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Audio Engineering

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.

You and your advisor will use this program map as a starting point in creating your own personal education plan, customized to your needs. We meet you where you are and help you reach your goals.

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Total Credits: 97 - 99

First Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
AUDIO 117
Introduction to Music Technology
4
AUDIO 155
Introduction to Recording
5
MUSC 166
Functional Piano I
2
Choose 1 course from:
AUDIO 116
Music Basics for Audio Professionals
5
MUSC& 141
Music Theory I
5
Total Credits
 
16
 

Second Quarter

Course 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 1 course 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

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
AUDIO 121
Digital Audio II
4
AUDIO 151
Audio Project I
1
AUDIO 156
Audio Engineering I
4
Choose 1 course 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

Course 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

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
AUDIO 205
MIDI Arranging
5
AUDIO 219
Digital Audio IV
5
AUDIO 255
Audio Engineering II
4
Choose 1 course 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

Course 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 a personal education plan customized to your interests and goals, your start quarter, full- or part-time status, any prior credits you have, and the classes available each quarter.

For an up-to-date list of all classes that satisfy the requirements for your degree or certificate, click here, then select the specific degree or certificate you are pursuing.

  • Tuition

  • Resident

    $
    10,022
  • Non-Resident

    $
    12,940
  • International

    $
    23,441
  • Max. Books

    $
    942
  • Max. Course Fees

    $
    378
  • Institutional Fees

    $
    1,588

These dollar amounts reflect the total cost of completing the program. More details
All dollar figures appearing below reflect the total cost of completing the program described by the Typical Student Schedule located on this web page, which are for the current graduation requirements of this program. Exact totals may vary depending on the catalog requirements you are following, if you have transferred in courses, or if you have been granted substitutions.

Tuition, program fees, and course fees are for the current academic year, as approved by the Community Colleges of Spokane Board of Trustees. Tuition and fees are subject to change by the Washington State Legislature and/or the Community Colleges of Spokane Board of Trustees.

Resident tuition is what Washington residents pay. Non-Resident tuition is what out-of-state students pay. International tuition is what out-of-country students pay. For clarification on residency, see Determining your Residency Status.

Avg. Books & Supplies: $942 for an academic year.
The cost for books and course-related material is an estimate based on the Washington Financial Aid Association’s annual student budget. The actual cost of textbooks and course-related supplies can vary widely depending on your program of study and the options you have for obtaining textbooks and other course material.

Program Fees are one-time costs required for the program that are not included in course fees or in tuition. These fees include things like tools, equipment, and uniforms. Only a few programs have program fees.

Max. Course Fees cover the cost of special equipment and materials needed to complete coursework. These fees are not included in tuition. Not all courses have fees and the actual costs that a student pays will vary depending on the courses taken.

Institutional Fees cover a variety of services for students, such as class registration, technology support, health clinic services, bus passes, and more. Most of these fees are instituted after a vote by the student body.

  • Heather Bellerud
    Heather Bellerud
    Vpa Pathway Specialist
    Heather.Bellerud@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3195

  • Steve Gamberoni
    Steve Gamberoni
    Music
    B.M., Duquesne University
    Steve.Gamberoni@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3212
  • 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
  • David Larsen
    David Larsen
    Music
    B.A., Pacific University; M.M., University of Oregon; M.A.T., Western Oregon University; Ph.D., Washington State 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

Hey Steve, I wanted to let you know that I got hired at KSPS as a videographer/editor/audio mixer and just finished working my first week. I will be helping KSPS with all their shows, online videos, and their Inland Session productions which feature live performances from local bands.

Thank you for your work as an instructor, the audio engineering program really helped me connect to the Spokane community and find a really exciting career.

Neil Vanos
12/4/2021

Hi there, Steve! I wanted to let you know that I opened up a recording studio very close to the falls right off of Northwest Blvd. next to Resurrection Records. We opened on the first of April and we're working on many livestreaming shows and events. My life has become livestreaming since September and it led to opening a space! It is a more community-minded recording space, where we offer studio monthly memberships for people to come in and use the space. We are looking for people who might be interested in being a part of the studio. We don't have any jobs, but if you have any students who may be interested, I'd appreciate it if you just let them know who we are!

I'm doing what I love every day, and it feels great. Thanks for helping me achieve that goal.

Norman Robbins
5/11/2021

Hey Steve, I wanted to update you about what's going on. I went from The Falls to The Evergreen State College in Olympia to study Business and diversify my education a bit to get my Bachelors degree. Evergreen was kind enough to take ALL of my technical credits I earned at The Falls, so I'll be wrapping up my degree in March 2021. It's been a great deal.

I decided to study business as I believe they are extremely transferable skills, not because I wanted to go into business. My passion is and always has been in audio, and more recently audio design for games. So since graduating from the audio program I've put all my free time and energy into it. Evergreen allows you to craft your own course essentially, so I put together a two quarter long, student originated study course focusing on sound design for game implementation. In short, I'm studying how sound is used as a storytelling and player feedback device. I practice doing sound design to clips from modern games, kinda like we did with Agent Zero. I'd say that that's where my passion for sound design really got its start and when I realized that this is something I can actually be paid to do.

I wanted to share with you that in January I'll be starting a contract with Gearbox Software, a well established video game development company in Frisco, Texas. They are known best for their Borderlands series. The position is remote and I'll be working from home here in Spokane. I'll be handling source recording editing, VO editing and sound design tasks on an upcoming unannounced project. It's all very exciting. My contract will most likely be extended if all goes well and there's a good chance I'll be hired on full-time, so I'm told.

It all came about from sheer networking. I knew someone who knew someone who knew someone who knew someone. It's something you guys all told us at the Falls, but it was truly fascinating to see it all play out. I just kept talking and sharing my work.

Anyways, I thought I'd give you my thanks for being an incredible teacher and really allowing me to prove myself in the audio program at SFCC. I wouldn't be where I am now if it weren't for you guys.

Jayden Sabins
12/8/2020

Pre-requisites: No
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

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