Barcelona
2 years

Diploma in Sound Engineering

Precio primer año €6,375

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 and final year.

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 necessary to become a professional sound engineer, in areas such as sound production in video games and virtual reality, sound in audiovisual environments and internet (film, TV and social media), as well as music production, either in professional recording studios or in the sound of live music shows.

MicroFusa is the most complete music production and sound training center in Spain, with over 30 years of experience, our center has up to seven fully equipped computer rooms with individual workstations based on the reliability of Apple systems, all with standard production software of the music industry (Ableton Live, Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Native Instruments, Arturia, Waves, etc.) and MIDI controllers (Launchkey, Launchpad, Ableton Push, etc), nine professional recording studios, with both analog and digital equipment- mixing-consoles (SSL, Midas, Yamaha, Neumann, Shure, Blue, Avalon, TLA, etc), as well as the latest technology, synthesizers, for electronic music production (Moog, Pioneer, Novation, Roland, Korg, etc).

With this degree you will master production environments, starting with those based on personal computers and progressing to larger format recording studios, oriented towards professional recording, mixing and mastering, both in musical and audiovisual fields.

Get ready to get hands-on practice in all areas of sound production, whether it's streaming concert sound, applying sound effects to video games, recording and mixing music artists, mastering commercial tracks, participating in live concert and festival sound, or putting together a film soundtrack, among other exciting projects.

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

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Syllabus

In this first year you will study the fundamentals of sound production applied mainly to the field of music and the technical management of recording studios, both small and professional formats. Complementing this training you will also study other areas of interest such as the use of computer tools, the historical context, and trends in popular music, as well as the fundamentals of musical language and technical terms. The subjects taught are as follows.

  • Sound technology for music (Fundamentals, music mixing, and studio recording)
  • Music theory
  • Virtual Production Environments (Pro Tools Fundamentals, and Pro Tools for Music Production)
  • History of music and music productions
  • Spanish
  • Projects: In each subject, various projects are developed, either individually or in groups, aimed at putting in practice lessons learned in each area. These projects will constitute the digital portfolio of each student.

School workstations and recording studios are available for students for self-study and practice of concepts and complete course assignments. The spaces offered are allocated according to the course requirements and development.

*Microfusa reserves the right to modify the program, always in accordance with the criteria of the Academic Direction of Microfusa and in favor of its improvement and updating.

During the second year, you will delve into the applications and techniques of sound production, in particular those in audiovisual environments such as sound in cinema (both filming and post-production), video games and virtual reality (with surround sound or 3D). You will also practice with professional mastering and with the sound of live music events, either in person or via streaming. You will also complement your training with the analysis of management roles in the music industry, along with the use of IT tools and technical terms. The second year concludes with the completion of a personal project in which you will have to put into practice the skills you have acquired, and with the expert guidance of a mentor from the center. The selection of subjects taught is as follows:
  • Sound production in audiovisuals and social media.
  • Sound in video games, virtual reality and 3D.
  • Mastering.
  • Sound for live shows.
  • Professional practices.
  • Virtual production environments (Pro Tools for audiovisual production).
  • Music industry .
  • Spanish.
  • Final Project of the diploma: An individual project that summarizes the two years of the diploma and that integrates all aspects of sound engineering, both from the artistic and technological perspective.

School workstations and recording studios are available for students for self-study and practice of concepts and complete course assignments. The spaces offered are allocated according to the course requirements and development.

*Microfusa reserves the right to modify the program, always in accordance to the criteria of the Academic Direction of Microfusa and in favor of its improvement and updating.

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 of 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.


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.

Schedules

The Diploma in Sound Engineering has the following available schedules:
  • Morning schedule: 08:30 am to 14:30 pm, Monday to Friday
  • Afternoon schedule: 16:00 pm to 19:00 pm, Monday to Friday, and from 16:00 pm to 22:00 pm, one day per week

The Diploma in Sound Engineering in music production 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:
  • Audio techonology – 6h/weekly
  • Specific software (Avid Protools: 101+110+201+210M and 210P) – 3h/weekly
  • Music history and industry - 3h/weekly
  • Music theory - 3h/weekly
  • Spanish (recognized) - 3h/weekly

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

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.

Payment method

Option: Full payment upfront
  • Reservation of place in course 1: 300€
  • 1st year (single payment) 3: 6.075€
The total amount for the 1st year with full payment upfront = 6.375€
Observations 1. The deposit for the reservation of your place in the course is non-refundable. past 14 days after the course is contracted. 3. The deadline to make the first payment or single payment is the 15th of September 2021 / 2022.

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.

For more information, please contact admissions; escuela@microfusa.com.

Option: Fractioned payments, domiciling it through a Spanish bank account 2
  • Reservation of place in course 1: 300€
  • 1st Payment 3: 1.420€
  • 8 instalments: 611€ (November to June)
The total amount for both years with Financed payment is = 6.608€
Observations 1. The deposit for the reservation of your place in the course is non-refundable. past 14 days after the course is contracted. 2. 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. 3. The deadline to make the first payment or single payment is the 15th of September 2021 / 2022.

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.

For more information, please contact admissions; escuela@microfusa.com.

Option: Fractioned payments, without domiciling
  • Reservation of place in course 1: 300€
  • 1st Payment 4: 2.100€ due by the 15th of September 2021
  • 2nd payment 5: 2.100€ due by the 15th of December 2021
  • 3rd payment 6: 2.100€ due by the 15th of March 2022
The total amount for both years with Financed payment is = 6.600€
Observations 1. The deposit for the reservation of your place in the course is non-refundable. past 14 days after the course is contracted. 4. The deadline to make the first payment is the 15th of September 2021 / 2022. 5. The deadline to make the second payment is the 15th of December 2021 / 2022. 6. The deadline to make the third payment is the 15th of March  2022 / 2023.

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.

For more information, please contact admissions; escuela@microfusa.com.

Tutors

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If you prefer, you can contact one of our course advisors to help clarify any query, our experience is at your disposal.

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