Overview

Certificate in Audio Production (CAP) KPT/JPT (R/213/3/0176)(A5333) 12/19

Program Overview

Building on the College’s strength in faculty resources in audio production, the 16-month Certificate in Audio Production introduces a specialist route focusing on the technical aspects of developing a career in audio engineering.

You will develop techniques allowing you to record and mix your work to a professional standard using the latest equipment and software. You will hone your critical listening skills to identify a range of frequencies, identify noise and types of distortion that are commonly associated with audio frequencies as well as learn to perceive stylistic & production differences in popular musical genres. You will develop your own career choice towards live or studio sound, based on a thorough understanding of recording, mixing and use of digital audio workstations.

audio production courseIn the area of music theory, you will learn the basics of reading and writing notes in both treble and bass clefs and interpret lead sheets, which have the common music terminologies used in actual practice in the music industry. You will also study computer operating systems and Internet protocols to enhance the quality of your application of these in your coursework.

In the liberal arts component you will develop English language skills through writing, comprehension and speaking, and you will study musical acoustics in order to understand and interpret the behavior of sound and its propagation in musical applications. You will survey popular music from the birth of the Blues to present day popular music, exploring the artists and compositions against the socio-cultural environment that contributed to the development of pop music across the decades. In addition you will enroll in basic business communication and economics courses to prepare you for a career in the music business.

If you have prior knowledge of these courses you need to inform our admissions counselors at the point of your application to the program. You will attend an entrance placement examination for English and if who score a minimum grade of B (83%) in the test you would receive credit exemptions from taking these courses again. In replacement of the exempted credits, you will be required to take elective courses to meet the graduation credits. Please contact the Office of Admissions for the applicable elective courses listing.

Why Choose This Program
The Certificate in Audio Production is a fast track to a career in audio engineering and music production.

  • You will get hands-on experience using the College’s RM40 million state of the art facilities
  • You will learn from a team of qualified and experienced faculty
  • You will engage with students from over 20 countries, like you for whom audio production is more than a hobby
  • You will engage with music industry professionals in closed-door master classes and workshops
  • The tuition fees are affordable compared to other comparable programs outside Malaysia
  • You have an option to transfer RPL credits to an undergraduate degree in the UK

Entry Requirements

  • Minimum SPM certification (requisite pass in Bahasa Melayu and History) or other high school completion equivalent, with minimum 1 credit. Refer to the high school qualifications table to check if you have the minimum qualification to enroll in the program OR
  • Mininum UEC certification (Senior Middle Level Exam), with minimum grade of B6 and above in 1 subject.
  • For International Students who did not sit for English as their compulsory subject must obtain a TOEFL score of 550 or IELTS score of 6.0
  • Pass the interview process.
  • *Malaysian students who do not have an SPM credit in Bahasa Malaysia will be automatically enrolled in LN014-Bahasa Kebangsaan A (3) at extra cost


Modules


The College operates on two and half semesters a year and the modules are distributed in each semester according to credit weighting and study load.

Semester 1
AP010 – Introduction to Audio Production
In this course, students will learn about professional, project and home studio environments and typical production workflows. Students will also learn about the different job scopes and job functions performed by workers in the audio production industry through readings and observations in field trips. The course also provides hands-on application of Digital Audio Workstations.

AP012 – Fundamentals of Audio Systems
This course teaches the common audio hardware used in the professional audio industry – their types, applications, common brands, and technical specifications. Students will learn to identify equipment types and their function within an audio chain, and create signal flow diagrams to understand the complete functional audio systems for varied applications.

FP101 – Fundamentals of Music Theory
This course teaches the fundamentals of music theory with emphasis on the application of form, melody, harmony and rhythm in contemporary popular music. Students will learn to read and write scales, construct triads and seventh chords, identify intervals, and recognize common musical terms and signs. Students will also study bass line motion, chord function, groove, melody-harmony relationship, and notation for the rhythm section to create original compositions.

GE001 – Preparatory English for College
This module teaches students the fundamentals of English language and covers core aspects of grammar, vocabulary, reading, writing, listening and speaking.

HM010 – Survey of Pop Music
This course is a survey of pop music from the birth of the Blues through present day. Students will explore the genres, artists and compositions, and learn about pop music’s impact on society in different times across the decades.

MB101 – Introduction to Music Business
This module provides students with a comprehensive survey/overview of the music industry. Students shall explore the various types of businesses that are closely related to and/or are involved in music making, publishing, recording, retailing, promotions, distribution and management.

TL010 – Critical Listening Lab 1
In this lab, students will learn to distinguish frequencies and relative amplitude differences of audio signals. Students will be introduced to critical listening skills associated with evaluating audio recordings through directed listening activities. Students will also learn to identify noise and various types of distortions that are commonly associated with audio recordings.

Semester 2
AP021 – Basic Recording Techniques
This course teaches practical recording methodologies synonymous with studio environments, such as microphone techniques for various instruments and sound sources, analogue and digital recording equipment and their application to produce various types of recordings.

AP024 – Live Sound
Students will learn the basics of public address systems and live sound reinforcement through lectures and demonstrations as well as through hands-on practical experience in setting up, operating audio systems, and mixing live events produced by the College. Through these, students will acquire soft skills and be familiar with the terminologies used in sound reinforcement practices.

AP025 – Digital Audio
This course teaches the fundamentals of digital audio theory that underpins analogue to digital and digital to analogue conversion processes. Students will learn to setup and operate digital recording and mixing systems with a practical emphasis on the use of digital audio workstations and control surfaces.

AP028 – Audio Production Career Seminar
In this course, students would attend seminars on audio production careers and their competency requirements. Following the seminars, students would engage in a series of field visits to gain first hand experience of their chosen career’s core competency requirement areas. Students will learn journaling using digital tools to document the experience from the seminars and field visits, and would present their knowledge and experience from these activities in student seminars.

LN201 – Business Communication
This course teaches the use of positive and persuasive written and oral communication to establish favorable internal and external environments in business practice. Students will learn to create routine business communication material such as emails, memos, business letters, proposals, presentations, etc. Students will also learn to plan and conduct meetings, with actionable outputs.

MT106 – Computer Applications in Business
This course introduces the application of computer technologies and software applications in business operations. Students will familiarize themselves with desktop and mobile ecosystems, internet and communication technologies, and the application of office tools such as word processors, spreadsheets, and presentation software. Students will also learn to use web and social media tools to create online content.

TL020 – Critical Listening Lab 2
In this lab, students will learn to recognize tonal alterations employed in recordings through structured listening activities. Through weekly listening analysis and comparative studies, students will also learn to identify the various instruments commonly used in popular musical genres, and explore the different approaches used in mixing various musical genres.

Semester 3
LN105 – Malaysian Studies 1
This course describes the process of nation building and patriotism in the face of the challenges of development. This course focuses on the introduction of the Malaysian society, history and politics, the administrative machinery, the construction of nation and government policies.

LN106 – Malay Language Communication 1
This course enables students to communicate in basic Malay on daily life situations of international students. Students can also interact using the Malay language and can read and understand simple sentences in Malay. In addition, students can also write a short essay using simple sentences related to their daily lives.

LN301 – Principles of Economics
This course introduces students to the study of economics. Students evaluate microeconomic analysis of consumers, businesses, and policy choices related to the goods and services markets. Students will discuss the role of government regulation and its effects to the economy.

Semester 4
AP031 – Mix Techniques
This course teaches the various tools and techniques practiced in the industry for mixing multi-track audio using a digital audio workstation. Students will learn of a range of commonly used editing tools, audio processors and automation and how to use them to complete multi-track mixes and output audio files for mastering.

AP033 – Audio for Multimedia
This module teaches how to design sound for visual-based multimedia content. In addition to sound design methods, students will also learn the processes of producing audio, applying audio content in a multimedia context, and how to optimize their work outputs to meet industry standard file formats.

AP035 – Audio Production Project
In this course, students will create and manage either one project or a portfolio of works in audio production. Students are expected to design the project independently using a proposal template, and negotiate with the tutor to seek approval to commence the project. The project or portfolio of works must focus on recording, mixing, and mastering of audio content. Upon approval, students will commence work to realize the agreed audio project or portfolio.

GE020 – Acoustics for Musicians
This course teaches students the production and behavior of sound and its musical applications. Students will learn about the nature of sound, sound propagation, the behavior of sound in the environment, and the sound production mechanisms of musical instruments. The study will also include the process of how physical properties are applied to the design and construction of musical instruments and about how humans hear and interpret sound.


Career


Our graduates have gone on to successful careers as recording engineers and live sound engineers working for leading production studios and concert management companies. Several have continued their studies for a Bachelors degree or have started their own studio or event management and equipment rental companies.

As an audio production graduate you have a wide career option to choose from:

  • Recording Engineer
  • Live Sound Engineer
  • Broadcast Engineer
  • Concert Promoter
  • Tour Coordinator
  • Record Company Executive

Teaching Methods
You will receive interactive lectures, in-class activities, seminars and tutorials, with practical hands-on applications. You will have opportunities to collaborate with professional musicians, arrangers and producers and to benefit from their master classes and workshops held at the College on a regular basis.

Fees & Funding

Tuition Fee

Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4 TOTAL (RM)
TUITION FEE 6,000 6,000 3,000 6,000 21,000

OTHER FEES (Mandatory)
Application Fee (Payable upon application) MYR 350
Library Deposit (Payable in Semester 1) – Refundable MYR 500

Applicable to International Students
Student Pass/Visa (Non-Refundable) MYR 2,500
Security Bond depending on country of origin MYR 200 – MYR 2,000
(Refundable upon successful graduation;)

Tuition is due on or prior to the Registration Day of each semester. Payment is accepted through any one of the following methods in the Malaysian currency (Malaysian Ringgit), addressed to:

(Account No. 5140-6650-5849) (Swift Code: MBBEMYKL)
Wisma Lee Kay Huan, Lot 14408, Jalan Genting Kelang,
Setapak, 53200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Kris Education Services Sdn Bhd,
Malayan Banking Berhad,

  • Bankers Draft
  • Telegraphic Transfer
  • Direct Bank In
  • Credit Card
  • Online Payment Gateway

Note:

  • The College does not have a tuition fee refund policy on fees paid, but any access fees paid for the semester will be credited to you without any accrued interest for the next semester of enrollment
  • International students deposit will be refunded only upon successful completion of the program
  • Library deposits will be refunded upon completion or termination of the program
  • Installment Payment (applicable to Malaysian Students Only): Installment payment is available for tuition fees only. Please contact the Bursar bursary@icom.edu.my for necessary forms and processes
  • International Students: You must settle the annual total tuition fees and other related fees on or before the Registration Day

Please contact our admissions counselors admissions@icom.edu.my for any inquiries on the tuition.

Accommodation

Accommodation is available at nearby apartments that are within walking distance, ranging from studio to three-bedroom apartments. If you are looking for accommodation, complete the Student Housing Request Form and submit it to us as early as 3 months prior to the start of the semester. The College does not provide student accommodation at the present time but we will help you to secure suitable accommodation according to your affordability.

Your tenancy agreement will be directly with the owner of the apartment. Under normal circumstances, you will be required to pay 3 months rental and a 1⁄2 month rental for utility deposit at the onset. The 3 months payment acts as the first month rent and the balance 2 months rental serve as deposits.

Due to the start date of most tenancy agreement being the first day of the month, you should plan to spend a day or more at a nearby hotel until the apartment is made available to you. It is highly recommended that you communicate your accommodation needs with our admissions counselors clearly, accurately and promptly to avoid disappointments.


How to Apply


Click on the Apply Now button to start your online application. You will be asked to register with a valid email address and password at the onset. You may pause your application and resume later without losing any previously completed details within a 60-day period.

Application Deadlines

May 2017

International Students: 24th February 2017
Domestic Students: 7th April 2017

September 2017

International Students: 23rd June 2017
Domestic Students: 4th August 2017

January 2018

International Students: 27th October 2017
Domestic Students: 8th December 2017

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FAQ

  • Who should enroll for Certificate in Audio Production?
    The program is suited for audio technicians who are currently working (or students who are intending to work) as audio engineers in recording studios or live sound environments, i.e. equipment rental or event management companies or houses of worship. The program is designed to augment career opportunities for junior level employees.
  • Do I need music knowledge to gain admissions into the program?
    No. However, most students in the program do play an instrument at a basic level. You will learn how to read and write music and interpret lead sheets in the program to prepare you for a career where you will be working with musicians. If you receive advanced placement, you also have the opportunity to take private instrument study or ensemble performance to fulfill the program credit requirement.
  • Is Mathematics or Physics a prerequisite for admissions?
    Knowledge of basic mathematics and physics is an advantage but they are not required for admissions. You will learn basic concepts of acoustics and simple mathematical calculations in the program.
  • What audio production software will I learn?
    ICOM is an AVID Learning Partner and an Apple Authorized Training Centre (education). Hence, you will have full experience on Pro Tools, Logic Studio and audio processing plugins from Sonnox, McDSP and Avid. As the courses focus on application of principles, you will be able to confidently apply your knowledge of these software to operate other types of audio software programs used in smaller studios.
  • What is the employment rate of graduates?
    Currently, the graduate employment rate is over 90%, with alumni, including women, being employed as sound engineers in music, live sound and broadcast or operating their own companies related to audio rentals, audio technology sales and support for recording facilities, cinemas, hotels & restaurants, churches, performance venues, etc.
  • What is the graduation requirement?
    You must pass ALL courses in the program and earn a CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) of 2.00/4.00 (average grade of C-) in order to graduate. There are opportunities to reattempt failed modules but these will extend the program duration and tuition.
  • Is the program internationally recognized?
    The program is approved by the Ministry of Education, Malaysia, and is accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA). This automatically gives it international recognition. However, you should check with your government on their recognition of academic qualifications from Malaysia.
  • Would I be able to transfer credits from CAP to another college or university?
    Most colleges or universities do not accept credit transfer into a similar program of study, i.e. from a certificate level course into another certificate level course. The College is working to establish institutional relations with foreign universities to recognize the CAP as an entry requirement to a diploma or an undergraduate degree in recording arts.
  • Is the program available for part-time study?
    All academic programs leading to formal qualifications are available on full-time study only. We invite you to visit our On-Campus short courses or ICOM Online to review part-time study options.
  • When is ICOM next intake?
    Please check the “How to Apply” tab to know the upcoming intake dates.
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