On track to a sound path­way

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Higher Education -

THE ex­po­nen­tial growth of tech­nol­ogy has seen its in­te­gra­tion into the mu­sic in­dus­try and has helped dic­tate how we con­sume this art form.

From the art of stu­dio record­ing to the evo­lu­tion of the elec­tronic mu­sic genre, this area of the mu­sic in­dus­try is thriv­ing.

As a re­sult, there is an abun­dance of ca­reers op­por­tu­ni­ties in this sec­tor for au­dio pro­duc­ers or sound en­gi­neers, who are highly sought af­ter.

At the fore­front of mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion, the In­ter­na­tional Col­lege of Mu­sic (ICOM) has ex­panded its pres­ti­gious ensem­ble of pro­grammes to of­fer a Diploma in Sound Pro­duc­tion (DSP).

The two-year course is de­vel­oped in con­sul­ta­tion with the pro­fes­sional au­dio in­dus­try and taught by in­dus­try ex­perts to meet the de­mand for highly skilled sound en­gi­neers.

Through­out the pro­gramme, stu­dent mu­si­cians will de­velop skills to mix, master and record mu­sic and au­dio us­ing the col­lege’s RM40mil state-of-the-art fa­cil­i­ties.

DSP also pri­ori­tises the ap­pli­ca­tion of tech­ni­cal skills and cre­ativ­ity in de­sign­ing sound for film, tele­vi­sion and video games us­ing an in­dus­try stan­dard Dig­i­tal Au­dio Work­sta­tion, Pro-Tools.

This hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence in­volves work­ing with a team of in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als to en­gi­neer live sound for events and con­certs us­ing pro­fes­sional sound equip­ment.

Stu­dent mu­si­cians are also en­cour­aged to at­tend work­shops and sem­i­nars, along with field vis­its to pro­fes­sional stu­dios, live sound com­pa­nies, broad­cast sta­tions and pro­duc­tion houses to help es­tab­lish and ex­pand in­dus­try net­work­ing.

Dur­ing the fi­nal year of study, stu­dent mu­si­cians will en­gage in an in­tern­ship to gain real-world work ex­pe­ri­ence in any area of their choice in sound pro­duc­tion.

As part of the grad­u­a­tion re­quire­ment, a port­fo­lio of cre­ative sound pro­duc­tion work will start stu­dents on their pro­fes­sional port­fo­lio to present to fu­ture em­ploy­ers.

The DSP is ap­proved by the Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry and ac­cred­ited by the Malaysian Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Agency.

Stu­dents can en­joy fi­nan­cial aid through EPF and PTPTN.

Upon com­ple­tion, stu­dents can progress to an un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree in the UK or start their ca­reer in the mu­sic in­dus­try as en­gi­neers in both stu­dio or live sound, sound de­sign­ers, record­ing en­gi­neer, mas­ter­ing en­gi­neer, au­dio ed­i­tor, broad­cast mix en­gi­neer, pro­duc­tion man­ager, au­dio sys­tem ap­pli­ca­tion en­gi­neer, au­dio sys­tem de­signer, tech­ni­cal sup­port en­gi­neer and more.

“Con­sec­ta­tio Ex­cel­len­tiae: Pur­suit of Ex­cel­lence” is ICOM’s motto and it is ev­i­dent that the col­lege does not stop for any­thing less than that.

An ICOM stu­dent is one who is mu­si­cally tal­ented, ar­tic­u­late, driven and se­ri­ous about mak­ing mu­sic a ca­reer.

If th­ese de­scribe you, ICOM wants to dis­cover you.

ICOM’s ad­mis­sions are now open for the Septem­ber se­mes­ter.

Malaysian stu­dents are en­cour­aged to com­plete their ap­pli­ca­tion by Aug 4 to be con­sid­ered for the Septem­ber in­take.

■ In­ter­ested ap­pli­cants may con­tact the ad­mis­sions of­fice at 03-4023 6000 or ad­mis­sions@ icom.edu.my to reg­is­ter for any of the pro­grammes.

ICOM stu­dents in the DSP pro­gramme have full ac­cess to the col­lege’s RM40mil state-of-the-art fa­cil­i­ties.

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