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Advanced Diploma of Music Industry (Performance)

  • National Course Code: CUA60515
  • TAFE NSW code: CUA60515-02V02-22ULT-005

Location – Ultimo (Performance)


Full Time


On campus

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

16 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 knowledge and experience to a professional level in the global music industry. Go on to become a professional singer, songwriter or musician with the skills to record and perform your work.

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

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 now.


To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • Completed your Diploma of Music Industry (Performance) or have an equivalent level of experience (this may be assessed by an audition or submission of a portfolio)
  • An ability to either play an instrument, perform as a vocalist or an ability to compose music or songs, with three years of experience performing or composing
  • Music theory knowledge at an Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) Third Grade level
  • Knowledge of music copyright, such as copyright documentation, national and international protection, and assignment and licensing of copyright
  • Digital competency, literacy and numeracy skills at a Year 12 or equivalent level

If you need help preparing 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.

This course offering is designed for people who:

  • 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.

Discover the skills you need, for the job you want at a TAFE NSW Information Session.


This is a full time, on campus course. You must attend approximately 16 hours of class. You may also be required to complete approximately 12 hours of additional study. This additional study could include private study, work placements and research.

The course will run 2-3 days a week for 33 weeks.


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

The way you learn may change during your enrolment to ensure the best learning experience or to keep you safe as COVID-19 restrictions change, and some of our face to face classes may change to online or virtual classroom learning. Also, to ensure that we keep you safe while studying, we may modify our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, there may be a modification or delay in the planned timeframe due to COVID-19 impacts. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled on Monday and Thursday with day classes and Wednesday with morning classes. 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.


You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:

  • 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

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

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 (Performance)
Phone 131 601

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