Audio Production Courses
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Three years full-time
In a rapidly changing technological sector which includes film, TV and game audio, this applied degree has been designed to equip graduates with the necessary skills to work in the music and audio related industries in NZ and overseas. It combines a core of applied, industry relevant technical skills with a creative arts-based critical approach that will help graduates succeed, as well as covering the essentials of business and marketing.
This programme will interest applicants with Music, DJing, Electronic Music Production, TV/Film sound, Radio, Live-sound or other audio-based interests or backgrounds. There are pathways into this degree from other lower level MAINZ courses such as: NZ Certificate in Foundation Skills, NZ Certificate in Entertainment and Event Technology (Lighting and Live Sound), and NZ Certificate in DJ and Electronic Music Production.
Three years full-time
SIT's Bachelor of Audio Production is the most established audio production degree in Australasia. Graduates have the professional technical skills to succeed in the industry and the programme offers unparalleled opportunities for hands-on learning, including an internship for third year students for 12 weeks at the School of Audio Engineering’s Byron Bay campus in Australia.
17 weeks full-time
The Graduate Certificate in Audio Production programme offers graduates who have majored in a different discipline the opportunity to learn skills in a focused area of the Audio Production sector, such as the use of sound engineering tools, industry applications of audio technologies, specialised audiological testing, or professional communication and hearing skills.
Students have the opportunity to study specialist audio papers or undertake a major research project.
34 weeks full-time
The Graduate Diploma in Audio Production will equip graduates who have majored in a different discipline with the skills and knowledge that fulfil the expectations of the audio production industry, its practitioners and clients.
Students will study compulsory papers on audio equipment and choose from elective papers in acoustics, electronics, technology, specialist audio topics or a major research project.
Graduates will acquire critical thinking and independent learning skills, along with in-depth knowledge in audio production which will enhance their professional skills in this selected area or staircase to postgraduate study.
Two years full-time
Develop your career as a professional audio engineer in the music industry. Learn a range of audio engineering skills to produce a variety of music and recordings at a professional level.
One year full-time
This programme is for individuals who wish to develop their experience and practice in the production of complex electronic music and performance as a DJ. It provides the music industry with performers who have an extended repertoire of DJ and electronic music production skills to perform competently and creatively.
One year full-time or two years part-time
- Apply a range of audio software and hardware to produce complex music
- Produce complex music using a range of audio software and hardware, and a range of audio engineering techniques and processes
- Create and produce complex music, recordings and other sound-related works
- Apply music and sonic theory to produce complex music
- Apply a broad range of research and analytical skills to inform own practice
- Manage and take responsibility for own professional practice. - Analyse characteristics of the audio and related music industry to develop own career plan
One year full-time
In this programme you will work with a range of music software and equipment for music production and audio engineering. You will learn computer-based and linear recording systems and become familiar with the use of both digital and traditional analogue mixing consoles. As well as understand theoretical acoustic concepts and recording technologies.
One year full-time
- Use electronic music production and DJ techniques and processes to create and produce electronic music
- Create and produce electronic music using a range of sound and electronic music hardware and software, and music production and DJ techniques
- Apply music and sonic theory to create and produce electronic music
- Perform as a DJ with confidence and ability for an audience
- Create and produce electronic music and other sound-related works
- Apply a broad range of research skills to inform own DJ practice
- Operate in DJ and related industries using a range of personal and interpersonal skills and safe practices
- Apply understanding of the DJ and electronic music industry to develop own career plan
One year full-time
Graduates of this qualification will be able to:
- Implement industry practices, processes and protocols to work effectively as part of a crew and with other departments to meet performance or event requirements
- Maintain professional conduct and etiquette and apply appropriate communication to respond to internal and external stakeholders
- Implement safe working procedures and practices for performance and events
- Apply understanding of the entertainment technology industry to develop own career
Graduates of the Lighting strand will also be able to:
- Safely install, operate and remove lighting equipment to meet the production and lighting plan requirements for a range of complex performances and events
Graduates of the Live Sound strand will also be able to:
- Safely install, operate and remove sound equipment to meet the production and sound plan requirements for a range of complex performances and events or a live recording
One year full-time
Certificate in Audio Production students learn how to use a range of equipment and software as well as understanding the fundamentals of sound recording and mixing.
Students will also acquire skills and knowledge that are required by the industry and directly relevant to gaining employment, leading to further training, enabling them to apply for entry to the Bachelor of Audio Production.
20 weeks full-time
- Search, comprehend, use and communicate information from a variety of texts and digital media relevant to the context
- Apply basic knowledge, including literacy and numeracy skills, to solve problems relevant to the context.
- Reflect on experiences with a range of people, cultures and communities
- Work collaboratively and effectively in a team or group to achieve a task or outcome
- Develop and reflect on relevant learning and career goals
6pm - 9pm Monday and Wednesday
Get comfortable behind the decks and get the skills to take command of the dancefloor. Practice your turntable skills, learn how to properly handle a record, blend tracks together using industry standard DJ mixers, and grasp the basics of NZ developed DJ software Serato DJ. This course will set you up with the fundamental skills of DJing and give you the tools that could lead to further study or kick-start your DJ career.
24 hours total (three Saturdays) + a two hour exam, sitting time by appointment.
10am - 4.30pm Saturdays
The Pro Tools Fundamentals I (PT101) course introduces fundamental Pro Tools concepts and principles, covering everything an individual needs to know how to complete a basic Pro Tools project, from initial setup to final mixdown.
Wednesdays 11am - 1pm
11x two hour morning classes on Wednesdays
The PT210P Pro Tools Production II (Post Production) course covers techniques for working with Pro Tools in a professional post production environment. Concepts and skills learnt in the Pro Tools Fundamentals I (PT101), Pro Tools Fundamentals II (PT110) and Pro Tools Production I (PT201) courses are reinforced with practical post-specific examples.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday : 6pm to 9pm
4 Day course
This one day course builds on the “Introduction to Ableton Live” course and offers further, more in-depth study into Ableton live. Students who attend this course should have some previous experience with Ableton.
Monday - Thursday 6 - 9pm
Four Day course
This short course builds on the previous “Introduction to Logic Pro X” short course but may be taken by those who already have reasonable prior experience and time with Logic.
The course covers the more advanced techniques of creating and editing audio and MIDI in Logic Pro X, alongside mixing and arranging tricks, effective project management, and also reveals a myriad of less-obvious powerful features “under the hood” that will improve work flow and productivity.
10am - 4.30pm Saturday
Kick start your project with a one-day overview of the key elements of operating Pro Tools.
Experienced tutors pass on a bunch of important tips and relevant techniques for modern music production using Pro Tools in our modern, hands-on computer lab.
12 x 2 hour classes
Wednesday 11am - 1pm and Friday 9am - 11am
The Pro Tools Fundamentals II (PT110) course expands upon the basic principles taught in the Pro Tools Fundamentals I (PT101) course and introduces the core concepts and techniques students need to competently operate a Pro Tools system running mid-sized sessions.
Students learn to build sessions designed for commercial purposes and improve the results of their recording, editing, and mixing efforts. The hands-on exercises provide experience setting up sessions, importing media, working with digital video, spotting sound effects, using loop recording and MIDI Merge techniques, working with virtual instruments, warping with Elastic Audio, applying Real-Time Properties, creating clip loops, applying signal processing, using automation, and using submixes and track groups to simplify a final mix.
Together with the first course in the series, Pro Tools Fundamentals (PT101), this course provides the training required to prepare for the Avid Certified User: Pro Tools certification exam.
Wednesday and Friday 11am - 1pm
The Pro Tools Production I (PT201) course covers the core concepts and skills needed to operate an Avid Pro Tools | HD 12 system in a professional studio environment. This course builds on the Pro Tools Fundamentals I and II series of courses, providing intermediate and advanced-level Pro Tools concepts and techniques.
9am - 11am Fridays
11x two hour morning classes on Fridays
The PT210M Pro Tools Production II (Music Production) course covers techniques for working with Pro Tools systems in a professional music production environment. Concepts and skills learnt in the Pro Tools Fundamentals I (PT101), Pro Tools Fundamentals II (PT110) and Pro Tools Production I (PT201) courses are reinforced with practical music-specific examples.
Monday - Thursday 6pm - 9pm
4 Day Course
Ableton Live is a digital audio workstation for creating professional level high quality audio. Learn the basics of Ableton Live while we walk through the creation of a piece of music. Learn how to use both the session view and arrangement view, recording and processing audio and midi clips, and get the tools to start writing your own music.
10am - 4.30pm
Got the gear? Get the know-how. This introduction to aspects of basic audio engineering and electronic music production offers a fun hands-on opportunity to learn about creating great sound at home.
Monday to Thursday 6pm to 9pm
4 Day course
Gain a greater understanding of basic live sound theory and learn practical live sound skills. Topics covered include:
- PA system with microphones
- Mixing desks
- EFX. in a small hall or venue.
6.00 pm - 9.00 pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Four day course
Be inspired by Logic. Get started with recording and music-making software. Learn the basics of creating music and recording/editing MIDI music data and audio tracks, as well as tips on good recording techniques and appropriate equipment selection.
Students will be learning to operate the equipment in a recording studio and also to communicate with the performers in a real world situation.