Platt Academy

Catalog- 2017

Issue A1

Publishing Date: January 1, 2017

Address and Communications

Platt Academy OFFICE:

1975 LaCorso Court

Walnut Creek, California


(510) 984 0018


Platt Academy awards a Certificate upon graduation for each of our programs and courses. We do not provide college credits.
Platt Academy provides personal fulfillment education, and as such does not imply job placement, a job, or job assistance for graduates.
Platt Academy is a new institution, and is not accredited at this time. We do not have an ability to help obtain a government student loan.
All prospective and enrolled students should read this Catalog for factual information regarding Platt Academy. All content is subject to change without notice.

The Philosophy

Platt Academy is committed to providing our students with the basic “tools”, expectations, and knowledge of media subjects we teach, in an effort of enabling our students to determine the direction of their future, and as such, propel themselves into satisfying careers going forward. We heartily believe in our mission to provide highly effective, efficient, and fairly priced education programs.

Non-discrimination Policy

Platt Academy is an educational institutions that admit qualified students without regard to sex, age, race, national origin or handicap and afford them all rights, privileges, programs and other opportunities generally available to students at Platt Academy. Platt Academy does not discriminate on the basis of sex, age, race, color, national origin or handicap in admissions, employment services, or access to its programs and activities.

Administration Office

The Administration Office is responsible for documenting student activity and student status while at Platt Academy, as well as permanent record storage and retrieval after withdrawal or graduation. These responsibilities include but are not limited to registration, keeping a master list(s) of students, maintaining confidential student files, transcripts, recording and collecting grades, attendance records, student status tracking and verification, issuing student identification cards, schedule changes, withdrawal requests and verifying graduation requirements. Students may request assistance from the Administration Office by telephone or on an appointment or walk-in basis during administrative office hours.

Class Size

Platt Academy class size is limited to 12. Lab sizes are limited to 6, therefore a class size of 12 will mean two labs of 6 students each for the program. We reserve the right to rebalance labs if it is in the best interest of the students.

Resource Center

The Resource Center/Classroom/Lab functions as the school’s library/resource center. Students will have access to on-line resources, trade magazines, journals, audio and multimedia books, equipment manuals, and textbooks used by Platt Academy . The resource center is open during school hours.

Hours of Operation

Platt Academy normal hours of operation are Tuesday evenings 6pm until 10pm, Thursday evenings 6pm until 10pm, and Saturday from 10am until 7pm. Any additional or changed lab or class hours will be notified to the student via email or phone.

Administrative offices are open from 9:00am to 5:30pm Monday through Friday. Students having business with the administrative staff are requested to schedule an appointment, if possible.

Smoking Policy

PLATT ACADEMY is a SMOKE FREE facility. Tobacco smoking is not allowed anywhere in the building at any time. Students who smoke must do so in designated areas and are required to be sure that all cigarettes are properly extinguished and placed in the ashtrays provided.

Drug Free Workplace and School

Platt Academy forbids the use, possession, distribution or sale of drugs or alcohol by students, faculty, or staff anywhere within the school facilities or on campus grounds during class and labs. Anyone in violation of state, federal, or other local regulations, with respect to illegal drugs or alcohol, may be subject to both school disciplinary action and criminal prosecution.

Institution Security

Platt Academy does not keep a record of campus crime statistics.; however, the school Director can discuss any safety concerns with students or parents. Platt Academy endeavors to keep our students safe, and reserve the right to video capture, and monitor various areas of the building with cameras.

Cell Phone Policy

The use of cell phones or pagers is prohibited during class hours. Please turn off all such devices while in class and/or lab sessions.

Lost and Found

Lost items will be kept in the Directors Office. Any found item should be turned in to an Platt Academy staff member.

Photography and Videotaping

Photography or video taping within the facilities is permitted only with expressed permission of the Director. Audio taping of class lectures may be allowed with expressed permission of the class’ instructor and/ or Director.

School Tours

PLATT ACADEMY is proud of our campus, and we welcome the opportunity to introduce you to the world of PLATT ACADEMY through one of our short tours. Students are strongly encouraged to tour the PLATT ACADEMY campus prior to completing the Enrollment Agreement. Please contact PLATT ACADEMY to arrange an individual appointment.

Bad Weather Policy and Emergency Procedures

If an emergency of any type occurs while PLATT ACADEMY is open and an evacuation of the school is indicated, please stay calm and follow the directions of the faculty and staff and immediately leave the school premises. Do not stop to collect personal belongings or complete activities. Faculty and staff will monitor the situation to ensure that any such process is handled in a calm and safe manner.

Requirements for Admission

In order to be admitted into any program, prospective students must: • Be a United States Citizen or Permanent Resident OR obtain the

appropriate International student visa;;
• Be at least 16 years of age for the Program;

• Possess English proficiency;
• Accept an in- person, telephonic, or email interview with the Director
• Fill out the Application for Enrollment
• Remit payment of the non-refundable registration fee. (Fee is applied to
program cost when payment for class is received.) • Pay for the program

Entrance Evaluation

Platt Academy requires all applicants to  complete an assessment interview by phone, in person, or via email.  We want to know your expectations, experiences, and your strengths.  This is only so we can provide the program more tailored to your personal needs.

There is no fee to take the Entrance Assessment.

Learning Differences

Students who have a learning difference that may adversely impact their class and/or academic performance should discuss them with the Director prior to enrollment so that any necessary and reasonable arrangements can be made. Such students will meet with the Director and program Instructor at the beginning of the program to arrange an appropriate plan to facilitate any special needs or requirements

Student Records

Student Records contain the institutional information of each individual who entered enrollment at the PLATT ACADEMY campus. PLATT ACADEMY maintains a permanent copy of Student Records on site for a minimum period of five years. Included within the Student Records is information directly related to the student, such as the admission application, enrollment agreement, attendance, placement data and transcript.

In accordance with the privacy acts, third parties such as PLATT ACADEMY administrative staff (Director, Student Advisor, Registrar, Corporate Officers) or other oversight agency members (state licensing boards, accrediting agency (when in place), appropriate federal agencies) will have access to files. These files are complete and permanent records for each student and are confidential. Students may have access to their own educational records and are allowed to see original records upon request to the Administration Office. No original records may be removed from the files or the Administration Office.

It is the policy of the school to monitor and review student progress on an individual student basis.  We do not administer traditional  testing during class, guest lecturer, or lab time.  Tests are taken at the discretion of the student for the benefit of accessing their own progress and understanding of material presented.  We strongly suggest every student take our tests, but we do not require them.

Students who are still legal dependents (dependent on the Internal Revenue Service form) should be aware that parents or legal guardians may sign a “Parental Affidavit For Academic Information” to receive record information from the school. In all other cases, records and related information will only be released with the written permission of the student.

Transcript Requests

Students may obtain a permanent transcript of and assessments or test grades from the Administration Office. There is no charge for the first copy. Additional copies are $5.00. All requests for transcripts must be in writing and include name, social security number, and signature. Only students who have cleared all balances will be eligible to receive a transcript.

Educational records will not be released to students until all financial obligations are met. Students have the right only to inspect and review their records if they have pending financial obligations.

Identification Card

Identification Cards will be issued at the beginning of each program. PLATT ACADEMY requires that all students have an Identification Card. In the event of a lost or damaged ID, a duplicate can be issued. In such a case the student will be charged $5.00 as a replacement fee. ID’s are valid for the duration of the student’s enrollment at PLATT ACADEMY. Students who need to use equipment in the classrooms or studios outside of regular class times may be required to show a valid student ID. In addition, all students may be asked to show their PLATT ACADEMY ID upon entry into the building.

Enrollment Agreement

All students are required to sign a contract, which constitutes an “Enrollment Agreement” between the school and the student. This is intended to protect the student and provide specific disclosure information such as the total cost of the program, refund information (in the event of withdrawal from the school) and total length of the chosen program. Students should retain a copy of the enrollment agreement in their personal files. In the event that a student withdraws and re-enrolls or changes status, a new contract will be signed.

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 is implemented at PLATT ACADEMY. The Act protects the privacy of educational records, establishes the right of students to inspect and review their educational records, and provides guidelines for the correction of inaccurate and misleading statements.

A student has the right to request amendment of his/her educational record to insure that the record information is accurate and not misleading or in violation of a student’s rights.

A written request must be submitted to the Registrar stating the reason the student wants to amend his/her educational record with supporting documents attached to the request.

The Registrar will issue a decision in response to the student’s request. If PLATT ACADEMY decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, PLATT ACADEMY then will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his/her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment (See Complaint/Grievance Procedure). Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.

Students have the right to file a complaint with PLATT ACADEMY and with the United States Department of Education or the state authorizing/licensing agency concerning the alleged failures by PLATT ACADEMY to comply with the requirements of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act. The school’s administrative staff should first address complaints. Unresolved complaints may then be directed to the Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, in Washington, D.C.

Withdrawal Procedure

Withdrawal from any program must be done through the Administration Office. If a student wishes to withdraw from a program, he or she must officially withdraw in writing via US Postal service mail, or email from the student's email address on file with the school.  As stated in the Refund Policy, the Refund Calculation will be completed using the student’s last day of physical attendance.

Disciplinary Offenses

Students are expected to conduct themselves courteously and professionally at all times and are expected to maintain high standards of conduct and honesty. Conduct considered harmful to, or interfering with the rights of others or to the reputation of PLATT ACADEMY,  will not be tolerated.

PLATT ACADEMY reserves the right to dismiss, suspend or place on probation a student whose behavior is in violation of the school’s code of conduct or harassment policies. Reasons for such action shall include, but not be limited to the following:

Conduct dangerous to others;

Any act of hazing in any form; • Disorderly conduct;

Obstruction of, or interference with, PLATT ACADEMY activities or facilities;

Any unauthorized occupancy of PLATT ACADEMY facilities;

Interference with the right of any faculty or staff to gain access to any PLATT

ACADEMY event or facility;

• Any obstruction or delay of any PLATT ACADEMY official in the performance of his/her duty;

Failure to cooperate with PLATT ACADEMY staff or faculty;

Misuse of or damage to property, or any act of theft; misappropriation or sale of PLATT ACADEMY property;

Alteration, or unauthorized use, of PLATT ACADEMY documents, forms, records or identification cards;

Violation of any signed waiver or agreement with PLATT ACADEMY;

Any possession or use of firearms and other dangerous weapons or explosives and flammable materials;

Any use and/or possession of alcoholic beverages on PLATT ACADEMY property;

Any unlawful possession or use of any drug or controlled substance or any PLATT ACADEMY campus or PLATT ACADEMY event;

Any sale or distribution of any such drug or controlled substance on any PLATT ACADEMY campus or PLATT ACADEMY event;

Sexual harassment of any fellow students, faculty, or staff of PLATT ACADEMY;

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty;

Clothing with pictures or language denoting violence, prejudicial biases, sexual acts or other inappropriate depictions or suggestions;

Violations of state and/or federal laws;

Any documented offense or series of offenses deemed by the Director as serious, that threaten to disrupt the education of other students or PLATT ACADEMY business;

Aiding and abetting others in any of the foregoing offenses.

Disciplinary action may be taken against a student for violations of the foregoing regulations which occur on PLATT ACADEMY owned, leased, or other- wise controlled property, or which occur off campus when the conduct impairs, interferes with or obstructs any PLATT ACADEMY activity or the missions, processes, and functions of PLATT ACADEMY. In addition, disciplinary action may be taken on the basis of any conduct, on or off campus, which poses a substantial threat to persons or property within the PLATT ACADEMY community. PLATT ACADEMY will impose disciplinary sanctions on students and employees consistent with PLATT ACADEMY policy and local, state, and federal laws.

A student dismissed or suspended is entitled to due process in the form of a hearing (see Student Complaints and Grievance Procedure).

Policy Regarding Harassment

Verbal or physical conduct by any employee, faculty member, or student that harasses, disrupts, or interferes with another’s performance or that creates an intimidating, offensive, or hostile environment will not be tolerated. The definition of harassment is not limited to the supervisor-employee or instructor- student relationship: peer harassment should also be reported.

Any employee, instructor, or student has a responsibility to maintain a workplace and classroom environment free of any form of harassment, and has a responsibility to report any behavior of a supervisor, employee, instructor, or fellow student that he or she believes constitutes harassment.

All sexually harassing conduct at PLATT ACADEMY is prohibited. Such conduct includes, but is not limited to, sexual flirtations, touching, advances, or propositions; verbal abuse of a sexual nature; graphic or suggestive comments about an individual’s dress, or body; sexually degrading words to describe an individual; the display of sexually suggestive objects or pictures.

Any person who has a complaint regarding sexual harassment should contact the Director. All complaints of any type of harassment will be investigated promptly, in an impartial and confidential manner. Upon receipt of a written complaint, an in-depth investigation will be conducted. After evaluating the specifics of the investigation, the Director will issue a finding and attempt to resolve the matter. In cases in which a student chooses not to file a formal complaint, PLATT ACADEMY may still take appropriate action while maintaining the complainant’s desire for confidentiality. In all cases, the person making a complaint is to be informed in writing about the findings and conclusions reached regarding the complaint.

Any employee or student who is found, after appropriate investigation, to have engaged in harassment will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action. Sexual harassment constitutes a violation of state or federal law and may be referred to appropriate authorities.

Classroom Conduct

The instructor has the primary responsibility for control over behavior in the classroom and studio and maintenance of educational integrity, and can order the temporary removal or exclusion from the classroom of any student engaged in disruptive behavior or conduct in violation of the general rules and regulations of PLATT ACADEMY. Extended (such as through probation or suspension) or

permanent exclusion (dismissal) from the classroom or school can be affected only through appropriate PLATT ACADEMY procedures. In the case of plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty or misconduct, the instructor, at his/her discretion, has the authority to assign a zero (0) for the exercise or examination.

If the student believes that he/she had been erroneously accused of academic misconduct, and if his/her final grade had been lowered as a result, the student may appeal the case to the Director.

Lab and Class Attendance

We understand that life throws curveballs sometimes, however, It is critical that each class and lab is attended without fail, if possible. This program is designed to efficiently and effectively educate students only if full participation of the student is endeavored. Platt Academy will not provide make-up labs and classes for absentee students, no matter what circumstance. However, if a student provides information in advance of being absent, the student will receive all materials provided for the class.

Please arrive for class or lab at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled beginning so you are prepared fully, and have had a moment to settle into your environment. Get strapped in to launch your rockets.

Student Disciplinary Actions

Dismissal is the immediate and involuntary loss of the right to attend classes or be present on school premises. Students will be withdrawn effective the date of action and the permanent file will reflect the dismissal from the institution. Suspension is the temporary loss of the right to attend classes or be present on school premises. Suspension shall not exceed 1 class days Students who are suspended will be expected to make up all course work and projects upon return to the school. Disciplinary probation is a formal warning to the student to correct behavior. The Director (or designee), depending upon the specific incidents and situation, will determine if dismissal is warranted, or the length of a suspension or probation. If the student is dismissed from the school, the student may be readmitted after careful review by the Director. Disciplinary action may be appealed through the complaint procedure.

Appealing Disciplinary Actions

A student may appeal any decision in writing. In the event of a formal appeal the Director may reconsider his/her decision if new evidence is introduced. If the decision stands, the student may request a hearing consisting of the school Director, a faculty member, and an administrative staff member. Witnesses can be called to the hearing. If after the hearing the outcome remains unchanged, then the decision is deemed to be final.

Student Complaints and Grievances

Situations may arise in which a student believes that he/she has not received fair treatment by a representative of PLATT ACADEMY. A student who wishes to have a complaint addressed by PLATT ACADEMY should first use the following complaint procedure and then utilize the grievance procedure if the complaint procedure proves unsatisfactory. Students are encouraged to seek assistance with this process from an instructor, or another member of faculty and staff, if appropriate.

General Student Complaint Procedure

All students are encouraged to discuss concerns, academic issues or complaints with the PLATT ACADEMY staff and faculty. Problems involving classroom or academic matters should first be discussed directly with the faculty member involved. Questions about non-academic matters should be discussed with an appropriate member of the administration.

Unresolved concerns should be referred in writing to the school Director. The Director will make appropriate inquiries and recommend a resolution as soon as possible and within 14 days of receiving the complaint. When necessary a meeting may be arranged to discuss the situation. This meeting is not a formal hearing. The solution will be considered binding unless the student files a formal grievance according to the grievance procedures outlined previously.

NO FOOD OR DRINK IS ALLOWED IN ANY CLASS ROOM OR STUDIO. If any food or drink is found in a studio during a session, the session will be immediately terminated. There will be no exceptions to this policy.

Studio Lab Procedures

Students will be responsible for the condition of the lab and studios that they use. When a student has completed the lab session, the studio must be broken down and cleaned. This includes “zeroing the console”, removing extraneous audio devices, removing all trash, putting away manuals, etc. Students must allocate at least 15 minutes for break- down and cleanup at the conclusion of each session to allow for the prompt start of the next session.

Open Area

Our front room, or “open area” is for students, clients, staff and guests. Please be courteous and respectful to everyone, and, be sure to clean up after a game of pool, or some such fun is engaged in. Keep the TV sound down, and conversation to a level that isn’t a party, such as yelling at each other for fun.

Equipment and Materials

All equipment at PLATT ACADEMY is monitored and maintained by the PLATT ACADEMY staff. Students must not attempt to repair the equipment. Any problems must be reported to the supervisor/teacher and written up using the Studio Trouble Reports, which are located in all studios and lab areas. In addition, students must not rewire any equipment. If any equipment, such as keyboards, audio machines, or outboard equipment, needs to be moved between the studio, classroom/lab, it must be done by the supervisor on duty.

All media required for programs and courses will be provided by PLATT ACADEMY and the cost is included in the tuition. If a student wishes to work on extra projects, additional media (over and above that supplied by the school) may be purchased at the school. Stock supplies are not maintained on campus, so such requests should be made in advance. Students may NOT remove any computer drives or “tapes” supplied by PLATT ACADEMY from the premises. All projects recorded at PLATT ACADEMY may only be used for demonstration or reference and may not be used for commercial purposes, unless authorized by the Director in advance. Lab projects are for educational purposes only. PLATT ACADEMY may use any recorded project for educational or promotional purposes.


Certain audio labs may require hands-on manipulation of wiring with electronic boards and making/repairing of audio cable. Whether working on school or personal projects, the wearing of safety glasses is required.


Each lab has a copy of the appropriate manual(s). If a manual is not in the lab area, ask a Lab Supervisor. Manuals may not be removed from their location or the PLATT ACADEMY premises at any time.


When necessary, students may bring in their own musical instruments. PLATT ACADEMY does not provide any storage for students’ instruments and is not responsible or insured for this equipment. Any equipment connected to PLATT ACADEMY equipment must be done so in the presence of the Lab Supervisor on duty. PLATT ACADEMY does not supply musical instruments for sessions and does not provide musicians for studio projects.

Computers, Servers, Workstations

It is very important to remember that computers are machines and can, do, and WILL fail from time to time. Files may be erased at any time. Pay close attention to file management and proper saving procedures when working on computers. Lab Supervisors will remove all projects from the school’s computers that are not properly saved. Students should regularly save work not only to the local computer’s hard drive, but also to a removable storage medium, such as a USB memory cart/stick. Local hard drives on PLATT ACADEMY computers and workstations are for temporary storage only.

Microphones, Headphone Systems, Cables and Equipment

All microphones and headphones at PLATT ACADEMY are locked in the school’s mic closet. The supervisory staff will sign out all equipment with the students. Once accepting and signing for the microphone(s), the student is responsible for the microphone(s), including the cost of repair or replacement if damaged, until the Lab Supervisor on duty signs them back into the closet.

Guest Musician Policy

We reserve the right to require guests of musicians to present an acceptable ID for verification of themselves, and identify the members, or member, of the musicians in session whom they are guests of. Acceptable IDs include only government-issued identification, such as Driver’s Licenses, State IDs, or Passports. A Social Security Card may be accepted along with another picture ID. No other types of IDs will be accepted. If a guest does not possess the proper type of identification, the guest will not be allowed entry to PLATT ACADEMY facilities.

Musicians accompanying students to practical sessions must comply with all rules and regulations of PLATT ACADEMY. The student is responsible for all equipment and fixtures during practical sessions. In all cases only PLATT ACADEMY students are allowed to operate equipment. The student is also responsible for the actions of musicians that may result in theft of or damage to equipment.

PLATT ACADEMY is not liable for the theft of or damage to any student’s or guest musician’s personal equipment.

Reserving Studio Time for Projects Outside of Class

To reserve studio time, other than class and lab sessions, please contact the Director, who will put you in communication with the Studio Manager. We provide a price rate break for students and graduates of Platt Academy.

California Grievance Procedure

A student may file a formal written notice of grievance with the Director within two weeks if dissatisfied with all prior attempts at resolution. The Director will investigate including any documents and necessary interviews to resolve the issue and ensure the matters detailed in the complaint will not occur in the future. Students that believe that they have a complaint beyond the procedures outlined above may contact the state licensing agency. PLATT ACADEMY students may direct their complaint to:
Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education 1625 North Market Blvd. Suite S202 Sacramento, CA 95834

Supplements to the Catalog

Any revisions to the PLATT ACADEMY catalog will be attached using supplements reflecting campus specific information along with any recent changes or updates not available at the time of publication. The supplement will bear the publication date and volume number of the corresponding catalogs.

Tuition Payment Options

Tuition for the Sound Program 1 is $2499.
Tuition includes all materials for the Sound Program 1 (Other programs may not include all materials)

Examples of tuition refunds:

1) Tuition paid fully in advance, materials received, Audio Program, student withdrawals after completing 6 hours of the 72 HOUR program hours. $2499 (tuition paid) x 6 complete hours) / 72 (total hours) = $2,290.76  ( 6 HOURS used = $208.24 ,

$2499 - 208.24 =  $2,290.76 refund)

EXAMPLE TWO    (Important, pertains to California State law)
2) Tuition paid fully in advance, student completes 65%, or 47 hours of the Audio Program. No refund is calculated or offered. (As per California regulations, if the student withdraws after 60% of the program is received, no refund is calculated.)

Notice of cancellation or withdrawal must be made in writing. Refunds will be made within 30 days after receipt of notice of cancellation. The failure of the student to immediately notify the school Director in writing of the student’s intent to withdraw may delay a refund of tuition to the student.

All refunds will be issued to enrolled student regardless of how tuition was paid.

A non-refundable Registration Fee of $25 is assessed upon enrollment if payment is not made in full at the time of enrollment. This fee is applied to the cost of the program when the program payment is made in full.

Tuition payment is due on or before the first class meeting. All fees are listed in the catalog and enrollment agreement. Non-credit class tuition is the same as tuition for a Diploma-seeking student. All charges (tuition and books) are itemized and disclosed as a total balance in this Catalog and the Enrollment Agreement. Tuition may be paid by check, cashiers check, money order, bank transfer, Mastercard, or Visa. Fees and costs are subject to change without notice.


We currently do not offer tuition assistance.
We do not provide any Veteran Administration benefits.

72 CLOCK HOURS – Certificate

This program meets three times per week:

Tuesdays 7pm until 10pm – This class is dedicated to teaching students subjects in a highly efficient and effective way. Each class on Tuesdays provides a high saturation of pertinent information required to operate effectively in the next upcoming lab that week.

Thursdays 7pm until 10pm – This class features a seasoned professional speaker in an effort to provide students with a real-world viewpoint from someone in the field, have their burning questions answered, and make a new connection for their network.

Saturday 10am until 1pm / 2pm until 5pm – LAB. This is where students experience the teachings and techniques they’ve learned about. Students will work hands-on in professional studios, and labs designed to accommodate their needs.

Program Objectives

This program introduces students to the many career opportunities in audio, as well as provide a very solid base of hands-on, tactile experiences related to each career segment. Each class builds on the last by reinforcing previously learned and experienced information in new applications. By providing students with exactly what is needed to tackle almost any audio requirement, and through learning “layers” achieved with each class and lab, graduates of the program can excel into entry-level jobs or seek to achieve a deeper level of education or mentoring in a specific career area before they get started.

Students are encouraged to take a Final Challenge test in the 9th week, but are not obligated to do so.

Audio Production 1

Audio Production 1 is a certificate course designed to introduce the student to careers in Audio.    Each week offers  new and informative insight into key career aspects of the modern Recording Studio, Live Sound Reinforcement, Movie and Film sound, and Game sound production.  Students will experience each of the key career duties in hands-on labs,  meet industry professionals who work in the various fields, and learn in a very open and motivating class environment with highly trained professional teachers.  We enhance the opportunity of career potential and encourage graduates of the Audio Production 1 course to focus on one of the key career alternatives for further study.

Week 1: We start with a simple concept that almost all audio is based on today.  We'll get right into how mics and speakers work, signal flow,  the audio console, and interfacing with the equipment.  Lab will have each student bringing audio through the console and recording it onto a DAW - Digital Audio Worksta(Protools).

Week 2: In Week Two, students receive knowledge about running a recording session, how to operate the Digital Audio Workstation (Protools), mic technique, studio etiquette, even more console signal flow.  Our guest for the week will discuss working in a studio professionally.  Labs are designed to provide student experience by recording a simple session in the Studio.

Week 3:  Students learn how effects processors work and what they do. There are "time based" effects and "dynamic based" effects.  Students are presented how compression/limiting /gating/expansion is used,  the parameters of EQ,  how delay and modulation is used to created amazing effects.  Our guest will discuss how they use effects  processors in a professional setting.  Lab will provide individual student experimentation with effects processors.

Week 4: In Week Four we tackle Live Sound Reinforcement.  Class will build on the knowledge base students have learned in Weeks 1 and 2.  Class reveals the secrets of Live Sound, how to operate a PA system, monitors, live sound consoles, rigging, large and small PA systems.  Our guest will provide insight into the Sound Reinforcement career, lab will provide students an opportunity to set-up, operate, and tear-down our small Meyer Sound PA in an artist "simple session" for each student.

Week 5: In Week Five we delve right into Sound for Picture.  Students learn how to create sound effects, place audio, create dialog replacement, and mix audio for video, and expanding their knowledge base.  Our guest will discuss the duties and career opportunities in the Sound for picture field.  in lab students receive a small portion of video to create the audio, then we play each section back to back in class as a comparison study.

Week 6:  In Week Six students learn about the processes and software used in Game Audio.  Students will learn how audio is processed in a game audio engine, triggering and keying, and proper sound effect usage.  Our guest will discuss working in the Game industry, the challenges and opportunities of the sector.  We will contrast and compare what makes a great "audio reel" for demonstration purposes.  In lab, students will place sound effects in a section of a game individually.  Each student then will compare their work with their lab team members.

Week 7: In Week Seven we get into Mixing and Mastering for audio.  Students learn how to go about making a mix and discovering how to balance all of the sounds and instruments together.  Each student will participate individually to obtain their own mix using tracks they have recorded previously.  All mixes will then be played and compared in class.

Week 8:  In Week Eight we explore "Fixing Your Stuff".  Audio engineering is often about trouble-shooting technical challenges, and it is imperative students obtain soldering skills, and, knowledge about how to trouble-shoot basic electronics.  Class covers these important techniques and dealing with maintenance of audio equipment. In lab, students learn to make cables, use a cable tester, and use the studio to continue mixing their projects.


Platt Academy is owned and operated by Gary A. Platt, exclusively


944 Dewing Ave

Suite C

Lafayette, CA 94549


1075 Dwight Way
Berkeley, CA

All prospective and enrolled students should read this Catalog for factual information regarding Platt Academy. All content is subject to change without notice.

This is a Certificate Program, and does not imply or offer any college credit for graduating from the programs or courses offered. All programs and courses are for personal fulfillment only. No offers of jobs, or job placement, is implied or offered.

Any questions a student may have regarding this catalog that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at :
Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
1625 North Market Blvd., Suite S-202
Sacramento, CA 95834
Web site:
Phone: (916) 574-7774
Toll Free: (888) 370-7589

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