ASE Cape Town set to open
SOUTH AFRICA: The Academy of Sound Engineering is set to open its Cape Town facility in early 2016. Once registration is confirmed by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) it will offer certificates and diplomas in audio technology as well as a three-year BSc degree in Sound Engineering Technology.
Prior to this confirmation, the Zonnebloem site will offer skills programmes and short courses for the remainder of 2015 and into 2016. In addition it will also provide its Avid training at the site.
‘Our focus is on a hands-on simulated environment in professional recording facilities, where attention has been paid to both equipment selection and acoustic design,’ stated Keith Farquharson, MD of ASE Cape Town. ‘Once qualified, students will be able to enter the job market with confidence.
‘Our lecturers are all well-known audio professionals,’ continued Mr Farquharson. ‘They have vast experience, gained from working, for example, on South Africa’s largest and most popular show, Idols, and on festivals, international shows, concerts and films. Technical competence for the tasks required is paramount, and our students have the privilege of tapping into this knowledge.’
The ASE hopes that being able to offer this kind of training in Cape Town as well as at its Johannesburg campus will help to meet the country’s sound engineering demands. ‘Over the years, the Academy of Sound Engineering has been helping to meet the shortage of skills, as a steady stream of graduates enters the industry,’ said Mr Farquharson. ‘But there is still a backlog. As an educational institution, we will continue to produce competent and qualified professionals who can cope with what the industry demands.’