The Diploma in Sonic Arts (DSA) reveals the importance of sound as a creative tool for information and entertainment (infotainment). The programme is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to record live sounds and create appropriate aural experiences for visual production, presentation, and performance.
You will learn industry-relevant skills related to composing, recording, mixing, and mastering audio tracks, and develop professional capabilities in music production, live sound recording,
and audio engineering.
You can expect extensive hands-on training in cutting-edge recording studios. In addition, industry attachments with companies in the media and entertainment industries will allow you to gain valuable real-world experience.
From music and advertising to television and film production, sound plays an essential role in many areas of communication and entertainment. With digital media on the rise, sound effects, jingles, and backing tracks are in great demand to help create an impactful audio-visual experience for audiences.
The Diploma in Sonic Arts (DSA) equips you with a solid foundation of industry-relevant skills, including composing, producing, mixing and mastering audio tracks. Guided by experienced facilitators, you will develop professional capabilities in music production, live sound, recording, and audio engineering. From sound engineer to composer, this broad-based exposure will give you the flexibility to pursue various professional career tracks.
You will receive extensive hands-on training in our cutting-edge recording studios and music production facilities. In addition, internships with companies in the media, events, and entertainment industries will allow you to gain valuable real-world experience.
DSA graduates can look forward to career opportunities with recording studios, production companies, mobile phone developers, and game manufacturers, amongst others, in roles such as:
For more information about university pathways, visit RP's Further Studies.
To find out more about how you can apply for this diploma, visit Republic Poly's Admissions page.
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The course structure consists of general, discipline, and specialisation modules. There is also an industry orientation component.
Each module is equivalent to four modular credits (MC).
4 compulsory modules:
B102 Organisational Behaviour
C105 Introduction to Programming
G101 Cognitive Processes and Problem Solving
G107 Effective Communication
6 compulsory modules:
T201 Creative Concepts
T202 Art of Story
T214 Sound Design
T251 Digital Tools for New Media
T601 Arts History (2 MC)T602 Creative Enterprise (2 MC)
13 compulsory modules:
T110 Music Theory and Keyboard Skills
T215 Music Theory and Practice
T217 Recording Studio Fundamentals
T218 Sound Synthesis
T219 Live Sound
T221 Arts Management
T250 Media Production Tools & Techniques
T311 Instrument Design
T313 Sonic Art Studio
T315 Music Composition
T316 Sound for Media
T319 Advanced Recording Studio Techniques
T610 Contemporary and World Music Appreciation (2 MC)
4 compulsory modules:
G301 Project / G311 Industry ProjectG913 Portfolio DevelopmentG901 Character and Citizenship EducationT931 Industry Immersion Programme (20 MC)
Obtain a total of 4 modular credits from the prescribed range of modules offered by RP's Schools and Centre.
Table 1: Minimum Entry Requirements
Table 2: Aggregate Type
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To graduate with a Diploma in Sonic Arts, you must complete a total of 122 modular credits. You should be able to do this within three years of enrolment if you successfully complete on average five modules, or its equivalent, per semester.