
For our Private Pro Tools Virtual Classes, students do not need to apply, but simply register. Registration kits are available for download on the course page of our website.
We're also happy to email over an application or registration kit directly, if you write to us at: email@example.com.
As an independent arts academy, we consider a host of factors including grades from a recent transcript, but do not review academic testing such as SAT scores. 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. Since our classes are very small (8-12 students max), it’s essential that each individual is a team player and can make a positive contribution to the whole.
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 all applicants must be fluent.
Each course page has a pop down menu at the bottom with the program costs. Costs entail tuition plus any educational items provided by the school, as well as additional items students will need to purchase (if not already owned) needed for the course and project work.
MUSIC INDUSTRY JOBS: -Audio Engineering: Recording Engineer, Mixing Engineer, Mastering Engineer, Music Producer -Live Sound: House Engineer, Monitor Engineer, Stage Tech, Instrument Tech, Tour/Road Manager -Voice Overs: Podcasts, Audiobooks, Broadcasting -Post Production: Motion Picture/Film, Television, Commercials, Web -Music Publishing and Licensing -Performance Royalties -Beat Production
GAMING INDUSTRY JOBS -Audio Director -Senior Audio Designer -Sound Designer -Sound Effects Designer -3D (360 degree) Sound Designer (Virtual Reality, Interactive Audio) -Music Composer -Assistant Engineer -Localization Supervisor -Audio Programmer -Audio Tester -Game Tester -Implementation -Sound Editor -Foley Artist -Dialogue Recordist -Dialogue Supervisor
We do not accept federal funding such as student loans (ie: FAFSA) or government related grants and scholarships at this time. We are currently exploring our options for some potential community-based scholarship programs and look forward to offering those when possible in the future.
We currently accept Chapter 31 benefits for veterans.
The general process is to first apply for and be accepted into a program at SRA. From there, a VA (VR&E Division) counselor can determine whether your Chapter 31 benefits will be approved for use. This process with the VA can take as long as 2-3 months, and may be slower during C19, so it's helpful to apply early, and allow ample time to get things processed. It's also important to note that our weekly course hours fall into the VA’s “Less than ½-Time" category. Veterans could possibly not qualify for benefits (such as housing or monthly stipends) while enrolled unless taking additional credits elsewhere. Please discuss benefit eligibility with your VA Counselor for a determination.
SRA offers certificate programs which provide a specialized technical focus, whereas degree programs require a good deal of generalized studies before reaching a major. Certificate programs are a modern day fast track - superseding a decades old collegiate model that doesn't always make sense for today’s technological education. Certificate programs bypass all the unnecessary classes that don't apply, so you can focus entirely on your craft and complete your education in a much shorter time frame. That's music to most creative people's ears.
We do require that students attending in person training (Audio Engineering Level 2) to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 in time for class (past the two week waiting period for full effect after having received the final dose). Students will need to provide proof of vaccination to the school along with their enrollment forms.
SRA will make good faith efforts to provide reasonable religious accommodations to students (for up to two class days per academic year) who have sincerely held religious practices that conflict with a scheduled course or related program activity.