The Higher Certificate in Sound Technology is a one year certificate course that gives a great introduction to the craft of Sound Engineering through theory lectures and practical hands on training. The exit level outcomes of this course are designed to ensure a competence level that will create opportunities for internships in the workplace, entry-level employment possibilities and progression to further higher educational studies.

The course is primarily vocational, or industry oriented. This course also serves to provide students with the basic introductory knowledge, cognitive and conceptual tools and practical techniques for further higher education studies. This certificate signifies that the student has attained a basic level of  knowledge and competence in sound engineering and is capable of applying such knowledge and competence in an occupation or role in the workplace. The Higher Certificate includes a simulated work experience in the form of practical operation and completion of audio projects in our many practical labs and studios.

INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS ARE CONSULTED ON A REGULAR BASIS TO ENSURE THE SKILLS OBTAINED IN THIS PROGRAM ARE ALIGNED TO INDUSTRY STANDARDS MAKING YOU MORE COMPETITIVE IN THE JOB MARKET!

During the Cape Audio College Higher Certificate in Sound Technology students start by learning the fundamentals of sound and human hearing and then go on to be introduced to the equipment which forms the building blocks of an audio sound system whether it be in studio or live sound. As the students learn about the equipment, they are given practical assignments which gives them hands on experience enabling the students to grasp concepts relating to signal flow and the basic operation and interconnection of all the equipment used in the audio production environment.

Today computers and software have become an integral part of audio production and the Higher Certificate students will be put through their paces learning the Macintosh Platform and software programs like Pro Tools and ableton live.

As part of the practical assessment, students are required to record and produce radio commercials ready for air play, record and mix bands in the studio, do sound design and mixing to picture for film or television, as well as learning about compact disc production utilizing the latest computer and digital editing recording equipment available to date.


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Due to the constant evolution and growing demands of the audio industry, students are required to become workplace-ready as soon as possible. The purpose of the Higher Certificate is to give learners a thorough understanding of the theory and practical requirements to have the competency levels to be successfully employed in the audio industry.


MODULE 1 INTRODUCTION TO SOUND PRINCIPLES AND TECHNOLOGY

The human ear and the perception of sound
Sound principles and the electrical representation of sound
Sound measurement dB
Audio circuits and block diagrams
Cabling and connectors
Soldering techniques
Introduction to digital audio, Mac OS X and the DAW (Pro Tools)

 MODULE 2 - RADIO AND POST PRODUCTION

The history of radio and post-production
The recording studio
Pro Tools techniques
The stages of production for radio, film and television
Creative considerations
Music and effects (M&E)
Voice over  and dialogue
Mixing and mastering to broadcast standards

MODULE 3 - MUSIC RECORDING AND PRODUCTION

Microphone technology and application
The audio signal chain and recording equipment
Recording production techniques
Music theory and application
MIDI theory and sequencing techniques
Music mixing

MODULE 4 - SOUND REINFORCEMENT (LIVE SOUND)

The basic Public Address (PA)
Venue considerations
Set up and break down protocols
Trouble shooting
Sound check
The monitors and feedback
Designing for intelligibility

 

MODULE 5 - CAREER DEVELOPMENT: AUDIO INDUTSRY

Overview of the audio and music industry
Acoustic design for a home studio
Entrepreneurship skills
Writing a cover letter
Writing a curriculum vitae
Preparation of a show real
Music rights

 


Course Details:

Course Duration:

1 Year starting July to June the following year.

Each week, the students will attend two theory lecture and then book studio time for the remainder of the week.

Lectures:

Lectures take the form of interactive workshops and static lectures, covering a curriculum composed of both audio theory, and procedural exercises. The lectures run from 09:30 - 13:00 on Monday and Tuesday. Additional lectures will be scheduled through the year where guest facilitators and industry professionals will share their expertise with students.

Studio Time:

Practical studio time is booked in 3 hour sessions between 09:00 and 18:00 Mondays to Fridays. Facilitators and staff members are constantly present to assist and guide students' progress. This creates a one on one practical learning experience.

Course Structure:

The course comprises an theory section and a wide variety of practical assignments. A year mark is established from theory examinations as well as practical assignments in a continuous assessment program. To graduate, students must obtain at at least (60%) total in the following areas is required:

  • Acoustic recording practical
  • Applied music examination
  • Radio Production assignment
  • First theory examination
  • Audio Visual assignment
  • Second theory examination
  • Acoustic design portfolio
  • Final CD portfolio submission
  • Final examination

TOTAL  -  1500 Marks

Access to the Course

The course is open to any candidate that meets any of the following requirements.

Successful completion of South African grade 12 or equivalent. (Senior Certificate) Or:

Successful completion of the equivalent academic learning of an NQF 4 or higher.

Successful completion of a Higher Certificate in a cognate field. (Audio industry)

RPL from other educational institutes. 

Applicants, who have not completed the South African grade 12 or equivalent, but, who have previous experience will  be assessed individually according to the Recognition of Prior Learning.

Applications will only be considered if the applicant has a command of the English language.

 



 

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