Diploma in Sound Technology

National Qualification | Full-Time and Part-Time

SAQA ID
86046

NQF
Level 6

Credits
370

The Diploma in Sound Technology aims to provide students with the necessary knowledge and practical skills required to perform effectively in the Sound Technology Industry. The purpose of the qualification is to provide students with the ability to operate and apply Sound Technology functions within audio and media industries.

The programme equips students with a comprehensive knowledge on mix down techniques, studio procedures, production techniques, basic studio acoustics and business management. On successful completion of the programme, graduates will be able to seek entry level positions in the field Sound Production and Engineering.



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+Duration

The programme duration is 3 years on a full-time basis, or 4 years on a part-time basis. Tuition is face to face and is scheduled per campus. Programmes are offered during the week on a full-time and part-time basis. Part-time tuition is scheduled as per the stipulated planner.

+Career fields

Students can pursue a career in the following fields:

  • Sound Engineering
  • Music Production
  • Studio Management

+Certification

On successful completion of the programme, the student will receive a Diploma in Sound Technology.

+Admission Requirements

  • A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with Diploma endorsement, or
  • A National Certificate Vocational (NCV) at NQF Level 4 with Diploma endorsement, or
  • A Senior Certificate (SC), or Amended Senior Certificate (ASC), or
  • An equivalent international school-leaving certificate / foreign secondary qualification on an NSC level, or
  • Age Exemption (23 years or older):
    • At least five years post-Secondary School experience in the field in which the student wants to study and
    • Proof of English language proficiency and
    • Senior Certificate or equivalent
  • Mature age applicants, 45 years and older without a school leaving qualification, may apply for conditional exemption

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* Indicates subjects that need to be completed in the sequence stipulated, i.e. it is a pre-requisite to first complete Module A, before registering for Module B, or complete 1st Year, before registering for 2nd Year.

Year 1: Compulsory Subjects
Semester 1
Credits
Semester 2
Credits

Sound Engineering 1A*

20

Sound Engineering 1B*

20

Sound Operations 1A*

15

Sound Operations 1B*

15

End User Computing**

10

Computer Music Systems

15

Business Communication

15

Audio Electronics

10

Total Credits

60

Total Credits

60

Total credits Year 1: 120

**Students will be given an opportunity to complete the EUC entrance exam. Should a student pass the exam they will be exempted from attending tuition for this module and credits will be awarded.

Year 2: Compulsory Subjects
Semester 1
Credits
Semester 2
Credits

Sound Engineering 2A*

25

Sound Engineering 2B*

25

Audio Recording 2A*

15

Audio Recording 2B*

15

Management Principles

20

Business Law

20

Total Credits

60

Total Credits

60

Total credits Year 2: 120
Year 3: Compulsory Subjects
Semester 1
Credits
Semester 2
Credits

Sound Engineering 3A*

25

Sound Engineering 3B*

25

Audio Production 3A*

15

Audio Production 3B*

15

Sound Mixing

20

Experiential Learning ***

20

Total Credits

60

Total Credits

70

Total credits Year 3: 120

***Note that it is compulsory for all students to complete 160 hours of Experiential Learning in the workplace.