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|SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY|
|Diploma: Audio Technology|
|SAQA QUAL ID||QUALIFICATION TITLE|
|88262||Diploma: Audio Technology|
|Academy of Sound Engineering|
|PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY||NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK|
|CHE - Council on Higher Education||HEQSF - Higher Education Qualifications Sub-framework|
|Diploma (Min 360)||Field 04 - Communication Studies and Language||Information Studies|
|ABET BAND||MINIMUM CREDITS||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||QUAL CLASS|
|Undefined||366||Not Applicable||NQF Level 06||Regular-Provider-ELOAC|
|REGISTRATION STATUS||SAQA DECISION NUMBER||REGISTRATION START DATE||REGISTRATION END DATE|
|LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT||LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT|
|In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.|
This qualification does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification.
|PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION|
The purpose of the qualification is to provide and develop a learner with relevant and appropriate intellectual competencies and practical skills in Audio Technology. The Diploma: Audio Technology also addresses the following complexities of a rapidly evolving industry:
There is a severe skills' shortage within the audio technology sector, which has been brought about by the convergence of media technologies and the worldwide trend of the integration of audio applications into consumer services such as internet and cell phone communication and the proliferation of media-rich consumer devices such as iPads and smart-phones. There is also an increase in the demand for high quality, well crafted "produced" audio technology for other industries, such as film, television, radio communication, conferencing, building installations and journalism, and wherever aural communication takes place there is a potential job for the audio technician or sound engineer in the board room, shopping centre, hotel, art gallery, telecommunications company or in the home of the consumer.
The shifts in technology and a rapid evolution in consumer access to this technology has brought about radical changes in the methods and workflows involved in media creation as well as an increased demand for well-trained audio technicians. The new changes in the industry have made huge strides by moving away from analogue audio technologies to embracing the new digital audio technologies. The audio technology training industry has also experienced an unprecedented growth during the last decade. As training qualifications were developed and offered over this period, consumer awareness of career options in the field became increasingly widespread and demand increased.
The Diploma: Audio Technology is a necessary response to the demands of the industry and to keeping South Africa competitive in this changing global landscape. The increasing success of South African music artists overseas, the expansion of South Africa's broadcasting networks, viz., eTV, SABC, MNET, CNBC, SowetoTV, Top TV and the current introduction of new technologies such as Digital Terrestrial Transmission (DTT), High Definition Television (HDTV) and surround sound broadcasting to Africa are witness to the need for new and relevant qualifications to keep South Africa competitive in this changing global landscape.
|LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING|
|It is assumed that the learner registering for this qualification is competent in:
Recognition of Prior Learning:
Recognition of Prior Learning is offered after a thorough interview with the learner by a registered Recognition of Prior Learning assessor. Evidence such as DVDs or CDs of productions that the Recognition of Prior Learning applicant learner has been involved in, or other portfolios of professional experience gained on audio industry relevant projects, may be submitted in lieu of projects or assignments.
Practical assessments and examinations may also be used to assess the skills of the Recognition of Prior Learning applicant learner to determine whether the learner has acquired the requisite skills to satisfy the required outcomes.
Previous qualifications such as Diplomas, Certificates, Short courses and Degrees from other institutions are evaluated and compared with the outcomes of this qualification.
Access to the Qualification:
Learners will be admitted to this qualification on the basis of the following:
|RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING?|
|The qualification comprises compulsory and elective modules totalling 366 Credits. The modules are made up as:
Compulsory Modules at NQF Level 5:
Total: 123 Credits.
Compulsory Modules at NQF Level 6:
Total: 149 Credits.
Compulsory Modules at NQF Level 7:
Total: 69 Credits.
Learners must complete industry-focussed modules chosen from the lists given below, for at least 15 Credits from NQF Level 6 and at least 10 Credits from NQF Level 7, to a minimum total of 25 Credits.
Elective Modules at NQF Level 6:
Minimum total Credits at NQF Level 6: 15.
Elective Modules at NQF Level 7:
Minimum total Credits at NQF Level 7: 10.
|EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES|
|1. Use a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) to complete a basic recording project.
2. Discuss the legal and general contractual principles applicable to the music industry.
3. Analyse and synthesise various sounds that occur in a range from everyday life to the weird and wacky special effects used in cartoons.
4. Demonstrate production skills for radio.
5. Demonstrate the generation, distribution and transmission of analogue and digital video signals.
Critical Cross-Field Outcomes:
This qualification addresses all the Critical Cross-Field Outcomes.
|ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA|
|Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4:
> Accessing on line information whilst on air.
> Conducting an on-air interview from a remote studio.
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 5:
There is no single assessment method that can adequately demonstrate the range of competencies required for this qualification. Holistic and wide-ranging assessments methods are needed. These include:
These should assess the extent to which learners can function competently and effectively in a professional audio production environment. They should measure the extent to which the learner has integrated the knowledge and skills acquired through the qualification, to a specialised field of audio technology, such as audio post production, broadcasting, live sound reinforcement, or music recording. In other words, assessments should measure applied competence.
|The Diploma Audio technology was compared with qualifications from London, Scotland and Singapore. London and Scotland for their history in the early audio operations, Singapore was chosen because of being part of the leaders in technology.
Alchemea College - London: Diploma in Studio Sound Engineering.
The duration of this Diploma is 1300 Guided Learning Hours separated into:
Studio Assistant Certificate and covers the fundamentals. This module provides solid foundations for the more advanced parts of the course.
This part teaches candidates the basics of running a recording and mixing session successfully.
This introduces students to the fields of Audio Post Production for Film and Television and Electronic music production. This final part of the course builds on the technical knowledge acquired in the previous parts and aims to consolidate the student's skills and knowledge thus preparing them for the workplace.
The Practical Course Work includes:
This qualification compares favourably with about 25% of Diploma Audio Technology; but its content covers most of the modules in Diploma Audio technology. It differs from Diploma Audio Technology qualification in terms of the duration, while Diploma Audio Technology is a 3 year Diploma, Diploma in Studio Sound Engineering is a 36-weeks course.
National University of Singapore, School of Engineering-Singapore: Diploma in Audio-visual Technology (N76).
In addition, candidates with hearing deficiency or severe vision deficiency should not apply for the course. Those with colour appreciation deficiency may be considered, subject to an in-house test.
Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) modules at Ngee Ann help students become more versatile and competitive by expanding their knowledge and skills beyond their core disciplines. Areas covered include communication, entrepreneurship, lifeskills, media and the arts, and science and technology.
This qualification compares favourably with Diploma Audio Technology in terms of content, entry requirements and duration.
|CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS|
|As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2015.|
|LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION:|
|PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION:|
|This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
|1.||Academy of Sound Engineering|