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Enter into the exciting and creative world of music when you study the Certificate III in Music (Creation and Composition) at TAFE NSW. This course offers aspiring musicians and beatmakers the opportunity to explore modern techniques and tools in music production. You'll also develop your skills in lyric writing, mixing and composition.

Whether you're a beginner, eager to get a start in the industry, or you're looking to expand your creative horizons, this course provides a solid foundation for success in music production. Led by industry-experienced teachers, you'll receive expert guidance and mentorship as you navigate the intricacies of music creation and composition.


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

  • Create music using music software and hardware
  • Collaborate with other creatives
  • Plan your career in the creative arts industry and build industry networks
  • Identify and solve issues related to sound within musical composition or performance (sonic problem-solving)
  • Work with copyright (source copyright information, get permission to use other people’s material, protect material from unauthorised use and apply copyright notices for creative works)


Build your experience and get practical skills in: 

  • Creating simple musical compositions and writing song lyrics
  • Recording and mixing basic music demos using music technology
  • Adjusting the mix or balance of individual instruments or vocal parts to optimise the acoustics of a recording or performance
  • Troubleshooting technical issues with audio equipment or software
  • Building a creative portfolio of your work


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

  • Creativity
  • A love of music
  • A collaborative nature
  • Adaptability
  • Patience and commitment to practice and refine your craft


This qualification could help you prepare for roles like:

  • Songwriter
  • Studio Assistant
  • Producer
  • Assistant at a production house, record company or music school


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

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:

  • Previous experience in creating music of some kind
  • An interest in music technology and software

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 Jul A$7,780
LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Ultimo Feb , Jul A$7,780


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.

Music students will 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 = 11
  • 3 core units plus 8 elective units, of which:
  • at least 6 must be from the elective units listed below, with no more than 2 of these units from Group E
  • up to 2 may be from the listed elective units (with the exception of Group E) or from this or any currently endorsed training package qualification or accredited course.
  • Core Units
  • CUACMP311 - Implement copyright arrangements
  • CUAIND313 - Work effectively in the music industry
  • CUAIND314 - Plan a career in the creative arts industry
  • CUAMCP211 - Incorporate technology into music making
  • CUAMCP311 - Create simple musical compositions
  • CUAMCP312 - Write song lyrics
  • CUAMCP313 - Create simple musical pieces using music technology
  • CUAMLT311 - Develop and apply aural perception skills
  • CUAMLT313 - Develop musical notation skills
  • CUAMPF314 - Make music demos
  • CUASOU212 - Perform basic sound editing
  • CUASOU312 - Develop and apply knowledge of audio theory
  • CUASOU317 - Record and mix basic music demos
  • CUASOU321 - Mix music in studio environments


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


Strengthen your expertise with a TAFE NSW music study pathway:


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.