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.
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
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)
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)
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.
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:
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:
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).
Option: Full payment upfront
The total amount for both years with full payment up front = 12,200€
Option: Financed 1
The total amount for both years with Financed payment method = 12,660€
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)