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Bachelor of Audio Production - Invercargill

Qualification: Degree
Level: 7
Dates:

Intake1: 11 February 2019 to 08 November 2019

Duration:

Three years full time

Location: Invercargill
Credits: 360

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.

You will learn all about sound: microphones, studio recording, live set-ups, film sound, TV sound, radio sound, sound acoustics, electronics and audiology.

SIT has well over a million dollars worth of audio equipment, including an SSL AWS 900SE+ console, industry-standard microphones (including Neumann, AKG, Sennheiser, Shure, Rode, Audio-technica), Avid D-Command ES (Post production surround mixing console for home theatre, film, or music), Toft ATB24 analogue recording console, Mackie 32-8 analogue console, Yamaha 01V 96 digital console, ProTools in every studio, and a Mac lab.

We have five purpose-built recording studios and a large recording auditorium (which can fit a full orchestra/brass band) plus a 300 seat performance auditorium with JBL VRX series 3-way front of house monitors, QSC power amps, 6 RCF powered foldbacks, Allen & Heath GL2400 analogue and Presonus digital front of house mixing consoles, foldback mixing console, in-ear monitoring, signal processing - Lexicon, DBX, and Shure microphones.

SIT also offers students the opportunity to complete a double degree in the Bachelor of Audio Production and the Bachelor of Contemporary Music after four years' full-time study. Graduates from this pathway of study will be well rounded musicians and sound engineers. They will be well versed in high quality studio recording and live sound work as well as having skills to pursue a career as a performer, composer or specialised instrumental teacher.

Year One

Semester 1

BAP115 Audio Equipment
This paper addresses the practical knowledge and application of audio engineering tools at an operational level. The lesson development is designed to bring operational competence on each audio device.

BAP130 Industry Studies
Two of the principal sectors of the audio industry, 'recording studio' and 'live sound' reinforcement, are addressed in this paper. This becomes the platform for the audio industry sectors studied in subsequent years.  Industrial safety and industry related OSH requirements.

BAP135 Information Technology
Computers have become essential in a large amount of professional audio applications.  This paper prepares students in the use of a personal computer as a tool for sound design, music (MIDI), as well as the required computing skills necessary for various assessments on the degree course.

GEN100 Introduction to Academic Skills
An introduction to academic writing and presentation requirements for degree level study. It will provide students with the necessary skills to support their learning in other papers in the areas of writing, communicating, and presenting. The use of relevant technology in academic study for both delivery of information and as a source of information is also an element of this paper.

Semester 2

BAP100 Acoustics
Sound is explored, both theoretically and practically, providing an understanding of the audio process. Binaural localisation of sound gives a necessary platform from which all further sound mixes, and decisions, will benefit.

BAP120 Introduction to NZ Entertainment Industry
This paper aims to provide students with the ability to discuss the evolution of the music and recording industry. An in-depth knowledge of the different roles and job descriptions in the music industry is addressed in this paper, as well as the experience needed to suggest plans and procedures to implement a wide range of projects within the industry. The ability to explain the New Zealand music industry, and its supporting societies and organisations is also studied.

BAP125 Electronics
As well as electrical and electromagnetic theory, audio electronics includes the ability to maintain equipment, implement reasonable repairs, and rudimentary circuit construction.

BAP145 Music Technology
Audio technicians work for a significant part of their time with music tracks. This paper develops the student to be at least a rudimentary musician, assuring an acceptable understanding when dealing with the music industry. It is, at times, necessary for sound engineers to follow a manuscript, especially when recording instrumentals as in the case of classical music, subsequently the pursuit of music theory and music history are necessary elements.

Year Two

Semester 1

BAP215 Audio Equipment
Addresses the critical use of all manner of sound engineering tools, with professional choices made in the application of each device.

BAP235 Information Technology
Addresses the use of computers in advanced audio situations, multi-media situations, and internet, music and audio services promotion.

BAP230 Industry Studies
Many major audio industry sectors are discussed in depth in this paper, which should become the central focus of study in the second year.

GEN200 Research and Statistics
Prepares students for professional practice by presenting research as a uniting strategy for practice, theory and scholarship.  Students will be introduced to several approaches to research, both qualitative and quantitative.  Students will also be assisted to develop skills as a beginning researcher.

Semester 2

BAP200 Acoustics
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.

BAP220 Business Studies
Small business management is essential for anyone intending to, or finding themselves, running their own enterprise.

BAP225 Electronics
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.

BAP245 Music Technology
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.

Year Three

Core

BAP330 Industry Applications
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
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
Specialist audio is a paper that offers students the opportunity to specialise 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 Project
This paper offers a chance for third year students to be involved in a major project.  This will take the form of either a portfolio of recordings with written analysis and reflections, or a research project.

Elective

BAP300 Applied Acoustics

BCM370 Music Education Studies 3

This programme is eligible for the Zero Fees Scheme.

  • NO tuition fees
  • Direct material costs of $543 (Y1), $4483 (Y2) & $6077 (Y3), over three years you will pay around $11,103.00 (GST inclusive) (this includes the cost of a 12-week internship at SAE, Byron Bay, Australia!)
  • Saving you a massive $18,786* - all while gaining a high quality education and internationally recognised degree.

International Fees can be found here.

(*Prices above are estimated over 3 years of study, based on 2019 costs.)

Graduates will be skilled in high quality studio recording and live sound work.  They will have skills in business management and career options include: audio work in radio, television, film or the theatre. Further options include acoustic consulting, sound system installation, DJ work, record production, music publishing or work in a record company. Specialist audio training provides our graduates with the ability to work in more specialist fields.  Graduates from this programme may also choose to enter the audio education industry.

Application by Academic Qualification

Applicants under 20 years:
University Entrance - NCEA Level 3 

  • Three subjects – at Level 3, made up of 14 credits each, in three NZQA University Entrance approved subjects, and
  • Literacy – 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of five credits in reading and five credits in writing, and
  • Numeracy – 10 credits at Level 1 or above, made up of specified achievement standards through a range of subjects, or package of three numeracy unit standards (26623, 26626, 26627 – all three required)

Applicants over 20 years:
Mature entry applicants will be the age of 20 by March 1 of the first year of enrolment in the programme, and have provided evidence of relevant prior learning and experience.

Notwithstanding the above admissions categories, in exceptional circumstances, an applicant below the age of 20 who can show evidence of ability to succeed in the programme may be considered for admission, provided the applicant has successfully completed an approved course or programme which is deemed to prepare graduates for the required academic standard for entry e.g. Certificate in Audio Production.

Completion of an external or overseas qualification which is considered to be the equivalent of any of the above qualifications, will also be considered subject to approval by the head of faculty.

Special Admission

An applicant who does not meet academic criteria may be provisionally admitted to enrol in one or more Year One papers, provided he or she meets the requirements above. Upon successful completion of the papers, the student may apply for special admission or admission by mature entry.

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.

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 Bachelors’ 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:

  1. IELTS test - Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5
  2. TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) – Score of 550 (with an essay score 5 TWE)
  3. TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) – Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18)
  4. Cambridge English Examinations – FCE or FCE for schools with a score of 169 No less than 162 in each skill.  OET at Grade C in all sub-tests.
  5. NZCEL3 – Level 4 with the Academic endorsement
  6. Pearson Test of English (Academic) – PToE (Academic) score of 50
  7. City and Guilds IESOL – B2 Communicator with a score of 66
  8. 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 stud, 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 Bachelors’ 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.

In order to be awarded the Bachelor of Audio Production, the student will have been credited with all required papers, including the research project, as specified in the degree schedule. The student completing the Bachelor of Audio Production will normally be expected to complete the three year programme (full time equivalent) within five years.

The Head of Faculty with the approval and recommendation of the Board of Studies, may allow a student a longer period to complete the programme.

SIT also offers students the opportunity to complete a double degree in the Bachelor of Audio Production and the Bachelor of Contemporary Music after four years full time study. Graduates from this pathway of study will be well rounded musicians and sound engineers, well versed in high quality studio recording and live sound work as well as having skills to pursue a career as a performer, composer or specialised instrumental teacher.

Classes are held Monday to Friday, 9.00am-3.00pm, at the SIT Sound campus (corner Don & Deveron Sts, Invercargill) or at SIT Downtown / Centrestage Theatre (Don St).

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