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South Africa's leading music production, audio and video school.

ProTools course starting 11th May.

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  • Avid Certified

  • World Renowned
    Musicians &
    Sound Engineers

  • SAMPRA Funded

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Modern Production Knowledge

Gone are the days of just signing to labels. Artists need successful productions to have been released before a label will consider them. We teach this and also how to negotiate record deals.

Nurturing Talent

Music talent is innate, but at the academy, we hone and nurture it to the next level, preparing students for the competitive music landscape.

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Essential Business Training

Our courses cover royalty streams, business models, music copyrights and contracts. The Academy proudly offers the best music business education in Africa.

Practical Training

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Holistic Training Approach - Everything you need to know

Only at the Academy are production, music and business taught in depth. From real shows to proper contract negotiations, we offer education that will bring you the success you deserve.

Real World Exposure

The most practical music industry education that exists. Students engage in real recordings, live shows and actual business negotiations for genuine industry experience.

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Top-tier Professionals

We boast the industry's best including Tim Kraft, with 29 Gold/Platinum albums, Peter Pearlson with 8 SAMA Awards and Evert de Munnik, producer of renowned local and international bands, and Jorge Arrigone, SAFTA award winning film score producer.

Award-Winning Mentors

Instructors like Peter Pearlson, undoubtedly South Africa's top music producer, and Nick Matzukis, SA's top entertainment lawyer and industry consultant, guide our students.

Industry Connections

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Industry-Wide Corporate Links

Our network spans the SABC and Gearhouse to Multichoice and Sheer Music Publishing, ensuring that our students are well-connected from the start.

Invaluable Affiliations

With ties to institutions like SAMPRA, CAPASSO and The Music Publishers Association of South Africa, our students are introduced to the industry's heartbeat from day one.

The Hub

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The Industry's Crossroad

The academy is a nexus for major music industry events. Both campuses frequently host industry-shaping events like Music Exchange, the MPA-SA Copyright Conference and more.

The Meeting Place

We pride ourselves as being the core of the industry. If you can't meet the right people here, you're not on campus!

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International Status

Our graduates acquire their own pages on the Avid ProTools Certified Operator Database, which truly exposes them to global opportunities.

World-Class Accreditation

ASE is acclaimed as the most highly accredited Avid Pro Tools learning centre in the Southern Hemisphere. This underscores its global reputation in music and audio education.

State of the
Art Facilities

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Professional Equipment

ASE's campuses are equipped with state of the art gear including rare console like a Neve, an SSL4000, and an Audient ASP8024.

Leading Music Industry Tech

Boasting over 240 Apple workstations and modern gear such as the Avid S6 and D-Show, ASE sets the gold standard in audio education facilities.

Screen Arts
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Media Mastery

The ATV Department is the destination for aspiring screen media professionals, offering practical, comprehensive training in video.

Film and Video Collide

From camera-work and editing to copyrights and distribution contracts, ATV ensures that graduates are ready for the video and broadcast industries.

Leading Video and Television Industry Tech

From a Tricaster to Media Composer, from state of the art Blackmagic cameras to sublime editing suites, ATV has it all.

Top industry Mentors

We have top industry mentors such as Rusty Stanley, leading TV and video producer, Tanya von Abo, leading video editor, having worked on productions for Disney, Multichoice and several others.

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Music and Business Knowledge

Success in music hinges on understanding royalties, business models, contracts and copyrights.

Unique Expertise

Only at ASE does Nick Matzukis, the author of SA's only definitive music law textbook, teach.

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Practical Training

You won't just be taught the theory of royalty streams, copyright and contracts. You will, in the most practical way possible, apply these principles to your own music, process your copyrights, and negotiate real recording and other music industry deals, clause by clause.

Make money!

You need to understand music industry royalty streams to earn the money you deserve. We will also teach you how to start your own record label.

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The finest equipment

The term 'state of the art' does not begin to describe the level of equipment at the academy. You will be taught on the gold standard of equipment, whether it is live, music production, audio for film or broadcast that interests you.

Stay Connected

All students are issued a personal academy email address, unlimited high speed internet access, and cloud storage for their recording projects.

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Iconic Campuses

With campuses at landmarks like SABC's Radio Park and the legendary Spaced Out Sound, ASE offers a unique blend of history and modern studio technology. Both our studio campuses (also set in student hubs) ensure that you are plugged into the industry from day one.

Academy of Sound Engineering (PTY) Ltd is registered as a private higher education institution in terms of section 54(1)(c) of the Higher Education Act, 1997 (Act No. 101 of 1997) and Regulation 16(4)(a) of the Regulations for the Registration of Private Higher Education Institutions, 2002, to offer its registered programmes at the following sites of delivery: A. Johannesburg; B. Cape Town.
Academy of Sound Engineering (Pty) Ltd is registered to offer the following programmes: (1) Higher Certificate in Audio Technology (A, B) (2) Higher Certificate in Television and Screen Media (A) (3) Diploma in Sound Engineering (A) (4) Diploma in Audio Technology (A, B) (5) Diploma in Television and Screen Media (A) (6) Bachelor of Science in Sound Engineering Technology (A, B)
Registration certificate No.2009/HE07/011
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