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 2021 (dates TBA). A la carte Pro Tools classes are offered to individuals and small groups and can be scheduled to fit your availability and needs.
Application kits are available for download on each of our program pages. We're happy to email one to you directly, if you write us at: email@example.com. 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.
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 needed for the course such as books and specialized recording/musical gear.
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 are excited to announce that we do now accept VA funding for veterans. Currently, veterans may use their funding for our in-person courses such as Audio Engineering Level 2. As to our virtual courses, we are waiting to hear whether the VA will permit funding for this, and we hope to know more by early 2021.
The general process for veterans is to first apply for and be accepted into the desired program at our school, then contact the VA to request approval for benefits to be used. A VA counselor will be assigned and will ultimately make a determination whether funding is approved. 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.
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 collegiate model created decades ago that doesn't necessarily make sense for today’s field of technology. 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 artists and creative's ears.