Our Sound Engineering programme provides training in all areas of sound production, including: live sound; music production and recording; mixing and mastering; digital audio editing; signal processing; field recording and sound design; and live concert recording. The varied programme also covers audio for the film, video, animation and gaming industries and incorporates real-life gigs. Students develop their skills in state-of-the-art studios, providing them with the technical skills and experience they need to pursue careers as a studio engineer, live performer, tour manager or audio technician.
CORE UNIT DESCRIPTIONS
This course introduces students to the basics of audio recording, the operation of recording equipment. Students develop a technical understanding of the concept of sound and how to apply that knowledge to select the appropriate tools to capture sound in a myriad of situations.
In our well-equipped labs, students learn the basics of using the Digital Audio Workstation software applications, for digital recording, mixing, editing, and signal processing. Our labs have a 1:1 student ratio ensuring that each student has access to an individual computer workstation.
Through hands-on handling and use of the equipment, students learn the basic principles of a live studio environment, including an understanding of all the equipment in the studio and what it is used for. They are also taught safe working practices in lighting and various sound production environments.
In this course, students are taught the fundamentals of effective communication in different entertainment-related and business-related arenas. Students also learn the technical documents used in the music production industry, and through written assessments they demonstrate competency in generating effective communications and technical documents.
In this class, students develop capabilities in conducting effective research and planning, and in identifying the appropriate pre-production techniques to maximize the success of any sound production project.
Through hands on practical assignments, students learn to analyze sound and lighting equipment requirements for studio recordings, and how to prep and connect all required equipment. They are taught all aspects of successfully operating the equipment for a studio event, and participate in assessments to solidify the theoretical and practical instruction.
Students learn the latest mastering techniques that allow them to prepare and transfer the edited audio to appropriate data storage devices, creating what is known as the “master’. Students learn techniques such as signal processing, noise reduction and album sequencing. Using the critical listening skills they have learnt, students apply their technical expertise to improve the quality of the music.
Students learn to intelligently speak the language of music when interacting with musicians and other professionals in live sound and recording environments. Students also learn how to write and clearly organize technical documents that communicate the requirements and processes to be used in any project. Through practical assignments and assessments, students demonstrate competency in both verbal and written communications.
Students learn business and entrepreneurial knowledge and skills, career exploration and management. They develop business plans; learn how to negotiate standard contracts and how to ensure compliance with contract terms. This knowledge and skills will help them establish recording studios or live sound companies and run these operations ethically and successfully.
Students learn how to hear width, depth and frequency in music as well as identify the different mixing approaches used in various genres of music. They learn what elements are important in a mix, techniques to improve the mix from good to great and how to combine them to create music that emotionally engages the listener.
Students gain familiarity with the different types of microphones and their uses, strengths and weaknesses. They learn how to select the best microphone for different types of recordings and how to position the microphones so they capture and record high fidelity sound. Students also learn to create different microphone configurations in order to develop more complex recordings.
Students learn the essential equipment and techniques involved in sound mixing. Students assimilate essential principles such as blending and contrast to develop complex sounds that appeal to listeners. Students practice mixing techniques using both software and hardware platforms.
Students learn the basics of post-production including methods, techniques, and media formats. They learn how to edit and assemble dialogue, sound effects and music into one production. Students also develop proficiency in using Pro Tools, the industry standard software for audio production.
This class advances the basics taught in the Introduction to Digital Environments course. Through different projects and continuous assessments, students acquire proficiency in the use of Digital Workstation software applications to edit and deliver industry quality work.
Students learn the history and development of music, and the value and importance of music to human beings and society. Students are taught the basic fundamentals of music and how to listen critically to various musical pieces. This foundation develops in the students the ability to understand and appreciate different types of music.
This course teaches students how to compose music for the visual media that is film, television and games. Students learn how to compose music that supports and moves the story forward by influencing the viewer’s emotional response. Students learn how different themes such as comedy, romance, and horror require different compositions in terms of melody, rhythm, and harmony.
This course develops skills of sound manipulation and synthesis for creative applications. Students learn to recognize and appreciate how sound is manipulated and synthesized to develop complex musical pieces. Through practical exercises, students learn how to use digital tools to process sound to create engaging new products.
Students learn advanced techniques such as editing music to support and develop different scenes, how to record and mix sound tracks and how to prepare the product for delivery to the client. Through practical, hands-on experience, students demonstrate these skills by creating post production audio for a short film or television show.
Through a practical, hands on approach, students learn to analyze sound and lighting equipment requirements for live sound events and prep and connect all required equipment. Practical assessments will test their ability to run an event successfully by using the equipment proficiently from a technical perspective.