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Advanced Diploma of Music Industry (Performance)

  • National Course Code: CUA60515
  • TAFE NSW code: CUA60515-02V02-21ULT-005

Location – Ultimo, Main Campus (Performance)

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

29 Hours per week


33 Weeks

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

Course Details

The nationally accredited Advanced Diploma of Music Industry (Performance) is designed to take your skill, knowledge and experience to a professional level in the global music industry. Go on to become a professional singer, songwriter or musician with the know-how to record and perform your work.


Through theory and practical course work, you will learn:

  • Live performance and stagecraft
  • Song writing, composition and arrangement
  • Music theory and musicianship, including reading music
  • Music technology such as Logic, Pro Tools, Ableton or Sibelius
  • Improvisation and instrumental or vocal technique
  • Creative industry business skills and career planning
  • Music industry projects such as recordings and putting on gigs


Fine-tune your natural abilities and talents, including:

  • A commitment to working and contributing to the music industry
  • A commitment to refining and perfecting their craft through personal practice
  • The ability to learn and grow in a collaborative team environment
  • The willingness to learn and develop leadership skills
  • Motivation and are organised and professional


Completing this course will provide you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Advanced Diploma level
  • Industry connections and networks

Career outcomes and job roles:

  • Live performance
  • Songwriting and composition
  • Music Production
  • Music Distribution


Take your skills centre stage with pathways into music degrees at Western Sydney University, the University of Newcastle and Southern Cross University.


The number of people working as music professionals has grown moderately and is expected to remain stable over the next 5 to 2023 with around 8,000 job openings (that's about 1,600 opportunities per year).

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. You can enrol in this course now.


To be prepared for this course, it is highly recommended that you have completed your Diploma in Music Industry (Performance) or have equivalent skills and knowledge (this may be assessed by an audition or submission of a portfolio).

It is also recommended that you have:

  • An ability to either play an instrument, perform as a vocalist or an ability to compose music or songs
  • Experience as a performer or composer
  • Music theory knowledge
  • Music copyright knowledge
  • Digital competency, literacy and numeracy skills

If you need support in preparation for study, contact us about your options.


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

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

All applicants should have completed a Diploma of Music Industry (Performance) or have the equivalent knowledge, ability and experience.
Whilst there is no pre-requisite to study Advanced Diploma, we highly recommend that you complete Diploma of Music Industry, or equivalent before attempting the Advanced Diploma of Music Industry.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

To be able to play an instrument, sing, or rap to a nearly professional level, as well as an advanced knowledge of music theory, and extensive experience playing in bands, writing songs, and performing live for a number of years. I you have not studied Diploma with us at Ultimo Campus, please email us to let us know whether you have completed a Diploma of Music, as well as what instrument(s) you play, how experienced you are, and what genre(s) you perform in.

To register for an information session, head to Students who cannot attend the Information Session please make an online enquiry or contact us on 131 601 for more information about the course!


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

Date Time Location
Tuesday 19 January, 2021 6:00pm to 8:00pm Join Information Session
Wednesday 27 January, 2021 6:00pm to 8:00pm Join Information Session
Tuesday 2 February, 2021 6:00pm to 8:00pm Join Information Session
Tuesday 19 February, 2021 6:00pm to 8:00pm Join Information Session


This is a full time blended course. You will need to attend approximately 18 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 private study, Instrumental and Vocal practise, assignment preparation, industry event attendance.


Additional timetables may also be offered, please email if you have specific requirements or questions.

We typically offer 3 groups of classes where the timetable differs by the days of the week you should attend. For example Group A: Mon, Tue, Wed. Group B: Wed, Thur, Fri, Group C: Tue, Wed, Thur. Indicative timetables only. All students should attend classes for 16 hours per week.

Music Performance is the focus of this Advanced Diploma of Music Industry

This course is designed for people who have significant prior experience in music performance, playing an instrument, sing or rap. You will build extended and advanced skills, knowledge and experience playing your instrument, writing songs, performing live, using advanced music theory, building your career, making professional recordings, releasing music, and making a music video.

We highly recommend that you complete the Diploma of Music before undertaking Advanced Diploma. We have a screening process for enrolment into Advanced Diploma. Prior knowledge and skills are required to successfully complete an Advanced Diploma level course.


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.


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
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

To keep you safe while studying, some of our face to face classes may be replaced with online or connected learning. We have also modified our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. As restrictions ease, the way you attend your class may change again. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, due to the impacts of COVID-19 there may be a delay or modification in being able to undertake these aspects of your course in the planned timeframe. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled on Tuesday, 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

Enrolments for this course have now closed.

Enquire now and we will contact you when enrolments open. Visit our Online Courses to view our range of study options that you can start anytime.

Core Units
Number Title
CUAPPR603 Engage in the business of creative practice
CUAPPR505 Establish and maintain safe creative practice
CUAMLT502 Apply concepts of music and society to professional practice
BSBIPR501 Manage intellectual property to protect and grow business
Elective Units
Number Title
BSBCRT402 Collaborate in a creative process
CUASOU602 Manage production of sound recordings
CUAMPF604 Extend improvisation techniques
CUAMPF602 Manage stagecraft aspects of performances
CUAMPF601 Present a music performance
CUAMLT602 Analyse harmony
CUAMCP602 Extend techniques for composing music
CUAMCP601 Extend techniques for arranging music
CUAMCP501 Compose music using electronic media
CUALED501 Provide instrumental or vocal tuition
CUAMPF603 Refine performance techniques and expand repertoire

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

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.

Course Location

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

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