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Higher Certificate in Sound Production

Overview

COURSE OVERVIEW

This course provides students with the practical skills necessary to work in the entertainment and music industries. Students learn the technical and creative aspects of the recording process by working on complex projects in various professional studio environments.

The course covers all aspects of sound production, studio recording and live sound reinforcement techniques, mixing, mastering, MIDI and modern music creation, music business, studio acoustics and the application of current technology to the music production process. Students also gain expertise in music and business management, marketing, communications, and knowledge of the contemporary ‘infotainment' industry.


Course Aims:

Graduates of the SAE Sound Production course are able to operate a wide range of professional industry standard equipment, studio effects processors, operate analogue and digital consoles and hard disc recording systems. Graduates have a fundamental knowledge of mixdown techniques, studio procedures, production techniques, basic studio acoustics and music business. Graduates of this course have recorded and mixed several music productions, completed a comprehensive post production project, programmed MIDI arrangements and worked extensively with ProTools and other digital editing systems.


QUALIFICATION
Higher Certificate in Sound Production

SAQA ID: 88643; Duration 1 year; NQF Level 5; Exit Level Credits 140

  • Cape Town

Skills

YOU WILL LEARN

  • Analogue and Digital Theories and Workflows
  • Multi-Track Recording
  • Microphone Theory and Techniques
  • Signal Processing and Effects
  • Mixing & Mastering Techniques
  • Signal Flow
  • Electronic Music Production
  • Music Styles, History & Music Theory
  • Live Sound Reinforcement
  • Sound for Film and TV

Careers

CAREER OPTIONS

  • Studio Sound Engineer
  • Mix Engineer
  • Live Sound Assistant
  • Studio Assistant
  • Production Assistant
  • Audio Post Production Engineer
  • Mastering Engineer
  • Music and Dialogue Editor
  • Location Recordist

Modules

Higher Certificate in Sound Production
VIEW MODULE DESCRIPTIONS
Semester 1
Principles of SoundAudio TechnologyApplied Music TheorySignal Processing
Electronic Music Production   
Semester 2
Creative ProjectStudio ProductionAcoustics & Live SoundAudio Post Production
Audio Mastering   

Modules and Module Content Subject to Change.

Semester 1
Principles of Sound
Audio Technology
Applied Music Theory
Signal Processing
Electronic Music Production
Semester 2
Creative Project
Studio Production
Acoustics & Live Sound
Audio Post Production
Audio Mastering

Modules and Module Content Subject to Change.

Key facts

  • DURATION(S):

    1 Year Full Time

  • INTAKES:

  • NEXT INTAKE:

    Enrol By: N/A

    Start Date: N/A

    End Date: N/A

  • COURSE TYPE:

    Certificate

Entry requirements

Basic Entry Requirements

  • A National Senior Certificate (Grade 12) or equivalent academic learning of an NQF 4 qualification or higher, with university exemption/endorsement.
  • Computer literacy.
  • Adequate hearing abilities & adequately sighted.
English Language Proficiency

Successful applicants for all courses must be proficient in written and spoken English.

In case of TOEFL or IELTS testing, students must score:

  • 6.0 on IELTS
  • 550 on TOEFL (paper-based)
  • 213 on TOEFL (computer-based)
  • 79 (Internet based)

If an applicant is a native English speaker or has studied in the medium of English on a secondary or post-secondary level, then the English language test requirement may be waived.

Fees and Payments

Fees: view our current Fee Schedule for information on our course fees. (Page 20)

Payment options: Full Payment Upfront, Quarterly Instalments, Monthly Instalments