Offering Info

Diploma of Music Industry (Sound Production)

  • National Course Code: CUA50815
  • TAFE NSW code: CUA50815-02V02-20ULT-309

Location – Ultimo, Main Campus (Sound Production)

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

10 Feb 2020

Hours Per Week



33 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government
  • VET Student Loans Available

Course Details

This course provides for a Diploma of Music Industry with a specialsiation in Sound Production. Please enrol in a different course if you wish to achieve Diploma of Music Industry with a generalist outcome or different specialisation.

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who have a sound theoretical knowledge base and use a range of specialised, technical or managerial competencies to plan, carry out and evaluate their own work, and/or that of a team, in their chosen field in the music industry.

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 knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

National Standard for Licensing Persons Performing High Risk Work The National Standard for Licensing Persons Performing High Risk Work applies to persons performing dogging and rigging work. Completion of the following units is required for certification at either basic, intermediate or advanced levels: CPCCLDG3001A Licence to perform dogging CPCCLRG3001A Licence to perform rigging basic level CPCCLRG3002A Licence to perform rigging intermediate level CPCCLRG4001A Licence to perform rigging advanced level. National Code of Practice for Induction for Construction Work

Sets and staging for some performances or events may fall within the definition of construction work. If so, people entering the construction site are required to complete the general induction training program specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work (Australian Safety Compensation Council, May 2007).

  • Achievement of the unit CPCCOHS1001A Work safely in the construction industry from the CPC08 Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package fulfils this requirement.

To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that you are:

  • All applicants should have completed a Certificate III in Music Industry (Sound Production) or be able to demonstrate audio engineering ability to that level or higher using analog and/or digital recording studio equipment and PA systems.
  • Whilst there is no pre-requisite to study Diploma, we highly recommend that you complete Certificate III in Music Industry, or equivalent before attempting Diploma of Music Industry.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • be interested in operating sound and studio equipment, microphones, computers, mixing consoles, etc. You would benefit from having a keen interest in recorded music, and being a part of the music production process.

It's all happening at TAFE NSW InfoFest. Register for an information session to broaden your skills set to get ahead. Can't find an Information Session for you? Enquire Online or call 131601.


To find out more about this course, meet our teachers and receive information about enrolment and next steps, attend an information session.

Date: Tuesday, 10 December 2019 Time: 10.00am to 1.00pm Location: Ultimo Campus, Building M, level 1, Room M1:05

Date: Tuesday, 10 December 2019 Time: 6.00pm to 8.00pm Location: Ultimo Campus, Building M, level 1, Room M1:05

Date: Tuesday, 21 January 2020 Time: 10.00am to 1.00pm Location: Ultimo Campus, Building M, level 1, Room M1:05

Date: Tuesday, 21 January 2020 Time: 6.00pm to 8.00pm Location: Ultimo Campus, Building M, level 1, Room M1:05

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Come in for free sample classes in Music Performance, Recording Studio, Electronic Music Production (Ableton), and Music Business, as well as career advice and enrolment help, at Ultimo College, Building M, Level 1, Room M1.5, corner of Mary Ann St & Jones St Mall, in Ultimo. Tuesday 10 December, 10:00am to 1:00pm Tuesday 21 January, 10:00am to 1:00pm


This is a full time face to face course. You will need to attend approximately 16 hours of class, over 3 days a week, for 33 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 12 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 10.5 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including study, instrumental and vocal practice, assignment preparation, and industry events.


Sound Production (Audio Engineering) is the focus of this Diploma of Music Industry This course is designed for people who have completed the Certificate III in Music Industry (Sound Production), or have equivalent knowledge, skills and experience.

You will build much more advanced skills in running a recording studio, mixing records, running live sound, PA systems (analog and digital), coaching singers and musicians to capture the best performances from them, becomging a record producer and professional, all around audio engineer.

If you did not do the Certificate III in this topic, or have extensive knowledge and experience, we suggest you enrol in the Certificate III before doing Diploma.


-The Music section at Ultimo Campus has numerous Apple Mac computers, rehearsal rooms, pianos, guitars & drumkits. These facilities can be booked to use by enrolled students.

We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Studiosity - online access to a real life tutor
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries

This course is currently scheduled on Tuesday from 9.30am to 12.30pm and Wednesday and Thursday from 9.30am to 4.30pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


This course is approved for a Commonwealth VET Student Loan (VSL). If you meet the VSL eligibility and academic suitability requirements, you are able to apply to the Commonwealth for a loan to cover all or part of your course fee. We will ask you whether you would like to apply for a VET Student Loan when you enrol and advise you of the process.

To complete your VET Student Loan application, you will need to provide:

  • Your Tax File Number (TFN). If you dont have a TFN, click here for information on how to apply for one. You can complete your loan application with a Certificate of Application for a TFN, but must provide your TFN as soon as it is issued. If you dont provide your TFN before your first census day, you will need to pay the tuition fees for that unit of study.
  • Your Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Number (CHESSN) ). If you have previously accessed a loan via the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP), either at TAFE or university, you will already have a CHESSN. You must use the same CHESSN whenever you access a student loan. If you dont have CHESSN, we will allocate one on your behalf.
To be eligible for a VET Student Loan, you will need to be assessed as academically suitable to undertake high level VET study. You will need to provide:
  • A copy of your Australian Year 12 Certificate; OR
  • A copy of a certificate showing that you have been awarded a qualification at level 4 or above in the Australian Qualifications Framework (where the language of instruction was English). If you previously completed a Certificate IV or higher qualification at TAFE NSW, just let us know where and when you studied in your application; OR
  • Display competence at Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy through an approved Language, Literacy and Numeracy test. We will let you know if this is required once you apply.
If you intend to apply for a VET Student Loan, its important you know your student obligations.


Additional costs and materials required to successfully complete this course possibly include the use of a musical instrument outside of class hours, and computer or iPad to write and record music.

Music DAW software such as GarageBand, Logic Pro or Ableton Live are all useful for your studies and available for a reduced price as a student.

It may be beneficial to have access to a musical instrument. Many of these are available at TAFE to use during class hours.

Find out more about VET Student Loans

Direct payment by Unit of Study instalments is available for this course.

The Units of Study and associated fees for this course are detailed above. Fees are charged on the census day for each Unit of Study. To secure a loan for part or all of your course, you must be eligible and submit a valid application to the Commonwealth for a VET Student Loan. You may withdraw prior to the census date without incurring a fee.


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Code Name Start Date End Date Census Date Amount
20ULT01839 UOS 1-CUA50815-20ULT-309-SSVSL 10 Feb 2020 09 Apr 2020 06 Apr 2020 $1,015.00
20ULT01845 UOS 2-CUA50815-20ULT-309-SSVSL 27 Apr 2020 19 Jun 2020 01 Jun 2020 $1,015.00
20ULT01851 UOS 3-CUA50815-20ULT-309-SSVSL 20 Jul 2020 25 Sep 2020 03 Aug 2020 $1,015.00
20ULT01863 UOS 4-CUA50815-20ULT-309-SSVSL 12 Oct 2020 04 Dec 2020 02 Nov 2020 $1,015.00

Applying with us is easy, though the exact process does depend on your course and any prerequisites that go with it. Be sure to read all course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you. As you progress through the application and enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

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Core Units
Number Title
CUAPPR505 Establish and maintain safe creative practice
CUAIND402 Provide freelance services
CUACMP501 Manage copyright arrangements
BSBCRT501 Originate and develop concepts
Elective Units
Number Title
CUASOU506 Create a final sound balance
CUASOU505 Implement sound designs
CUASOU504 Produce sound recordings
CUASOU502 Manage the operation of stage monitor systems
CUASOU410 Record sound on location
CUASOU409 Mix recorded music
CUASOU407 Edit sound
CUASOU406 Develop and implement sound plans
CUASOU405 Record sound
CUASOU403 Manage audio system control networks
CUASOU401 Mix live audio
CUAMCP401 Develop techniques for arranging music

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Relevant job roles may include working as head live sound and studio technicians, stage and/or production managers.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

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Course Location

Ultimo, Main Campus
651-731 Harris Street, Ultimo
Phone 131 601

Fees information

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