1st Cycle Academic Diploma

First cycle academic diploma courses in Sound Engineering, a complete, innovative and avant-garde wealth of experiences and skills for the formation of Sound Engineers, Sound designers and Programmers.

The study path faces all the techniques used today by music producers , placing each student in front of different work situations, in the studio and in live contexts, allowing the student to work on analogue systems and in digital environments (Pro-Tools HD), experimenting real sessions of recording, mixing and recording production.

In addition to the first cycle degree, Pro Tools 101 , 110 and 200 certificates will be conferred.

Duration 3 years

Frequency Lessons of 50 minutes/weekly or fortnightly

Where Rome

Language Italian/English

It is a limited students number course, open to a maximum of 60 students, coming from pre-academic courses or, in case of places left available, selected through audition.

Professional training course for live and studio sound technicians, 1200 hours of training and practice with the mixer guided by a tutor.

  • Management of the recording studio, from microphone recording to the use of outboards and processors in the box, analog and digital banks, mix and post-production.
  • Live concert management, microphones, digital live mixing, wiring and set-ups, amplification, input and final stages, diffusion systems, Point Source Array and Sub Array, Line Array.
  • Professional use of Pro Tools software and international certification from Avid levels 101,110 and 200.
  • Sampling, Sound Design, Cubase and use of Virtual Instruments, modular and compact synthesizers.
  • Modes of sound wave propagation in an enclosed space, whether it is the limited one of a musical instrument, or a larger enclosed environment, where problems of soundproofing and internal soundproofing, electroacoustic instruments (Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer and clavinet) are faced, mechanical and electrical operation of transducers (microphones and loudspeakers), physical modeling of an acoustic instrument

At the end of the three-year first cycle academic courses, the student can continue the specialization studies in the following the two-year second cycle academic diploma (aut. Mur) of Mix & Mastering, Live Sound e Music Production.

  • artist and band leader of original projects
  • bassist for live performance and recording session
  • arranger for small and medium ensembles
  • produttore musicale
  • music author for sonorizations and music applied to images

Matteo Balani

Elio Rivagli

Roberta Montanari

Michele Braga



Saint Louis is an authorized center Avid Pro Tools for the issue of international “Pro Tools User” certificates.

The students who attend the first cycle academic diploma course in Sound Technician take the exams directly to obtain thecertifications: Pro Tools 101, Pro Tools 110 e Pro Tools 200.

Personalization of own study path choosing from over 200 different courses from the various departments of St. Louis, a unique opportunity to expand the own skills and build a future as a professional, able to operate in multiple sectors of Music Business.

  • Popular Music Department: Music Management courses, choir writing and arrangement, Black Music, Neo-Soul, Writing and arrangement for pop orchestras, Digital Marketing, Konnakol, Ethnic Music, Creative Writing.
  • Jazz Department: Jazz improvisation courses, jazz harmony studies, jazz arrangement for rhythm section and 5 horns, arrangement for big band.
  • Composition and Applied Music Department: Courses in music for images, music for video games, music for films, sonorization of commercials, orchestration, traditional harmony studies, contrapuntal techniques.
  • Electronic Music Department: Electronic music courses, Live Electronics, Ableton, Reaktor, Max for live
  • Sound Engineering Department: Microphoneing courses, mixing management, home studio management and Mastering

Since 2012 Saint Louis has participated in the Erasmus + program, which offers the possibility to every student of Academic level to live periods of mobility in other European and Extra-European Higher Education Institutes for study or internship projects.

Each student can therefore benefit of a maximum of 12 months of study or internship abroad for each study cycle (12 months max in the three-year first cycle, 12 months max in the two-year second cycle of academic studies), choosing one’s destination among a wide and excellent offer of foreign partners that Saint Louis has established and consolidated over time.

  • Special International Projects: European Jazz Contest, Italian Jazz on the Road, Italian Jazz C.R.E.A”, Minus One – Italian Jazz on the Road to… Tbilisi, Body Sound DiVision

Mandatory attendance to the minimum extent of the 80% of the lessons.

  • FULL-TIME ATTENDANCE: Classes are mostly held with fortnightly cadence, organized in alternate weeks, with the exception of the instrument / singing lesson which can be organized at the student’s choice on a weekly or fortnightly basis. About 300 hours of classes per year.
  • PART-TIME ATTENDANCE: Students who, for work or distance reasons, are unable to attend all the lessons provided for in the study plan can personalize their own study plan choosing how many subjects to attend from year to year. Part-time attendance implies a probable extension of the course of study beyond 3 years.

  1. Consult the study plan and admission tests: Check that your self-preparation is in line with the skills required for the individual tests by clicking below on Admission tests and study plan
  2. Fill out the application form:It is possible to submit an application for participation at the admission exam to I and II cycle academic courses from the 3rd of February to the 30th of April. Applications submitted subsequently may be considered only on the basis of the places remaining available.
  3. Wait for the call and take the admission tests: The admission exam to the three-year first cycle of academic courses is divided into several tests, aimed at verifying the candidate’s personal skills and which exactly reflect the contents of the entire pre-academic path of Saint Louis.




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