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CUA30920

Certificate III in Music

Start your career in music with this entry-level course that will help you get your big break as a musician or assistant music manager.

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NEXT INTAKE On campus: South Bank Start date: 23 Jan 2023 Duration: 6 months
STUDY LOCATIONS Greater Brisbane Gold Coast Far North Queensland
WAYS TO STUDY On campus TAFE at School
WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Concession
$660
Subsidised
$660
Full Fee
$5,515
TAFE at School Full Fee
$2,904
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Course overview

Kick start your career in the music industry with this entry-level qualification. This course will give you access to industry-standard studios and the foundation skills needed to operate equipment and software, and record and mix music.

The creative arts industry plays an important role in Australia's economy. According to the Australian Government's MySkills service, it contributes over $10 billion to the our economy and employs nearly 100,000 people. The emergence of new technologies and wide range of job prospects available mean this is an exciting industry to be a part of.

Learn how to protect your music with copyright arrangements, notate music, compose music using electronic media, and develop technical skills in performance. Our highly experienced and passionate teaching team have years of industry experience and will give you the one-on-one guidance you need to prepare you for a career in the music industry.

Successful completion of this course will qualify you to work as an assistant music manager, assistant sound mixer or give you the skills to be a successful working musician.

What can I do?

  • Assistant Music Manager
  • Assistant Sound Mixer
  • Working Musician

Course outcome:

CUA30920 Certificate III in Music

Get your break

From Q Music award winners to Aria chart toppers and successful touring musicians, our hall of fame is forever growing. With a combination of state-of-the-art studios, and teachers with strong industry connections, our students are equipped with the know-how to get their big break.

Industry-standard studios

Students have access to four soundproofed rehearsal rooms with vocal PA and backline gear and a live performance space with a full line array sound system and professional lighting rig. Our main studio is a world-class recording facility with an SSL Duality mixing desk, offering the best in analogue and digital recording.

What you will study

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 8 elective units from the list below.

  • UNIT CODE
  • UNIT NAME

  • UNIT CODE
  • CUACMP311
    Implement copyright arrangements
    UNIT CODE :
    CUACMP311
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to implement individual or collaborative copyright arrangements.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Implement copyright arrangements

  • UNIT CODE
  • CUAIND313
    Work effectively in the music industry
    UNIT CODE :
    CUAIND313
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work effectively in the music industry.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Work effectively in the music industry

  • UNIT CODE
  • CUAIND314
    Plan a career in the creative arts industry
    UNIT CODE :
    CUAIND314
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify and evaluate career opportunities in the creative arts industry, including personal skills analysis and portfolio development.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Plan a career in the creative arts industry

Ways to study
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
South Bank
23 Jan 2023
6 months
Full time 3 days per week
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $5,515
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Coomera
25 Jan 2023
6 months
Full time 2 days per week
Wednesday, Thursday
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $5,515
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Cairns
23 Jan 2023
6 months
Full time 3 days per week
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $5,515
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Coomera
30 Jan 2023
4 terms
Part time 1 day per week
Classroom
  • TAFE at School Full Fee: $2,904
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
South Bank
23 Jan 2023
6 months
Full time 3 days per week
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $5,515
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Coomera
25 Jan 2023
6 months
Full time 2 days per week
Wednesday, Thursday
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $5,515
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Cairns
23 Jan 2023
6 months
Full time 3 days per week
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $5,515
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Coomera
30 Jan 2023
4 terms
Part time 1 day per week
Classroom
  • TAFE at School Full Fee: $2,904

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Certificate III in Music (CUA30920)
Payment Options

How can I pay for this course?

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what’s right for you, get in touch. We’re here to help. 

Payment plan

If you have difficulty paying for the full cost of a course upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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Upfront payment

This may be the full fee for the course, or the student contribution amount if you are eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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Important Information

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Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Selection criteria

You must have completed year 10 or equivalent.
Enrolment Conditions apply for students under 17 years of age.

North and Far North Queensland
Students may be required to attend an informal music audition (either instrumental or vocal) and a personal interview with a member of the teaching staff prior to enrolment.

Greater Brisbane
You must be able to sing and/or play an instrument to enrol in this program. 

You will be required to submit an electronic portfolio with your enrolment application.  Include the following in your portfolio:

A video recording of you playing and/or singing a musical piece/instrument.
Approximately a 250 word written explanation of the below points, included in this should also identify the areas of music you are most interested in.

  •  A reflection on the musical piece you have submitted (this could be on the composition itself, or the performance)
  •  The software and hardware used to create the recordings 
  •  The music performance techniques used through the performance.

Submit your electronic portfolio via email to the Creative Arts Faculty email - creativearts.digitaldesign@tafe.qld.edu.au

Resources required

No specific resources are required to successfully complete this course.

It is recommended that you have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat Reader. This equipment and software is available for use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.

Pathways

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about University Pathways

  • James Cook University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Federation University
  • University of Southern Queensland

How to Apply

Direct application

If you're ready to get started, simply hit the Apply Now button on your preferred course information page and get your application underway online. 

Course Disclaimer

All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfers

Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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