Audio Engineering & Acoustics (Principles)

Course Curriculum

The part-time course of our Advanced Diploma is a two year programme which is taught across 24 months. 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 module.You will be able to:

• Recall key points in the history of film sound;
• Identify the different stages of film production;
• Recognise the different roles and responsibilities in film sound production;
• Discuss the workflow and roles in film production sound (location recording);
• Recognise the importance of time-code use in film-related projects; List the sound equipment used for film location recordings;
• Describe the procedure of recording film sound on location;
• Discuss the workflow and roles in film post-production sound;
• Edit film production sound (location recordings);
• Replace poorly recorded production dialogue using ADR;
• Appraise production sound effects (recorded on location);
• Choose appropriate sound effects from libraries;
• Create sound effects for film projects;
• Recall key points / productions in film music history;
• Analyse the music used in film;
• Compose music for short film clips;
• Mix the sound of short film clips;
• Critique the aesthetic of sound used in film;
• Recall key points in the history of live sound equipment development;
• Recall health and safety recommendations in live sound environments;
• Identify the different elements found in live sound audio signal chains;

By day, you’re soaking in the knowledge of industry experts. By night, you practice what you’ve learnt in a playground of high-end studio equipment. What more could you possibly want?

Janice Wong, Amsterdam Graduate 2017

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