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.

Benefits

  • Hands-on engagement in the College’s RM40 million state of the art facilities
  • Learn from faculty who are also industry professionals
  • Network with music industry professionals in exclusive workshops and events
  • Guaranteed job placement in the Top 20 music companies in Kuala Lumpur

Entry Requirements

  • Minimum SPM certification (requisite pass in Bahasa Melayu and History) or other high school completion equivalent, with minimum 3 credits

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

Students can either continue studies for a bachelor’s degree or choose career options from the following:

  • 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

Fees & Funding

Contact us to receive the current tuition fees information

Phone: +603 4023 6000
E-mail: admissions@icom.edu.my

Financial Aid

The following financial aid avenues are available to Malaysians:

National Higher Education Fund (PTPTN)

The National Higher Education Fund (PTPTN) is available to 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.

EPF Withdrawal

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

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

January 2018 Semester
International Students: 27th October 2017
Domestic Students: 8th December 2017

May 2018 Semester
International Students: 23rd February 2018
Domestic Students: 6th April 2018

September 2018 Semester (Short)
International Students: 22nd June 2018
Domestic Students: 3rd August 2018

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