Students strike the right note

Built from scratch, the SAE Institute, Dubai, came up last year and in just three months opened with 50 students. Offering a Diploma course, that takes one year full time, it also gives one the option to continue for a further year, to complete a Degree.

By Andi M (Contributor)

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Published: Thu 27 Jul 2006, 1:41 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 4:41 PM

SAE conducts these courses in three different streams; Audio Engineering, Film and Animation. At present the number has risen to 120 students on board full time.

Jason from SAE says, "The new course in Electronic Music Production, added to the current curriculum, should give us an intake of another 130 students". Jason has over 17 years experience utilising his skills for festivals and recording with names like Violent Fems and Jack Johnson. He works mainly on the standard rock sound, using Pro Tools, a programme used at the Institute.

Other programmes used for Audio include Reason, Cubase, Logic, Ableton Live and Native Instruments all of which will be available to students taking the courses. The registration for the course which starts in October is open now. For a part time course of six months duration in Electronic Music Production, the cost is Dhs12,000 including registration.

However no overseas students may register for these part time courses due to Visa requirements. For more details go online

Opening a branch in Kuwait as we speak will take SAE to 48 Institutes globally. Jason, who manages the Dubai College, told us about the plans for the future. "Even more recording studios for Audio and Visual, a Radio Station, are in there as well", he said as he showed me a huge space being developed to increase the overall size and expansion.

Taking an interest in this course is our local talent, AfroBoogie, already a hot DJ/producer who will soon become a lecturer, helping students understand production from a club like point of view. Also part of the teaching staff will be David Newsum, from the popular Conception night held at the Apartment and presenter of his own show on DUBAI 92. Plans are set already for David to advertise on the radio.

"Our teaching aim has always been to provide solid theoretical lectures in conjunction with practical experience, using our extensive range of equipment," says Tom Misner, President, SAE Institute.

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