Building on the College’s strength in faculty resources in audio production, the 16-month Certificate in Audio Production introduces a specialist route focusing on the technical aspects of developing a career in audio engineering.
You will develop techniques allowing you to record and mix your work to a professional standard using the latest equipment and software. You will hone your critical listening skills to identify a range of frequencies, identify noise and types of distortion that are commonly associated with audio frequencies as well as learn to perceive stylistic & production differences in popular musical genres. You will develop your own career choice towards live or studio sound, based on a thorough understanding of recording, mixing and use of digital audio workstations.
In the area of music theory, you will learn the basics of reading and writing notes in both treble and bass clefs and interpret lead sheets, which have the common music terminologies used in actual practice in the music industry. You will also study computer operating systems and Internet protocols to enhance the quality of your application of these in your coursework.
In the liberal arts component you will develop English language skills through writing, comprehension and speaking, and you will study musical acoustics in order to understand and interpret the behavior of sound and its propagation in musical applications. You will survey popular music from the birth of the Blues to present day popular music, exploring the artists and compositions against the socio-cultural environment that contributed to the development of pop music across the decades. In addition you will enroll in basic business communication and economics courses to prepare you for a career in the music business.
If you have prior knowledge of these courses you need to inform our admissions counselors at the point of your application to the program. You will attend an entrance placement examination for English and if who score a minimum grade of B (83%) in the test you would receive credit exemptions from taking these courses again. In replacement of the exempted credits, you will be required to take elective courses to meet the graduation credits. Please contact the Office of Admissions for the applicable elective courses listing.