Sound Engineering

National N Diploma in Popular Music: Studio Work

Starting: 12 February 2019


Duration
2 years of lectures presented at Unigrad College, followed by an 18 month practical component.

About this programme
This programme follows a nationally set curriculum exposing students to an intensive audio education that covers every facet of music and audio production by means of a hands-on, learn-by-doing approach.  Professional and experienced lecturers will train students in the full range of audio engineering and music production skills, including recording and mixing.

This programme includes training in both classroom and hands-on studio environments, covering a wide range of audio disciplines.  During the programme students will also be exposed to recording an album and how to set-up their own studio.

Certification on successful completion of studies
Students write national examinations set and administered by the Department of Higher Education (DHET).  Successful students will achieve the following:

  • National Certificate: Popular Music and Studio Work (N4)
  • National Certificate: Popular Music and Studio Work (N5)
  • National Certificate: Popular Music and Studio Work (N6)
  • National Diploma: Popular Music and Studio Work (issued on completion of N4–N6 and 18 months relevant in-service training) *
  • Unigrad College Short Learning Programme Certificate in Computer Skills
  • Unigrad College Short Learning Programme Certificate in Digital Audio Recording

* Once students have successfully achieved all three N4 – N6 national certificates and have worked for 18 months or 2000 hours in a sound recording / sound engineering environment, they will be entitled to receive the highly respected National N Diploma in Popular Music: Studio Work.

Subjects

YEAR 1 

SOUND ENGINEERING N4 & N5/A
Physics of sound, human perception and acoustics (sound behaviour in materials)
Electricity, components and decibel theory
Recording methods (analogue and digital)
Recording of drums, guitars, vocals and other instruments
Transducer methods
Recording methods and multi-tracking

ELECTRONIC MUSIC AND KEYBOARD TECHNIQUES N4/A
Understanding digital audio and types of industry software
Synthesizers vs. samples and M.I.D.I. 
Learning major musical scales and chord construction, improvisation and rhythms 

ARRANGING AND PRODUCTION N4
Learn to read and write sheet music (styles and genres)
Understanding different instruments, harmonies and voicing
Using advanced audio editing software
Creating beats using audio software

MUSIC BUSINESS AND STYLES N4 & N5/A
Dealing with recording labels, artists, producers and people in the industry
Licensing, advances, royalties, copyrights, publishing and songwriting
Types of contracts, organisations and professional societies
Sound and the film industry

LIVE SOUND AND DJ’ing A
Set-up of live sound equipment
Live sound mixing and DJ’ing

YEAR 2 

SOUND ENGINEERING N5/B & N6
Mixing consoles and outboard processing gear
Active and passive PA systems
Full recording studio connectivity and setup
Advanced uses of outboard processing gear
Line array PA Concepts
Students individually records live bands

ELECTRONIC MUSIC AND KEYBOARD TECHNIQUES N5 & N6
Programming backtracks
Advanced sight reading, chords and harmonies
Advanced improvisation

ARRANGING AND PRODUCTION N5 & N6
Compose for different instruments
Advanced chord progressions and song writing
Advanced editing and mixing techniques
Mastering audio and file formats

MUSIC BUSINESS AND STYLES N5/B & N6
Marketing in the Music Business including:
Principles of marketing and the market environment
Marketing strategy
Financing, HR & PR decisions

LIVE SOUND AND DJ’ing B
Set-up of live sound equipment
Live sound mixing and DJ’ing

Admission Requirements
Grade 12, or N3 or Equivalent

 
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