Diploma in Sound Engineering

Mode of study:    Full time – 4 semesters
Intakes:                January, May, September
Campus:               Caxton House, CBD Nairobi
Fees:                      Ksh 138,000 (EA) & Ksh 165,500 (International) per term
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Overview
In the US, 15,210 Sound Engineering technicians were employed in May 2016. The number is also projected to increase by 7% in 2024.

Our Sound Engineering course provides training in all areas of sound production, including live sound; music production and recording; sound mixing and mastering; digital audio editing; signal processing; field recording and sound design; and live concert recording.

The Sound Engineering course also covers audio for the film, video, animation and gaming industries and incorporates real-life gigs. As a student you will develop your skills in state-of-the-art studios, providing you with the technical skills and experience you need to pursue careers as a studio engineer, live performer, tour manager or audio technician.

COURSE DURATION: The course will course will run for 2 academic years (4 semesters).

CREDITS: 24 contact hours per unit and an average of 7 units per semester.

Course In Depth
Units
Semester 1
  1. Career Launchpad 1
  2. Basics of Audio Production
  3. Introduction to Live Sound
  4. Critical Music Listening
  5. Digital Audio Environment
  6. Introduction to Acoustics Microphone Techniques
Semester 2
  1. Career Launchpad 2
  2. Critical Listening II
  3. Digital Audio Editing
  4. Live Sound Setup
  5. Audio Processing
  6. Mixing Techniques Music Appreciation
Semester 3
  1. Career Launchpad 3
  2. Audio Post Production for Film and TV
  3. Mastering Sound
  4. Live Concert Sound
  5. Critical Music Listening III Composing for Music for Film and TV
Semester 4
  1. Projects & Portfolio Review
  2. Composing Music for Media
  3. Music Project
  4. Live Sound Senior Practicum (Projects)
Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Sound Engineering course, you 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
Facilities

ADMI prides itself in having modern, state of the art equipment that meet global standards. As a sound engineering student you will have the opportunity to use the following equipment:

  • Acoustically treated sound studio
  • Various types of audio mixers
  • Various types of microphones
  • Amplifiers
  • Equalizers
  • Compressors
  • Three computer labs with Macs and PCs

ADMI has also invested in industry standard software including:

  • Logic
  • Pro tools
  • Ableton live
  • Reason
Employability

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
  • Composer
  • OB engineer
  • Recording artist
  • Electronic musician
  • Music and dialogue editor
  • Location recordist
  • Promoter
Get Inspired

Myke Rabar

Founder & CEO Homeboyz Radio

Myke Rabar is the founder and CEO of Homeboyz Group, a Kenyan multimedia entertainment company. He began his career as a music loving DJ who just loved to play music. “It just happened by accident. You’re doing one event, then two, then you’ve got demand. So you start hiring equipment, bring more guys on board, you come with DJs. Then my brothers come in to help and then it just kept on evolving. ‘We’re starting a club, can you install for us a sound system?’ ‘We are doing something in Naivasha – can you put up stage, light, sound, and then bring entertainers in?” It keeps growing and growing and now we are here.” (Source: Business Daily)

Homeboyz has expanded its array of services and morphed into an integrated marketing and communications agency. Rabar, now one of the investors on the TV show Lion’s Den, demonstrates that there is big money to be made from entertainment.

Jay Z

American Rapper & Businessman

Jay Z recently relaunched Tidal, a $20-a-month music streaming service that some say could spell trouble for other sites like Spotify. The launch is the latest in a string of business successes for the 45-year-old rapper, who owns a record label, talent agency, and fashion brand. His estimated net worth is US$500 million.

Jay Z creates his own opportunities. In doing so, he’s gone from being a teen selling drugs on a Brooklyn street corner to a bona fide business mogul. In the late 1990s, he couldn’t get a record deal, so he and Damon Dash started their own label, Roc-A-Fella Records. “It was either give up or create my own company,” he told Forbes. He was later signed by Def Jam Records. (Source: Business Insider)

How to apply
Qualification
Education

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.

Computer Knowledge

Basic computer proficiency is required. Attach certificates to your application.

Prerequisites

Each course has its own specific requirements. Please enquire from the administration what requirements apply to the course of your choice.

Application Process
Necessary Documents
  1. Photocopy of your ID or Passport
  2. Application bank slip
Application Forms

Download or fill in the application form here

Application Fees

A non-refundable application fee of KES 2,000 will be paid. Payments can be made via MPESA or Bank.

International

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

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

Step 4: ADMI Head of Academics or Principal signs/stamps completed form

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

Email; dis@immigration.go.ke

  • 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/.

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Faculty
ADMI Diploma in Sound Engineering

Juma Tayari

Faculty

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.

Marco Silvestri

Marco Silvestri

Faculty

Marco Silvestri is a Sound Engineer and a music producer.He is currently a freelancer and has previously worked as a Studio Manager and Sound Engineer for Homeboyz Entertainment Ltd., the Permanent Presidential Music Commission and major artists in the Kenyan Music scene. He has a Diploma Sound Engineering from the Institute of Cinema and Television “Roberto Rossellini” in Italy and Certficate in Sound Engineering Production from the Waterford College in Ireland.

Ben Omol

Content Marketer.

Ben Omol Is the founder of Bright Spark Media Kenya with advanced skills in content marketing and advertising. He is also a mentor at iHub, Nairobi passionate about growing brands through creative ideas in both marketing and futurism innovation. Ben has a strong background in brand management, content creation, advertising and event management. He was a brand Manager and radio programmer at Kiss FM Kenya. Ben currently teaches units in Sound Engineering and Music Production at Africa Digital Media Institute.

Simon Mathinji

Sound Engineer

Simon Mathinji is a sound engineer. He has previously worked as a Sound Production instructor for GeSCI, a program founded by the UN ICT Task Force. He has worked on post-production sound for various TV and Radio shows. He also works as a front of house sound engineer for live sound events. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Kenyatta University and several certifications from various multimedia programs.

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