About Audio Engineering & Sound Production

Do you love the idea of working in a professional sound studio, recording bands and mixing and editing audio recordings? 
Are you passionate about music and sound? 
Could you see yourself working behind-the-scenes in live events, film, TV or radio?

Whether your dream is to record, create, produce, edit, mix or master, this course will give you an in-depth understanding of the operational, technical and theoretical aspects of the audio industry, with a focus on studio recording and production, live sound production and sound design.

You will gain the core skills you need to pursue a career in the audio industry, have the chance to collaborate with your peers, build your portfolio and practical experience, and be mentored by well-connected industry professionals in Australia's leading, award-winning audio engineering course. 

Diploma of audio engineering & sound production

2 Trimesters
Where / Brisbane / Melbourne / Sydney
Next intake 26/09/2016 / See all intake dates
Entry requirements / Aus / International

Technical skills are vital for a career in the audio industry, and this practical Diploma will provide you with a solid understanding of how to use a digital audio workstation and an analogue console, as well as how to operate live sound equipment. You will begin to develop and apply key skills relating to microphones, mixing consoles, recording and signal processors, and will receive an introduction to software-based recording systems, with an emphasis on editing, arranging and mixing.

Of course, you will also have plenty of opportunities to put your technical skills into practice - such as recording a band using multi-microphone techniques, or overdubbing other instruments to a multi-track recorder.

On a theoretical level, you’ll also learn all about acoustics, electronics, synthesis, sound design and music production, and you’ll gain a genuine head start when it comes to securing your dream audio job.     

Diploma of audio engineering & sound production
Curriculum
Subject
Introduction to the Audio Industry
This unit provides grounding for many of the concepts studied in later units. The scope of the industry is examined and employment opportunities identified. It introduces students to the range of careers available in the industry as well as some of the equipment and standard practices in various industry sectors. It introduces professional practice in various settings and identifies the skills required to function within them as well as developing networks for future engagement in industry. The unit also develop academic skills of research, independent learning and effective written and oral presentations through specific content and assessment processes.
Audio and Acoustics Theory
The purpose of this unit is to introduce the concept of sound by exploring the behaviour of sound waves, their methods of generation and propagation, as well as their units and parameters. Decibel theory will be explored and measurements taken to allow calculations to be performed, leading to an understanding of the practical application of this knowledge, fundamental to understanding theory concepts presented in future units. Also examined is the ear and the hearing process as well as how to protect hearing from damage. Psychoacoustics and human perception of sound will also be investigated as part of this unit, leading to an introduction to architectural acoustics. This unit enables the student to understand the nature of sound and its physical properties. By understanding sound, students can start to appreciate the methods by which sound can be captured and manipulated. This will form the basis of the student’s knowledge of the physics of sound and increase their comprehension of advanced concepts in future units of study.
Music Production Analysis
This unit introduces the concept and techniques of critical listening in production. Various technical and artistic concerns are examined and solutions developed for difficult situations. This unit also examines various musical styles and genres as well as instrument characteristics such as timbre and sound dispersion. This knowledge will enable the student to critically analyse a music production. Students gain an understanding of musical terms, forms and structure. This enhances the student’s effectiveness to communicate with musicians in recording situations.
Studio I
This unit provides fundamental concepts for all practicum-based units throughout the degree. It involves a practical introduction to software based recording systems with an emphasis on editing, arranging and mixing using a digital audio workstation (DAW). Students learn about the fundamental hardware and software components in the mixing chain of audio production as well as the function an audio engineer plays in preparing and completing a mix. This unit also covers an introduction to signal processing in the context of plugin based digital signal processing in the form of equalisation, dynamics processing and time modification effects.
Electronics
This unit introduces basic electrical circuits and the properties of basic electronic components and deepens understanding of the recording and mixing process and the limitations of various pieces of equipment involved in the process. Transducers such as microphones and loudspeakers are examined from a technical perspective, while digital and analogue recording mediums are also covered. The unit explores electrical safety issues enabling students to assess and avoid hazardous situations while at work. The unit also provides a technical perspective of the studio equipment whether it is analogue or digital-based circuitry, and extends knowledge and skills of equipment involved in the recording and mixing process.

Introduction to Electronic Music
This unit will introduce the student to MIDI and virtual music systems, synthesis and music programming/editing. It will explain the principles and functions of MIDI and the development and application of various synthesisers and audio manipulation processes.

This unit enables students to understand the workings of a MIDI system, sound synthesis and sound design and music programming with sequencers. The knowledge will be used in subsequent studio recording projects and will familiarise students with equipment they are likely to meet in a professional studio environment. The knowledge, skills and understanding achieved in this unit will enable students to explore a possible specialisation for your professional practice.
Producing Live Sound
The aim of this unit is to introduce the student to the principles of effective professional work practices by focussing on the knowledge required to select, set up, operate and maintain appropriate audio equipment for live sound environments, including speaker and enclosure design, types and specifications.

This unit contributes to the degree by enabling students to plan, install, and operate a public address system to suit specific requirements of both the venue and performer. It has a significant practical component and introduces the student to an area of specialisation for their professional practice.
Studio II
The purpose of this unit is to provide the student with an opportunity to apply basic recording and mixing concepts to a full band-recording project.

This unit builds on many of the concepts studied in the first studio unit. It involves a practical approach to recording and mixing using a combination of digital and analogue recording equipment. Students will record a full band including a drum kit using multi-microphone techniques and then overdub other instruments to a digital audio workstation (DAW). In addition, students will complete a stereo mix from the DAW to be suitable for a ‘red book’ audio compact disc.

This unit provides students with real life practical experience and an understanding of the demands of working with musicians and organizing a recording session. Completing this unit gives the student skills in dealing with larger musical groups. This studio unit is a fundamental component of the degree, as it gives the student access to a variety of analogue and digital studio recording equipment to develop both microphone and mixing skills and knowledge, relevant to their professional practice.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Bachelor of creative technology
(audio engineering & sound production)

6 Trimesters
Where / Brisbane / Melbourne / Sydney
Next intake 26/09/2016 / See all intake dates
Entry requirements / Aus / International
This Bachelor Degree will give you an advanced and applied understanding of electronics and acoustics, as well as help you extend sound concepts into mixed media - such as TV, film and radio.

You will explore the aesthetic and cultural contexts of sound production through some strong critical thinking, acoustic analysis, listening and problem solving. As you progress, you’ll be encouraged to collaborate with a range of other students and industry professionals, so as to enhance your technical skills and experience.

With access to our cutting-edge equipment, you will also have the opportunity to build your personal portfolio through a range of fun, creative assignments. Along the way, you’ll also refine your skills in audio post-production, surround-sound and large-scale PA systems design. Towards the end of your degree, you will also develop an area of specialisation, to help you secure the job that’s right for you. 
Bachelor of creative technology
(audio engineering & sound production)
Curriculum
Subject
Introduction to the Audio Industry
This unit provides grounding for many of the concepts studied in later units. The scope of the industry is examined and employment opportunities identified. It introduces students to the range of careers available in the industry as well as some of the equipment and standard practices in various industry sectors. It introduces professional practice in various settings and identifies the skills required to function within them as well as developing networks for future engagement in industry. The unit also develop academic skills of research, independent learning and effective written and oral presentations through specific content and assessment processes.
Audio and Acoustics Theory
The purpose of this unit is to introduce the concept of sound by exploring the behaviour of sound waves, their methods of generation and propagation, as well as their units and parameters. Decibel theory will be explored and measurements taken to allow calculations to be performed, leading to an understanding of the practical application of this knowledge, fundamental to understanding theory concepts presented in future units. Also examined is the ear and the hearing process as well as how to protect hearing from damage. Psychoacoustics and human perception of sound will also be investigated as part of this unit, leading to an introduction to architectural acoustics. This unit enables the student to understand the nature of sound and its physical properties. By understanding sound, students can start to appreciate the methods by which sound can be captured and manipulated. This will form the basis of the student’s knowledge of the physics of sound and increase their comprehension of advanced concepts in future units of study.
Music Production Analysis
This unit introduces the concept and techniques of critical listening in production. Various technical and artistic concerns are examined and solutions developed for difficult situations. This unit also examines various musical styles and genres as well as instrument characteristics such as timbre and sound dispersion. This knowledge will enable the student to critically analyse a music production. Students gain an understanding of musical terms, forms and structure. This enhances the student’s effectiveness to communicate with musicians in recording situations.
Studio I
This unit provides fundamental concepts for all practicum-based units throughout the degree. It involves a practical introduction to software based recording systems with an emphasis on editing, arranging and mixing using a digital audio workstation (DAW). Students learn about the fundamental hardware and software components in the mixing chain of audio production as well as the function an audio engineer plays in preparing and completing a mix. This unit also covers an introduction to signal processing in the context of plugin based digital signal processing in the form of equalisation, dynamics processing and time modification effects.
Electronics
This unit introduces basic electrical circuits and the properties of basic electronic components and deepens understanding of the recording and mixing process and the limitations of various pieces of equipment involved in the process. Transducers such as microphones and loudspeakers are examined from a technical perspective, while digital and analogue recording mediums are also covered. The unit explores electrical safety issues enabling students to assess and avoid hazardous situations while at work. The unit also provides a technical perspective of the studio equipment whether it is analogue or digital-based circuitry, and extends knowledge and skills of equipment involved in the recording and mixing process.

Introduction to Electronic Music
This unit will introduce the student to MIDI and virtual music systems, synthesis and music programming/editing. It will explain the principles and functions of MIDI and the development and application of various synthesisers and audio manipulation processes.

This unit enables students to understand the workings of a MIDI system, sound synthesis and sound design and music programming with sequencers. The knowledge will be used in subsequent studio recording projects and will familiarise students with equipment they are likely to meet in a professional studio environment. The knowledge, skills and understanding achieved in this unit will enable students to explore a possible specialisation for your professional practice.
Producing Live Sound
The aim of this unit is to introduce the student to the principles of effective professional work practices by focussing on the knowledge required to select, set up, operate and maintain appropriate audio equipment for live sound environments, including speaker and enclosure design, types and specifications.

This unit contributes to the degree by enabling students to plan, install, and operate a public address system to suit specific requirements of both the venue and performer. It has a significant practical component and introduces the student to an area of specialisation for their professional practice.
Studio II
The purpose of this unit is to provide the student with an opportunity to apply basic recording and mixing concepts to a full band-recording project.

This unit builds on many of the concepts studied in the first studio unit. It involves a practical approach to recording and mixing using a combination of digital and analogue recording equipment. Students will record a full band including a drum kit using multi-microphone techniques and then overdub other instruments to a digital audio workstation (DAW). In addition, students will complete a stereo mix from the DAW to be suitable for a ‘red book’ audio compact disc.

This unit provides students with real life practical experience and an understanding of the demands of working with musicians and organizing a recording session. Completing this unit gives the student skills in dealing with larger musical groups. This studio unit is a fundamental component of the degree, as it gives the student access to a variety of analogue and digital studio recording equipment to develop both microphone and mixing skills and knowledge, relevant to their professional practice.
History of Western Sound Recording
The aim of this unit is to give the student an historical overview of Western sound recording. You will investigate and research major recording periods from the early 20th Century to the present day and define the key characteristics, including sound production techniques and the producer or engineer’s contribution to the sound of the era.

The student will also explore the development of different mediums and tools used to record, reproduce or master sound and how the application of these tools influenced the sound. Practical considerations surrounding restoration will be covered, requiring students to restore a recording considered inferior in the present marketplace.

This unit will contextualise professional practice within the Western tradition of sound recording and production. The knowledge and skills achieved in this unit will enable students to expand their understanding of production techniques as well as examine the potential of sound restoration as an income-generating stream for their professional practice.
Acoustic Design
This unit covers considerations in acoustic design for various environments and situations where sound control is an issue. Acoustic problems such as flutter echo, excess reverberation and strategies for controlling these are also explored and discussed. Control room design philosophies and specialised construction techniques are also examined. This will allow students to evaluate studio designs and performance spaces from a knowledgeable point of view.

Acoustic Design also introduces students to a possible area of specialisation for their professional practice. Acousticians work with building developers, councils, venue owners and many other businesses and organisations on a range of tasks concerned with the beneficial treatment of sound indoors.

This unit enables the student to recognise and evaluate various design principles of acoustic environments. This will enable the students to make better recordings and mixes in their practical units. Students will develop an appreciation of the acoustic design factors and construction techniques involved in recording studios and performance spaces.
Advanced Music Production Analysis
This unit gives the student an understanding of the advanced concepts of evaluating sound in audio and musical recordings and introduces the concept of the Art of Record Production. Topics to be covered include advanced mixing and production techniques, musical and production technique history and how they relate to modern recordings. The student will also deepen their knowledge of music literacy to give them greater ability to function as sound producers in their professional practice.

This unit contributes to the degree by giving the student a deeper understanding of music traditions and music production techniques. This knowledge will enhance their creativity in their professional practice.
Studio III
This unit develops the student’s conceptual knowledge and technical skills in recording, mixing and editing and requires them to apply these skills to the whole-of-campus production activities undertaken during Integration I.

Integration I is a whole of campus collaborative project that may involve students from any of the other course disciplines. For example, Entertainment Business Management students may establish and manage projects involving the live and studio recording of their “clients’” (students’) music by the Audio Engineering students. This may lead to the production of a music video clip or ‘live’ clip by the Film and Television students.

This unit contributes to the degree by enabling students to put into practice all the knowledge they have gained from previous units into a range of production projects. At this stage, students work with producers from industry to mix, master and produce. This contributes to their developing professional practice. Integration I is the audio engineering student’s opportunity to contribute their creativity and problem solving skills to a real world production activity.
Introduction to TV, Radio and Film Audio
Students will gain an understanding of the specific requirements and basic techniques used in television, broadcasting, film and radio production. The concepts of Foley recording for film and video, audio editing, plus mixing audio for picture will help students effectively understand and practice sound design and creation across a range of platforms. Classes for this unit are split between the MIDI lab and classroom. At this point, students are introduced to an area of specialisation for their professional practice.
Studio IV
This unit broadens the student’s skill set in a variety of practical areas relevant to the recording engineer and producer. Students will plan and undertake the recording of an acoustic ensemble, outside the confines of the traditional recording studio, encouraging the development of acoustic analysis, critical listening and problem solving skills. Students also explore and develop skills in the field of Digital Sequencing and electronic music production and learn how to solder correctly and take accurate electronic measurements for maintenance and electronic construction projects.

These projects will contribute to student showreels, and demonstrate their ability to undertake further demanding production work in the forthcoming trimesters.
Applied Electronics
The purpose of this unit is to enable the student to explore the sonic characteristics of various electronic topologies and develop an appreciation of how they contribute to the overall sound of a production. This skill will enable students to select appropriate equipment to achieve the artistic aesthetic required for a variety of production scenarios.

Soldering and circuit construction techniques will also be covered. This will give students valuable repair and fault finding skills as well as an appreciation of the design and implementation of the circuits that contribute to the sound of recordings.

This unit prepares the student for managing and maintaining the various pieces of audio equipment found in studios. These skills, in combination with those acquired throughout the course, will ensure that students can competently operate a modern professional recording studio.
Audio Technologies
Music and audio production continues to develop as an electronic medium, and via purely electronic means. This unit focuses on computer based audio and music production technologies. It develops awareness and skills in audio compression and delivery formats for various multimedia contexts including web and integrated media as well as developing professional audio resources for educational instruction. It continues to develop electronic music production skills via MIDI and audio DAW software.

This unit contributes to the degree by introducing students to an area of specialisation for their professional practice. It provides a theoretical and practical framework for maintaining appropriate skills in technology driven and fast changing work practices.
Senior Seminar
This unit is designed to develop the student’s ability to research and study at a higher education level while still focussing on their chosen field of study.

Students will engage in academic research and present conclusions through means of formal documents and seminar presentations. Research will focus on an audio related topic of the student’s choice in context with intellectual, ethical and historical perspectives. Students will participate in a process of peer review and assessment.

This unit provides the student with an opportunity to expand their knowledge towards an individual career interest of life long learning and the ability to convey information at a professional, academic level.
Advanced Audio System Design
The aim of this unit is to provide students with the opportunity to address the installation of sound reproduction systems in auditoria and for large outdoor events. Students are required to design a substantial live sound system and present a proposal and costing.

This unit will expose students to another area of specialisation and therefore enhance their potential for establishing and sustaining professional practice opportunities.

The knowledge, skills and understanding achieved in this unit will enable students to appreciate the role of a system designer and also work more effectively with large scale PA systems.
Advanced Spacial Recording Techniques
This Unit provides the opportunity to develop specialist knowledge in large ensemble and location recording techniques in stereo and surround formats.

The student will identify and articulate complex sound production requirements for recording projects including orchestras of numerous sizes, choirs, solo acoustic instruments, and more. Students will be expected to maintain and present from a reflective journal throughout the trimester.

This unit provides an understanding of specialized recording techniques enabling the student to develop as a professional engineer and project manager.
Studio V
The purpose of this unit is to provide the opportunity to creatively experiment with the student’s audio engineering and sound production craft in preparation for their final showreel. Students will also be introduced to the concepts of surround sound for music applications.

This unit will enable students to further develop their creative and technical skills in audio engineering and sound production with an overall emphasis on project management.

The understanding and skills acquired through a collaborative process will enhance personal practice and networking abilities in preparation of building a level of expertise valued in the industry.
Sound Aesthetics
This unit provides the student with the opportunity to analyse and evaluate the appropriateness of different audiophonic genres for a variety of purposes and through an extensive investigation of related aesthetics. This unit will provide a theoretical framework within which to place the student’s creativity through an investigation of media, art forms and situations where their complex sound designs may be used. Throughout the course of the unit students will maintain a logbook detailing their decision making process as they complete a series of Process Development Exercises. The logbook will also provide opportunity for reflection and analysis of the success or otherwise of the completed exercises.
Post Production Audio
This unit will provide students with the opportunity to develop recording techniques in areas of distinct speciality, increasing their potential to establish a sustainable professional practice.

Students will have the opportunity to acquire knowledge and prepare audio for a complete high quality soundtrack mix catering to film and television mediums.
Music Business Management
As students prepare for graduation and start to explore their options for future employment, it’s important to consider both job seeking skills as well as business planning skills. The purpose of this unit is to provide the student with grounding in business principles, as it applies to the establishment of their professional practice. The unit will cover fundamental business and financial planning, as well as marketing and personal communication skills. It will also inform the student of the principles and application of copyright and publishing issues in the creative industries.

This unit contributes to the degree by providing students with the knowledge and skills they require to apply for jobs, as well as research opportunities for self employment and to complete a rudimentary business plan. This unit will give students fundamental skills for planning, starting and managing a small business.
Studio VI
This unit provides the opportunity for students to demonstrate the level of technical and artistic competence reached across six trimesters of training and practice. Students will be required to demonstrate their readiness for professional practice by negotiating, proposing and completing a set of group based projects with individual mixes, creating a folio and defending the technical and aesthetic processes. Effective maintenance of a reflective journal is considered essential to this unit.

This unit gives students the opportunity to refine their creative audio engineering and sound production expertise in the context of surround sound, and also provides opportunity for integration with the Music, Animation, Games, Film and Television, Entertainment Business Management or Digital Design departments.

The production of high quality, diverse work produced will enable students to build a showreel.

Careers in the Industry

Graduates may find employment with

By combining the fundamental audio principles with practical application and training on a range of equipment styles (traditional and contemporary), you will graduate with the ability and flexibility to undertake a wide range of industry projects. Integration across other disciplines within JMC Academy ensures that as a graduate, you will be able to approach your chosen industry with an innovative perspective and comprehensive understanding.

Specific roles may include

Music Producer
Studio Engineer 
Production Coordinator 
Recording Engineer 
Freelance Engineer 
Studio Manager 
Studio Owner 
Programmer 
Front of House Engineer 
Pro Tools Operator
Sound Effects Editor
Music Editor
Dialogue Editor
Location Sound Engineer
Mastering Engineer
Sound Designer
Stage Technician
AV Specialist
Radio Content Producer
AVID Certification

After a rigorous review of JMC Academy’s facilities and superior technology used in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane’s Audio courses, JMC Academy is also now a certified AVID Training location. This recognition allows JMC Academy to offer 100 and 200 level courses in ProTools for introductory and formal ProTools certification. 
This certification makes JMC Academy the only provider in Australia to offer 200 level courses in more than one state. 

Student testimonials

  • "The in-depth practical work gave me an edge in the real world. Lecturers are knowledgeable and experienced with a real passion for the subject matter, making learning much easier." - Aldo Sampaio
    Audio Director, Ubisoft Montreal (Canada) | audio engineering and sound production
  • "Hard work and collaboration between other JMC departments enabled me to work across live sound, audio-to-picture sound and studio recording, opening up job prospects after graduating."
    -Dan Brown
    Film Score recordist, engineer and mixer, Trackdown Studios | Audio Engineering and Sound Production (Alumni Award recipient 2014)

Faqs

I’m a musician but want to learn how to produce music as well. Is this the Audio Engineering & Sound Production the right course for me?
This depends on where you would like to focus your career. Would you like to be a performer, or be behind the desk? ....  In the music performance course there are units on how to produce your own music which might be worth considering. If you want to know all there is about audio - including how to produce all kinds of music and sound then this is the course for you. Being a musician is an added bonus for this course as the knowledge and skills you have as a musician can be applied to production. Having said that, you don’t need to be a musician to study this course, as basic music theory is included in the curriculum.                              
Do I need to provide samples of my work to support my application to the Audio Engineering & Sound Production?
No, you need not provide any samples. However, you are welcome to provide samples of work. This may include any recordings you’ve done - whether that be live, studio or in your room, screen shots of any ProTools sessions or examples of any technical experience you've had including PA setup, session setup, helping out at live music events, at school or otherwise. Although not necessary, experience such as this demonstrates your keen interest in pursuing audio as a career.