Courses & Admissions
The Advanced Diploma of Live Production, Theatre and Events (Sound) provides training in operational and creative skills in order to enter the arts and entertainment industry as a theatre sound designer/operator, live sound engineer, recording engineer, location sound recordist and post production sound engineer. Graduates of the WAAPA sound course are employed in theatre, radio, television, film, music, AV, and live sound industries..
The Sound course focuses on the student working as part of a functional production team that supports all performance streams at WAAPA. As part of a production team, the student works in a variety of sound positions as their course and experience progresses. The hands on production units help the student practise and strengthen the skills learnt in timetabled classes.
First year in Sound provides students with a broad range of skills and knowledge enabling the student to assist on theatrical productions in the area of rigging speakers, microphones, and the setting up of communications for the many areas of the production team. Sound students will learn the basic requirements for sound operations concentrating on microphones, mixers, and multitrack recording techniques. Along with sound units such as Digital Sound Techniques and Live Sound, students will also study basic electronics, theatre studies and lighting techniques.
During the second year of study students begin taking on more advanced roles in the sound area. This includes operation of the sound equipment for the many productions, and potentially responsiblity for the whole sound design. Students continue to develop their skills with advanced techniques in multitrack recording and will explore the operation of outboard equipment such as dynamic processors and multi effects units. This year also introduces classes in music recording, television sound production, sound design, and advances in audio technology.
Third year studies consolidate the student’s previous experience on production into the role of designing and co-ordinating the sound component for productions. Semester two allows the students to concentrate their energy becoming more involved in other areas of ECU such as Media Studies, WA Screen Academy, Classical Music, Jazz and Music Theatre. The student is also required to complete an industry secondment to help develop and maintain professional contacts.
If you would like more information about this course, please visit Future Students or contact:
Telephone: (61 8) 134 ECU