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Diploma in Music Production and Audio Engineering

THE PROGRAMME

Music Production and Audio Engineering is a programme that arms you with the necessary skills needed to navigate and excel in the music industry holistically. The extensive programme will train you in the art of production across various contemporary genres such as pop and rock music. You will be reviewed regularly during the programme through a mix of projects and formative assessments. At the end of the programme, you will present your final major project to a group of external assessors. As our student, you will graduate with a broad portfolio of works that showcase a good range of your creative abilities.

Full-Time – 12 Months Coursework
Part-Time – 24 Months Coursework

THE LEARNING EXPERIENCE

is one that is diverse, covering both theory and practical, hands-on knowledge. You will learn from award-winning professionals and practitioners with many years of experience. The average teacher-to-student ratio is 1:12.

THE FINAL OUTCOME

are musicians who come away with advanced skills in recording and mixing and are more than adept at handling a variety of audio equipment in a wide range of events.

Modules

Digital Audio Workstation
Principles of Audio
Principles of Acoustics
Live Sound & Performance
Harmony I
Songwriting & Arrangement
Study in Popular Music

Digital Audio Workstation

Synopsis:

This module covers the various primary functions of Digital Audio Workstation softwares such as Pro Tools, Logic and Cubase, the included plug-ins, the workflow, unique features, MIDI functions, automation and 3rd party interfacing.

Objectives:

The aim of this module is to acquaint students with the history of how digital audio workstations (DAW) developed, equip students with the knowledge and competencies in the basic operations of a DAW, integrate multiple components into a basic, computer-based recording system.

12 Weeks
36 Hours
Music Production in the Pop Genres
Music Production in Rock, Metal & Alternative Music

Music Production in the Pop Genres

Synopsis:

This module introduces students to music production in the Pop genres with an emphasis on developing and harnessing the catchiness of the hook and melody, using appropriate software sequencers, recording, production and mixing techniques appropriate for Pop.

Objectives:

This objective of this module is to provide students with the adequate skills and proficiencies in recording, mixing and producing music in the pop genres or its derivatives, with a strong emphasis on hook and melody and creating suitable arrangements stylistic to pop.

24 Weeks
48 Hours
MIDI
Video Production

MIDI

Synopsis:

Introduction to the process of composing music through the use of the Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) protocol. Explore the processes and approaches in sequencing MIDI through the use of MIDI and audio loops, software samplers and sequencers, 3rd party VST and Rewire instruments.

Objectives:

The objective of this module is to provide students with adequate knowledge and skills in the MIDI protocol in write and edit MIDI notes in a MIDI clip, sequence MIDI to produce a complete arrangement according to form, to produce an effective MIX using MIDI effects, setting up and operating internal and external MIDI instruments

12 Weeks
36 Hours
Final Major Project
Audio Post Production

Final Major Project

Synopsis:

This module assesses the culmination of students’ skills and knowledge acquired in the programme. Students will produce an original song in either the pop or rock genres, develop an Artiste Development Package, complete with creative concept, music video and creative direction for an artiste or band.

Objectives:

The aim of this module is to create a coherent product, drawing on skills learnt in the programme to complete a ready-to-market artist portfolio comprising an original single, accompanying music video and creative concept.

12 Weeks
72 Hours

Entry Requirements

For Singaporeans:

  1. Minimum 16 years of age.
  2. 3 GCE ‘O’ Level passes grade A to C or grade 1 to 6 in English and two other subjects.
  3. For applicants who do not meet requirement 2), a placement test is administered before an applicant can be enrolled into this course. Entry into the course is dependent on results of the placement test or
  4. Higher NITEC or NITEC Applicants may be required to sit for an interview and an internal English placement test to assess the applicant’s suitability.

For International Students:

  1. Minimum 16 years of age.
  2. 3 GCE ‘O’ Level passes grade A to C or grade 1 to 6 in English and two other subjects.
  3. International applicants who have completed at least 10 years of education may be considered for application. Relevant supporting evidence of applicants’ achievements in the arts must be submitted with the application.
  4. Equivalent English qualifications include internet-based TOEFL (score of 75 and above), and IELTS (overall score of 5.0 and above).
  5. For applicants who do not meet requirement 2), a placement test is administered before an applicant can be enrolled into this course. Entry into the course is dependent on results of the placement test.

Career Opportunities

Graduates can look forward to the following jobs:

Entertainer
Musician
Studio Manager
Mastering Engineer
Broadcast Engineer
Audio Post-Production
Recording Executive
Music Producer
Music Industry Consultant

Orita Sinclair is proud of its graduates who go on to become highly successful professionals and practitioners.

Faculty

Meet our passionate educators who are all industry practitioners. They are seasoned designers and trend-setters in the creative field.

Rizal Hefni

Rizal Hefni

Course Manager, Music Faculty

Rizal has recorded some of Malaysia’s top acts such as Nitrous, 6ixth Sense, Fabulous Cats, Seven and Serina Redzuan. He studied under Grammy­nominated Engineer Eduardo Andres Garcia during his stint at the International College of Music and later worked as a recording engineer at RMP Studio where he studied under world­class musicians Frederiq Ries and Dave Andrews.

Vinod Dass

Vinod Dass

Lecturer, Music Faculty

Vinod has been an avid music performer since young, later branching out and specialising in audio engineering. He developed a keen interest in the recording arts and obtained his degree in Audio Engineering and Music Production from JMC Academy in Melbourne, Australia. His skills led him to work on the Sound Design and Mixing of a short film called “Fixed” which became the official selections of Film Festivals in Melbourne, Iran and Mexico. It was also accepted by the 18th Bicycle Film Festival in New York. Not only restricting himself to the recording aspect of music, his passion for performance and music brought him most recently to Brisbane, Australia to play at the Dead of Winter Festival 2019 as well as being able to open for Multi Major award winner HariHaran, when he came to Singapore mid 2019. Other international acts he has opened for include: Immolation (NYC), Venom Inc (UK), The Exploited (UK).

Rufus Varghese

Rufus Varghese

Lecturer, Music Faculty

As an esteemed Audio Director, Rufus has been credited innumerably for having recorded and produced music for film, Mediacorp television & Radio, computer games, theatre, interactive media and various independent artistes. He has been featured in Channel News Asia and Sconicscoop, for his major involvement with Lion Studios. Mentored by the late British Engineer John Herbert in the art and science of Studio Production, Rufus is regarded for his teaching and supervisory abilities. He graduated with 1st Class Honors in Audio Production from the School of Audio Engineering and his research interests are in the areas of sound synthesis/analysis/control/simulation, spectral analysis, small/large environment control room acoustics, audio quality/degradation, multichannel recording/mixing and mastering.

Damien Ng

Damien Ng

Adjunct Lecturer, Music Faculty
Bachelor in Arts (Recording Arts), Middlesex University

Having almost two decades of industry experience, Damien specializes in Location Sound Recording, Mixing Audio for Post Production, Sound Design, Music Composition, and Audio Restoration. He's a passionate guitarist and is well-versed with Waves Sound Design Suite Plugins and Positive Grid Bias Desktop Guitar Amp Emulation. His recent works include recording audio on set, mixing audio and producing sound design for video for Dramas and TVC corporate videos.

Reuben Sim

Reuben Sim

Adjunct Lecturer, Music Faculty
BA(Hons) in Music, Lasalle College of the Arts

Specialising in music production, Reuben has produced various acts over the past 3 years, including The Reckless Skies, a pop-punk band in which he is also on vocals and guitar. He is proficient in audio engineering and recording techniques while also well-versed in composing and arranging. Since 2016, his passion for music has led him to being both an assistant music producer at homegrown production house United Records and a music director in his church.

Lor Hui Yun

Lor Hui Yun

Adjunct Lecturer, Music Faculty

Lor Hui Yun has more than 6 years of filming and photography experience. She has a keen interest in creating music videos and has worked with singers globally. She graduated in 2015 from Goldsmiths College with a honours degree in film.

Jason Chong

Jason Chong

Adjunct Lecturer, Music Faculty

Starting his musical journey at the age of 14, his keen learning abilities has allowed him to teach himself instruments like the guitar, drums, keyboards and bass. He was awarded a scholarship by the Media Development Authority of Singapore in 2010 to pursue a Bachelor’s in Creative Technology, majoring in Audio Engineering & Sound Production at JMC Academy in Melbourne, Australia. He has also arranged and produced for regional artists like Amuyi (Taiwan), Ferlyn G (Singapore), Mornin Chen (Taiwan), BBF (China), JPGirls (Vietnam) and many more. In 2016 he co-wrote and produced the song《為夢想閃耀》alongside veteran Mandopop singer Derrick Hoh 何維健 as a theme song for the drama ‘The Dream Coders《夢想程式》’which was aired on Mediacorp’s Channel 8 in February 2017 and has been nominated for the Best Theme Song for the Star Awards 2018.

Ken Chong

Ken Chong

Adjunct Lecturer, Music Faculty

Ken Chong is a multi-award winning composer, and owner of Sound Designers, a music scoring and audio post production firm. His accolades include “Best Original Music Score” at the 2008 Phoenix Awards and the grand prize winner of the FM 100.3 “My Production” Local Music Writing Competition 1999, for the song, ‘You Are Trash’.

How to apply

All prospective students are encouraged to contact our Recruitment Executive or authorised recruitment agents for a pre-course counseling session if they would like to enrol for a course with Orita Sinclair School of Design & Music. The purpose of this session is for us to address the needs of students as an individual, professional and as a student of our institute.

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Application Date

Local Students
16th March 2020
International Students
25th February 2020