1st Cycle Academic Diploma (Bachelor/Undergraduate Level)
Authorized by MIUR, the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research


The Music Technology and Sound Engineering 1st Cycle Academic Diploma is an innovative and up-to-date 3-year Course, targeted to the creation of professionals such as live or recording studio Sound Engineers, Sound Designers and Programmers, tv/radio sound engineers, Midi programmers and music technicians.

A specialization Diploma, a wealth of experience and complete, innovative and avant-garde skills for the training of Sound Technicians, Sound designers and Programmers, for recording studio professionals and in live contexts, on analogue systems and in digital environments (Pro-Tools Hd), experimenting with real recording, mixing and recording sessions. Practical classes are organized in small groups to work individually on microphones, signal manipulation, outboard, mix and post-production techniques, both on analogue counters and on entirely digital domains.

Qualification Validity

The 1st cycle academic diploma issued by Saint Louis is equally valid both in Italy and in Europe, as all qualifications issued by Italian and European Conservatories.
The Course is of EQF level 6 and enhances the student, upon termination, to access Master Level Courses (EQF 7) both in Italy and abroad. To better understand the EQF – European Qualification Framework – for the Italian Higher Education System please visit the website Quadro dei Titoli Italiani.
The Course is ECTS based. Every year is worth 60 ECTS credits, for a total of 180 ECTS credits. To better understand the ECTS – European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System – please visit the dedicated page on the European Commission website.

Breakthroughs and opportunities

At the end of the three-year Course, the graduated student will have the necessary skills and experience for his/her own artistic career.
He/she will be ready to practice the acquired profession or will have the chance to choose to continue his/her studies, attending the further two-year specialization course in Sound Engineering.

Sound Engineering graduated Students willing to continue in specialization Courses of other Departments (ex. Songwriting, Composition, Electronic Music, etc.) will have to sit an Admission Test.


Download the Course Curricula 


COTP06Music theory 1304Music theory 2304
CODM05History of electro-acoustic music 1243History of electro-acoustic music 2243Music History and Historiography305
COME03Music Acoustics546Music spaces acoustics244Music spaces acoustics244
COME03Acoustics of music instruments246Acoustics of music instruments 3246
COTP03Piano Practice324
COME04Audio/video editing and post-production 1309Audio/video editing and post-production 2309Audio/video editing and post-production 2545
COME04Recording 1549Recording 2549Recording 3549
COME04Amplification and PA systems 1549Amplification and PA systems 2458
COME05Music information technology547Sampling and digital sounds elaboration548
COME06Multi-media Programming 1546Multi-media Programming 2548Multi-media Programming 3547
COME02Digital Composition548
CODL/02English Language202
Elective Subjects6Elective Subjects6Elective Subjects6
Final thesis4
total hours1st YEAR356602nd YEAR234603rd YEAR33560




  • 1) Sound Engineering written test, with compulsory questions with open answers, and 2 optional questions with open answers. Patch-bay projecting and test on mathematic behaviour of compressor or expander
  • 2) Sound engineering practical test on the path wiring of the signal in the studio, recording on HD24, HD24 analogic mix with OUTBOARD
  • 3) Music Technology written and practical test
  • 4) Acoustic Physics written test: calculation of the impedance module, nominal equivalent of a two doors passive net (resistances – coils – condensers) and obtainment of the strength absorbed by the circuit (RMS or maximum peak) when supplied by an alternate power supply.
  • 5) Oral test of Acoustic Physics
  • 6) Music Theory knowledge test
  • 7) Technical English knowledge test
  • 8) Interview and discussion with the Examination Board about all carried out tests and possible submission of previous works created by the candidate.







The INTAKES (admissions tests) for International Students are held every year in

The precise dates will be communicated once the interested students apply for the Courses and, in the case of the Pop and Jazz Course, pass the pre-selection phase.

for the 1st Intake runs from December 1st to January 30th every year.
for the 2nd Intake runs from December 1st to April 30th every year.

Therefore the Deadline to send the Application Form and the pre-selection video is either January 30th or April 30th, according to the selected intake. Late applications will be singularly considered, at the Direction’s discretion, on the basis of possible available places and/or renounces.

For further details on the Admission Procedure and to fill in the Admission Web-form, please visit the dedicated web-page:

No payment is needed during the Admission phase.