International Course Info

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1 Year


The Diploma of Music (Creation and Composition) has a focus on electronic music production. This course is designed to take your career in sound design, music production and distribution to the next level. Strengthen your technical skills to compose, record, create albums, work on live shows and explore the world of audio post-production.

Refine your skills in music production as you create original music using your computer, develop your freelance business skills and gain an understanding of copyright. Work on beats, toplines and remixes, and become a producer, songwriter, DJ, recording engineer or live sound mixer.


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

  • Edit and mix audio
  • Make beats and perform DJ sets
  • Manipulate sounds, including pitch shifting and time warping
  • Compose and arrange music using technology
  • Work as a freelance recording artist


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 other producers and musicians


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

  • Creative thinking and problem solving
  • Curiosity
  • The ability to seek and use constructive feedback
  • Communication skills
  • Collaboration and teamwork Dedication and commitment


This qualification could help you prepare for roles like:

  • Recording artist
  • Electronic music producer
  • Songwriter
  • Composer
  • Beatmaker


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 and attend an interview demonstrating your Music Creation and Composition 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

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$12,710


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
  • CUAMCP411 - Develop techniques for arranging music
  • CUAMCP412 - Compose musical pieces
  • CUAMCP511 - Compose music using music technology
  • CUAMCP512 - Compose music for screen
  • CUAMLT402 - Articulate ideas about music
  • CUASOU513 - Develop sound designs
  • CUAMPF512 - Use interactive technology in performances
  • CUASOU417 - Edit sound
  • CUASOU419 - Mix recorded music
  • CUASOU505 - Implement sound designs
  • CUASOU506 - Create a final sound balance
  • CUARES502 - Critique cultural works


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 (Creation and Composition) focused on Electronic Music 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.