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The gaming industry is exploding with opportunities for musicians.

Scoring music isn’t limited to just the film industry anymore, video game music has grown to rival the sophistication and complexity of television and film scores, with new depths of creativity, innovation and a growing fanbase in popular music culture. If composing music is your calling, you can put your talents to use in this exciting and diverse world of technology, and with over 300 gaming companies in the greater Seattle area alone, music is in demand. Our program will teach you how to compose and score music, create sound design and effects, atmosphere and voices for different genres of games as well as the latest technology of interactive media, the multi-billion dollar industry that includes PC, mobile, console and Virtual Reality games. Learn hands-on, with real world scenarios and exercises under the unparalleled guidance of our Game Audio Instructors who are leading-edge professionals in today’s gaming industry.

AVID Pro Tools Software Training and Certification
Middleware (Implementation Tools): Wwise and FMOD
Game Engines: Unity and Unreal
Interactive Audio
Music Composition and Cinematic Scoring
MIDI and Audio Based Integration
Sound Design and Effects
Foley and Field Recording
Character Voiceovers and Dialogue
Creative Mixing, Layering and Editing
Sound to Video Syncing
Advanced Ear Training
Business and Industry Skills
Portfolio Building and Demo Reels
and much more

As an SRA student, you’ll receive a specially curated Professional Tool Kit of recording equipment at no extra cost to tuition – including a brand new Macbook Pro laptop with Pro Tools software and much more, and it’s yours to keep. You’ll learn and grow with these tools throughout our program and graduate with your own working studio set-up in progress.

MacBook Pro Laptop
AVID Pro Tools 12 Software W/ iLok
Middleware: WWise and FMOD
Game Engines: Unity and Unreal
Samson Carbon 49 USB MIDI Keyboard
Focusrite Scarlett Solo Interface
Shure SM57 Microphone
Samson Mic Stand, Clip and XLR Cable
Sennheiser HD 280 Pro Headphones
All Textbooks, Course Materials and Lab Supplies
SRA Hoodie and Coffee Mug

SRA Sound Design for Video Games Course Certificate
AVID Pro Tools User Certification
2 Year Grammy U Membership
Industry Partner Gear Discount Card
Educational Discounts for Pro Software Sound Production Plugin’s

Spring 2018: Our next course will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings, beginning March 13th. Applications are due by Sunday, February 18th.
 
Interested in applying? Please see the next section below to download an application and begin the process. Early applications are always encouraged since space is limited (8 max/class).

Download an SRA ApplicationSpring applications are due by Sunday, February 18th. We may consider applications after the deadline in the event any spots go unconfirmed and become available for release.
 
SRA accepts applications on a “rolling” or first come basis, so classes may become full before application deadlines. The 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.

SRA’s Sound Design for Video Games Program is an academic year (3, 13 week quarters + breaks) with students attending class two half-days (usually Tues/Thurs evenings) each week. Classes run 5:45 to 9 pm with Elective Labs from 9 to 9:45 pm. During this time, students are welcome to stay for additional project time and mentorship. Students can anticipate about 10 hours independent study each week; roughly a 17-20 hour per week commitment between on-site classes, project work and home study. The total program hours are 720.

Previous audio training is not required, however an introductory-level understanding of audio fundamentals is very helpful. Experience playing musical instruments and/or music theory are essential building blocks for this program. Our advice for individuals without any musical background as of yet is to start now, and gain at least one year of dedicated daily practice and then consider applying. Piano is a great foundational instrument. Experiment with composition, play music with other people and most of all have fun!
 
As an independent arts academy, we do not require academic test scores to apply, however, we do consider a host of other factors including grades from a recent transcript. 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.
 
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 international applicants must be fluent.

SRA offers group tours on select Wednesday evenings, this is a great time to see our unique campus, meet instructors and learn more about the programs. Tours begin promptly at 6:30pm and run about 45 minutes. RSVP’s are required for tours, please contact us at 206-623-7272 or by email.
Winter Open House: January 10th from 6-8pm – We’ll have two scheduled tours that evening starting at 6:15pm and 7:15pm. Feel free to stop by for either or any time throughout! Check out the Facebook Event Page here. (RSVP’s not required, but always appreciated)
Winter Tour Nights: February 7th & 14th

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, understand their passions and goals so we can provide thoughtful support and 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.

Please visit our Tuition page for information about rates for each course, as well as payment plan options.

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