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1 Year


The Advanced Diploma of Music (Creation and Composition) focused on Electronic Music Production is designed to take your skills, knowledge and experience to a professional level in the global electronic music industry.

You will learn music production software, primarily Ableton Live to create your own original music, beats, top lines, remixes, synthesis, pitch shifting, time warping, filters and effects.

At TAFE NSW we focus on providing you with real-world experiences. In this course, you will produce finished recordings that are ready for distribution. This process helps bring your skills and knowledge up to a more professional level in the areas of recording, mixing, artist production, collaboration, microphones and monitors.

Learning music at TAFE NSW is a unique experience. You will study with likeminded people who are as passionate about music and sound production as you are. Continue to build your network of professional contacts while you study, and graduate ready to take yourself to the next level with a range of advanced music industry skills.


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Through a mix of theory and practical coursework learn to:

  • Ensure that original work is protected at local and international levels against unauthorised reproduction
  • Apply your knowledge of music to your own professional practice such as integrating social and cultural norms
  • Research the role and impact of music in other disciplines and build this into your creative practice
  • Use current and emerging ideas and technologies in your work that support workplace safety
  • Do advanced composing and arranging of a range of music
  • Create a final mix to create a finished product
  • Develop social media engagement to build a fan base


Build your experience and get practical skills in:

  • Editing and mixing digital audio
  • Operating a recording studio
  • Collaborating with other music creators
  • Working on post production projects
  • Manage copyright arrangements


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Creativity and a passion for music
  • A keen interest in music technology
  • Effective communication skills
  • A hardworking attitude
  • The ability to work with diverse groups of people


The global music market is expected to grow 8.5% annually between 2020 and 2025. Key factors driving this growth include:

  • Growing opportunities for upcoming artists to showcase their work to global audiences via online streaming platforms and social media like Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Premium and Tindle
  • Increasing investment by record companies in music artists
  • Artists leveraging digital generation opportunities
  • An increasing focus on the industry’s long term development and sustainability

The global music publishing market, valued at AU$6.4 billion in 2018, is expected to grow 6.1% annually between 2018 and 2025. The increase in paid subscriptions for media streaming is a key driver of this growth. In fact, in 2018 digital royalties contributed to about 54% of the overall global music publishing market revenues.


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.


  • Diploma of Music (Creation and Composition)
  • If applicants have not completed the pre-requisite of the Diploma of Music (Creation and Composition) an audition via phone or Skype is required.
  • If you have successfully completed the pre-requisite of the Diploma of Music (Creation and Composition) you are NOT required to audition.

English Language Requirements:

TAFE NSW makes every effort to ensure your Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) needs are met. The level of support you require 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:

  • Skill and experience with various music software
  • Knowledge of signal path
  • Knowledge of audio theory
  • Knowledge of music copyright
  • An interest in exploring a range of music ideologies and styles
  • Collaboration and teamwork skills

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

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.


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.

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LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Ultimo Feb , Jul A$11,190
LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Ultimo Feb , Jul A$11,190


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


  • TAFE NSW offers you a range of on campus study environments you will have access to industry specific computer rooms, study and presentation areas as well as general student facilities to enhance your learning and student experience including:

  • Industry standard, fully equipped rehearsal spaces
  • Fully equipped recording studios
  • Music production labs
  • Specialty music computer labs
  • Post production studios
  • Listening suites
  • Live venues
Make use of our supply of instruments, studio accessories and programs to keep practising and refining your skills.

Student facilities, amenities and support services include:

  • 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 = 15
  • 4 core units plus 11 elective units, of which:
  • at least 8 must be from the elective units listed below, with no more than 2 of these units from Group F
  • up to 3 may be from the remaining listed elective units (with the exception of Group F) or from any currently endorsed Diploma or above training package qualification or accredited course.
  • Core Units
  • CUACMP511 Manage copyright arrangements
  • CUAMLT512 Assess significance of music and apply knowledge to professional practice
  • CUAPPR515 Establish and maintain safe creative practice
  • CUAPPR613 Engage in the business of creative practice
  • CUAMCP511 Compose music using music technology
  • CUAMCP611 Extend techniques for arranging music
  • CUAMCP612 Extend techniques for composing music
  • CUAMLT611 Analyse music
  • CUASOU611 Manage production of sound designs
  • BSBMKG546 Develop social media engagement plans
  • CUAMPF611 Plan and present music performances
  • CUAPPM614 Plan and manage post-production activities
  • CUASOU506 Create a final sound balance
  • CUASOU517 Compile music for soundtracks
  • CUASOU612 Manage production of sound recordings


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.