B.Sc. | Sound Engineering Technology

NQF Level 7 - SAQA ID 92060

Designed to produce a grounding in engineering science, design and synthesis. Working knowledge of a wide range of audio circuits and equipment frequently encountered in professional audio. Design, construction, repair, modification and commissioning of audio equipment. A broad and applied IT skills set. A thorough understanding of the technical aspects of professional audio and broadcasting environments.

Academic Entrance Requirements:

In order to maintain a very high standard and to produce the world’s top graduates in the professional audio field, entry requirements for this degree are very high. Please contact a student advisor for detailed information, as the academy has it's own unique points system for academic acceptance which is largely influenced by the subject choices of each individual.  

However, the bare minimum requirement is 60% For Gr 12 Mathematics and a Bachelors Degree endorsement. The points system is then applied to the results.  Candidates who do not meet the entry requirements, but who have a proven track record of high achievement in one of our other programmes, may apply to our academic board for special exemption in order to gain access to this academically rigorous programme.


Diploma | Audio Technology

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 and 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.

Academic Entrance Requirements:

Students who wish to enrol in Academy of Sound Engineering’s full-time diploma programme must have a Grade 12 certificate or equivalent qualification. We also require a minimum of 40% for English as a first language or 50% for English as a 2nd language. Subjects like Mathematics, Physics, I.T., Music, Electrical Technology and Engineering, Graphics & Design are very valuable and will assist anyone studying in this field, however they do not form part of the minimum academic requirements.  

Regarding Maths:

ASE has included a Fundamental Mathematics learning unit at the start of the 1st year for a Diploma student. This applies to any learner that has achieved below 40% of Mathematics or any learner that has Matriculated with Maths Literacy. This is a requirement before moving on to Applied mathematics. The fundamental Mathematics learning unit is added at no additional cost to the learner.

Individuals who are older than 25 years of age and who do not have a Grade 12 certificate or equivalent qualification may apply for an age exemption.


Higher Certificate | Audio Technology

NQF Level 5 - SAQA ID 83488

This one year higher education programme is designed to prepare the student with the necessary theoretical and practical skills, experience and expertise required for working in the professional audio field at a fundamental level. Graduates of the Higher Certificate will also gain access to the Diploma Programme.

Academic Entrance Requirements:

Students who wish to enrol in the Higher Certificate or do not meet the requirements for the Diploma but still have a GR 12 (National Senior Certificate) or equivalent qualification with endorsement to study towards a Higher certificate, may apply for the Higher Certificate program.

Individuals who are older than 25 years of age and who do not have a Grade 12 certificate or equivalent qualification may apply for an age exemption.


Diploma | Television and Screen Media

NQF Level 6 - SAQA ID 91898

An in-depth, rigorous, experiential grounding in television and screen media. A balance of practical, theoretical and technical work. Video editing, camera, lighting, sound, script writing and production.

Developing proficiency in the fast changing world of screen media, across multiple visual platforms such as: broadcast television, podcasts, web and mobile content, audio visual presentations and gaming.

Academic Entrance Requirements:

Students who wish to enrol in Academy of Sound Engineering’s full-time diploma programme must have a Grade 12 certificate or equivalent qualification. We also require a minimum of 40% for English as a first language or 50% for English as a 2nd language.

Individuals who are older than 25 years of age and who do not have a Grade 12 certificate or equivalent qualification may apply for an age exemption.


Higher Certificate | Television and Screen Media

NQF Level 5 - SAQA ID 90537

This one year higher education programme is designed to prepare the student with the necessary theoretical and practical skills, experience and expertise required for working in the professional audio field at a fundamental level. Graduates of the Higher Certificate will also gain access to the Diploma Programme.

Academic Entrance Requirements:

Students who wish to enroll in the Higher Certificate or do not meet the requirements for the Diploma but still have a GR 12 (National Senior Certificate) or equivalent qualification with endorsement to study towards a Higher certificate, may apply for the Higher Certificate program.


Skills Programs and Short Courses

The following courses are all  skills programs that are focused on teaching specific skills and are mostly delivered as evening classes during the week.


Skills Programme | Fundamental Audio Technology

This skills program covers the following learning units:

Audio Technology:

• sound energy • microphones • speakers • units of measure • the decibel • mixers

• amplifiers/processors • headroom • equalisation• effects • Basic System Design

Practical Sound Engineering:

• basic studio setup • connecting audio equipment • operating audio equipment • mixing

• fault finding

Pro Tools 101:

• Getting to know Pro Tools - getting inside Pro Tools • creating your first session - making your first recording • importing media - making your first MIDI recording • selecting and navigating - basic editing techniques • introduction to mixing - finishing your work

Academic Entrance Requirements:

There are no academic entrance requirements for this skills program. We do however require a minimum age or 16 and a minimum schooling of Gr10 or equivalent. Basic computer knowledge is also required.


AVID Certified | Pro Tools

Part Time | International Qualifications


101 | Introduction to Pro Tools

Introduction to Pro Tools covers basic Pro Tools principles, giving you what you

need to complete a Pro Tools project, from initial set up to final mixdown.

Whether your project involves recording of live instruments, MIDI sequencing of

software synthesizers, or audio looping, this course will give you the basic skills to

succeed.

Requirements for this course:

Basic computer skills and some audio recording knowledge, such as a basic

understanding of recording techniques, processes, and equipment.


110 | Essentials of Pro Tools

The Essentials of Pro Tools provides a more detailed study of the Pro Tools system.

This three-day course covers all the key concepts and skills needed to operate a

Pro Tools system. The course provides the foundation for the later 200-series Pro

Tools Music Production and Post Production courses.

Requirements for this course:

• Pro Tools 101: Introduction to Pro Tools is intended as a prerequisite for taking the

110 course. Passing the 101 exam is required before taking the 110 exam.


201 | Pro Tools Production

Pro Tools Production Essentials covers the core concepts and skills needed to

operate a Digidesign Pro Tools|HD system in a professional studio environment.

Requirements for this course:

• Completion of the Pro Tools 101 and 110 courses. This course continues to build on

the wide variety of fundamental concepts and topics covered in the Pro Tools 100-

series courses.

• Access to the 201 certification exam requires passing all previous exams.


210M | Music Production Techniques

Music Production Techniques covers techniques for working with Pro Tools

systems in a professional music production environment. Concepts and

skills learned in 101, 110, and 201 are reinforced with practical music specific

examples.

Requirements for this course:

• Pro Tools 101: Introduction to Pro Tools

• Pro Tools 110: Essentials of Pro Tools

• Pro Tools 201: Pro Tools Production Essentials

• Access to 210M certification exams are only when previous exams have been passed.


210P | Post Production Techniques

Post Production Techniques covers techniques for working with Pro Tools

in a professional post production environment. Concepts and skills

learned in 101, 110, and 201 are reinforced with practical post-specific

examples.

Requirements for this course:

• Pro Tools 101: Introduction to Pro Tools

• Pro Tools 110: Essentials of Pro Tools

• Pro Tools 201: Pro Tools Production Essentials

• Access to 201P certification exams are only when previous exams have been passed.


110V | Live Sound Production 1

This course focuses on the essential skills required to operate a VENUE system in

a live sound environment. It covers system operation using both the VENUE DShow

software and a VENUE control surface. This course is designed for live sound

students and engineers who have limited experience using a VENUE system. The

course requires a basic knowledge of live sound principles. Advanced students and

working professionals may want to combine this course with VENUE 210V.

Recommended

• Pro Tools 101: Introduction to Pro Tools

• Pro Tools 110: Essentials of Pro Tools

• Pro Tools 201: Pro Tools Production Essentials


210V | Live Sound Production 2

In the few short years since its introduction, VENUE has changed the face of live

sound mixing forever. Simply put, by combining native control of industry standard

TDM plug-in technology with the power and sophistication of Pro Tools®

multitrack recording, VENUE is literally leading the evolution of live sound mixing.

From concert production and live broadcast to houses of worship and theaters

large and small, VENUE users are enjoying functionality and performance that are

unmatched by any other live sound technology available today.

Requirements for this course:

• Pass Pro Tools 110V


310M | Advanced Music Production Techniques

Advanced Music Production Techniques focuses on the advanced operation of Pro

Tools in a professional music production environment. This course offers technical

insights into both Pro Tools hardware and software.

Requirements for this course:

• Pro Tools 101: Introduction to Pro Tools

• Pro Tools 110: Essentials of Pro Tools

• Pro Tools 201: Pro Tools Production Essentials

• Pro Tools 210M: Pro Tools Music Production Techniques

• Prior to taking the Pro Tools Music Expert certification exam, students must have

successfully completed the above 200-series courses and acquired Pro Tools Music

Operator certification.


310P | Advanced Post Production Techniques

Advanced post production techniques focuses on the advanced operation of Pro

Tools in a professional post production environment. This course offers technical

insights into both Pro Tools hardware and software.

Requirements for this course:

• Pro Tools 101: Introduction to Pro Tools

• Pro Tools 110: Essentials of Pro Tools

• Pro Tools 201: Pro Tools Production Essentials

• Pro Tools 210P: Pro Tools Post Production Techniques

• Prior to taking the Pro Tools Post Expert certification exam, students must have

successfully completed the above 200-series courses and acquired Pro Tools Post

Operator certification.


Music Business Masterclass (MBM)

This skills program covers the following topics:

◆ Getting started ◆ Artist Agreements ◆ Income Streams ◆ Planning for success

◆ Marketing Start ◆ Business Models ◆ Royalties ◆ Record Deals ◆ Publishing Contracts

◆ Artist Management ◆ Artist Management Agreement


Electronic Music Production (EMP)

This skills program covers the following topics:

◆ The Art of EDM  ◆ Making Beats  ◆ Electronic Harmony ◆ Bass ◆ Sound Design ◆ Digital Instrumentation

◆ Effects ◆ Arranging ◆ The Mix ◆ LIVE : Taking your work to the club and the stage ◆ Mastering


Fundamental Video Technology & Editing

This skills program covers the following topics:

An introduction to the generation, distribution and transmission of both analogue and digital video signals.

◆ Media Composer ◆ building blocks of video ◆ analogue and digital variants ◆ video resolution ◆ Data Rates ◆ various perceptual coding domains ◆ various video file formats ◆ interchangeability within the broadcast chain

Full Time Qualifications

These qualifications listed below are accredited with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) And are registered with the Department of Higher Education And Training (DHET). DHET has registered The Academy of Sound Engineering (ASE) as a Private Higher Education institution (PHEI) which allows ASE to offer Qualifications in the band of Higher education starting at the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level 5. For Perspective, in South Africa, our National Senior Certificate (Gr12) is an NQF 4 Qualification.

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Courses

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ACADEMY OF SOUND ENGINEERING (PTY) LTD was founded in 1997 by George Hattingh Snr.

‍‍‍Academy of Sound Engineering is accredited by the following bodies: International accreditation: AVID as a Pro School. Apple as an Authorized Training Centre for Education. South Africa: Council on Higher Education (HEQC Reference no: H/PR271/E001CAN, E003CAN, E005CAN). Academy of Sound Engineering (PTY) Ltd (ASE). [registration] 1997/008334/07 [VAT] 4760197717 [directors] Cristo Hattingh, George Hattingh, Michelle van der Merwe, Nick Matzukis, Timothy Kraft (MD). ASE 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 site of delivery: A. Johannesburg, Auckland Park (SABC) Premises. ASE is registered to offer the following programmes: (1) B.Sc. Sound Engineering Technology (2) Diploma in Sound Engineering (3) Higher Certificate in Audio Technology (4) Diploma in Audio Technology (5) Higher Certificate in Television and Screen Media (6) Diploma in Television and Screen Media. Registration certificate No. 2009/HE07/011

Head Office

82 Richmond Drive

Auckland Park

Opposite SABC Radio Park

Tel: 011 482 9200

Fax: 011 482 9203