"> Diploma: Sound Engineering and Production – Southwest Media College

Diploma: Sound Engineering and Production


SMC’s Sound Engineering and Production program prepares graduates for careers in the professional recording industry by providing in-depth training in the essential techniques of recording, production, mixing and mastering as well as hands-on experience in production studios.Whether your goal is to be a pro audio engineer, master the recording process as an artist or producer, or learn the art of film and television post-production audio, SMC provides the knowledge and experience to make it a reality.

Course Outcomes

By the end of the Diploma course, the candidate should be able to:

  • Engineer, Record and Mix bands (any style) to a high level of proficiency.
  • Produce music to a tight brief whilst being able to retain creativity at all levels.
  • Perform mixing and Mastering of a song to basic expectations.
  • Work on multiple projects towards a deadline and manage their own time and resources.
  • Perform advanced MIDI and Audio programming
  • Have knowledge of synthesis tools and advanced sampler programming.
  • Engineer live and studio sound

Course Modules


  • SRB-101: Sound Recording Basics
  • MBU-101: Music Business 1
  • DAT-101: Digital Audio Technology
  • MTH-101: Music Theory
  • KEY-101: Basic Keyboard Skills
  • PRS-101: Production Software 1
  • MTP-101: Music Technology Portfolio


  • SSD-201: Synthesis and Sound Design
  • LSR 201: Live Sound Reinforcement
  • MBU-201: Music Business 2
  • SPR-201: Signal Processing
  • MMA-201: Mixing & mastering
  • KEY-201: Advanced Keyboard Skills
  • PRS-201: Pro Tools 101
  • MTP-101: Recording Industry Internship

Admission Requirements

The following learning is assumed to be in place before enrolling

  • Grade 12 or a NQF level 4 equivalent qualification
  • Computer literacy
  • English language (spoken and written)
  • Music aptitude

What is the class schedule?

  • Classes are scheduled 5 days per week (Full Time), and 2 days per week (Part Time), Monday & Wednesday or Tuesday & Thursday.
  • 10 hours per week of studio lab time will be spent completing hands-on projects.
  • In addition to the regular class schedule, seminars are scheduled on Fridays. Many audio and business related topics are featured. SMC invites industry professionals from all aspects of the music industry to participate and share their knowledge. Educational videos are also featured.