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N-DMT02: Diploma in Music Technology

Sound Engineering Diploma Course
COURSE INFORMATIONCURRICULUM LAYOUT

OVERVIEW

We all want to become successful, perhaps famous or experience financial freedom. No matter what career path you choose in life or what your situation– your passion for music will always be the core of who you are and will draw you back to becoming involved in this exciting industry- whether as a hobby or profession.

The music industry has changed exponentially over the past few years. Old and traditional music careers and teaching methods are fading out fast. Technology has however opened up vast opportunities for new and upcoming music fanatics that are high-paid and sustainable.

This hands-on Diploma in Music Technology course is one of the most valuable music courses currently available in South Africa. The course includes Modern Studio Engineering Techniques used in recording, editing, mixing and mastering of professionally produced music and Live Sound Engineering that ranges from small to large scale setups.

What makes this course unique is the inclusion of specialized aspects of music technology and the techniques used in Multimedia and entertainment that is one of the fastest growing industries worldwide. This includes Contemporary based Music Theory needed to understand the building blocks of music used in producing professional music over various music genres, Digital Music Production, Post Production, Sound Synthesis & Design, Music Business, Game Audio, Media Music Composition but to name a few.

Not only will you be given the opportunity to gain valuable hours of work experience connecting with industry professionals in various areas in the industry, you will gain the knowledge to be prepared for the industry by gaining the necessary personal and business skills needed to position yourself in the industry and to become successful.

View the course curriculum tab for an extended breakdown of what to the course includes.

REQUIREMENTS

Apart from the minimum requirements for enrollment into a Diploma as specified by the Department of Higher Education, we recommend some additional conditions to ensure that our students have the potential to successfully complete the course and excel in the music industry.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

   National Senior Certificate or equivalent NQF level 4 Qualification. (You may submit your latest matric results on early registrations)
   Musical Aptitude: Passing of a Music Aptitude Test
   Computer literacy
   English Language aptitude: speaking, reading, writing and comprehension.
   Basic mathematical ability.

RECOMMENDED REQUIREMENTS (but not compulsory):

   A Passion for music
   Playing a music instrument
   Diligence, punctuality and dedication
   Analytical mindset and problem-solving skills.
   An Inquisitive attitude
 

ABOUT CLASSES

On average, students enrolled for the DMT course have 10 hours of scheduled class time weekly between 9:00 and 17:00, Mondays to Fridays.

Theoretical concepts are practically demonstrated and applied by students during contact class, therefore lecture attendance is  compulsory.

Students can book additional studio- and practical time for production work during the week.

PRESCRIBED MATERIAL

TEXTBOOKS

The prescribed course textbooks are not included in the course fee. All Pro Tools Manuals, which include entry to the International AVID exam, are included in the cost of the course.

All other course notes and material are included.

SOFTWARE

The course is presented but (not limited) on the latest version of "Pro Tools" Digital Audio Workstation Software.

In order to work remotely as well, it is recommended that students obtain their own licenses of the primary software platforms.

HARDWARE

Everything you need to successfully complete the course is provided for on Campus during your sessions.

All enrolled students can book and use the College's fully equipped studios and practice room to complete their practical projects during the course.

If you want to gain more experience in music technology, excel at the software used in the course and be able to complete assessment tasks remotely, it is strongly recommended that you have access to your own DAW setup.

Registered students qualify for up to 50% student discount on software and hardware.

In the third year of this course, students have the option to select two or more electives as specialization fields. Please contact us for more detail.

FIRST YEAR MODULES

To progress to the second year you need to pass all core modules.

Studio Sound Engineering I

Subject Name: SSE101
Module Credits: 30
Stand-alone course: View Details
 
The studio sound engineering module is designed to impart the necessary theoretical, practical and reflexive skills required to equip the learner with a resilient skill set which will allow him/her to work in and adapt to a variety of recording studio environments.
 
The fundamentals of sound
Studio layout
Digital Audio
Cables and connectors
MIDI basics
Recording Techniques
Microphones
Dynamics
Equalization
Digital effects
Reverberation
Mastering
Mixing

Music Production Technique I

Subject Name: MPT101
Module Credits: 30
Stand-alone course: View Details
 
The Music Production Technique 101 module deals with the theoretical, applied and artistic skills required to equip the learner with the ability to compose and produce original tracks in a variety of genres, including hip-hop, EDM and pop.
 
Sequencing drums
Sequencing strings and pads
Song construction
Creating backtracks
Sequencing Bass
Sequencing leads
Creative use of effects
Remixing

Music Production Software

Subject Name: MPS101
Module Credits: 25
Stand-alone course: N/A
 
The Music Software Pro Tools module is designed to impart the necessary theoretical, practical and creative skills required to utilize this internationally recognised DAW software for basic recording, production, editing, mixing tasks.
 
Introduction to Digital Audio Workstations
Recording audio and MIDI
Working with elastic audio
Audio editing techniques
Applied Mixing
Managing session data and media files
Virtual instruments
Editing and quantizing audio and MIDI
Automation

Modern Music Theory I

Subject Name: MMT101
Module Credits: 15
Stand-alone course: N/A
 
The Contemporary Music Theory module is designed to provide learners with a solid foundation in applied music theory. The module is a combination of pragmatic music theory, keyboard technique and musical ear development. The aim of the module is to enable the learner to communicate effectively with musicians and composers; and through an understanding of the principles underlying the language of music to broaden the creative aptitude of budding composers and producers.
 
Introduction to music theory
Time signatures
Basic Tonality and Scales
Introduction to Chords
Basic Chord Progressions
Basic Keyboard Technique
Applied Music Ear Development

Ear Training I

Subject Name: MET101
Module Credits: 5
Stand-alone course: N/A
 
The Ear training 101 module is designed to provide learners with the practical exercises and drills necessary to refine their perception of musical sound to enhance their critical listening skills essential to improve their performance as engineers and or producers
 
Rhythm recognition
Chord recognition
Harmonic ear training
Interval and scale recognition
Pitch and melody

Audio Production For Games

Subject Name: PTS130
Module Credits: 15
Stand-alone course: View Details
 
The Gaming Audio module is designed to impart the necessary theoretical, practical and creative skills required to efficiently perform the various tasks involved in creating interactive audio content for games.
 
Game Audio Workflow
Foley for gaming
Background & ambient sound for games
Mixing and Mastering game audio
Working with Dialogue
Sound Effects
Music for games

SECOND YEAR MODULES

To progress to the third year you need to pass all second year core modules. Failed non-core modules may be repeated in the next academic year.

Studio Sound Engineering II

Subject Name: SSE201
Module Credits: 30
Stand-alone course: View Details
 
Building on the conceptual and practical skills acquired in SSE101 this module is designed to further develop the aptitude of the learners to work with audio in a variety of capacities within a professional studio environment.
 
Psychoacoustics
Studio Acoustics and Design
Advanced Microphone Techniques
Advanced Compression
Advanced Equalization
Advanced Time Based Effects
Applied Mastering Techniques
Studio Rules and Communication

Music Production Technique II

Subject Name: MPT201
Module Credits: 30
Stand-alone course: View Details
 
The Music Production Technique 101 module is designed to impart the necessary theoretical, practical and creative skills required to equip the learner with a resilient skill set which will allow him/her to compose and create original musical works for a variety of applications including but not limited to jingles, sound samples, full tracks and soundtracks for media application.
 
Song writing and Arranging
Advanced bass Sequencing
Genre Production Hip Hop
Genre Production Rock
Advanced Drum Sequencing
Advanced String and Pad Sequencing
Genre Production House
Genre Production Ambient

Music Business I (The Music Industry)

Subject Name: MMB201
Module Credits: 15
Stand-alone course: View Details
 
The Music business module is designed to teach the necessary theoretical foundation to understand and operate legally and successfully within the South African Music industry.
 
People entities and associations
Financial aspects
Record production management
Promotion of commercial music
Music in advertising
Entertainment and music legal aspects
SA Music marketing environment
Artist marketing and branding
The music artist as a service

Live Sound Engineering II

Subject Name: LSE201
Module Credits: 15
Stand-alone course: View Details
 
The Live Sound Engineering 201 module is designed to impart the necessary theoretical, practical and reflexive skills required to equip the learner with a resilient skill set which will allow him/her to work in and adapt to the demands of commercial live sound engineering.
 
Roles of a live sound engineer
Mixers & consoles
Live Monitoring
Live miking techniques
Planning and logistics
Mixing live sound
Speakers and Amplifiers
Gain structure
Pa system setup
Out board gear
EQ and dynamics for live sound
Troubleshooting

Modern Music Theory II

Subject Name: MMT200
Module Credits: 15
Stand-alone course: N/A
 
The Contemporary Music Theory module 2 is designed build on the foundation established by CMT01 to provide learners with a comprehensive understanding of applied music theory. The module is a combination of more advanced practical music theory, keyboard technique and musical ear development.
 
Advanced tonality and scales
Non-diatonic theory and modes
Introduction to harmony
Introduction to 4-part writing
Advanced chords
Advanced time concepts
Advanced chord progressions
Advanced keyboard technique
Applied musical ear development

Ear Training II

Subject Name: MET201
Module Credits: 15
Stand-alone course: N/A
 
The Ear training 201 module is designed to provide learners with the practical exercises and drills necessary to refine their perception the technical aspects of sound associated with sound engineering so as to enhance the critical listening skills essential to improve their performance as engineers and or producers.
 
Frequency recognition
Delays and decay
Effects and processing
Master frequencies

THIRD YEAR MODULES

Students have to select two or more electives in their final year.  They also need to accumulate 200 hours of practical internship, working in 3 different areas in the music industry.

Audio Post Production

Subject Name: MPP301
Module Credits: 30
Stand-alone course: View Details
 
Building and expanding on the conceptual and practical skills acquired in SSE101, SSE201 and MGA201, this module is designed to develop the aptitude of the learners to work with audio and video.  The module broads the capacity of successful graduates to include post production skills,  which opens up a wider scope of possible employment opportunities.
 
Dialogue and ADR
Sound design and Foley
Basics of surround sound
Mixing audio for post
Video satellite linking
Non-linear video editing
Mastering audio for picture
Field recording concepts

Music Business II (Entrepreneurship)

Subject Name: MBE301
Module Credits: 20
Stand-alone course: N/A
 
The Music business 301 module is designed to impart the necessary theoretical background and practical expertise required to pursue entrepreneurial activities to grow and develop the South African music industry.
 
Introduction to Entrepreneurship
Distribution promotion and selling
Operational management
Risk management
Marketing Mix
Business marketing
Financial management
Human resource management
The Business Plan

Studio Sound Engineering III (Elective)

Subject Name: SSE301
Module Credits: 20
Stand-alone course: N/A
 
The advanced studio sound engineering module is one of four electives that students can choose in their final year. The module addresses advanced skills needed to be successful in a professional studio environment. Students enrolled for this module work towards a portfolio of practical projects with real-world applications.
 
Advanced recording techniques
Advanced acoustics and design
Applied Mixing
Applied Mastering
MS processing
Creative use of effects

Media Music Composition (Elective)

Subject Name: MMC301
Module Credits: 20
Stand-alone course: View Details
 
The Media Music Composition module is one of four electives available in the final year. MMC is designed to build on the theoretical, practical and creative skills acquired in MPT201 and CMT 201 to culminate in the production of technically and intricate musical compositions in a variety of genres with commercial applications.

The module also serves as a platform for the creation of a professional portfolio to enhance the chances of the learner to gain employment upon completion of the course.

Introduction to composition
Advanced instrumentation
MIDI and acoustic orchestration
Working with storyboard
Film music theory
Composing for picture
Digital Orchestral Mixing

Synthesis & Sound Design (Elective)

Subject Name: MSS301
Module Credits: 20
Stand-alone course: View Details
 
The synthesis and sound design module is one of four electives that students can choose in their final year. The module is designed to impart the necessary theoretical, practical and creative skills required to make use of a variety of sound synthesis techniques for the creation of original musical sounds and sound effects.
 
Introduction to sound Synthesis
Additive Synthesis
Granular Synthesis
Applied sound design
Subtractive Synthesis
FM synthesis
Reverse engineering audio
Synthesizer design

Dance Music Production (Elective)

Subject Name: EDM301
Module Credits: 20
Stand-alone course: View Details
 
The Electronic dance music production module is one of four electives that students can choose in their final year. The module is designed to build on the theoretical, practical and creative skills acquired in MPT101 and MPT201, with a focus on electronic dance music genres.
 
Advanced electronic music production
Dance music genres & styles
Produce live interactive music
Advanced synths & leads
Advanced use of effects
EDM Production Technique
Advanced filters & Sweeps
Mixing and mastering EDM

Music Industry Praxis

Subject Name: MIP301
Module Credits: 30
Stand-alone course: N/A
 
The Music industry Praxis module is designed to bridge the gap between education and industry. The real world nature of the experiential learning acquired will provide a valuable complementary learning component for students entering the job market.
 
Recording & Production Studio Experience
Live Sound Experience
Field Recording
Live Performance & Management
Portfolio of Evidence
 

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