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Advanced Diploma of Music Industry (Sound Production)

National Course Code: CUA60515


The nationally accredited Advanced Diploma of Music Industry (Sound Production) is designed to enhance your professional music knowledge and freelance business practice in this growing global industry. Focus on audio engineering or electronic music production as you launch your music career.


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 critical-thinking skills
  • Teamwork skills and a collaborative spirit
  • Time management and initiative
  • Dedication to improving through individual practice and teamwork
  • A commitment to the craft of performance, music and composition


Completing this course provides you with:

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

Career opportunities:

  • Mix engineer
  • Music creator
  • Music producer
  • Post-production editor
  • Sound designer
  • Sound engineer


The Advanced Diploma of Music Industry (Sound Production) is the highest level music qualification at TAFE NSW. You will be industry ready when you graduate from this hands-on course.

This course is superseded.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:

  • A strong commitment to working in the music industry
  • Teamwork and some leadership skills
  • Organisation and motivation
  • Professionalism

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 youve 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. Like 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 to add an extra dimension to your learning.

You will gain hands-on experience in:

  • Operating a recording studio
  • Editing and mixing digital audio
  • Using MIDI control surfaces
  • Collaborating with other music creator

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

In the Advanced Diploma of Music Industry (Sound Production), youll refine your skills by working on projects, such as:

  • Creating your own music
  • Producing finished recordings that are ready for distribution
  • Collaborating with other music creators
  • Working on post-production projects

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
  • Music production labs
  • Specialty music computer labs
  • Post-production studios
  • Listening suites
  • Live venues

You will be able to make use of our supply of instruments, studio accessories and programs to keep practising and refining your skills.

The Advanced Diploma of Music Industry (Sound Production) addresses trends in the industry including post-production (including podcasts), film and television, sound design and advertising. Australia is the worlds sixth largest music market in the world with demand for recorded music forecast to remain strong over the next five years.

According to PwC, by 2023 Australias total spend on music will reach $1.791 billion with a staggering $763 million 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.

Australian podcasting revenue is predicated to hit $47 million and there are now over 1.6 million Australians regularly downloading content.

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 control over their career. Having expertise in music and sound production can lead to work in music, sound design, film, radio and podcast production.

You will cover all this and more in this course.

  • Nationally Recognised Training

This course is superseded

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