International Course Info

Course code:


Course fee:

A$12,710 - A$13,220


1 Year


The Diploma of Music (Sound Production) prepares you to work in the entertainment industry as an assistant sound engineer or sound designer.

Learn and apply theoretical knowledge and use a range of technical and managerial skills to plan, carry out and evaluate sound production work. You will also develop specialist expertise and learn to exercise music knowledge and artistic judgment.

Refine your knowledge of music production software and create your own original music, beats, toplines and remixes. Practise your skills in synthesis, pitch shifting, time warping, filters and effects. Develop a skillset that will see you stand out in studios around the world.


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

  • Edit and mix audio
  • Perform and produce studio recordings
  • Apply audio theory and understand signal paths
  • Create and arrange music using music software
  • Manage freelance clients and business needs
  • Work with copyright arrangements


Build your experience and get practical skills in:

  • Recording studio operations
  • Editing, sound design and other digital audio workstation skills
  • Creating beats and other production elements using music software
  • Collaborating with producers and musicians


Develop the qualities you need to get ahead in this industry:

  • Creativity and problem-solving abilities
  • Commitment to developing your skills through practice
  • Teamwork and collaboration skills
  • Punctuality and consistency
  • The ability to seek, deliver and use constructive feedback


This qualification could help you prepare for roles like:

  • Music producer
  • Post-production editor
  • Project collaborator
  • Assistant sound mixer
  • Audio-visual operator
  • Live sound assistant
  • Casual technician


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.

Academic Requirements:

English Language Requirements:

  • Academic IELTS 6.0 (with no individual band less than 5.5) or equivalent

Additional Requirement:

  • Submission of video or audio files or attend an interview demonstrating your sound production ability. The interview will take place via an online video conferencing platform such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams.


TAFE NSW makes every effort to ensure your Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) needs are met. The level of support you need may be assessed via a review of your LLN skills with written tasks and a one-on-one interview. If you need to strengthen your LLN skills, an individual training plan will be created with you.

To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you have:

  • Access to a personal computer and a stable internet connection
  • Access to music production software - Adobe Creative Cloud and MS Office Suite
  • Some experience with a digital audio workstation (DAW) and programs like Logic, ProTools or Ableton
  • A reasonable numeracy level including an understanding of frequencies and counting bars
  • A willingness to explore a range of music styles
  • The ability to collaborate with people in a team environment
  • Some knowledge of audio theory, including types of microphones, basic knowledge of frequencies and volume
  • Some knowledge of signal path, such as you might find in a basic home studio or in a simple PA system

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.


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
Ultimo Feb , Jul A$12,710
LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Ultimo Feb , Jul A$13,220


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


TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the resources, counselling and facilities to support you while you are studying.

You’ll also have access to rehearsal spaces, recording studios equipped to industry standard, specialty music computer labs, audio PA and recording equipment, industry standard speakers for listening to music, as well as a good supply of instruments and other accessories for you to practise your craft.

We offer a range of support services including: 

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service
  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy, and Numeracy (LLN) support 
  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling, and Pathways Service  
  • Smarthinking – online access to a tutor 
  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource that offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills


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:
  • at least 9 must be from the elective units listed below, with no more than 3 of these units from Group F
  • up to 3 may be from the remaining listed elective units (with the exception of Group F).
  • Core Units
  • CUACMP511 - Manage copyright arrangements
  • CUAIND412 - Provide freelance services
  • CUAIND512 - Enhance professional practice using creative arts industry knowledge
  • CUAMWB401 - Develop and implement own self-care plan in the creative industries
  • CUASOU414 - Manage wireless audio operations
  • CUASOU417 - Edit sound
  • CUASOU418 - Edit dialogue
  • CUASOU419 - Mix recorded music
  • CUASOU421 - Mix audio for live productions
  • CUASOU504 - Produce sound recordings
  • CUASOU505 - Implement sound designs
  • CUASOU506 - Create a final sound balance
  • CUASOU512 - Manage operation of stage monitor systems
  • CUASOU513 - Develop sound designs
  • CUASOU415 - Record sound
  • CUAMCP511 - Compose music using music technology


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


Build your expertise with a TAFE NSW Music study pathway:

At TAFE NSW Ultimo

  • If you apply for a package of Diploma of Music (Sound Production) -1 year and Bachelor of Creative Practice specialising in Music Production and Performance then due to credits the the Bachelor duration will be reduced to 2 years. (Package Duration:3 years)


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.

TAFE NSW allows for two or more courses to be packaged together leading to a TAFE NSW Bachelor Degree, 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.