Offering Info

Advanced Diploma of Music Industry (Sound Production)

  • National Course Code: CUA60515
  • TAFE NSW code: CUA60515-04V02-21NEW-455

Location – Newcastle (Sound Production)

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

12 Jul 2021

Study Commitment

26 Hours per week


18 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 (Sound Production) is designed to enhance your professional music knowledge and freelance business practice in this growing global industry. Focus on audio engineering or electronic music production as you launch your music career.


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

  • Edit and mix audio
  • Perform and produce studio recording
  • Utilise audio theory and signal path
  • Create and arrange music using music software
  • Manage freelance clients and business
  • Work within copyright arrangements


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Creativity and critical-thinking skills
  • Teamwork skills and a collaborative spirit
  • Time management and initiative
  • Dedication to improving through individual practice and teamwork
  • A commitment to the craft of performance, music and composition


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Advanced Diploma level
  • A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities

Career opportunities:

  • Mix engineer
  • Music creator
  • Music producer
  • Post-production editor
  • Sound designer
  • Sound engineer


The Advanced Diploma of Music Industry (Sound Production) is the highest level music qualification at TAFE NSW. You will be industry ready when you graduate from this hands-on course.

This course is superseded.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 in Music Industry (Sound Production), or have equivalent skills and knowledge in sound production or electronic music production (this may be assessed by an audition or submission of a portfolio), or equivalent industry experience as a sound engineer or music producer
  • Advanced numeracy, literacy and digital literacy at a Year 12 or equivalent level
  • A willingness to explore a range of music styles
  • A desire to collaborate
  • Good knowledge of signal path, such as you might find in a home studio or in a PA system
  • Knowledge of music copyright, such as copyright documentation, national and international protection, and assignment and licensing of copyright
  • An understanding of audio theory and knowledge, such as frequency identification, accoustics, microphone selection and placement, and standard studio configurations

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.

To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that you have the following qualifications or industry experience:
-CUA50815 Diploma Music Industry (Sound Production), or

  • Minimum of 3+ years experience in recording and editing, or working in a studio, without a relevant lower level qualification

To successfully complete this course, you will need to commit to:

  • Attending classes for 2 days a week,
  • Completing a minimum amount of assessment work per week, and
  • Engaging with industry on a regular basis by learning and practising new techniques, rehearsing for gigs, listening to music, writing, recording or participating in a range of independent creative projects

Discover the skills you need for the job you want at the TAFE NSW Information Sessions, 21-25 June 2021.


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course


This is a full time blended day course. You will need to attend approximately 16 hours of class, over 2 days a week, for 18 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 10 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 16.7 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including preparing for gigs, listening to music, writing music or lyrics, going to gigs and events and particpating in a range of independent recording projects.


This course offering is designed for people who want to work in the creative industries and:

  • Have advanced knowledge of techniques in recording
  • Want to apply these skills across the music, media and screen industries
  • Have an interest in becoming professional engineers or producers, or
  • Are existing practitioners with a min of 3+ years experience in recording and editing, or working in a studio, without a relevant lower level qualification

Students will be engaged in a combination of online learning for the compulsory theory components of the course and on-campus classes for all practical learning.


There is a new version of this course coming soon. If it is available before you complete your studies, you will be notified of your options and may be transferred to the new course.


There are additional learning and study tools available for this course, including:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student Support and Services
  • Accessibility and Disability Services
  • Personal Counselling
  • Vocational Counselling
  • Learning Support
  • International Student Support
  • Scholarships
  • Multicultural Support

Detailed current information on these Support Services are made available at the Information Sessions. Additionally, every student is supported by a dedicated Student Services team at each campus location.

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 Tuesday, from 9.30am to 5.30pm. 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.

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
21NEW01095 UOS1-CUA60515 12 Jul 2021 17 Sep 2021 02 Aug 2021 $1,287.00
21NEW01098 UOS2-CUA60515 30 Aug 2021 15 Oct 2021 05 Oct 2021 $1,287.00
21NEW01101 UOS3-CUA60515 05 Oct 2021 30 Nov 2021 01 Nov 2021 $1,286.00

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.

If you are interested in studying as a Trainee please call 131 601 for full details. (only if available as a trainee)

Core Units
Number Title
CUAMLT502 Apply concepts of music and society to professional practice
CUAPPR603 Engage in the business of creative practice
CUAPPR505 Establish and maintain safe creative practice
BSBIPR501 Manage intellectual property to protect and grow business
Elective Units
Number Title
CUAMCP602 Extend techniques for composing music
CUASOU507 Compile music for soundtracks
CUAMCP502 Compose music for screen
CUAMCP501 Compose music using electronic media
CUASOU506 Create a final sound balance
BSBPMG601 Direct the integration of projects
CUAMCP601 Extend techniques for arranging music
CUASOU505 Implement sound designs
CUASOU601 Manage production of sound designs
CUAPPM604 Plan and manage film and media post-production
CUASOU504 Produce sound recordings

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

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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

266 Maitland Road, Tighes Hill
Phone 131 601

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