Build your production and musical skills to create fresh beats, songs or compositions as a recording artist or producer. Work with all music genres, especially electronic music, and use your computer to compose, produce, mix and more.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Make beats and perform DJ sets
Manipulate sounds, including pitch shifting, time warping, tuning as well as creating completely new and unique sounds
Compose and arrange music using technology
Use interactive technology in performances, such as Ableton Push Controllers, CDJs and laptops
Mix, record and produce sound recordings, compose for screen and implement and develop sound designs
Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.
Experience using popular music production software to produce music and create fresh sounds
A collection of your own completed tracks
Strong pathways to continue your studies and enhance your career opportunities
This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
A Certificate III in Music (Creation and Composition) as evidenced by a copy of your transcript or
The ability to demonstrate skills, knowledge and experience equivalent to a Certificate III in Music in an interview with a TAFE NSW music teacher. If necessary we will contact you to arrange a suitable time.
During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:
A Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test and achieve a score of 4 across the five bands of literacy and 3 across one band of numeracy. This skills test helps us to understand your individual study needs and to provide you with the appropriate support for your study success.
To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:
Access to a computer with stable internet connection and Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Cloud. If you don't have your own you may access these at a TAFE NSW campus.
The ability to attend and travel to live performances and functions outside of class hours, including on evenings and 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.
Our graduates go onto roles like:
Music Professionals write, arrange, orchestrate, conduct and perform musical compositions.
Other jobs include: Recording artist Electronic music producer Songwriter Composer Beatmaker
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.
Advance your skills to take your career to the next level
Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.
The Diploma of Music (Creation and Composition) does not have any related courses.
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.
Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Diploma of Music (Creation and Composition) qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 16 units of competency, including 4 core and 12 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.
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
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