Audio Engineering & Acoustics (Principles)

Course Curriculum

The Advanced Diploma is an intensive one year programme which is taught across 48 weeks. The course is then divided into three terms, with each term building on the knowledge and skills you learnt in the previous term.

Using our progressive continuous learning method each module will cover historical and theoretical content alongside practical and technical skills so you develop a rounded knowledge and skill set within each area.

The breadth of the course means that alongside learning what equipment, techniques and microphones to use you also learn why you use them. This will help you develop your own expertise and understanding of how to create different sounds and effects.

Subject Areas

Within the diploma we cover all of the following subject areas: Acoustics, Computer, Copyright and Legal issues, Digital Audio Technology, Electronics and Analogue Equipment, General Business (Publishing & Marketing), Management Skills, Mastering, Microphones, Mixing and Critical Listening, Music Theory and Production, Production, Recording, Sound Theory, Studio Equipment and Signal Processing, Studio Etiquette and Musicianship.

Below you can browse through the three terms and see the breakdown of modules for each term.

Audio Engineering & Acoustics (Principles)

These are the learning outcomes for this subject area.You will be able to:

• Describe sound as a physical and as a psychoacoustic phenomenon;
• Categorise acoustic-related concepts, including reflection, absorption, diffusion and refraction;
• Recall fundamental wave theory-related concepts;
• Recognise the relevance of Equal Loudness Contours in music production;
• Appraise the relevance of human hearing localisation mechanisms;
• Identify the anatomical components of the human hearing system;
• Recognise the dangers of excessive exposure to loud sound;
• Describe the rationale for the use of decibels in sound engineering;
• Express sound-related changes using a decibel scale (referenced or not);
• Recall the different standards for audio operating levels;
• Recall the different standards for audio signal metering;
• Interpret simple audio meter readings;
• Recognise basic electronic quantities and units of measurement;
• Identify the basic components found in passive electronic circuits;
• Discuss the principles of impedance and reactance;
• Recognise simple CR, LR and CLR equalisation circuits;
• Summarise the role of earthing and grounding in electronic circuits.

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