Graduate Diploma in Audio Production - Invercargill

Qualification: Graduate Diploma
Level: 7
Dates:

12 February to 9 November 2018

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:

BAP115 Audio Equipment (15 credits)
This paper is intended to address the practical knowledge and application of audio engineering tools at an operational level. The lesson 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 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
  • 2018 direct material costs of just $519.50 (GST inclusive).
    The costs for this course will vary depending on the papers chosen.

International Fees can be found here.

Graduates can 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.

Application by Academic Qualification

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.

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:

  • 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 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.
  • NZCEL3 – Level 4 with the 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 year’s 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.

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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