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1 Year


This qualification is for people who want to work in the creative arts - music, performing and entertainment industries as assistant sound engineers or sound designers.

You will develop and apply a sound theoretical knowledge base and use a range of specialised, technical or managerial competencies to plan, carry out and evaluate your own work and/or that of a team. You will also develop specialist expertise and learn to exercise music knowledge and artistic judgement.

From the specialist elective units you can learn to plan, develop and implement audio/sound design and sound recordings. You can operate and maintain a variety of sound recording, production and playback equipment. From the other elective units, you can develop ICT/digital, rigging, post-production, project management and business skill for a career in the music and creative arts industries.

**This qualification is superseded.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.**


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When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledgeand skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

  • Year 10 or equivalent
  • If applicants have not completed the pre-requisite of the Certificate III in Music Industry (Sound Production)an audition via phone or Skype is required.
  • Academic IELTS 5.5 or TOEFL (iBT) 46 or TAFE NSW General English Program

    From mountains to oceans, from cities to country towns, international students can choose from a range of courses offered at multiple campus locations across the state. Experience our vibrant spaces such as libraries, cafes and gyms as well as places you can network and socialise.

    Learn more about TAFE NSW study locations

    LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
    Nirimba Feb , Jul A$11,560
    Ultimo Feb , Jul A$11,560
    LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
    Ultimo Feb , Jul A$11,560


    Additional costs for uniforms, equipment, textbooks and materials (if applicable) range from A$300 - $1,000 per course.


    To receive this course students must complete all core units and a range of Additional units. 

    Note: Additional units may vary between each semester and campus, and will depend on a number of considerations including the packaging rules for the qualification and demand for the unit at that location. TAFE NSW does not guarantee that speciality units listed will be offered at each location and semester. You will receive your timetable from the teaching section on commencement and speciality units offered will be provided at that time.

    • Packaging Rules Total number of units =16
    • 4 core units plus 12 elective units of which
    • 9 units must be selected from the elective units listed below with no more than 3 units from Group D
    • 3 units may be selected from the remaining listed electives or any currently endorsed training package qualification or accredited course at Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma.
    • This qualification can provide for specialisations. To achieve these specialisations the following additional packaging rules must be adhered to.
    • For specialisation in Performance 6 elective units must be selected from Group A.
    • For specialisation in Composition 6 elective units must be selected from Group A and include a minimum of 4 CUAMCP units.
    • For specialisation in Sound Production 6 elective units must be selected from Group B.
    • For specialisation in Music Business 6 elective units must be selected from Group C.
    • Core Units
    • BSBCRT501 Originate and develop concepts
    • CUACMP501 Manage copyright arrangements
    • CUAIND402 Provide freelance services
    • CUAPPR505 Establish and maintain safe creative practice
    • CUASOU501 Manage audio operations for outdoor events
    • CUASOU505 Implement sound designs
    • CUASOU405 Record sound
    • CUASOU407 Edit sound
    • CUASOU409 Mix recorded music
    • CUASOU404 Manage wireless audio operations
    • CUASOU401 Mix live audio
    • CUASOU403 Manage audio system control networks
    • CUAMCP502 Compose music for screen
    • CUASOU506 Create a final sound balance
    • CUASOU504 Produce sound recordings
    • CUASOU406 Develop and implement sound plans


    From certificates to diplomas, degrees to study packages, you can take your study further with us.


    Plan your study around your life with a TAFE NSW study package. Our study packages allow for multiple courses to be packaged together that can lead you to a TAFE NSW or an Australian University Bachelor Degree with credits. This gives you a one stop shop by completing your applications for the whole package through TAFE NSW allowing you to apply for one student Visa for the full duration of the package.

    TAFE NSW allows for two or more courses to be packaged together, either to meet the prerequisite requirements for a course or to plan your studies around your career goals. You can submit a single TAFE NSW application form and will be able to apply for one Student Visa for the full duration of the package.