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The SAE Institute today announced that it will open its newest campus in the U.S. in San Francisco, CA. This new facility, which will be located in the heart of the city's famous SOMA neighborhood, will mark the sixth SAE campus in the U.S. SAE San Francisco is scheduled to open in Q1 2009.

SAE San Francisco will enjoy the same kind of state-of-the-art facilities and technologies from which all SAE locations benefit. 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 famous Audio Technology Program (Diploma), which features curriculum designed to enable students to develop their interests in audio while building their knowledge and skill; furthermore, by Q2 2009 the San Francisco campus will add SAE's well-regarded Games Programming Diploma program and its groundbreaking Electronic Music Production Certificate program. As it has with its other campuses in the U.S. and around the world, SAE San Francisco is intentionally adapted to the local media culture. For instance, the Audio Technology Program (Diploma) will have a special emphasis on game audio, reflecting the significant presence of major game development companies in the 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." Stated Dr. Tom Misner, President, Founder and CEO of SAE Institute, "SAE San Francisco represents a landmark in the history of SAE Institute. 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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