What You'll Study
Aims to provide foundational understanding of the principles of acoustics related to musical instruments and physical environments. The mechanism of transducers as well as physiology of hearing are also covered to provide a broad understanding of the scientific principles used in Audio and Music Technology.
Communicating for Personal & Team EffectivenessMore
We have introduced the Employability Skills (ES) WSQ Framework which aims to equip the workforce with generic and portable skills to adapt and be resilient to challenges posed by a globalised and dynamic working environment, into our curriculum. WSQ is a national credential system and more importantly, training programmes developed under the WSQ system are based on skills and competencies validated by employers, unions and professional bodies.
Two ES WSQ modules which are aligned to and introduced in CPT include “Develop Personal Effectiveness at Operations Level” and “Apply Emotional Competence to Manage Self at the Workplace”. In the first ES WSQ module, the learner will acquire the knowledge and skills to solve problems and make decisions by setting personal goals which are in line with team goals. This includes managing time and resources effectively so as to reduce stress to achieve work-life balance. In the second ES WSQ module, the learner will understand and be able to apply self-awareness techniques including applying emotional intelligence principles to manage oneself at the workplace.
Communicating for Project (Report) EffectivenessMore
Aims to equip students with skills in effective communication, teamwork and interpersonal communication, and report writing.
Critical and Analytical ThinkingMore
This module aims to equip students with skills in critical and analytical thinking, which includes the ability to evaluate different perspectives, articulate a point of view and support it with relevant and credible evidence. The module also provides students with opportunities to practise information literacy, and critical and analytical thinking skills through the exploration of contemporary local and global issues.
Music Theory 1More
This is a foundational module that aims to equip students with basic music theory skills. Students will acquire musical literacy, as well as basic analytical and harmonic skills. Emphasis is on the tonal harmony used in traditional European Western music. Students will also be given an overview of the history of Western Art Music. They will examine significant developments and characteristics of the Common Practice Period, including some important composers and their works.
Aims to develop the student’s musicianship abilities through ear-training and keyboard skills. This module concentrates on the areas of rhythm and pitch reading skills, improvisation and playing by ear, so as to develop the ability to recognize, reproduce and notate musical elements. Basic keyboard skills will be taught from the perspective of using the keyboard as an efficient music production tool.
This module aims to equip students with the skills to critically evaluate the elements of narratives used in a variety of contexts, and to appreciate and harness the power of storytelling in our daily life. Students will analyse narratives to connect and contextualise self to society, and learn to craft impactful personal narratives to inspire or influence others.
Production Lab is a facilitated time and space for students to explore the entire production process at an elementary level, drawing connections between the concepts introduced in the first-year modules. Through exercises, presentations and reflections, the student will be exposed to various concepts that feed into the goals of the music production process as well as cultivate their sensitivity towards the supporting processes.
Recording and Mixing Techniques 1More
Introduces students to the field of sound recording and music production. The students will learn well-established techniques of recording and mixing using industry standard hardware and software. Students will learn about audio processes through practical exercises and critical listening.
Synthesis and Composition 1More
Introduces basic concepts of musical organization and techniques that enable music is produced with the aid of computers. Fundamental ways of structuring sound are explored using a variety of approaches, ranging from group improvisation using found objects, to using the computer to realize musical compositions with MIDI sequencing software. In addition, some commonly used synthesis techniques are systematically explored.
Aims to explore a variety of genres, as well as writing approaches. By analysing specific musical examples, students will be able to draw out the important elements in the different genres studied, and incorporate them into their own styles of writing.
Social Innovation ProjectMore
This module aims to equip students with a Design Thinking mindset in a social innovation context. Students collaborate in multi-disciplinary groups to apply Design Thinking tools and methods to create innovative prototype solutions for local social issues. In the process, they will develop a better understanding of themselves, and empathy for a local community in need.
Music Theory 2More
This module aims to develop the students’ understanding and application of contemporary music theory by exploring important techniques used in popular contemporary music.
Provides a basic grounding in generic skills useful in common musical performance situations. In addition to introducing a structured approach to learning instrumental technique, the continuum between free improvisation and completely notated performance situations is explored in both solo and group choral/ instrumental contexts. Students are also confronted with some of the logistical challenges of organizing a performance.
Lecturers work on commercial music projects from individual music artistes, to bands, to music and audio for visual media. Mainly producing music from the ground up the way it would be done in the industry. These projects will bring together the various skills the students have learnt in DMAT and refine them to the standards required commercially. These products will eventually be released commercially to the public. Students will learn first hand what it takes to bring a musical or audio product into the market, by working alongside their lecturers.
Recording and Mixing Techniques 2More
Aims to further students learning in recording and mixing techniques. They will be introduced to a greater variety of multi-microphone recording techniques. Students will also be taught how to apply digital signal processing to create a mix that best expresses the music they have recorded.
Song Writing More
Trains students in the techniques of writing a song; in particular - lyrics, melody, harmony and rhythm are identified and deconstructed in order to examine how the distinct components function in isolation, as well as in relation to each other. Different ways to start the process of writing will also be explored, and by the end of the module, students should be equipped with sufficient knowledge and practice to competently write their own songs. This module will also provide an overview of the history of Western popular music and the evolution of song styles, by examining the significant works of important songwriters from the 1920s to the present.
Synthesis and Composition 2More
Aims to produce a portfolio of short compositions utilizing a variety of formal compositional procedures which are realized via computer programming. Students are introduced to fundamental computer programming concepts and to a number of approaches to algorithmically create musical material. These are applied to produce music in a number of different musical genres. In addition to refining the students’ skills in using a Digital Audio Workstation, several advanced synthesis techniques are covered.
The Business of MusicMore
Introduces students to the business, legal, ethical and fiscal aspects of the music world and students will learn about its organisational structure including the different roles, major players and career opportunities in it. An introduction to entrepreneurial skillsets required in the modern online music environment will also be included.
This module will establish the knowledge and the skills for creating and shaping a meaningful film and game sound design, starting with the base of recorded location sound. Each building block of the soundtrack will be examined for their narrative function. They will also be discussed in relationship to pre-production and production.
Students will practise sound-editing techniques and explore how sound textures and dynamics can shape the scenes and the characters, with considerations to meaning, rhythm, spatiality, mood and emotion. There will also be listening exercises to illustrate these facets of sound, and more importantly, to experience the effect of such choices.
Students are sent to intern at selected local and overseas organisations to further develop their functional and technical skills through working on real-life audio-related projects. Students contribute to the organisations by applying what they have learnt, while also learning and gaining experience from a real-life digital media working environment.
Interactive Audio applies computer programming concepts to create interactive music and audio systems. Using a programming environment optimized for creating music and audio applications, students will create a variety of synthesizers and signal processors, as well as design and build their own interactive performance systems.
Assists the student to develop a professional portfolio. Students plan and produce two contrasting projects; these works showcase a variety of skills and knowledge that they have acquired during the course. Students are expected to present a proposal, arrange, compose, rehearse, record, and produce their own original work. In addition, the students demonstrate their competence in event management by participating in a major show / production.
Scoring for VisualsMore
The module aims to equip students with the ability to apply appropriate compositional skills to support the intended emotions of moving images. Students will be exposed to the processes and practices of scoring and they will analyse the different functions of film scores through class discussions, activities and research. At the end of the course, students will be able to produce effective music that supports the required film content.
Electives (Choose One)
This module aims to introduce students – working in production teams – to the design and the production of live events, with an emphasis on concerts, through the application and integration of the various aspects of show production such as creative direction, live sound, lighting, video / projection design, special effects, choreography / blocking, set design, and stage management. Students will also produce an audio and video recording of the show and be introduced to the fundamentals of show promotion and event management.
Develops ensemble-playing proficiency in various genres, with a focus on developing appropriate articulation, phrasing, intonation, tempo and groove. Supervised rehearsals will explore the continuum between free improvisation and completely notated performance situations, different stylistic approaches, musical sensitivity, band dynamics, stage presence, and how to perform as a unit with melodic, harmonic and rhythmic precision.
Please note: Course structure subject to change.
"Er Cong (Your student-intern) is a hardworking and efficient worker who takes pride and ownership of all tasks assigned to him. During these two months of attachment with us, he has shown initiatives and has proved himself to be a fast learner. As the Sound Director of 'VOICE - The Musical", a public performance staged by our company, Ercong was given the opportunity to apply what he has been taught in his diploma course; he impressed us with his ability to multi-task and manages to deliver beyond expectations even when placed under immense pressure and stress. Er Cong has been an asset to the company; it's been a great pleasure for us to have him with us for the two months.”
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