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SAE Institute Announces San Francisco Campus

SAE Institute, a leader in audio and multimedia education, will open its sixth campus in the U.S. in San Francisco. This new facility will be located in the heart of the city’s famous SOMA neighborhood and is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2009.

SAE San Francisco will offer the same state-of-the-art facilities and technologies found in all other SAE locations. The design of the two-story, 13,200-square-foot main campus calls for eight control rooms fitted with industry-standard audio consoles and outboard equipment, both analog and digital, connected to four acoustically accurate recording studios. In addition, there will be a dedicated audio post-production studio with full 5.1 surround sound recording, editing and mixing capability, and a full-scale Foley pit for sound effects instruction.

The initial class, an intentionally small group of students, will be able to take SAE’s Audio Technology Program (Diploma), which features curriculum designed to enable students to develop their interests in audio while building their knowledge and skills. SAE states that by the second quarter of 2009, the San Francisco campus will add SAE’s Games Programming Diploma program and its Electronic Music Production Certificate program.

The Audio Technology Program (Diploma) will have a special emphasis on game audio, reflecting the significant presence of major game development companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. “San Francisco is close to Silicon Valley, and has a history of filtering its creative efforts through high technology,” observes Einar Johnson, director of SAE San Francisco. “That’s something we intend to acknowledge in how we integrate ourselves into the media community here. San Francisco also has a great live music scene, and that’s something we intend to support as well.”

“SAE San Francisco represents a landmark in the history of SAE Institute,” states Dr. Tom Misner, president, founder and CEO of SAE Institute, which is headquartered in Oxford, England. “As our sixth campus location in the U.S. and a key member of the SAE global community, it underscores our ongoing commitment to bring the best in media arts and sciences education to the world.”

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