Course Info

Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services

National Course Code: CUA50415


The nationally recognised Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services strengthens your practical skills to take your production career further. Get set for a senior role behind the scenes in festivals, theatres and events, and learn to collaborate with performers and production crew.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Manage bump-in and bump-out of shows
  • Stage manage productions and events
  • Mix live audio front of house
  • Operate monitor systems and wireless audio
  • Design lighting for live performance


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • A hardworking and diligent attitude
  • Commitment to the success of the production
  • The ability to give and take direction effectively
  • Collaboration and teamwork skills
  • Time management
  • Creativity and problem solving skills


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally accredited qualification at Diploma level
  • A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities

Career opportunities:

  • Front of house mix engineer
  • Monitor engineering
  • Stage technician
  • Lighting designer
  • Lighting operator


Take your career further with the:

  • Advanced Diploma of Live Production and Management Services

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

Course details

People who are successful in this industry are:

  • Hard working, diligent and committed to the success of the production
  • Able to give and take direction effectively
  • Enjoy working collaboratively and as part of a team
  • Punctual and can work to tight deadlines
  • Creative with problem solving skills

Assessments give you the opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned and to identify the knowledge or skills that may need further development.

The Diploma of Live Production (Technical Services) features mostly practical assessments as well as planning documents and safety documents.

Certificate III and Certificate IV in Live Production require basic experience in music technology or home recording. We cover the essentials of live production to get you ready for entry level roles in industry and further study.

The Diploma of Live Production is the right course for you if you want a career in audio and lighting and have previous experience and study. It is also a good refresher course for anyone who has been out of the industry for a few years and is too advanced for Certificate III.

Diploma level study requires pre-existing knowledge and experience in lighting, audio, signal path and entertainment industry studies.

Depending on your campus location, you may be involved in excursions that take you behind the scenes in the music industry.

We also invite guest lecturers from the music industry to join us and add an extra dimension to you learning. You will be encouraged to take part in events across your campus and get involved with live production opportunities.

You will gain hands-on experience in:

  • Designing lighting for live performance
  • Mixing front of house
  • Mixing monitor systems
  • Operating wireless audio

TAFE NSW is known for delivering theory along with practical, hands-on learning. In this diploma you will work on real world projects, such as:

  • Setting up audio and monitor systems at a live gig
  • Designing and setting up lighting and visions systems

TAFE NSW offers you a range of study environments to enhance your learning and employability, such as:

  • Industry standard rehearsal spaces
  • Fully equipped recording studios
  • Specialty music computer labs
  • Post production studios
  • Listening suites

We know practise makes perfect. Make use our great supply of instruments, accessories and programs to keep practising and refining your skills.

Skilled technicians and event managers are in high demand both nationally and internationally. Our graduates are highly regarded by industry and often gain paid employment with the organisation they intern with.

According to the peak industry body, Live Performance Australia (LPA), in 2018 over 26 million tickets were issued to live performance events in Australia, generating a total ticket sales revenue of almost $2.2 billion.

Live events are a growth area across Australia with LPA statistics revealing that total attendance has increased from 66% from 15.8 million in 2008 to 26.3 million in 2018.

Exciting international events like Glastonbury, Coachella, Reading, Tomorrowland, Fringe and Comedy Festivals all require qualified live production crews however there is a wide variety of job opportunities in live production. These include employment in pubs and clubs, corporate events, theatres and many other places. Within that there are a range of specialties such as front of house mixer, lighting designer, vision systems designer, monitor engineer and stage manager.

Internationally the corporate and conference space continues to grow with trends such as LED screens and vision and the increasing use of AI

  • Nationally Recognised Training

This course is superseded

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