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Graduate Diploma in Audio Production - Invercargill

Qualification: Graduate Diploma
Level: 7
Dates:

2020 Semester 1: 10 February to 06 November

Duration:

34 weeks full-time

Location: Invercargill
Credits: 120

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. 

Graduate Diploma 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.

Compulsory papers:

AUD502 Applied Audio Engineering 1 (15 credits)
This paper is intended to address the principles of audio engineering equipment through the practical knowledge and application of audio engineering tools at an operational level. The development should bring operational competence on each audio device.

BAP215 Audio Equipment (15 credits)
This paper is intended to address the critical use of all manner of sound engineering tools, with professional choices made in the application of each device.

Level 6 electives
Students may choose a maximum of 15 credits from the following paper schedule at Level 6:

BAP200 Acoustics (15 credits)
Room acoustics and sound proofing/correcting, as it relates to studio recording and music venue locations, are addressed in this paper, both theoretically and practically.

BAP225 Electronics (15 credits)
Active electronic circuit construction, and common fault-finding, are the accents of this paper. 240 volt instruction should ensure that students can operate safely with mains electricity.

BAP235 Information Technology (15 credits)
This paper is intended to address the use of computers in advanced audio situations, multi-media situations, and internet, music and audio services promotion.

BAP245 Music Technology (15 credits)
Creative skills are to be developed in an industry that is extremely reliant on creativity in production. Musical and aural skills are further advanced here.

Level 7 electives
Students must choose a minimum of 75 credits from the following paper schedule at Level 7:

BAP300 Applied Acoustics (15 credits)
Specialised audiological ear-testing is addressed, a foundation for future industrial or hospital vocations. Analytical assessments of indoor areas are practised.

BAP330 Industry Applications (15 credits)
The diverse range of industry applications within the audio field has a common thread of sound reinforcement technology throughout. The ability to convey knowledge, implement, manage and operate these technologies in the public arena, for various applications, is a vital skill for audio professionals.  An overview of the lighting profession is essential at this stage, as many live sound operators are being asked to supply basic lighting along with their hire-sound services.

BAP350 Professional Studies (15 credits)
Public speaking skills and a high level of communication skills are required for success in the audio industry. Along with acute hearing skills, students will develop professional practices appropriate to the industry.

BAP355 Specialist Audio (30 credits)
Specialist Audio is a paper that offers students the opportunity to specialize in two areas of choice, all involving advanced and/or investigative applications within a wider audio field.  Other areas will be added in time, to reflect new developments and refinements within the broad field of audio, and staff research interests.

BAP365 Major Research Project (45 credits)
This paper offers a chance for students to be involved in a major project.

BCM370 Music Education Studies 3 (30 credits)

Elective Papers
Elective paper/s from another Level 5,6,7 programme may be chosen with approval from the programme manager. Prerequisites may apply to elective papers.

This programme is eligible for the Zero Fees Scheme.

  • NO tutorial fees
  • 2019 direct material costs of just $531 (GST inclusive).
    The costs for this course will vary depending on the papers chosen.

International Fees can be found here.

Graduates will be able to apply, to an advanced level, the theoretical and practical skills required to capture and manipulate sound and its behaviour in an industry setting. They can apply knowledge of audio production concepts, principles and techniques to identify and provide solutions for issues and problems.

This programme leads students towards employment in the audio and entertainment industries as well as on to postgraduate study in related fields.

Entry is open to degree graduates, however those who have been able to demonstrate equivalent practical, professional or educational experience of an appropriate kind, may be granted admission.

Additional Criteria

Applicants are required to provide two confidential references from people who are able to affirm that the applicant is of good character and reputation.

English Language Requirements

Applicants, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, are required to provide evidence of having achieved one of the following

NCEA Level 3 with University Entrance, or

an International Baccalaureate Diploma or Cambridge A- level qualification for which the teaching and assessment was conducted in English; or

Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA),or Trinity College London Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CertTESOL);or

Successful completion of all primary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand primary school years 1 to 8) and at least three years of secondary education (being the equivalent of three years from New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in either New Zealand,,Australia,Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States one of the countries listed in Rule 18.5 where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction; or

Successful completion of at least five years of secondary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in either New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction; or

Successful completion of a Bachelor's Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Bachelor Honours degree, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Masters' Degree or Doctoral Degree, the language of instruction of which must be in English and which must be from a tertiary education provider from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States or

Successful completion of one of the following internationally recognised proficiency tests listed below to the level required of the programme of study and with all scores achieved in a single test during the two years preceding the proposed date of enrolment


IELTS test - Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5
TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score 5 TWE)
TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18)
Cambridge English Examination - B2 First or B2 First for schools or C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill.
OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
NZCEL - a) Expiring Level b) Current: a) Level 4 (Academic) b) Level 4 (Academic)
Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42
Language Cert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill
Trinity ISE - ISE II with no less than distinction in any band

* New versions of some NZCEL qualifications, and in some cases new qualifications, were published on 13 June 2017. These are intended to replace pre-existing versions and qualifications, which have been given expiring status until discontinued on 31 December 2019. (a) denotes expiring (b) denotes current

The student completing the Graduate Diploma in Audio Production will normally be expected to complete the programme within four years. The overall programme of study for every graduate diploma candidate requires 120 credits for successful completion of the qualification. Every candidate is required to pass 120 credits: a minimum of 75 credits at Level 7 and a maximum of 45 credits at Levels 5 and 6 as outlined in the relevant programme schedule.

Classes are held Monday to Friday, 9.00am-4.00pm, at the SIT Sound campus (corner Don & Deveron Sts, Invercargill) or at SIT Downtown / Centrestage Theatre (Don St).

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