Master the art of sound and make an IMPACT in the Music Industry today!

Overview

Diploma in Sound Production (DSP) KPT/JPT (N/213/4/0297)(PA8327) 12/21

Program Overview
The Diploma in Sound Production is the best sound engineering course available in Malaysia, developed in consultation with the professional audio industry, and taught by industry experts to meet the demand for highly skilled sound engineers.

Through this 2-year program, you will develop skills to record, mix and master music and audio using the best audio production equipment and software. You will learn to apply technical skills and creativity to design sound for film, TV and video games using Pro Tools, an industry standard Digital Audio Workstation. You will also learn to work with a team to engineer live sound for concerts and events using a professional PA system.

You will attend seminars by industry professionals and participate in field visits to professional studios, live sound companies, broadcast stations, etc., to help you establish and expand your industry network. In your final year of study, you will engage in an internship to gain real world work experience in any one area of your choice in sound production. As part of the graduation requirements, you will develop a portfolio of creative sound production works, which may serve as your professional portfolio to present to future employers.

Besides studying subjects related to sound production, you will also learn to read and write music notation, develop English language skills, and study a range of liberal arts subjects. These subjects will equip you with highly desired skills for employment, to communicate effectively with others, work in teams and solve problems as you step into your professional career. International students will take a basic Malay Language Communications course as part of your graduation requirement.

If you have prior knowledge in any of the subjects you must inform our admissions counselors at the point of your application to the program to explore test-outs to gain credit transfer. A minimum grade score of B (83%) makes you eligible for credit waiver. In replacement of the exempted credits, you will be placed in elective courses to meet the graduation credits. Please contact the Office of Admissions for more information.

Why Choose This Program

The Diploma in Sound Production provides you the following benefits:

  • Guaranteed job placement in leading audio production companies for qualifying graduates
  • Hands-on experience at the College’s RM40 million state of the art audio production facilities
  • Opportunity to learn from some of the best audio production faculty in Malaysia
  • Direct engagement and networking with audio industry professionals in seminars, master classes and field visits
  • Opportunity to intern at the best audio production companies of your choice
  • Affordable tuition fees

Entry Requirements

  • *Pass in SPM/SPMV or its equivalent with three (3) credits including Bahasa Malaysia; OR
  • Pass in STPM or its equivalent with a minimum grade C (NGMP 2.0) in any subject; OR
  • Pass community college certificate equivalent with level 3 MQF and pass SPM with minimum one (1) credit; OR
  • Pass SKM level 3 in related field and pass SPM with minimum one (1) credit; OR
  • A certificate with minimum (PNGK) 2.00 or its equivalent in a related field;
  • Recognition of prior learning;
  • For International Students who did not sit for English as a compulsory subject you must have obtained a TOEFL score of 550 or IELTS score of 6.0; and
  • Pass the admissions interview

*Malaysian students who do not have an SPM credit in Bahasa Malaysia will be automatically enrolled in LN014-Bahasa Kebangsaan A (3 credits) at extra cost.


Modules

Year 1

AP1114 – Digital Audio Workstation Techniques
In this module, students will learn the components, setup, and operation of Digital Audio Workstations and Control Surfaces to record and produce sound. Students will develop an understanding of standard Digital Audio Workstation workflows and production practices through hands-on practical application.

AP1123 – Public Address Systems
In this module, students will learn the components of a public address (PA) system, their function, and applications in live sound reinforcement and production. Students will develop an understanding of PA system types and their signal flow, and learn to select suitable components to make a PA system that meets the requirements of a given sound production scenario.

FP1133 – Basic Music Theory
In this module students will learn to read and write music notation, construct scales, and chords, identify intervals, and recognize common musical terms and signs. Students will also learn to recognize song forms in popular music styles.

GE1143 – Preparatory English for College
This course teaches students the fundamentals of English language and covers core aspects of grammar, vocabulary, reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

HM1152 – Survey Of Popular 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.

TL1161 – Ear Training Lab: Technical
Through this lab, students will develop skills to recognize frequencies and relative loudness differences of audio signals. Students will also learn to identify the audible effects of time delay, reverberation, noise, and various types of distortions.

AP1213 – Sound System Architecture
In this module, students will study the core building blocks of a professional sound system. Students will apply the knowledge of audio cables and interconnects, microphones, sound recording & mixing equipment, audio processors, and sound reproduction systems to make functional signal routing schemes for recording and producing sound.

AP1224 – Recording Studio Practice
In this module, students will learn to work in a professional studio environment by familiarizing themselves with sound recording equipment, standard studio practices, and common workflows in a professional recording environment. Students will learn to setup and operate recording equipment, and execute a multi track audio recording.

AP1234 – Audio Signal Processing
In this module, students will learn the different types of audio processors, and their application in sound production. Students will explore sound processing techniques using audio plugins, and develop skills in applying equalization, dynamics processing, time and modulation processing, pitch processing and special effects to audio recordings.

GE1243 – Musical Acoustics
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, the sound production mechanisms of musical instruments and room acoustics. 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.

MB1254 – 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.

TL1261 – Ear Training Lab: Production
In this lab, students will learn to recognize the spectral balance, auditory image, spatial impression, and the balance of components 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 songs, and explore the different approaches used in producing songs across music genres.

AP1312 – Careers in Sound Production
In this module, students would develop an understanding of sound production careers and their competency requirements by attending lectures and seminars by industry professionals. Students will also participate in a series of field visits to gain first hand experience of the core competency requirement areas of different industry sectors.

AP1324 – Digital Sound Editing
In this module, students will learn the function and application of various digital sound editing tools and techniques. Students will develop proficiency in performing edits on multiple audio tracks with speed and precision using keyboard shortcuts, and learn to optimize complex multi-track session files.

AP1333 – History and Future of Sound Production
In this module, students will learn about the developments in audio technology and sound production practices since early 1900s, and the role played by the key people and companies involved. Students will also explore how technological advancements influence future models and practices in sound production for various media.

Year 2

AP2114 – Recording Techniques
In this module, students will learn to apply microphone techniques and multi-track recording techniques to record vocals and musical instruments in a professional studio environment. Students will work in teams to plan, manage, and complete a music recording project within specified timelines by scheduling and booking studio slots, musicians, and recording equipment.

AP2124 – Sound Design for Visuals
In this module, students will develop an understanding of the relationship between sound and visuals in conveying stories through visual media. Students will learn to record, edit and mix sound effects, voice (narration, dialogues), and music in synchronization with visuals, and output a video file with an embedded soundtrack.

AP2134 – Live Sound Production
In this module, students will learn to plan, set up, configure, and operate audio systems to produce sound for live events. Students will engage with team members and musicians to plan and produce sound for an event, and will develop team skills, leadership, and communication skills through collaborative work.

GE2143 – Academic Writing in English
This course introduces academic writing in the English language to develop students’ ability to draw inferences, identify primary and secondary sources, and to articulate personal responses and opinions in class discussions and writing assessments (critical thinking, argumentative writing). Students will learn the conventions, and appropriate use of syntax, grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary, along with the format and structure of document design (margins, paragraphing, page numbers, referencing).

LN2152 – Malaysian Studies 2
This course describes Malaysian citizen’s vision to face the challenges to achieve success and be able to appreciate the role of Malaysia plays at the international level. This course provides an appreciation of the history and politics, the constitution of Malaysia, community and solidarity, development and other issues of national concern.

LN2162 – Malay Language Communications 1
This module aims to enable students to communicate in Malay language correctly and effectively in a variety of formal and informal situations using interactive activities to enhance communication skills, in particular, verbal and listening skills.

MT2173 – Computer Applications
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.

AP2214 – Multi Track Mixing
In this module, students will learn the tools and techniques practiced in the professional music industry to mix multi-track sound recordings. Students will explore the different stylistic approaches of mixing music across genres, and develop mixing skills across common style idioms.

AP2225 – Internship
The course prepares students for employment opportunities through learning how to conduct job searches, write resumes and cover letters, and prepare portfolios. The course also provides students the opportunity to complete a 150-hour work placement at an approved external internship site to gain real-world experience in their chosen career.

AP2236 – Graduation Portfolio
Students will independently plan and produce a portfolio of works related to their career interest that builds on key knowledge and skills acquired during the course of study.

LN2242 – Morals and Ethics in Society
This course introduces students to the goal(s) of developing a society that is morally upright and caring. Furthermore, students will learn and understand how to differentiate between right and wrong from moral, ethics and value perspectives.

AP2313 – Digital Mastering Principles
In this module, students will learn the role of mastering in creating finished audio tracks, and the methods of mastering audio using DAW and a plug-in collection. Students will develop an understanding of how equalization, compression and limiting interact to transform a mix into a finished master, as well as the limitations in mastering works on their own without using specialized mastering hardware.

LN2322 – Community Music Service
In this module, students will learn the principles and values of community service. They will be assigned to work in groups to complete a 40-hour community service project related to music. Students will work together to promote music appreciation, education, and music making to an identified segment of society. Through the practical engagements in the project, students will develop soft skills such as communication, interpersonal, problem solving, presentation, and leadership skills.

MB2334 – Principles of Management
This module prepares students for leadership positions in 21st century companies through learning how leaders successfully manage competitive companies in the 21st century. Students will understand the interactive nature of strategy, organizational design, and leadership. By demonstrating the interconnectivity among the three key pillars of management, students will see how decisions impact strategic choices, organizational alignment, and leadership approaches, ultimately leading to the overall performance of the company.


Career

Graduates of the program can look forward to successful careers as:

  • Recording Engineer
  • Mastering Engineer
  • Live Sound Front of House Engineer
  • Live Sound Monitor Engineer
  • Live Sound Systems Engineer
  • Sound Designer (film/TV/games/theatre)
  • Audio Editor (film/TV/games)
  • Rerecording Mixer (film/TV/games)
  • Broadcast Mix Engineer
  • Production Manager (concert/theatre)
  • Audio System Application Engineer (product specialist)
  • Audio System Designer/Consultant
  • Technical Support Engineer

You may also continue your studies for a Bachelors degree or start your own studio, event management and audio equipment rental company or audio equipment dealership.

Teaching Methods

You will learn through lectures, in-class activities, labs, seminars, and tutorials, with practical hands-on applications. Engagement in field visits will open opportunities to collaborate with professional sound engineers, musicians, and producers.

Fees & Funding

Tuition Fee

Year 1 Year 2 Total
Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 (MYR)
Tuition Fee 5,000 5,000 5,000 5,000 5,000 5,000 30,000

 

OTHER FEES (Mandatory)

  • Application Fee (Payable upon application) MYR 350
  • Library Deposit (Payable in Semester 1) – Refundable MYR 500
  • Facility Caution Deposit – Refundable MYR 1000

Other Fees 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:

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

  • 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

Funding: Other Financial Support

For Malaysian students, you have the following financial support avenues to help fund your music education:

National Higher Education Fund (PTPTN)

The National Higher Education Fund (PTPTN) is available to all Malaysian citizens under the age of 45 years old. This is a government student loan, which will be disbursed to successful applicants twice a year in April and November, respectively. PTPTN will disburse the tuition fee payment to the College on your behalf, on condition that you achieve a minimum CGPA of 2.00/4.00 in each semester. This student load will convert to a government tuition scholarship in the event you graduate with First Class Honours.

How to Apply

If you are interested to apply for this loan, please visit http://www.ptptn.gov.my/gateway

  1. Open a CIMB Savings Account in your name
  2. Open a SSPN Account (Skim Simpanan Pendidikan Nasional) at Maybank, Bank Rakyat, Bank Islam or Agrobank at a cost of RM20.00.
  3. Secure a PIN Number for PTPTN application at Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN) at a cost of RM5.00.
  4. Proceed for online application at www.ptptn.gov.my/gateway following their submission schedule.
  5. Check details thoroughly before submission.
  6. Check the status of your PTPTN online application pre-approval 5 working days after the closing date of submission.
  7. You will be informed accordingly to submit hardcopies and supporting documents after getting the pre-approval.

EPF Withdrawal

The withdrawal scheme allows your parents to withdraw from their account II of the EPF Fund to pay tuition fees for your higher education.

How to Apply

A) Loan Application Procedure

  1. Withdrawal Form – Members are required to submit a duly completed Form KWSP 9H (AHL), which can be obtained from the nearest EPF counter.
  2. Supporting Documents – This form must be submitted with the following original and photocopied documents:
    1. Letter of Offer from the institution of higher learning (for first time applications only)
    2. Confirmation Letter (of enrollment) from the institution of higher learning
    3. A copy of the EPF member’s identification card / MyKad / military identification card or police identification card affixed with your right and left thumbprints:
    4. Academic qualification certificates such as SPM, STPM, degree and other related qualifications
    5. Approval letter to conduct the course issued by the Private Education Department, Ministry of Higher Education (PEDMOHE) to the private institution of higher education, if applicable
    6. Student card and examination result slip from the previous semester / academic year
    7. A copy of your parent’s marriage certificate
    8. A copy of your identification card and birth certificate
    9. Other related documents as requested by the EPF from time to time

B) Reimbursement of Tuition Fees to Institutions

For reimbursement of tuition fee, an application must be submitted within a year from the date the payment receipt of the tuition fees, which is issued by the institution concerned.

 

Enquiries and Contact Details
For enquiries or further information on the withdrawal applications:

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

 

  1. Who should enroll for Diploma in Sound Production?
    High school graduates and certificate holders who wish to have a career in music, film, TV/radio, games, or concert production as a sound engineer.
  2. Do I need to know music or play an instrument to gain admissions into the program?
    No. You will learn how to read and write music notation and have the opportunity to take private instrument study at the College by paying additional fees if you wish to learn to play an instrument or sing.
  3. Is Mathematics or Physics a prerequisite for admissions?
    No. Knowledge of basic mathematics and physics is an advantage but is not required for admissions.
  4. Must I purchase a computer and/or software to study this program?
    No. You have full access to multimedia labs, classrooms and campus-wide Internet (WiFi) for teaching and learning. In view of the digital age, we strongly recommended for you to bring your own laptop, tablet or mobile device to support your learning on campus.
  5. Is there any financial aid such as study loan or scholarship?
    Financial aid is available for Malaysian students through PTPTN and EPF.
  6. Does the program have internships or job placement?
    Yes. You will participate in a semester-long internship in the final year of study. Graduates who achieve a CGPA of 3.00/4.00 or above will be eligible for guaranteed job placement in leading audio companies in Malaysia.
  7. Is the program internationally recognized?
    The program is approved by the Ministry of Education, Malaysia, and is accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA), which automatically gives it international recognition. However, you should check with your country’s government regarding recognition of academic qualifications from Malaysia.
  8. What audio software do I learn in this program?
    You will have full experience on Pro Tools and Logic Studio, the two most widely used digital audio workstations globally for professional audio production work.
  9. Would I be able to transfer credits/subjects into the program from a similar program at another college?
    Yes, this is possible subject to academic regulations and availability of courses in the program pathway. Please speak to our admissions counselors to know more about the processes of applying for credit transfer.
  10. Would I be able to transfer credits from this diploma program to progress to a degree?
    The College is working to establish institutional relations with foreign universities to recognize the diploma program as a progression route to an undergraduate degree.
  11. Is the program available for part-time study?
    No. All academic programs leading to formal qualifications are available on full-time study only.
  12. When is the next intake for this program?
    Intake is open for January, May and September semesters every year. Please check the “How to Apply” tab to know the upcoming intake dates.
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