Jacob Christensen, graduate of the University of Washington Certificate in Audio Production program reflects on this hands-on, three-course certificate program.
Every time I do something with the University of Washington, doors open.— Jacob Christensen
When Jacob Christensen started looking for ways to turn his passion for designing film and commercial scores, gaming sound effects, sweetening and all other things fill our ears into a profession, he found the UW Certificate in Audio Production and discovered a path to pursue his dream.
“I was looking for some way to get involved with audio engineering,” Jacob said, “and when I just typed in ‘UW audio engineering’ the certificate program popped up.”
For Jacob, taking the certificate seemed like a natural next step. “It was only a yearlong commitment and it was going to work with my schedule — so it made a lot of sense,” Jacob said. “Why not go down that road and get that awesome skillset?”
Beyond fitting his interests and his schedule, the program fit Jacob’s budget too. “In terms of affordability, the UW was definitely competitive,” he noted. “I could go to a two-year degree, pay a lot
more money at a community college or something, and potentially not even necessarily learn as much as I learned though the UW certificate program.”
Learning from the Pros
So he applied, got accepted and found himself in the classroom learning from people who spend their days practicing what they teach. With this came the opportunity to see behind the scenes, to take an in-depth look at what his instructors were working on and learn from it. “It was great that the instructors from the program were actually doing audio engineering in their real life.”
Not only were his instructors industry professionals, though, they were pros in the field.
Jason recalls, “The first instructor has been a Grammy nominated artist for surround sound, the second instructor runs the audio at the Grammys and the third does more film-based stuff and has won multiple awards for his audio engineering in the field.”