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 1AP010 – 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 2AP021 – 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 3LN105 – 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 4AP031 – 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.
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
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.
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.
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