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If you have a good ear for music and enjoy working with sound technologies, audio engineering could be an excellent career path for you.

In this program, the only one of its kind in eastern Washington, you'll learn how to record, edit and mix music and sound using the latest digital technologies. The program explores digital audio production, analog and digital recording, live sound engineering, sound design and other areas of the field. You'll study studio recording and live-sound techniques, acoustics, microphones, mixing boards, signal processing and digital audio software.

Whether you want to record and produce music for radio, television, motion pictures and video games—or run PA systems for concerts, sporting arenas and live theater—this program can prepare you for a variety of exciting entry-level jobs in the music, entertainment and broadcast industries. 

If students are interested in earning a bachelors degree after graduating with an AAS in Audio Engineering, the SFCC Audio program has an articulation agreement with Eastern Washington University's Bachelor of Music Technology and Entrepreneurship program.

1. Graduates of the Audio Engineering program will demonstrate technical proficiency operating audio consoles and signal processing equipment in both recording studio and live sound applications.
2. Graduates of the Audio Engineering program will demonstrate technical proficiency operating digital audio workstations.
3. Graduates of the Audio Engineering program will possess the musical vocabulary necessary to communicate effectively with musicians in a recording studio or live performance context.
4. Upon graduation, Audio Engineering students will have created an electronic portfolio (interactive PDF documents with embedded media examples of their work) showcasing knowledge, skills and abilities acquired in the program for presentation to future employers, peers and colleagues.
 

You and your advisor will use this program map as a starting point in creating your own personal education plan, customized to your needs and goals.

Program Map for Associate in Applied Science - Audio Engineering

Choose program map:

Total Credits: 97 - 99

First Quarter

Couse ID
Course Title
Credits
AUDIO 117
Introduction to Music Technology
4
AUDIO 155
Introduction to Recording
5
MUSC 166
Functional Piano I
2
Choose one from:
AUDIO 116
Music Basics for Audio Professionals
5
MUSC& 141
Music Theory I
5
Total Credits
 
16
 

Second Quarter

Couse ID
Course Title
Credits
AUDIO 113
Live Sound and Location Recording I
3
AUDIO 120
Digital Audio I
4
MUSC 114
Contemporary Harmony
3
MUSC 167
Functional Piano II
2
Choose one from:
MATH 87
Algebra for Math Literacy I
5
MATH 88
Algebra for Math Literacy II
5
MATH 93
Algebra I
5
MATH 94
Algebra II
5
MATH& 107
Math in Society
5
Total Credits
 
17
 

Third Quarter

Couse ID
Course Title
Credits
AUDIO 121
Digital Audio II
4
AUDIO 151
Audio Project I
1
AUDIO 156
Audio Engineering I
4
Choose one from:
AUDIO 159
Business of Music
5
BUS 280
Human Relations in Business
5
MMGT 101
Principles of Management
5
PSYC& 100
General Psychology
5
SOC& 101
Introduction to Sociology
5
Total Credits
 
14
 

Fourth Quarter

Couse ID
Course Title
Credits
AUDIO 213
Live Sound II
4
AUDIO 217
System Setup and Maintenance
3
AUDIO 218
Digital Audio III
5
MUSC 214
Contemporary Harmony II/Songwriting
5
Total Credits
 
17
 

Fifth Quarter

Couse ID
Course Title
Credits
AUDIO 205
MIDI Arranging
5
AUDIO 219
Digital Audio IV
5
AUDIO 255
Audio Engineering II
4
Choose one from:
CMST 227
Intercultural Communication
5
CMST& 101
Introduction to Communication
5
CMST& 210
Interpersonal Communication
5
ENGL& 101
English Composition I
5
Total Credits
 
19
 

Sixth Quarter

Couse ID
Course Title
Credits
AUDIO 206
Scoring for Film and Multi-Media
5
AUDIO 220
Digital Audio V
5
AUDIO 251
Audio Projects II
1
AUDIO 260
Audio Portfolio
1
AUDIO 266
Cooperative Education Seminar
1
AUDIO 267
Cooperative Education Work Experience
1 - 3
Total Credits
 
14 - 16
 

You and your advisor will use the Program Map located on this page to create your own personal education plan, customized to you interests and goals, your starting quarter, your schedule (part-time or full-time), any prior credits you have, and the classes available each quarter.
To see an up-to-date list of required classes for your degree/certificate, click here for AA/AS/DTA degrees , click here for AFA/AAS degrees and certificates.

  • Tuition

  • Resident

    $
    10,022
  • Non-Resident

    $
    12,940
  • International

    $
    23,441
  • Max. Books

    $
    942
  • Max. Course Fees

    $
    378
  • Institutional Fees

    $
    1,588

  • Bonnie Glantz
    Bonnie Glantz
    Dean Visual/Perform Arts
    B.A., Walla Walla College; M.A., University of Northern Iowa
    Bonnie.Glantz@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3339
  • Steve Gamberoni
    Steve Gamberoni
    Music
    B.M., Duquesne University
    Steve.Gamberoni@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3212
  • David Larsen
    David Larsen
    Music
    B.A., Pacific University; M.M., University of Oregon; M.A.T., Western Oregon University
    David.Larsen@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3724
  • Danny McCollim
    Danny McCollim
    Audio Technology
    A.A.S., Spokane Community College; B.M., Berklee College of Music
    Danny.McCollim@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3238
  • Pamela Meyer
    Pamela Meyer
    Adjunct Academic Employee
    Pamela.Meyer@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3741
  • Heather Bellerud
    Heather Bellerud
    Curriculum Advisor
    Heather.Bellerud@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3195

Program start: Fall
Pre-requisites: No
Program length: 6 quarters
Number of students each start: 40
Contact: audioengineering@sfcc.spokane.edu
Applications deadline: Interviews begin in winter


Program Admission Process


The Audio Engineering program is fall quarter entry and admits 40 students. The program is now full for the 2021-22 school year. 

Interviews for the 2022-23 school year begin in in January 2022. Please contact us early to secure your spot so that you’ll be ready to begin the program Fall 2022. This is especially important if you are applying for financial aid.

Our program is an open access program. As long as there are seats in the program and you have completed the admission process, you will be admitted. When student applications exceed program capacity a committee evaluates students on a holistic scoring process that takes into account the following criteria:

  • Musical experience / background
  • Audio engineering and goals
  • Placement in English and math
  • Communication skills (spoken and written)
  • Motivation and goals


These criteria are predictors of student success in the program. For many of our courses, it is beneficial for students to possess some musical background. Similarly, it is beneficial across the curriculum to be a skilled reader (as students must absorb large amounts of complex information through reading). However, no student is excluded from consideration based upon any one criterion.

In order to apply for admission into the program, complete each of the steps listed below. It is essential that you maintain an active email account so that we may provide all information needed in a timely manner.

To apply to the Audio Engineering program, follow these steps:

1. Complete your online application

  • For assistance with admissions, call 509-533-4356

2. Complete your online Bigfoot Orientation 

  • Upon completing the application, you will receive the link 

3. Math & English Placement

  • Find out your placement in math and English
    • Complete the free, online self-directed placement surveys 
    • OR submit high school transcripts if you’ve graduated within the past three years
    • OR submit transcripts from prior college to be used for placement
  • Bring a printed copy of your math/English placement to your interview
  • For assistance with placement surveys email SFCC.NewStudentOrientation@sfcc.spokane.edu 

4. Write your essay

  • In one or two pages (typed or neatly hand-written) answer these questions:
    • What is your personal interest in the Audio Engineering Program at SFCC?
    • What experience do you possess in music and/or audio engineering?
    • What are your future goals?
  • Submit your essay to audioengineering@sfcc.spokane.edu 
  • Bring a printed copy of your essay to your interview

5. Interview with program faculty

  • Contact us at audioengineering@sfcc.spokane.edu to schedule an interview
  • Include your name, student ID, and telephone number
  • You will be notified by email of your interview date and time. It is essential you maintain an ACTIVE EMAIL ACCOUNT. If you do not receive interview information within a week of emailing, please follow up by phone (509-533-3212). It is important to us to get you scheduled.
  • Your interview will be 15 minutes in length. Please arrive 10 minutes early. Applicants must be on time to be considered for admission.
  • Bring to your interview printed copies of your math/English placement and your essay.


In review, here are the steps in order:

1. Complete your college application
2. Complete your Bigfoot Orientation
3. Complete your Placement
4. Write your essay
5. Schedule your Interview

For assistance, you can always reach out to our faculty contact or our Curriculum Advisor. Please see Contact above.

Thank you for your interest in Audio Engineering at Spokane Falls. We look forward to meeting you.

Have a question? Let's hear it.

Steve Gamberoni

Program Lead
steve.gamberoni@sfcc.spokane.edu
509-533-3212

Heather Bellerud

Curriculum Advisor
Heather.Bellerud@sfcc.spokane.edu
509-533-3195
Building 15, Room 106