N-DMT02: Diploma in Music Technology

Sound Engineering Diploma Course


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

The music industry has changed exponentially over the past few years. Traditional music careers and teaching methods are fading out fast. Technology has however opened up vast opportunities for new and upcoming music fanatics which is highly-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 which 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, which 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 and Media Music Composition.

Not only will you be given the opportunity to gain valuable hours of work experience by connecting with industry professionals in various areas in the industry, you will gain the knowledge required for the industry by gaining the necessary personal and business skills needed to position yourself in the industry and to become successful. Our focus is not on ourselves and how good we are, but the students and their success!


 Course Code: N-DMT02
 Duration: 3-Years
 NQF: Level 6 (SAQA ID: 94223)
 Credits: 360


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.


   National Senior Certificate or equivalent NQF level 4 Qualification. (You may submit your latest matric results on early registrations)
   Passing of an online 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


On average, students enrolled for the DMT course have 10-15 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.



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.


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.


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.


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

Studio Sound Engineering I

Subject Name: SSE101
Module Credits: 30
The studio sound engineering module provides the necessary foundational theoretical knowledge required to record and mix audio with confidence, passion and understanding.  Practical skills are demonstrated by experienced lecturing staff who are active in the music industry in studio sessions that simulate real world workflows. Students learn through observation and by actively implementing best practices in their own recordings and mixes with the guidance and mentorship of accomplished sound engineers.
The Fundamentals of Sound
Studio Layout
Digital Audio
Cables and Connectors
MIDI Basics
Recording Techniques
Digital effects

Music Production Technique I

Subject Name: MPT101
Module Credits: 30
Music Production Technique 101 unleashes the student's creative potential by working in state of the art studio facilities and engaging in modern music styles. This unique course offers students the essential skills required for any modern music producer. All key modern production elements are covered including: beat making, bass lines, pads, leads and vocal production.
Sequencing Drums
Sequencing Strings and Pads
Song Construction
Vocal Production
Melody Writting
Sequencing Bass
Sequencing Leads
Genre Analysis
Introduction to Synthesis
 Creative Processing Techniques

Music Production Software

Subject Name: MPS101
Module Credits: 25
The MPS101 module comprises of 2 parts; Pro tools 101 and 110. Students will learn to build sessions designed for commercial purposes and improve the end results of their recordings, editing, and mixing efforts. The exercises provide experience in setting up sessions, importing media, working with digital video, spotting sound effects, using loop recording and MIDI Merge techniques. It also includes working with virtual instruments, warping with Elastic Audio, applying real-time properties, creating clip loops, applying signal processing, using automation and using submixes and track groups to simplify a final mix. This course provides the training required to prepare for the Avid Certified User exam.
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

Modern Music Theory I

Subject Name: MMT101
Module Credits: 15
Modern Music Theory 101 covers all of the topics that the modern producer should know. Traditional ideas and concepts are also applied within a DAW environment. Keyboard practical sessions reinforce theoretical concepts to fast track student’s production skills, as well as to elevate theoretical understanding. Students engage with a variety of musical material including contemporary styles and genres. These current examples enrich their musical understanding and production quality.
Music Notation
Time Signatures
Tonality and Scales
  Chord Progressions
  Keyboard Technique
  Applied Listening Skills

Ear Training I

Subject Name: MET101
Module Credits: 5
Musical Ear Training 101 is an intensive ear training program. Critical and analytical listening skills are key for producers, as working with many styles of music is standard in the Music industry. The module provides practical exercises and drills necessary to refine the perception of musical sound and enhance critical listening skills essential to engineers and producers.
Rhythm Recognition
Chord Quality Recognition
Harmonic Ear Training
Interval and Scale Recognition
Pitch and Melody
Song Analysis

Game Audio

Subject Name: MGA130
Module Credits: 15

The Pro Tools for Game Audio course provides students with exposure to the core skills, workflow, and concepts involved in creating and implementing game audio using Pro Tools systems. It covers basic sound design techniques along with example workflows. Session time is divided between demonstration and hands-on practice, with ample time to experiment with sample material.Together with the Pro Tools Fundamentals I course, this course provides the training required to prepare for the included Pro Tools for Game Audio certification exam.

Game Audio Workflow
Foley for gaming
Background & ambient sound for games
Mixing and Mastering game audio
Working with Dialogue
Sound Effects
Music for games


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
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.
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
The Music Production Technique 201 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
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
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

Modern Music Theory II

Subject Name: MMT201
Module Credits: 15
The Contemporary Music Theory module II is designed build on the foundation established by MMT101 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
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


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
Building and expanding on the conceptual and practical skills acquired in SSE101, SSE201 and MGA101, 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: 25
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
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
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
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

Electronic Music Production (Elective)

Subject Name: EMP301
Module Credits: 20
The Electronic 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
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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