DIPLOMA IN SOUND ENGINEERING

Academic year & Intensive Courses
2 years
6.250 €
*Tuition for the first year | Limited places in course
Registration open for 2019 - 2020!
Barcelona
September, 30
Description

The Diploma in Sound Engineering is a two-year professional formation taught at Microfusa. On successful completion of the diploma, it is possible to go on to do a university degree (Bachelor of Arts Hons or Bachelor of Science Hons)* in England, incorporating directly into the third year at Solent University.

The school is equipped with the best facilities to undertake this course and with a modern educational team both technologically and pedagogically.

This course offers the best possible training and preparation required in order to be professionally successful in the constantly evolving world of music and audio-visual technologies, specifically in the following areas; recording studio and live performances/sound, cinema and television or online content delivery systems and mobile applications

In order to give you some perspective, you will also have the chance to learn in-depth about the fundamentals of musical language and composition, the history of the musical production and of music. Among the numerous subjects, it is worth mentioning, the vast concepts related to the music industry including, contracts, promotion, copyrights, etc.

Whats more is the incorporation of native English teachers to the team that are musical producers. Supporting students in preparation for university access examinations and to develop technical language.

Our diploma also has included in the courses program the official accreditation offered by software manufacturers, including; Apple and Avid, corresponding course books and exam fees for Logic 101 and Protools 101,110 (user level), 201, 210M and 210P (Music and Por-production operator certificates).

*Refer to higher degrees section to consult the University degrees (BA Hons - BSc Hons) the diploma gives access to.

Syllabus

Year one

Audio Technology Audio equipment, signal routing, digital and analogue consoles, microphones, signal processing and audio Fxs, amplifiers and loudspeakers systems

Digital audio and computing foundations Computer Essentials, MIDI, virtual instruments, digital audio, networks and communications, remote control devices, Digital Audio Workstations

Electronics Fundamentals Mathematical foundations, Electricity, Magnetism, electronics components, basic circuits, security at work

Physics and acoustics principles The physics of sound, magnitudes, harmonics (the type of sounds), musical instruments physical foundations, microphones placing, acoustical principles (absorption, reflection, diffraction, etc.), noise and environment, reverberation, isolation, acoustics conditioning, reverb simulators (audio processors, brief history and its parameters)

Mixing techniques Auditory physiology, psychoacoustics (binaural, Haas, delays, sound masking.) human voice physiology, monitoring systems, mixing axis (deep, stereo, frequency response) EQ, dynamics, space design, automation, introducing the mastering.

Recording techniques Stereo microphones techniques, recording workflow, tuning, tempo correction, editing, post-production. Practical classes with professional musicians (voice, percussion, acoustic guitars, Jazz trio and Rock band)

Music Theory I Tempo, bars, structures, scales (major and minor) and harmony (triades i quatriades)

Audio Software I Apple Logic 101, Protools 101 and 110

Music History From classical to electronic music. Music style analysis. Music production history; technology evolution, most important producers in history


Year two

Film and TV audio post-production Music ambience, media arts and technology environment, dubbing techniques, dialogues, microphone recording techniques, Foley, mixing, audio aesthetics, sound design,  commercial advertising

Multichannel and 3D audio Multichannel systems Dolby, 5.1, SDDS, etc. Dolby Athmos (theoretical class), 360º sound (Ambisonics), Virtual Reality integrations. AOIP (Dante)

Mastering 
Analysis from the technical to the artistical view, digital audio correction, audio restoration, visual monitoring tools, processing (dynamics, EQ, space, m&s matrix, dithering), Stems, editing, CD architecture, iTune optimizing

Live Sound Introduction to live production events, organisation and security, speakers sound systems (line arrays, Adaptive EAW), stage monitoring, digital networking, live audio consoles, remote mixing, backline basics, sound checking. Practical classes with professional musicians at Sala Apolo (Drums, guitars, acoustics Jazz, Rock Band). Microfusa Festival at Sala Apolo

Music Business industry Songwriting rights, copyright patent, Creative Commons, Performance rights, Phonographic producer/labels (majors and independents), legal agreements, digital distribution, network “moneytoring”

Music theory II Scales (Minor harmonics, melodic minor, Greek or Gregorian modes and others) and harmony (secondary’s dominants and the rest of chords), songwriting with modal exchanges

Audio Software II Protools 201, 210P (Post-production), 210M (Music)

Requirements

Academic

  • Recommended, Baccalaureate or equivalent A-levels studies. Students with inferior studies must organize an interview with the school director 
  • Successful completion of the 2-year diploma gives access to the third university year (top up course) in England, at Solent University.

In order to be able to access said university and in so doing attain a University Degree the access requirements are; Baccalaureate (any modality), English language level IELTS certification with the cutoff score 6 in speaking and writing. Lastly, not to forget the successful completion of all the Diploma subjects, in accordance with Microfusas requirements.

All of these requirements must be met when registering at the university, which is usually in June previous to the start. This gives students the opportunity to master their English and, in some cases to complete their Baccalaureate or A-levels studies.


Materials

  • The centre provides all the necessary materials for the course, as well as the availability of recording studios for the course studies and to work on projects, practice, and study.
Timetable

The methodology used in the course is based on a blended learning format, incorporating activities that evolve in our classrooms and recording studios, supported by our virtual campus. Said activities include collaborative practices, magisterial classes, discussion forums and group projects among others. The course content is available online, accessible 24 hours, on any electronic device (i.e. computer, tablet and mobile).

The debate forums will stimulate critical thinking/analysis along with the exchange of ideas. The practices and projects objective is, learning by doing, and working in teams with other students. This is all closely overseen and led by our highly specialized educators, all of whom have extensive experience in the field.


For the Diploma of Sound Engineering students can choose from the following available schedules:

  • Morning schedule 08:30 am to 14:30 pm, Monday to Friday
  • Afternoon schedule 16:00 pm to 22:00 pm, Monday to Thursday

The course is made up of approximately 2.000 hours distributed between theoretical classes, practices, assisted projects, self-study and personal practices.

The weekly classes are undertaken in the following way:

  • Production/sound equipment – 6h/weekly
  • Specific software (Apple Logic and Avid Protools) – 3h/weekly
  • History of the music, musical productions and musical industry - 3h/weekly
  • Musical language - 3h/weekly
  • English (recognized) - 3h/weekly

The rest of the hours are meant for students to study and work on exercises and/or projects that are requested during the semester. For this students have access to classrooms and recording studios (access to recording studios will depend on the semester). 


Observations:

  • Maximum number of places available: 24
  • Applications are treated on a first-come-first-serve basis
  • This course requires a minimum of 8 students
Payment Methods

Option: Full payment upfront

  • Reservation of place on the course: 300€
  • 1st Year (single payment) 2: 5,950€
  • 2nd Year (single payment) 2: 5,950€

The total amount for both years with full payment up front = 12,200€


Option: Financed 1

1st Year:

  • Reservation of place on the course: 300€ 
  • 1st Payment 2: 1,420€
  • 8 installments: 595€ (November to June)

2nd Year:

  • 1st payment 2: 1,420€
  • 8 installments: 595€ (November to June)

The total amount for both years with Financed payment method = 12,660€  


Observations

1. To access the financing service the following is imperative: Spanish bank account information. TIN interest rate of 5%, 5,11% TAE. The payments will be debited directly by bank or cashier by the 5th of each month, except the first payment that will be done by a one-off transfer or in cash.

2. The deadline to make the first payment or single payment is 14 natural days prior to the start of the course (September 16th, 2019.)

The cost includes vast educational materials of the school, available on the virtual campus.

As well as, books (physical or electronic), requested from the manufacturers of the official courses, as well as the exam fees for said courses.
The exam fees of Microfusa and of the official courses also are included, with the possibility of repeating an exam each semester, in the case a student does not successfully pass an exam on their first attempt (with exception to Apple Logic's official accreditation, in the case of having to repeat this exam, students will have to deposit 75€ for the exam fees)