National code: CUA30920

Certificate III in Music (Sound Production)

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Overview About this course

Hit the right note and gain an understanding of the music industry with foundational skills in sound production. Be part of the music community as you learn about studio recording and live sound, perform live mixing and make records.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Use a recording studio

  • Create music using music software and hardware

  • Set up small PA systems and live sound

  • Work with copyright

  • Communicate with creatives

Course Outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • The skills to put on a live gig as a sound technician

  • A sound understanding of industry-standard recording and audio equipment

  • Make a finished song recording

  • Experience in collaborating with others

  • Engage in creating music using music software and hardware

  • Build a strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities

Suitability Is This Course Right For You?

Entry requirements

Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol today.

  • This course is offered as a traineeship. Enquire today to check the eligibility requirements.

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • Basic experience in using computers, PC or Mac, and working with simple software applications

  • An interest in music technology

  • Access to a personal computer, software like Microsoft Office and the internet, as some elements of this course are delivered online. This may be available at a campus library

  • Availability to attend rehearsals, functions, and live performances outside of class hours, including evenings and potentially on weekends

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future Career and Study Options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: Assistant recording engineer, Assistant live sound engineer and Road crew

Study pathways

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Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in Music (Sound Production) qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 11 units of competency, including 3 core and 8 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Plan a career in the creative arts industry CUAIND314

  • Work effectively in the music industry CUAIND313

  • Implement copyright arrangements CUACMP311

TAFE NSW Services Facilities and Support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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