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Diploma of Music Industry (Sound Production)

National Course Code: CUA50815


The nationally accredited Diploma of Music Industry (Sound Production) equips you with the skill to create albums, collaborate with fellow artists and explore the world of audio post production. Take your career in sound design, production and distribution further in a billion dollar industry.


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

  • Edit and mix audio
  • Perform and produce studio recording
  • Utilise audio theory and signal path
  • Create and arrange music using music software
  • Manage freelance clients and business
  • Work within copyright arrangements


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Creativity and problem-solving abilities
  • Commitment to developing your skills through practise
  • Team work and collaboration skills
  • Punctuality and consistency


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Diploma level
  • A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities
  • Skills and knowledge to start your own business

Career opportunities:

  • Songwriter and composer
  • Music producer
  • Recording engineer
  • Mix engineer
  • Live sound mixer


Advance your music career with the TAFE NSW music study pathway:

  • Advanced Diploma of Music Industry (Sound Production)

This course is superseded.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 have:

  • Creativity and problem solving abilities
  • Commitment to developing your skills through practise
  • Team work and collaboration skills
  • Punctuality and consistency

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

In this course you will undertake a balance of practical and written assessments, as well as project work.

The Certificate III in Music Industry (Sound Production) is your entry level qualification.

The Certificate IV in Music Industry (Sound Production) is for you if you've already covered the basics of digital recording. You learn a broad range of skills required to succeed in the music industry, including:

  • Digital and analogue recording consoles
  • Music production software and hardware
  • Microphones and monitors
  • Equipment set up and signal flow
  • Recording and mixing
  • Basic live audio

You will also learn more advanced aspects of copyright, small business management and expressing your creative ideas.

After successfully completing this course, you will be prepared to study at a higher level, such as the Diploma of Music Industry (Sound Production). You may also be able to take on lower level roles in the music industry, depending on your experience and interests.

The Diploma of Music Industry (Sound Production) has two versions. The most common version is an all-around audio engineering course focused on music in the recording studio and in live performance venues. The other version is focused on Electronic Music Production, and is primarily related to making music entirely on the computer.

The Advanced Diploma of Music Industry (Sound Production) is the highest level music course you can undertake at TAFE NSW. Similar to the Diploma course, there are two versions of this course audio engineering and electronic music production.

Both versions give you the opportunity to produce finished recordings that are ready for distribution. This qualification helps bring your skills and knowledge up to a more professional level, in the areas of recording, mixing, artist production, collaboration, microphones, monitors, and high level business skills to launch and manage your career.

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 your learning.

You will gain hands-on experience in:

  • Recording studio operations
  • Editing, sound design and other Digital Audio Workstation skills

At TAFE NSW we believe real world experience is a crucial part of your learning and helps you build on your confidence and knowledge.

Refine your skills by working on real world projects such as:

  • Creating original music using a combination of music creation software and recording equipment
  • Collaborative projects with other musicians and producers
  • Electronic music performances or live event production (depending on your choice of campus)

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

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

Make use of our supply of instruments, accessories and programs to keep practising and refining your skills.

Australia is the worlds sixth largest music market and demand for recorded music is forecast to remain strong over the next five years.

According to PwC, by 2023 Australias total spend on music will reach 1.791billion with a staggering 763million spent on digital distribution alone; with consumers accessing a wide catalogue of music (and podcasts) through online streaming services such as Spotify, as well as through older formats such as vinyl records.

The music industry is undergoing a Music Streaming lead resurgence, with large profits and sustained growth. Self-publishing and social media promotion are allowing artists to have more control over their careers. There are opportunities for skilled producers and small studio practitioners. You will cover all this and more in this course.

  • Nationally Recognised Training

This course is superseded

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