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Bachelor of Audio Engineering and Production - MAINZ Auckland

Qualification: Degree
Level: 7
Dates:

19 February to 30 November 2018

Duration:

Three years full-time

All information is accurate at time of publishing, and may be subject to change later in 2018.

Location: MAINZ Auckland
Credits: 360

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.

Year 1

AEP501 Physics of Sound 1

You will learn the fundamentals of sonic theory and electrical circuitry as well as practical components of electronics troubleshooting and soldering. The content progresses through the anatomy of the ear, perception and measurement of sound, and audio playback.

AEP502 Core Audio Practice

AEP503 Applied Production 1

AEP504 Applied Audio Engineering 1

The aim is to introduce learners to standard audio engineering techniques and processes to complete a multi-track recording in the studio.

AEP505 Applied Audio Engineering 2

Learners will extend the knowledge gained in AEP504 to select and apply a range of audio in engineering techniques and processes in a variety of recording and live-sound contexts, and apply professional communication strategies in various industry and cultural contexts.

AEP506 Electronic Music Production 1

Focuses on the production of music and other sound-related works using a Digital Audio Workstation. Tasks are designed to emulate commercial briefs and industry contexts.

CTX501 Contextual Studies 1

Introduces concepts of higher level critical thinking by exploring topics such as gender, ethnicity, class, Tikanga Māori, politics, globalisation, ethnomusicology, identity and genres. Assignments aim to develop research methodologies and use of established academic conventions.

CAS501 Creative Arts Industry Studies

Explore principles and practices of small business for self-employment in the audio, music and related industries. Industry structures and practices are discussed, as well as relevant legislation, including copywright.

Year 2

Compulsory papers (all streams)

AEP601 Physics of Sound 2

Builds on the fundamentals of sonic theory from AEP501, exploring more advanced principles of sonic and acoustic theory for recording and live sound contexts.

AEP602 Production Styles

Apply processes and techniques for a range of dynamic recording and mixing contexts. Historic recording approaches are analysed to inform current practices, and concepts of music theory are applied to music composition and arrangement in recording contexts.

AEP603 Applied Audio Engineering 3

Advanced audio engineering techniques and processes are applied using a broad range of audio software and hardware, to record and mix a range of material within set time frames.

AEP605 Electronic Music Production 2

Examine more advanced production techniques, such as manipulation and synthesis of sounds, using a broad range of software tools, workflows and digital effects in dynamic contexts.

AEP607 Sound for Visual Media

Learners will produce sound for a range of visual media such as short films, animations and advertisements. Industry standard formats will be used to mix sound for a variety of destination media.

CTX601 Contextual Studies 2

Engages learnings in higher level critical thinking. Assignments aim to develop more advanced research methodologies and use of established academic conventions.

Audio Stream

AEP604 Applied Audio Engineering 4

Learners will complete a variety of defined recording projects to commercial standards, analysing and offering solutions to a range of technical problems with reference to theoretical knowledge. Analysis and contribution to musical arrangement and compositions will be assessed.

AEP609 Audio Electronics

Production Stream

AEP606 Applied Production 2

Learners will produce a defined portfolio of music and other sound-related works to commercial level.

Elective 1 Elective (not already completed) from this or another SIT/MAINZ programme

Live Sound Stream

AEP608 Advanced Live Sound

Focuses on the operation of sound reinforcement systems in a range of contexts. You will learn to analyse and design complex sound systems.

Plus one from:

AEP604 Applied Audio Engineering 4

Learners will complete a variety of defined recording projects to commercial standards, analysing and offering solutions to a range of technical problems with reference to theoretical knowledge. Analysis and contribution to musical arrangement and compositions will be assessed.

AEP609 Audio Electronics

Year 3

Compulsory Papers (all streams)

CAP702 Major Project Planning

CAP703 Major Project Implementation

RES702 Research

You will learn to analyse, evaluate and apply effective and appropriate research methodologies and effective problem solving strategies to research projects. You will write a research report, and deliver an oral presentation of research findings to the class.

SON703 Sonic Art and Applied Production

Electives: Choose two from:

CTX701 Contextual Studies 3

Appropriate research methodologies will be applied to develop and support creative practice, by critically evaluating contextual factors influencing creativity and techniques.

AEP704 Applied Audio Engineering 5

Critically analyse approaches to signal-flow across audio production contexts to inform repair of or construction of basic electronic circuit componentry. Includes evaluation of current approaches to commercial level recording and mixing which informs best practice.

AEP705 Develop Workplace Practices

Learn to analyse, evaluate and apply effective problem-solving strategies to projects that may be based within an industry related commercial or education environment.

AEP706 Radio and Broadcast Production

Standards to create and record advertisements and programme-related audio for radio and TV broadcast will be explored.

AEP707 Game Audio

Research and apply industry-standard tools and techniques to create, record and mix audio and music for computer games to a commercial standard.

AEP708 Surround Sound and VR Audio

Elective 2 Elective (not already completed) from this or other SIT/MAINZ programme

This programme is NOT eligible for the Zero Fees Scheme.

2018 fees:

Domestic Fees: Year 1: $6928, Year 2: $6188, Year 3: $5367

International Fees: to be advised

Current diploma graduates can gain entry level positions, but this degree aims to give students entry at a higher level with increased responsibility to add immediate value to the workforce.  Many audio practitioners make a living on a freelance basis and they are more attractive as contractors with the skill set which a degree provides. 

Employers in the audio industry who are seeking full-time and/or contract staff want these people to be able to think critically; solve problems; and find solutions as well as being current in a competitive and exacting market.

Positions graduates may undertake on completion of this course could include:

  • Professional audio engineer
  • Audio producer in a commercial setting

Other roles include, but are not limited to:

  • Teaching audio engineering (add teaching diploma)
  • Audio-visual installer and operator
  • Digital Audio Workstation operator
  • Studio operator
  • Studio set-up consultant
  • Audio editor
  • Sound designer
  • Electronic music artist
  • Commercial music producer
  • Live sound engineer
  • Audio sales representative
  • Music retail technology expert
  • Acoustic Engineer, Acoustician, Audiologist (via further study)
  • Progression into: Masters programme in the arts, PHD

School Leaver

University Entrance - NCEA Level 3

Preference will be given to applicants who have achieved Merit or Excellence in Physics, Mathematics, and Music.

Mature Applicant

Consideration will be given to applicants aged 20 years or older who do not meet the entry criteria if they can demonstrate a history of work, industry experience which in the opinion of the Programme Manager exhibits a likelihood of success in the programme of study.

Consideration will be given to students who progress through other TPP/MAINZ/SIT programme pathways (e.g. NZ Certificate in Foundation Skills).

Applicants may be required to attend an interview or provide a portfolio of audio related work.

Language Requirements

Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate of at least 80 per cent, 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

Certificate of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA), or

Successful completion of a Bachelor 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 preceding two years:

  • 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)
  • University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations – FCE or FCE for schools or CAE, or CPE   with a score of 169.  No less than 162 in each skill. OET at Grade C in all sub-tests
  • NZCEL a) To be discontinued on 31 December 2019 Level 4 with the Academic endorsement b) Current Level 4 with Academic endorsement
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) – PToE (Academic score of 50)
  • City and Guilds IESOL – B2 Communicator with a score of 66
  • Language Cert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS

An NZQA approved English Language proficiency test, where the student has achieved an outcome that is equivalent or better than those scores listed for Internationally recognised English language proficiency tests above in relation to the level of intended programme of study, or

Completion of all primary education and at least three years secondary education at schools with English as the language of instruction, or

Completion of five years of secondary education at schools with English as the language of instruction.   

Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate below 80 per cent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English must provide evidence that they:

  1. Have gained NCEA Level 3 and met New Zealand University Entrance requirements, or
  2. Have successfully completed a Bachelor 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
  3. Have achieved a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, CELTA, or
  4. Have achieved the required score and with all scores achieved in a single test in one of the internationally recognised English Proficiency tests (specified above) within the preceding two years.

To successfully complete and be awarded the Bachelor of Audio Engineering and Production students must complete the prescribed programme of study and attain a minimum of 360 credits.

Graduates will be able to:

  • Record, mix and master a broad range of music and audio, and related material to a professional standard.
  • Use standard and non-standard sound-creation, editing techniques and tools to manipulate sounds and create a broad range of music and audio and related material to a professional standard.
  • Operate standard equipment and technology to a professional level of proficiency.
  • Make high level creative and technical decisions based on listening analysis, research and critical thinking skills.
  • Work independently to initiate and develop a plan to bring a project to a conclusion.
  • Complete a creative project to meet client expectations.
  • Lead a team to produce a professional recording.
  • Successfully apply professional business and self-promotional skills particularly for self-employment.
  • Demonstrate the practice and theory of advanced problem-solving skills in technical and creative contexts.

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