Programmes

Diploma

Audio Production

Get prepared for the exciting and fast-paced audio production industry in Singapore and abroad.

The Diploma in Audio Production is a practice-based programme that focuses on all aspects of music production involving the recording studio and sound reinforcement disciplines, including large-scale theatre and multimedia productions in three theatre venues at LASALLE.

Through a progressive structure of modules and assessments, you will be taken step by step through the fundamentals of audio technologies and working methodologies of audio production.

Working closely with other Performing Arts students from Music, Acting, Musical Theatre, and Technical and Production Management, you will gain unique experience in setting up and operating sound for live concerts and performances, as well as for recording projects in the state-of-the-art recording studio at LASALLE.

Through hands-on projects, you will learn and hone the necessary skills for professional placement in this exciting and dynamic industry. Top local and international practitioners will provide knowledge and experience, as you gain confidence to take on industry-level projects. Upon completion, you will graduate with the necessary skill set to undertake a career in audio production.

"I had many happy moments in LASALLE. But to highlight one, it would be when the students from the Faculty of Performing Arts Level 1 programmes – Dance, Performance, Music, Technical & Production Management and Audio Production – had to come together to do a devised performance. There were tough days but the outcome of what I achieved was beyond my best expectation."
Noor Hakim Bin Ramli
Diploma in Audio Production, Class of 2013

Course Details

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Duration

3 years

Mode

Full Time

Modules
Level 1

You will share some common modules across the Diplomas in the School of Contemporary Music and the School of Dance & Theatre. These shared modules aim to provide you with a comprehensive basic knowledge and grounding in basic creative processes, as well as technical and academic skills essential for progressing to Levels 2 and 3. The modules also allow for diagnostic and formative teaching to ensure you have made the appropriate choice in the programme.

Audio Production 1A (15 CU)
This module is an introduction to the core concepts and nomenclature as well as the key techniques and skills involved in sound recording and live sound reinforcement.

Music Skills 1A (15 CU)
This module provides you with the fundamental concepts of music theory, aural and keyboard skills.

Contextual Studies 1A (15 CU)
This contextual studies module orientates you in the sphere of artistic aesthetics, creative rationale and performance history.

Production Practicum 1A (15 CU)
This module requires you to undertake a supervised practical application of theoretical knowledge gained during the course curriculum.

Audio Production 1B (15 CU)
This module expands upon the introductory concepts of Audio Production 1A and develops core key techniques and skills involved in sound recording and live sound reinforcement into a more focused working methodology.

Music Skills 1B (15 CU)
This module continues your understanding of music theory, aural and keyboard skills, and develops a creative context for theoretical concepts.

Contextual Studies 1B (15 CU)
Continuing the development of artistic aesthetics, creative rationale and performance history from Cultural and Contextual Studies 1A, this module enhances your contextual understanding by providing both contemporary and local context. Research and writing skills continue to be developed and practiced.

Production Practicum 1B (15 CU)
This module includes your first practical considerations for sound reinforcement for public events through the application of theoretical knowledge.

Level 2

You will be developed in skills, knowledge, problem-solving and in work methods. You will also be placed in professionally structured projects and productions reflecting industry practice. Skills and knowledge are continually applied in projects and productions. 

Audio Production 2A (15 CU)
This module continues the core subject by applying techniques taught in other modules and teaming them with skills.

Digital Music Production 2A (15 CU)
This module requires you to arrange and compose songs in a Digital Production Environment. Sound design for video is introduced with a focus on technical efficiency and aesthetically appropriate outcomes.

Acoustics (15 CU)
The module develops your interpretative abilities and research sensibilities through a deeper understanding of concepts and aesthetic principles.

Production Practicum 2A (15 CU)
This module provides you with the opportunity to collaborate and hone your skills in audio production. Communication skills are extended through dealing with various programmes of different techniques. These practicums all have performance outcomes with the final realisation to a live audience.

Audio Production 2B (15 CU)
This module requires you to use a range of established techniques to initiate and undertake problem solving in different working environments. Through hands-on projects you begin to develop individual working styles and aesthetics.

Digital Music Production 2B (15 CU)
This module requires you to build higher-level technical skills in order to achieve more aesthetic musical results in a multimedia-working environment.

Electro-Acoustics (15 CU)
The module develops your interpretative abilities and research sensibilities through a deeper understanding of concepts and aesthetic principles.

Production Practicum 2B (15 CU)
This module is a continuation of the practical knowledge gained in Production Practicum 2A. You are expected to work more independently with higher degrees of sonic results. These practicums all have performance outcomes with the final realisation to a live audience.

Level 3

You will undertake modules that may include self-devised/directed studies or projects. Industry placements will assist you to gain an accurate understanding of the performing industries through personal involvement in a preferred field with an industry professional or company. These placements allow you to apply your studio and academic learnings and achievements to the diverse expectations of a vital and demanding industry.

In the Community Engagement module, you will learn from non-profit organisations or community-interest-led projects. You will identify community problems and issues of social concern and use the skill sets and research methods learned to creatively and effectively propose solutions to address them.

Audio Production 3A (15 CU)
This module enhances the ability to explore, investigate and apply theoretical knowledge and establish relevance to contemporary practice in Audio Production.

Audio Systems Design (15 CU)
This module continues to expand your technical skills. Utilising technical knowledge gained in previous modules, you focus on original design and implementation of computer-networked corporate AV and venue PA systems by employing CAD skills and acoustic considerations.

Music Entrepreneurship A (15 CU)
This module focuses on the entrepreneurial endeavours of independent artists. Coupled with strong writing and verbal communication skills, it provides a springboard for you to develop your career as an independent and well-rounded business professional.

Production Practicum 3A (15 CU)
This module requires you to manage the conception and implementation of sound for live performances. It also requires you to mentor and manage Audio Production students from lower levels, and work with senior artists and production managers in project preproduction and implementation.

Audio Production 3B (15 CU)
This module finalises your knowledge and skill set of commercial music and live sound production. With a complete set of skills, you will understand what is needed to undertake appropriate further training of a professional, or equivalent nature, and can apply individual aesthetics to enhance all stages of the production process.

Audio Systems Implementation (15 CU)
This module is the culmination of your Portfolio work and should exhibit a systematic display of work and related materials that depict your accumulated knowledge and progress during the course of the previous levels.

Music Entrepreneurship B (15 CU)
This module will increase your business awareness and industry networking skills as well as undertaking community engagement.

Production Practicum 3B (15 CU)
This module requires you to undertake an industry placement in the form of an attachment to a practitioner, venue or company. You may be attached to an internal attachment at LASALLE, such as Theatre, Music, Audio/Visual, or Studio attachments; and may also choose a focus in pedagogy and assist in mentoring fellow students.

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Learning methods

Attend lectures, critiques, workshops, seminars, tutorials and field trips. Engaging in studio work as well as group and solo projects will also become part of your student life. As part of industry-based learning, you will be involved in either a live industry-related project or an industry placement.

Assessment and course materials

Assessment is an integral part of the learning process and will be formative and diagnostic, as well as summative and evaluative. Feedback to students is provided, wherever appropriate.

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Programme completion criteria

Students need to accumulate 360 credits from Levels 1, 2 and 3.   

Career paths

Make an impact as:
Studio Recording Engineer, Live Sound Reinforcement Engineer, Music Producer, Music Editor, Audio Video Systems Designer or Product Specialist.

Or make your mark in a related career:
Music Reviewer, Electronic Music Composer or Acoustician.

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Academics

Tap into the illustrious minds of our faculty members who are movers and shakers in their own disciplines. They will impart, challenge and encourage, as they share their invaluable expertise and experiences with you.

Dean, Faculty of Performing Arts
Head, School of Contemporary Music
Programme Leader, Diploma in Audio Production
Lecturer, Audio Production
Lecturer, Music
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Admission Information

Important Dates

  • Apply by: 15 February 2019
  • Application outcome will be announced by: 29 March 2019
  • Start of Semester: AY2019/2020
Entry Requirements

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

Singapore
  • Singapore
  • Australia
  • Brunei
  • China (PRC)
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar
  • Philippines
  • ROC, Taiwan
  • Russia
  • South Korea
  • Sri Lanka
  • Thailand
  • United Arab of Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Vietnam
Qualifications Remarks
Singapore-Cambridge GCE O-Level Aggregate score of 25 points or better in 4 GCE O-Level subjects, excluding English. A pass in English at Grade C6 or better
GCSE/IGCSE 5 subject passes, including English, at Grade A to C
Higher NITEC/NITEC Certificate -
Singapore Integrated Programme Completed IP Year 4

 


Alternative English Language Qualification

Entry Into IELTS TOEFL
Diploma 5.5 PBT IBT
525 71

ADMISSIONS TESTS/PORTFOLIO AND INTERVIEW REQUIREMENTS

As an applicant, you are required to take an admissions test or submit a portfolio and attend an interview. 

Applicants from all music backgrounds can enter this programme with an audition that demonstrates their previous experience in music and audio production. 

You are required to attend an interview with an audition component to demonstrate your creative potential. You need to demonstrate experience in music and audio production by presenting two examples of your work submitted via a CD or DVD, as well as a clear vision for your own musical future. Examples of acceptable CD/DVD submissions are recordings of music productions, original compositions recorded and produced by you, or a DVD video recording of a live performance where you were an integral part of a live sound reinforcement production. 

Music Training Pre-requisites 
Previous qualifications in music theory or practical exams are preferred but not a requirement. You will be judged solely on your ability to perform during the audition and interview process. 

Audition Requirements 
You will need to complete a music theory and aural test set by the School of Contemporary Music. 

You are also required to present two examples of work in music and audio production. Be prepared to discuss your role in the production and demonstrate an understanding of the technologies involved. (CD/DVD must be submitted to the audition panel.)

Fees
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Tuition Fees

DIPLOMA TUITION FEES FOR AUGUST 2019 INTAKE (PER ANNUM FEES)

Funded (Subsidised Fees) Non-Funded (Full Fees)
Singaporeans Singapore PR International Singaporeans Singapore PR International
S$5,280 S$6,930* S$9,780* S$19,000 S$21,150 S$23,800
Note for Diploma Fees:

* SPRs and International students who choose to take up the Tuition Grant (TG) will need to make an online application and then sign the TG Deed with the Government of Singapore. Under the terms of the Tuition Grant Deed, you will be required to work for a Singapore entity for a period of three years upon graduation. For more information, visit tgonline.moe.gov.sg.

  • Funded/Subsidised fees for Singaporeans and Singapore PR qualify for GST Subsidy from MOE, all other fees include 7% GST.
  • Fees are due on the first day of each semester.
  • Fees are subject to change.
  • Correct as at August 2018.
 

Application Fees

A non-refundable application fee (inclusive of 7% GST) is chargeable per application. Application is only complete upon receipt of your application fee and all necessary documents. Please ensure your application fee is paid and documents are submitted within seven working days from the submission date of your online application.  LASALLE reserves the right to withdraw the applicant if the application fee remains unpaid and documents are not received by the due date.

Singaporean / Singapore Permanent Resident Applicants International Applicants
S$60.00 S$120.00
 

Additional Costs

Basic materials for learning are provided by the College.

As a developing artist, you are required to have certain items that are personal to you and cannot be shared. Such items include books, dance shoes, rehearsal clothes, safety boots, portable musical instruments, paints, canvas, basic tools, design software, cameras, etc., that will support you through your three-year learning journey. The College does not encourage the purchase of extravagant or costly materials or equipment. Our lecturers can provide you with affordable suggestions.

You are also encouraged to have your own laptop for education. If you do not own one, computer labs are available on campus with requisite software for you to undertake your work.

There may be opportunities for you to undertake extra-curricular study trips to enhance your overall learning. Trips are not compulsory and may incur additional costs.

 

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Fee Protection Scheme (FPS)

Fee Protection Scheme (FPS) serves to protect students’ fees in the event a Private Education Institution (PEI) is unable to continue operations due to insolvency and/or regulatory closure. The FPS also protects students when the PEI fails to pay penalties or refund fees to the students arising from judgements made against it by the Singapore courts.

In seeking to be an EduTrust-certified PEI, LASALLE is required to adopt the FPS to ensure full protection to all fees paid by their students. Therefore, the FPS is compulsory for students who are taking BA(Hons), MA and Certificate programmes at LASALLE.

Diploma programmes offered by LASALLE are exempted from FPS under the EduTrust requirements of the Committee for Private Education (CPE).

More information on the Committee for Private Education

Medical Insurance Scheme (MIS)

All full-time students of LASALLE are required to be covered under the Medical Insurance Scheme (MIS). The annual coverage of S$20,000 includes school-related activities throughout the programme duration.

The current premium rate of S$18.20 is payable each semester. This premium rate is subject to change based on the prevailing premiums charged by the insurer.

Accepted Modes of Payment

All payment to LASALLE must be made in Singapore Dollars. 

Our accepted payment modes include:

  • DBS Online Banking and ATM Transfer
  • GIRO
  • Cheque/ Bank Draft/ Cashier's Order/ Demand Draft
  • NETS
  • Cash
  • Master/ Visa/ China UnionPay
  • Wired Transfer/ Telegraphic Transfer (Only for International students) 
Scholarships & Financial Support

SCHOLARSHIPS

In recognition of outstanding academic excellence, leadership potential, and a passion for creativity and innovation, LASALLE offers a variety of scholarships to new and current students. 

Applications for scholarships open from March to May for new students. Other externally sponsored scholarships are also available to students. Enquiries and applications may be directed to the respective organisations. 

Please note that miscellaneous fees are not covered by scholarships, bursaries or the Mendaki Tertiary Tuition Fee Subsidy (TTFS).

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FINANCIAL SUPPORT

We are committed to providing a quality education for all our students, and believe that no deserving student should be denied admission because of financial difficulty. 

A range of financial assistance schemes, grants and loans are made available to help meet a portion of the educational expenses of students.

Applications for financial assistance open from March to May for new students.

Please note that miscellaneous fees are not covered by scholarships, bursaries or the Mendaki Tertiary Tuition Fee Subsidy (TTFS).

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