Offering Info

Advanced Diploma of Music Industry (Sound Production)

  • National Course Code: CUA60515
  • TAFE NSW code: CUA60515-04V02-21ULT-330

Location – Ultimo (Electronic Music)

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

22 Jul 2021

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 (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This course is superseded.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:

This Advanced Diploma was designed for those who have completed a Diploma of Music Industry (Sound Production) focused on Electronic Music, using Ableton LIve, or who have equivalent knowledge, skills and experience.

Whilst there is no pre-requisite to study Advanced Diploma, we highly recommend that you complete our Diploma of Music Industry (Sound Production) focused on Electronic Music, or equivalent before attempting this Advanced Diploma.

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


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, 15 June 2021 6:00pm to 8:00pm Join Information Session
Tuesday, 22 June 2021 1:30pm to 3:30pm OR 6:00pm to 8:00pm Join Information Session
Tuesday, 13 July 2021 6:00pm to 8:00pm Join Information Session
Tuesday, 20 July 2021 6:00pm to 8:00pm Join Information Session


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 11.8 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 10.4 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including study, practice, production, assignment preparation, and industry events.


Do you want to get stronger and faster at producing electronic music in any style you like whilst mastering the higher functions of Ableton Live? You will drastically increase your skills, knowledge and experience at producing music, writing songs, composing, DJ'ing, creating finished professional recordings, releasing them, making a music video, and more. TAFE NSW Ultimo Music is an Ableton Certified Training Center with two staff who are Ableton Certified Trainers.


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

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 Tuesday from 9:30am to 12:30pm and Wednesday, 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 gear outside of class hours, and computer or iPad to write and record music.

Ableton Live is useful for your studies and available for a reduced price as a student. You will have access to computers, software and gear during classes.

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.


Learn about TAFE NSW Fees

Learn about TAFE NSW Payment/Funding


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
21ULT03767 UOS 1-CUA60515-21ULT-330-SSVSL 22 Jul 2021 08 Oct 2021 06 Sep 2021 $965.00
21ULT03770 UOS 2-CUA60515-21ULT-330-SSVSL 11 Oct 2021 31 Dec 2021 01 Nov 2021 $965.00
22ULT00636 UOS 3-CUA60515-21ULT-330-SSVSL 04 Jan 2022 25 Mar 2022 07 Feb 2022 $965.00
22ULT00639 UOS 4-CUA60515-21ULT-330-SSVSL 28 Mar 2022 17 Jun 2022 02 May 2022 $965.00

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
CUAPPR505 Establish and maintain safe creative practice
CUAPPR603 Engage in the business of 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
CUASOU503 Develop sound designs
CUASOU507 Compile music for soundtracks
BSBCRT402 Collaborate in a creative process
BSBCRT601 Research and apply concepts and theories of creativity
CUAMPF601 Present a music performance
CUAPPM604 Plan and manage film and media post-production
CUASOU602 Manage production of sound recordings
CUASOU601 Manage production of sound designs
CUAMPF502 Incorporate interactive technology into performance
CUAMCP602 Extend techniques for composing music
CUAMCP601 Extend techniques for arranging music

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.

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Course Location

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

Fees information

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