The Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering is an intensive one year programme which is taught across 48 weeks. The course is then divided into three terms, with each term building on the knowledge and skills you learnt in the previous term.
Using our progressive continuous learning method each module will cover historical and theoretical content alongside practical and technical skills so you develop a rounded knowledge and skill set within each area.
The breadth of the course means that alongside learning what equipment, techniques and microphones to use you also learn why you use them. This will help you develop your own expertise and understanding of how to create different sounds and effects.
Within the diploma we cover all of the following subject areas: Acoustics, Computer, Copyright and Legal issues, Digital Audio Technology, Electronics and Analogue Equipment, General Business (Publishing & Marketing), Management Skills, Mastering, Microphones, Mixing and Critical Listening, Music Theory and Production, Production, Recording, Sound Theory, Studio Equipment and Signal Processing, Studio Etiquette and Musicianship.
Below you can browse through the three terms and see the breakdown of modules for each term.
These are the learning outcomes for this subject area.
You will be able to:
• Understand the foundational concepts of sound theory
• Understand the use of decibel scales in audio engineering
• Understand the basic principles of electronics and corresponding terminology
• Equate the elementary principles of sound as a physical phenomenon, e.g. frequency, amplitude and spectrum, and as a psychoacoustic phenomenon, e.g. pitch, loudness and timbre
• Interpret and describe sound-related changes using a decibel scale
• Analyse and contrast the different standards for audio operating levels
• Utilise the different types of metering devices used in music production
• Appraise basic electronic quantities and units of measurement with the aim of selecting circuit components
• Solve problems involving audio circuits consisting of resistors, capacitors and inductors
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