How to become a A LIVE STUDIO SOUND ENGINEEER

Exclusively designed for international students, the higher education diploma for technical music professions is a collaboration of University of Maine and the European technological institute for musical professions. It runs on a full-time basis from September to May, including technical training, professional culture classes, practical work experience with a company and career guidance and support.

The sound engineering course can be followed during 1 year or 2 years depending on the candidate’s profile.

After a French language preparation course (if necessary), the international student follows the same theoretical and practical courses than the rest of the students of the chosen speciality.

French language preparation course (non-French-speaking students)

The French language preparation course is given by University of Maine. This course aims to enable the students to follow the technical courses in French. A certificate will be given to every participant at the end of the course.

Communication an professional relations

English • Communication • Collaboration with different professionals (Video and Light specialists)

Materials technology

Electroacoustic • Maths • Technics and use of sound engineering materials • welding • technological surveillance

Sound engineering preparation

Acoustic • Professional rules • Case study

Sound engineering application

Assembly and tuning of broadcasting systems • Acoustic measurement

Materials technology

Mixing • Recording • Musical instrument acoustics • Musical culture

Training period in the company and career project

A practical work experience of 4 weeks in a company for the 1-year course, two work placements (4 and 6 weeks) for the 2-year course • Guidance and support to develop the career project in the home country

Admission criteria:

Applicants for the international training courses for technical careers in music must fulfil several criteria:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Not be a French national (except dual nationality) and not live permanently in France
  • Hold at least a Baccalaureate or equivalent foreign diploma
  • Have a minimum A2 level of French (pass the Test de Connaissance du Français or hold a DELF/DILF certificate
  • Have a realistic career project in the home country

Detailed information regarding the application process is available here.

Selection process:

Selection is based on the application pack and especially the student’s career project. It should include:

  • Filled in application form (in French if possible, if not in English).
  • A presentation of your career project and administrative & financial steps already undertaken to carry it out. The candidate may present any document justifying the progress and feasibility of the project (in French or in English).
  • Recommendation letters of local institutions that support your career project
  • A detailed curriculum vitae and a cover letter
  • A translated copy of your school diplomas (English or French) justifying at least an equivalent level of Baccalaureate
  • A certificate of your French level (DELF/DILF or TCF)
  • A proof of your nationality (certified document)
  • A recent photography

Time frame

  • French language preparation course : the length of the preparation course depends on the student’s French level before coming to France. It takes place before the vocational training at Itemm
  • Professional training lasts 9 months (September to May) including practical work experience in companies