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Advanced Diploma of Music Industry (Sound Production)

  • National Course Code: CUA60515
  • TAFE NSW code: CUA60515-04V01-19NEW-742

Location – Newcastle Campus (focused on Sound Production)

Study Type


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Hours Per Week



18 Weeks

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

Course Details

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who use wide-ranging analytical, technical, creative, conceptual and managerial skills in their chosen field in the music industry. Their knowledge base may be specialised or broad. These individuals are sometimes accountable for group outcomes.

This qualification provides for a specialisation in Sound Production. Contact TAFE NSW if you need help selecting a different specialisation or a general (unspecialised) outcome in this qualification.
There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

It is assumed that you have literacy, numeracy and technical skills at Diploma level for success in this course. Contact your TAFE NSW campus if you have any questions about your suitability.
Please make an online enquiry or contact us on 131 601 for more information about the course.

The Advanced Diploma is designed to provide high-level professional sound production training in a program where a self-directed project is an important component. This component allows students to plan and execute a project that is aligned to employment and career needs. This course is aimed at students who have advanced levels of sound production skills. A local pre-requisite is the Diploma of Music Industry (Sound Production).

In addition to refining professional standards in work processes, the program encourages students to reflect critically on their work. Students will be expected to pursue a series of goals identified at the beginning of the course, which will include recording and producing, designing soundscapes in post production or increasing skill level in ProTools to a certification level.

On offer to the Advanced Diploma students are two recording studios (one has the world famous SSL Duality console and the other is an AVID Post Production suite), two computer labs with ProTools and one lab with Ableton. There is a sophisticated P.A system, a portable dub stage for FOLEY work and a selection of instruments: acoustic and electric guitars, electric and acoustic bass's, acoustic and electric drum kits, pianos, amps, microphones and mixing consoles for you to use.

A message for young people under 17 years of age - If you are under 17 years and wish to enrol you will need to have completed Year 10 or have special permission from school and TAFE to do so.
18 hours of class-activities are currently scheduled on Monday and Tuesday, 9.30am to 5.30pm. Group projects, assessments and portfolio work between 35-40 hours and self-paced learning (recording projects, mixing workshops) for 30 hours.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process.
This course is approved for a Commonwealth VET Student Loan. If you meet the eligibility 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.

A range of criteria apply for course fees and access to government subsidised training.

Use the Calculate Your Fee button for your indicative course fee and to check if you qualify for government subsidised training, including an exemption.

Students can pay their fee upfront, pay off their student fees in instalments or take out a VET Student Loan. This study now, pay later option is a student loan scheme funded by the Commonwealth Government.

When your enrolment is complete, and you have paid the applicable fees, you will be entitled to attend class, participate in training, sit for examinations, receive educational awards, use amenities and services and receive an active TAFEcard (which provides access to library resources).

In addition to your course fee, there may be some additional charges to cover the costs of undertaking this training.

Costs associated with work experience and field trips such as food, transport and accommodation are at the students own expense.

Code Name Start Date End Date Census Date Amount
19NEW01376 UOS1-CUA60515 22 Jul 2019 06 Sep 2019 02 Sep 2019 $1,287.00
19NEW01381 UOS2-CUA60515 02 Sep 2019 18 Oct 2019 08 Oct 2019 $1,287.00
19NEW01384 UOS3-CUA60515 21 Oct 2019 02 Dec 2019 04 Nov 2019 $1,286.00

Enrolments will open from 14 October 2019 for our February 2020 intake.

To find out more information on this course including the next start date, submit an online enquiry by clicking the Enquire Now button on this page, or call 131 601 during business hours* to chat with a member of our friendly customer service team.

*Our customer service team are available from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm AEST.

Enrolling with us is easy, though the exact process does depend on your course and any prerequisites that go with it.

Be sure to read your chosen course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you.

Enrol and pay online via our secure payment gateway to secure your place.

As you progress through the enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

If you are interested in studying as a Trainee or Apprentice please call 131 601 for full details.

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
BSBPMG601 Direct the integration of projects
CUAMCP501 Compose music using electronic media
CUAMCP502 Compose music for screen
CUAMCP601 Extend techniques for arranging music
CUAPPM604 Plan and manage film and media post-production
CUASOU504 Produce sound recordings
CUASOU505 Implement sound designs
CUASOU506 Create a final sound balance
CUASOU507 Compile music for soundtracks
CUASOU601 Manage production of sound designs
CUASOU602 Manage production of sound recordings

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.
Music Conductor,Vocalist/Singer,Music Producer,Music Distributor,Music Arranger,Sound Designer,Musicologist,Music Business Manager,Conductor,Music Researcher

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

Newcastle Campus
266 Maitland Road, Tighes Hill
Phone 131 601

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