NQF Level 6 - SAQA ID 88262

This highly practical and intensive higher education programme is designed to produce high-calibre sound engineers in both the live and studio environments. Students learn a wide range of skills including studio recording techniques as well as analogue and digital audio principles (to an advanced level). Students can specialise in Live Sound, Music Production, Broadcasting Technology or Audio Post-Production for Video.

Includes AVID Operator Certification, Highly Practical, Industry Relevant
4 Focused Areas:

Music Production – Compose, Record, Edit, Mix, Master

Broadcasting – Adverts, Jingles, Live Broadcasts, Voice-overs, Radio Pre-production, Outside Broadcast

Audio Post-Production – Voice-overs, Audio for Picture, Foley, Effects, Sound Design

Live Sound – Equipment, Events, Bands, Stages, Lighting, Corporate Events

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Entry Requirements

  • In order to achieve the Academy of Sound Engineering Diploma in Audio Technology, students are required to pass all the modules/learning units in the Diploma programme in full, both theory and practical where applicable.
  • In order to pass a module, students are required to pass both the theory and practical portions of each, where applicable.
  • For each module/learning unit, the final mark is made up of a combination of assessments.
  • Weightings for the various types of assessments differ for each module/learning unit.
  • The pass mark for theoretical assessments is 50%, and the pass mark for practical assessments is 70% (with the exception of Pro Tools, where the pass mark is 80%).
  • In the case of Pro Tools modules, students are required to pass the final Avid assessment in order to pass the learning unit.
  • In all cases, the summative assessments must be attempted in order to pass the module and a minimum of 70% of all assessments must be attempted per module/learning unit.
  • Students may only progress to second year status if at least 85 credits from the first year have been successfully achieved and all core modules have been successfully passed.
  • Students may only progress to third year status if at least 85 credits from the second year have been successfully achieved and all core modules have been successfully passed.
  • Credits may only be carried across for one academic year.

Duration: 3 Years full-time

Qualification: Diploma

Course Code: 88262

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Academic and Communication Skills

Mathematical Sciences

Applied Mathematics for Audio Technicians

Computing and IT

Computer Skills

Digital Audio Workstation

Core - Introduction to DAW

Core - Intermediate DAW Principles and Techniques

Digital Audio Theory 5

Audio Technology

Core - Core Audio 1

Core - Core Audio 2

Core - Core Audio 3

Core - Core Audio 4

Core - Core Audio 5

Core - Core Audio 6

Session Management and Mixing


Electronics Fundamentals 5

Electronics Practical 5

Industry Practices

Career Orientation

Lectures from the Industry 5

Industry Practices 5

Entertainment Business

Overview of the Music Industry and Royalty Streams

Music & Music Recording

Music 5-1

Music Appreciation 5-1

Digital Audio Workstation

Advanced DAW Principles and Techniques

Audio Technology

Capturing Sound 6

Processing Sound, Sound Design, Mixing & Golden Ear

Audio Mixers 6


Electronics Fundamentals 6

Electronics Practical 6

Sound Practical

Production Set Up 6

Project 6

Entertainment Business


Industry Practices

Lectures from the Industry 6

Industry Practices 6

Live Sound Reinforcement

Live Sound Fundamentals

Broadcasting Technology

Broadcasting Concepts, Theory and Practice

Music & Music Recording

Music 5-2

Music Appreciation 5-2

Audio Technology

Amplifiers and Speakers

Advanced and Surround Sound Mixing

Sound Practical

Production Set Up 7

Project 7

Entertainment Business

Production Management

Small Business Management for Sound Engineers



Industry Practices

Lectures from the Industry 7

* This is to be replaced with 6BusCtr in 2020

Digital Audio Work Stations - Must complete at least 10 credits from the following courses:

Digital Production Techniques for Live Sound

Audio Post Production Techniques

Music Production Techniques

Digital Mixing Techniques for Live Sound

Must Complete a minimum of 20 Credits from the following courses. A minimum of 10 credits must be on Level 7. All other electives must follow co-requisite and pre-requisite rules and are also subject to timetabling availability.
Audio Post Production (Elective)

Video Editing Techniques 6

Video Theory - Technology Overview

Film Sound Design

Broadcasting Technology (Elective)

Radio Production Skills

Broadcasting Equipment Application

Live Sound Reinforcement (Elective)

Live Sound Production

Live Sound Software Applications and Equipment

Sound Reinforcement System Design

Music & Music Recording (Elective)

Music Theory 2

Music Production

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