Education

SEIN was founded as an academic instrument to facilitate the learning experience of our students. The best way to learn is through practical experience. By offering commercial services to the film and music industries, we provide students with cutting edge research opportunities and a platform for gaining experience in an international arena. Our goal is to provide an academic environment where real problems are being solved. SEIN serves a number of key training areas.

Stellenbosch University’s Department of Music is the oldest institution of its kind in South Africa and boasts a proud tradition that spans more than one hundred years of dedication to music education, the performing arts, creative work and research.

Undergraduate Programmes

BMus with Music Technology Specialisation

In this course, students study a full four-year degree in music, with music technology as their main subject. In addition to technology, the course focuses on a primary and second instrument, music theory, musicology, music education, and an additional subject within the humanities. For specific information on course content, please contact us to obtain guest access to our online course platforms. Students are also referred to calendar entries for the SU BMus degree in English or Afrikaans for an overview of all entry and course requirements.

Music Technology as an elective module under certain BSc programs

Music Technology is a credit bearing elective module under the following BSc programmes in the mathematical sciences:

  • Financial Mathematics (only from the second year onwards)
  • Computer Science
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematical Statistics
  • Operations Research

Please see the yearbook entries for the above programs here in English or Afrikaans. We would strongly recommend students who do meet the requirements to consider the BSc Computer Science programme since computer programming is a very valuable skill in music technology.

 

Postgraduate Programmes

Postgraduate Diploma in Music Technology

The Postgraduate Diploma in Music Technology serves the industries that have developed as part of an explosion in the use of computers and technical equipment in the creation, recording and dissemination of music. These industries, including the field of radio, advertising, media, film and audio recording, demand well developed technical and musical skills. This qualification fosters these skills by combining vocational studio-based recording training with a sound theoretical foundation.

The program aims to fulfil two functions. Firstly, its academic and vocational qualities serve to prepare prospective students for the research-oriented MPhil Music Technology degree offered at Stellenbosch University. Secondly, it offers an exit point at postgraduate diploma level for those students intending to pursue a career in industries were a premium is placed on practical skills and scholarly insight.

The focus areas of this diploma include:

 

  • Critical listening
  • Psychoacoustics and psychophysics
  • Mathematical foundations of music
  • Audio technology
  • Sound programming
  • Acoustics

 

Assessment consists of six assignments dedicated to six focus areas located in the field of Music Technology. A practical component is built into every assignment. Academic research and practical work are therefore combined allowing the student to develop skills in tandem. The scope of assignments are set in consultation with the lecturer in order to allow students to pursue specific areas of interest. The format of the assignments will be a combination of practical and written assignments and will include:

 

  • Written assignments in the format of scholarly articles
  • Video tutorials visualising underlying concepts being studied
  • Presentations of interesting developments in the field
  • Music recordings, compositions, and productions

 

Regarding formative assessment it is envisaged for all teaching and learning activities to take place under close supervision. The spirit in which teaching and learning takes place is therefore characterised by two-way communication which fosters a healthy degree of exchange of ideas. This can be visualised as a form of recursive consultation which facilitates the identification, evaluation and implementation of solutions to research challenges.

Summative assessment also is reliant on, and benefits from such collaboration between lecturer and student. It is envisaged for assignments to be completed in stages. This allows for periodic intervention and evaluation at regular points or stations along the trajectory that the development of an assignment follows.

Advanced theory and practical applications in the field of Music Technology. Please see the yearbook entries in Afrikaans or English or contact us for more information.

MPhil Music Technology

Advanced technological and research skills in music technology and multimedia areas are covered. Please have a look at the Completed Research section in order to gain an idea of the vast array of focus areas that this course can offer. More details can be found in the yearbook in Afrikaans or English or contact us for more information.

Although basic music knowledge is a prerequisite for admission, it may be possible to accommodate students who do not comply with these prerequisites because of the modular structure of the course content.

Postgraduate Diploma in Film Music

This program aims to prepare students to pursue a career in the media industry where a premium is placed on practical skills and scholarly insight. The modular nature of the course expose students to a variety of concepts and theoretical frameworks in the subject field of film music. This course also serves as a gateway to the advanced research that is offered in the MPhil in Film Music. This programme was designed in support of the large number of practitioners who are currently working in the film music industry but who do not have any formal background in music. Therefore, formal music education is not an entry requirement for this course and students are gradually exposed to fundamental theoretical concepts to aid creative processes.

MPhil in Film Music

The purpose of the programme is to facilitate advanced research into film music fundamentals and to develop and strengthen candidates’ knowledge of film scoring by means of a systematic study of film scores, orchestration, theory and technology. The course consists of a 50% thesis and a composition portfolio. The nature of the programme allows for much more inclusivity as it is aimed at students who does not have formal training in music.