HOFA Short Courses

These two-month long online courses offer in-depth looks into fascinating areas of audio engineering to advanced learners and ambitious beginners.

All Short Courses are part of the ultimate
Audio Engineering Education HOFA DIPLOMA ›

Learn Audio Engineering Everywhere

The HOFA Online-Campus gives you access to all your learning content via your computer, tablet and smartphone at any time.

You will be provided with new learning units every month.

Multimedia-based learning: The course contains video tutorials, texts, sound examples, complete studio productions & practical exercises.

Get started straightaway

  • HOFA Short Courses can be completed with all current DAWs such as Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Ableton Live, Studio One etc.
  • Expert knowledge from fascinating areas of music production.
  • Improve your productions in no time with the help of exciting video tutorials.

We are there for you

  • Throughout the course, a team of professional audio engineers will be at your side to provide advice and assistance – by email, chat & phone.
  • Interesting exercises to work on and submit.
  • Detailed analyses of your exercises and individual feedbacks by the HOFA tutors


  • Officially approved and certified education
  • The costs of education might be tax-deductable (depending on your location).
  • Graduates receive a certificate for each short course.

Free Studio Workshop Livestreams

As a HOFA-College student you can also attend fascinating online workshops on audio engineering held in the HOFA studios.
Recordings of the live streams can be found in the Online Campus afterwards.

State-certified online courses

All HOFA online courses are evaluated and certified by the German State Central Office for Distance Learning "ZFU". This certifies meaningful didactics, an educationally meaningful course structure and fair contractual conditions.

Due to the state certification, all training costs might be tax-deductible (depending on your location).

Try it for 14 days

After your registration you can try the course for two weeks. During this time you will have the opportunity to cancel the online course immediately and get your money back.

Academic training & ECTS credits

The time required for the HOFA online courses corresponds to a certain number of ECTS credits. HOFA online courses can be credited in conjunction with the corresponding number of ECTS credits towards your degree course.

Discounts on software & hardware

You can use your Student ID to buy hardware and software from various manufacturers such as Ableton, Adam Audio, Adobe, Avid, Apple, Steinberg, Waves, HOFA-Plugins, HOFA-Akustik, etc. Almost all DAWs and plugins can be purchased with up to 50% educational discount.

No Admission Requirements

For your online course you'll need a computer with audio software, a pair of speakers/headphones and of course a fondness for music. You can complete the HOFA online courses with the plugins available in your DAW or from any third-party manufacturer. A smartphone or tablet is not necessary, but makes learning more flexible. Just contact us if you have any questions.

Recommended Soft- and Hardware

Ableton Live | Apple Logic | Avid Pro Tools | Cockos Reaper | Image Line FL Studio | Magix Samplitude | PreSonus Studio One | Propellerhead Reason | Steinberg Cubase | or similar.

Computer (PC or MAC) with at least 4-core CPU and 8 GB RAM

An audio interface is optional, but not necessary.

Do you have any questions about the HOFA audio engineering courses?