As a result of the education reforms of the late 1980s, Australian educational institutions that traditionally offered vocational-level courses began to gain accreditation to deliver degree-level programmes, resulting in the assimilation of vocational and academic-based courses that facilitated rapid growth within the private sector. There is little published information available however, detailing how effectively private colleges that offer audio engineering and sound production qualifications in Australia (specifically Sydney) have adapted to this shift. A questionnaire consisting of 27 long answer questions was therefore administered to staff across all three private audio engineering providers in Sydney, designed to investigate if there is a cultural divide between academic and vocational cultures as the literature suggests. There appeared to be a strong correlation between the literature and the state of current audio engineering education as reported by the respondents in regards to: cultural divisions between academic and vocational cultures, attitudes towards different aspects of vocational and academic practice and processes, and opinions of staff at these institutions towards the current state of audio education.
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