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FET Certificate: Music Industry: Sound Technology


The FET program has been specifically designed for those who are interested in pursuing a musical career but do not have a grade 12 (Matric Certificate). This program is an entry level program for the National Diploma Sound Engineering and Music Production.
This course will provide you with the basic skills to produce music for various applications in the music industry. You will also be taught principles of sound waves, music theory and also post production techniques

Course Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Record a full band (any kind of music) onto a professional, industry standard, Digital Audio Workstation.
  • Make basic decisions in terms of microphone choice and placement, audio editing and processing.
  • Use industry standard DAW’s to perform advanced tasks such as processing and mixing audio.
  • Perform basic MIDI programming demonstrating an understanding of musical arrangement.
  • Work on multiple projects towards a deadline and manage their own time and resources.

Course Modules

  • Module 1: Sound Fundamentals
  • Module 2: Digital Audio Technology
  • Module 3: Basic Sound Production
  • Module 4: Basic Keyboard Skills
  • Module 5: Music theory

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.