Our Sound Engineering programme provides training in all areas of sound production, including live sound; music production and recording; mixing and mastering; digital audio editing; signal processing; field recording and sound design; and live concert recording. The varied programme also covers audio for the film, video, animation and gaming industries and incorporates real-life gigs. Students develop their skills in state-of-the-art studios, providing them with the technical skills and experience they need to pursue careers as a studio engineer, live performer, tour manager or audio technician.
Upon successful completion of the programme, graduates will be able to:
- Operate analogue and digital audio systems for live sound and studio production
- Record, mix and master different genres of music to global standards
- Set up sound systems for live events and operate digital audio systems for studio production
- The course will course will run for 2 academic years (4 semesters)
- 24 contact hours per unit and an average of 7 units per semester
- Class hours 8.30am – 10.30am; 11.00am – 1.00pm; 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Course In Depth
- Career Launchpad 1
- Career Launchpad 1
- Basics of Audio Production
- Introduction to Live Sound
- Critical Music Listening
- Digital Audio Environment
- Introduction to Acoustics Microphone Techniques
- Career Launchpad 2
- Career Launchpad 2
- Critical Listening II
- Digital Audio Editing
- Live Sound Setup
- Audio Processing
- Mixing Techniques Music Appreciation
- Career Launchpad 3
- Career Launchpad 3
- Audio Post Production for Film and TV
- Mastering Sound
- Live Concert Sound
- Critical Music Listening III Composing for Music for Film and TV
- Projects & Portfolio Review
- Projects & Portfolio Review
- Composing Music for Media
- Music Project
- Live Sound Senior Practicum (Projects)
Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to:
- Analyze sound and lighting equipment requirements for live sound events, prep and connect all required equipment and use the equipment successfully in running the event from a technical perspective
- Intelligently speak the language of music when interacting with musicians in live sound and recording environments
- Demonstrate proficiency in Digital Audio Workstation applications, including editing and signal processing
- Demonstrate safe working practices in lighting and various sound production environments.
- Use entrepreneurial and personal finance skills to help establish recording studios, live sound companies and run these operations successfully
How to apply
KCSE C- or above, with a C- or above in Kiswahili, English, Mathematics and at least one science subject OR A-levels with 2 principle passes.
Basic computer proficiency is required. Attach certificates to your application.
Each course has its own specific requirements. Please enquire from the administration what requirements apply to the course of your choice.
- Photocopy of your ID or Passport
- Application bank slip
Application fees instructions
In order to study at ADMI, students are required to ensure they have the correct legal documentation. For international students, this includes obtaining the relevant student visa. Below are the guidelines to the international student visa application process.
Guide to Applying for an International Student Pass
ADMI is proud to attract students from around the world. This guide is designed to help international students understand how to apply for an international student visa in Kenya. While we do not process or pay for international student visas, we hope the following information makes the student pass application process as smooth as possible.
Please note: ADMI is legally required to inform the Directorate of Immigration and Registration of Persons Office when a student discontinues his/her studies at ADMI, regardless of the reason. As a result, if a student is dropped from their programme due to poor academic performance, poor attendance or indiscipline, ADMI will immediately inform the Immigration Office.
Step 1: International students apply to ADMI
- International students can apply to one of ADMI’s programmes online: http://africadigitalmedia.org/application-form/.
- Prior to applying to ADMI, please familiarise yourself with our international fee policies: http://africadigitalmedia.org/fees/.
Step 2: ADMI sends supporting documents for visa application
- Successful applicants receive a letter of admission.
- They will also receive a letter of support or a cover letter, addressed to the Director of Immigration, indicating the name and duration of the course to be studied – both new and renewal applications.
- Both of these letters will support international students in applying for their international student visa.
Step 3: Apply online for an International Student Visa
- Register at https://immigration.ecitizen.go.ke/, then log in at https://fns.immigration.go.ke/ and complete the application form (titled Form 30).
- Please note: incomplete applications will not be processed.
Step 4: ADMI Head of Academics or Principal signs/stamps completed form
- Print and fill out all details on Form 30 (student pass application form) from the following website: http://www.immigration.go.ke/downloads/Form-30-Application%20for%20Student%20Pass.pdf.
- Your completed form should then be scanned and emailed to ADMI at firstname.lastname@example.org, to be signed and stamped by our Principal or Head of Academics.
Step 5: Prepare all documents and attachments
- Collate the form and all necessary supporting documents, including:
- Signed commitment letter from the sponsor – both new and renewal cases
- National passport copy of the sponsor – both new and renewal cases
- Proof of funds for self-sponsored students – both new and renewal cases
- For minors, consent letter from the parent – both new and renewal cases
- Copy of parent’s national passport and copy of birth certificate of the minor should be attached as proof of relationship (for minors) – both new and renewal cases
- Copy of a valid national passport – both new and renewal cases (the bio-data page)
- Current immigration status for the pupil/student – both new and renewal cases (If already in the country)
- Two recent passport-size colour photos – both new and renewal cases
- Duly certified copies of basic academic certificates for those joining Tertiary Institutions and Universities – new cases only
- Documents in foreign languages should be translated into English by either the Embassy, Public Notary, or authorized /recognized institution – both new and renewal cases
- Copy of the school’s/college registration certificate from the Ministry of Education – new cases only
- Clearance letter from Department of Refugee Affairs for refugees – both new and renewal cases
- Certified copies of progress report/transcripts obtained (by the issuing institution) – renewal cases only
- Copy of student’s pass previously held – renewal cases only
Step 6: Submit application to immigration offices
- Submit the complete form to immigration offices at Nyayo House, Alien Section, Counter Number 9 (full address below).
- Please note: Immigration might take up to two months to process your student pass or international student visa. If more than two months lapse, please follow up with the immigration office.
Step 7: Processing
- Once your application has been received, you will receive a notification via email. The email will state whether your application was rejected or received. If it has been received, processing should start immediately. You will be told to wait again. This might take around three weeks.
Step 8: Payment
- Once your applications have been approved, you will receive another notification. You should now log in to your portal and make a payment via M-pesa (Pay-Bill number 206206) or bank cheque (payable to PS Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government).
Step 9: Provide proof of payment
- Print out the approval letter and attach receipt payment. Take it to:
The Director of Immigration Services
Department of Immigration Offices
Nyayo House 9th Floor,
Kenyatta Avenue/Uhuru Highway
P.O Box 30191,000100 Nairobi
Tel: +254-20-2222022, +254-20-2217544, +254-20-2218833
- You will then be told to wait for the visa to be processed. This will take three weeks or so.
Step 10: Collection
- Once your Visa has been processed, you will receive a notification by email.
- Go back to immigration offices at Nyayo House, Department of Immigration offices Ground Floor Room 16 and collect your Visa. On the same day, you should register as an alien.
For more information, please visit https://fns.immigration.go.ke/infopack/passes/studentpass/.
Download Visa Requirements
As a sound engineer in a recording studio, you would make high quality recording of music, speech and sound effects. If you enjoy working with electronics and are interested in music and sound, this could be the ideal job for you. In this job, you would need to have a good sense of hearing. You would also need to understand musical pitch, timing, and rhythm. With experience, you might also act as Studio Manager. You may also be known as an audio engineer or recording engineer.
Other jobs that you could take up with the qualification may include:
- Studio sound engineer
- Mix engineer
- Live sound engineer (music and theatre)
- Studio assistant
- Production assistant
- Audio post production engineer
- OB engineer
- Recording artist
- Electronic musician
- Music and dialogue editor
- Location recordist
Juma Tayari is a Sound Engineer with over five years experience in audio processing, specializing in live sound reinforcement. He was a boom swinger at Breath Sunshine Music Conference in 2014 and the ADR engineer for a film that competed in 48 Hour Film Challenge in Cape Town, South Africa. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sound Production from SAE Institute South Africa.
Modern, state of the art equipment.
Course In Depth
Introduction to Digital Audio Environment
This course introduces students to the basics of audio recording, the operation of recording equipment. Students develop a technical understanding of the concept of sound and how to apply that knowledge to select the appropriate tools to capture sound in a myriad of situations.
Introduction to Digital Audio Environment
In our well-equipped labs, students learn the basics of using the Digital Audio Workstation software applications, for digital recording, mixing, editing, and signal processing. Our labs have a 1:1 student ratio ensuring that each student has access to an individual computer workstation.
Studio Session I-Introduction to the Live Studio Environment
Through hands-on handling and use of the equipment, students learn the basic principles of a live studio environment, including an understanding of all the equipment in the studio and what it is used for. They are also taught safe working practices in lighting and various sound production environments.
Communication Skills I
In this course, students are taught the fundamentals of effective communication in different entertainment-related and business-related arenas. Students also learn the technical documents used in the music production industry, and through written assessments they demonstrate competency in generating effective communications and technical documents.
Research Techniques for Artists
In this class, students develop capabilities in conducting effective research and planning, and in identifying the appropriate pre-production techniques to maximize the success of any sound production project.
Studio Session II: Production Skills for Studio Recordings
Through hands on practical assignments, students learn to analyze sound and lighting equipment requirements for studio recordings, and how to prep and connect all required equipment. They are taught all aspects of successfully operating the equipment for a studio event, and participate in assessments to solidify the theoretical and practical instruction.
Students learn the latest mastering techniques that allow them to prepare and transfer the edited audio to appropriate data storage devices, creating what is known as the “master’. Students learn techniques such as signal processing, noise reduction and album sequencing. Using the critical listening skills they have learnt, students apply their technical expertise to improve the quality of the music.
Communication Skills II
Students learn to intelligently speak the language of music when interacting with musicians and other professionals in live sound and recording environments. Students also learn how to write and clearly organize technical documents that communicate the requirements and processes to be used in any project. Through practical assignments and assessments, students demonstrate competency in both verbal and written communications.
The Business and Ethics of a Career in the Recording Industry
Students learn business and entrepreneurial knowledge and skills, career exploration and management. They develop business plans; learn how to negotiate standard contracts and how to ensure compliance with contract terms. This knowledge and skills will help them establish recording studios or live sound companies and run these operations ethically and successfully.
Critical Music Listening Skills
Students learn how to hear width, depth and frequency in music as well as identify the different mixing approaches used in various genres of music. They learn what elements are important in a mix, techniques to improve the mix from good to great and how to combine them to create music that emotionally engages the listener.
Principles of Microphone Techniques
Students gain familiarity with the different types of microphones and their uses, strengths and weaknesses. They learn how to select the best microphone for different types of recordings and how to position the microphones so they capture and record high fidelity sound. Students also learn to create different microphone configurations in order to develop more complex recordings.
Introduction to Mixing
Students learn the essential equipment and techniques involved in sound mixing. Students assimilate essential principles such as blending and contrast to develop complex sounds that appeal to listeners. Students practice mixing techniques using both software and hardware platforms.
Audio Post Production for Film and Television
Students learn the basics of post-production including methods, techniques, and media formats. They learn how to edit and assemble dialogue, sound effects and music into one production. Students also develop proficiency in using Pro Tools, the industry standard software for audio production.
Principles and Techniques of Digital Audio Editing
This class advances the basics taught in the Introduction to Digital Environments course. Through different projects and continuous assessments, students acquire proficiency in the use of Digital Workstation software applications to edit and deliver industry quality work.
Fundamentals of Music Appreciation
Students learn the history and development of music, and the value and importance of music to human beings and society. Students are taught the basic fundamentals of music and how to listen critically to various musical pieces. This foundation develops in the students the ability to understand and appreciate different types of music.
Composing Music for Film, Television and Games
This course teaches students how to compose music for the visual media that is film, television and games. Students learn how to compose music that supports and moves the story forward by influencing the viewer’s emotional response. Students learn how different themes such as comedy, romance, and horror require different compositions in terms of melody, rhythm, and harmony.
Techniques of Sound Manipulation and Synthesis
This course develops skills of sound manipulation and synthesis for creative applications. Students learn to recognize and appreciate how sound is manipulated and synthesized to develop complex musical pieces. Through practical exercises, students learn how to use digital tools to process sound to create engaging new products.
Audio Post Production for Film and Television II
Students learn advanced techniques such as editing music to support and develop different scenes, how to record and mix sound tracks and how to prepare the product for delivery to the client. Through practical, hands-on experience, students demonstrate these skills by creating post production audio for a short film or television show.
Production of Live Sound Events
Through a practical, hands on approach, students learn to analyze sound and lighting equipment requirements for live sound events and prep and connect all required equipment. Practical assessments will test their ability to run an event successfully by using the equipment proficiently from a technical perspective.