Diploma in Sonic Arts (R24)

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What You Will Learn

Harness technical skills together with your creativity and emerge as a sound maestro.

Discover the power of sound! There’s nothing more thrilling than recording a live performance, then transforming it into a visual production.

The Diploma in Sonic Arts (DSA) not only imparts skills in composing, recording, mixing and mastering audio tracks, but also develops your professional capabilities in live sound recording, sound reinforcement and audio engineering. You will have access to high-tech equipment and software in our advanced recording studios to compose and perform your aural masterpieces.

Develop an appreciation for a variety of musical genres and enjoy the full magnetic experience of the music industry when you intern with leading media and entertainment companies. Get ready for an aural experience of a lifetime and emerge a highly sought-after professional.

Sound is an invisible art form and is often misunderstood or taken for granted. At DSA, I have learnt to appreciate and produce works with distinctive professional quality. Surrounded by top-notch audio facilities and experienced lecturers, I am always inspired to make a difference in the audio industry!

Shirlene Jalexne Loh Xue Ling
Diploma in Sonic Arts, 2018 Graduate

The course structure consists of general, discipline, and specialisation modules. There is also an industry orientation component.


GCE O-level

Aggregate Type Range of Net ELR2B2 for 2022 JAE Minimum Entry Requirements/Grade
ELR2B2-D 5 to 19

a) English Language / 1-7
b) Mathematics (Elementary/Additional) / 1-7
c) Any two other subjects / 1-6

To be eligible for admission, you must also have sat for one subject listed in the 2nd group of relevant subjects for the ELR2B2-D Aggregate Type listed in the JAE Information Booklet.

Nitec/Higher Nitec

Minimum net GPA Relevant Qualifications
Nitec ≥ 3.5
  • NT21 Architectural Drafting/ Building Drafting (Architectural)
  • NT26 Electrical Fitting & Installation/ Electrical Installation & Servicing/  Electrical Technology/ Electrical Technology (Installation & Servicing)
  • NT27 Electrical Power & Machines/ Electrical Technology (Power & Control)/ Electrical Technology (Power & Machines)
  • NT30 Maintenance Fitting/ Mechanical Servicing/ Mechanical Technology
  • NT40 Info-Communications Technology (Networking & System Administration) / Infocomm Technology
  • NT41 Multimedia Technology
  • NT44 Digital Media Design/ Digital Media Design (Interactive Media)
  • NT46 Product Design
  • NT47 Communications Technology
  • NT52 Digital Animation
  • NT54 Digital Media Design (Digital Video Effects)
  • NT56 Digital Audio & Video Production
  • NT60 Electrical Technology (Lighting & Sound)
  • NT65 Space Design (Architecture)
  • NT66 Space Design (Interior & Exhibition) / Interior & Exhibition Desgn
  • NT70 Interactive Media Design
  • NT71 Visual Communication
  • NT72 Visual Effects
  • NT74 Mobile Systems & Services / Info-communications Technology (Mobile Networks & Applications)
  • NT79 Info-Communications Technology (Cloud Computing)
  • NT80 Social Media & Web Development
  • NT81 Attraction Operations
  • NT24 Electronics/ Electronics Servicing/ Electronics (Broadband Technology & Services)/ Electronics (Computer & Networking)/ Electronics Instrumentation)/ Electronics (Mobile Devices)/ Electronics (Wafer Fabrication)/ Electronics (Wireless LAN)
  • NT25 Electro-Mechanical Servicing/ Mechatronics/ Mechatronics (Automation Technology)/ Mechatronics (Equipment Assembly)/ Mechatronics (Medical Technology)
  • NT32 Precision Machining/ Precision Engineering (Machining)
  • NT37 Precision Engineering (Injection Mould)/ Precision Engineering (Press Tool)/ Precision Engineering (Tool & Mould)/ Precision Tooling/ Tool & Die - Making
  • NT43 Mechanical-Electrical Drafting
  • NT48 Precision Engineering (Aerospace)
  • NT62 Machine Building Technology/ Machine Technology
  • NT76 Semiconductor Technology / Electronics (Microelectronics)
  • NT84 Business Services
  • NT96 Electronics, Computer Networking and Communications
  • NT97 Microelectronics
  • NT67 Aerospace Machining Technology
  • NT69 Community Care & Social Services
  • NT63 Facility Technology (Mechanical & Electrical Services)
  • NT98 Digital & Precision Engineering
  • NT99 Web Applications
  • NT16 Video Production
Higher Nitec ≥ 2.0
  • BS81 Early Childhood Education
  • BS82 Banking Services
  • BS83 Hospitality Operations
  • BS84 Business Studies (Event Management)
  • BS85 Business Studies (Accounting)/Accounting
  • BS86 Business Studies (Administration/ Secretarial)
  • BS87 Business Studies (Logistics)/Integrated Logistics Management/Logistics for International Trade/International Logistics
  • BS88 Business Studies (E-Commerce)/Business-Information Technology
  • BS89 Business Studies (Sport Management)/Sport Management
  • BS90 Business Studies (Service Management)/Service Management
  • BS91 Beauty & SPA Management / Beauty & Wellness Management
  • BS92 Visual Merchandising
  • BS93 Community Sport & Recreation Management
  • BS94 Retail Merchandising
  • BS95 Passenger Services
  • BS96 Performance Production
  • IT21 Electro-Mechanical Engineering
  • IT22 Mechatronics Engineering
  • IT31 Electrical Engineering
  • IT41 Electronics Engineering/Industrial Electronics Engineering
  • IT51 Mechanical & Electrical Engineering Design/Mechanical & Electrical Drafting & Design
  • IT52 Mechanical Engineering
  • IT54 Mechanical Engineering Drawing & Design
  • IT55 Manufacturing Engineering
  • IT56 Information Technology
  • IT57 Wireless Technology
  • IT61 Network Security Technology / Cyber & Network Security
  • IT63 Games Design & Development
  • IT64 Business Information Systems
  • IT65 Leisure & Travel Operations
  • IT66 Security System Integration
  • IT67 Civil & Structural Engineering Design
  • IT68 Facility Systems Design
  • IT69 Information Systems Quality
  • IT70 Mobile Unified Communications
  • IT72 Process Plant Design
  • IT74 Aerospace Engineering
  • IT75 Advanced Manufacturing / Engineering with Business
  • BS97 Filmmarking (Cinematography)
  • BS98 Event Management
  • IT84 Interactive Design
  • IT81 Broadcast & Media Technology
  • IT82 Games Art & Design
  • IT83 Games Programming & Development
  • IT85 Precision Engineering
  • IT86 Rapid Transit Engineering
  • IT76 e-Business Programming
  • IT88 IT Applications Development
  • IT89 IT Systems & Networks
  • IT77 Facility Management
  • IT90 Automotive Engineering
  • IT91 Robotics & Smart Systems

GCE A-Level

Minimum Entry Requirements
  • Obtain an A-S grade for General Paper (English Medium),
  • Obtain an A-E grade for 2 other H2 subjects, AND
  • Must have taken GCE 'A' Level examinations whilst studying in a Junior College / Millennia Institute in Singapore
  • Please click here to view a list of module exemptions


For more details on admission using Singapore Cambridge GCE A-levels qualifications, please refer to our webpage at www.rp.edu.sg.


Admission to RP is based on academic merit and subjected to available vacancies of our diploma programmes. Meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee that applicants will be offered a placement in the diploma programme. These requirements are set in place to ensure fairness to all applicants.

Career Opportunities

Your expertise will be sought after in various industry sectors. From sound editor, sound designer, sound engineer to music producer, you can embark on vocations in the entertainment and media industries. You can also look forward to a career as an in-house music or audio specialist for new media companies, and game producers.

Career options include:

  • Audio Post-Production Editor

  • Foley Artist

  • Live Sound Engineer

  • Location Sound Recordist / Boom Operator

  • Game Audio and Music Producer

  • Game Sound Designer

  • Music / Soundtrack Producer

  • Sound Editor / Engineer

  • Sound Effects Designer

  • Soundscape Designer

Further Studies

Graduates can choose to pursue an arts or media related degree programme at top universities.

Degree programmes include: 

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Digital Media
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Music (Popular Music & Creative Technologies)
  • Bachelor of Music (Sonic Arts)


Last updated on 26 May 2022

Important Dates

Joint Admissions Exercise

Application for Intake AY2022 will open in January 2022.

Polytechnic Foundation Programme Admissions Exercise (PFPAE)

Application for Intake AY2022 will open in January 2022.

Direct Admissions Exercise

Application for Intake AY2022

  • Other Qualifications: November 2021 and January 2022
  • O-Levels, ITE and Working Adults: January - March 2022

Early Admissions Exercise

Application Dates for Intake AY2023:

  • O-Level Students: 23 - 29 June 2022
  • ITE Students: 9 - 15 June 2022
  • Working Adults: 6 June - 3 July 2022