From Stage to Studio: Fundamentals of Music Production

Boston City Campus brings you a revolutionary new approach to modern music production. This Short Learning Programme seamlessly integrates modern production concepts with all the latest music production techniques applied by the world’s best hit-making producers and music business practitioners! This programme provides you with the skills you will need to enter the exciting and vibrant life of music production. With commitment and passion to succeed, you can thrive in the highly competitive and dynamic audio-visual industry.

From Stage to Studio is offered by Boston City Campus in the blended mode of provision at six (6) Boston City Campus Support Centres. See Fact Sheet for further details.

From Stage to Studio: Fundamentals of Music Production Short Learning Programme


11 months (minimum)

12 months (maximum)


Non-credit bearing

Entry Requirements

Grade 11 Certificate; or National Certificate: (Vocational) Level 3; or equivalent qualification. No previous knowledge of music or experience with any musical instrument required.


Grade 10 Certificate; or National Certificate: (Vocational) Level 2; or equivalent qualification. Some previous knowledge of music or experience with any musical instrument is required.

This Short Learning programme is offered at the following Support Centres: Durban City, East London, Johannesburg (Braamfontein), Pretoria (Arcadia), Queenstown, and Sandton.

All modules are compulsory and must be passed.

The Short Learning Programme provides exciting entry career opportunities in the fields of music and music business, for example:

  • Remixer, Producer, Live Artist
  • Film Score Composer
  • Sound and Music Design for Games, TV, Film and other Multimedia Applications
  • Record Producer
  • Post Production and Mastering Engineer
  • Recording Engineer
  • Live Sound Technician

  • Introduction to Music Production
  • How To (Exploring South African and international music genres)
  • Advanced Production Techniques
  • The Music Business

SC Assessment Strategy C (ASSC1): Formative assessments (FA1, FA2 and FA3), also known as quizzes, will count thirty percent (30%) – ten percent (10%) each – towards the overall mark. A summative assessment in the form of a final exam or assignment (SA1), will seventy percent (70%) towards the overall mark.

SC Assessment Strategy 2 (ASSC2): The formative assessments (FA1 & FA2), also known as an assignment or test, will count sixty percent (60%) – thirty percent (30%) each – towards the overall mark. The summative assessment in the form of a final exam (SA1), will count forty percent (40%).

  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of key personnel involved in the music production process, such as producers, engineers, and artists.
  • Gain insight into the tools and technologies commonly used in music production, such as Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs), MIDI controllers, and virtual instruments.
  • Understand how to produce various local and international music genres such as Amapiano, afrobeats, house music and many more indigenous genres.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the cultural, historical, and social contexts that have influenced the development of South African music genres, showcasing an awareness of the rich cultural diversity within the country
  • Explore various techniques for sampling audio recordings, including looping, chopping, time-stretching, and pitch-shifting, using digital audio workstations (DAWs).
  • Understand intellectual property protection for music, including trademarks, copyrights, and legal steps to safeguard your creative work and artistic identity.
  • Identify and differentiate between the main players in the music industry, such as artists, managers, labels, publishers, distributors, promoters, and digital platforms.
  • Analyse global music market trends, regional variations in music consumption, and the cultural factors influencing music preferences around the world.

On successful completion the learner will be issued with a From Studio to Stage Short Learning Programme.