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CUA50820 | 107861K

Diploma of Music

Sound Production

Kick start your career in the music industry with this advanced qualification in live sound and studio production.  This course will provide you with opportunities to develop your skills in live sound concert production, studio recording and mixing techniques. 

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NEXT INTAKE On campus: South Bank Start date: 23 Jan 2023 Duration: 1 year
STUDY LOCATIONS Greater Brisbane Gold Coast
WAYS TO STUDY On campus International
WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Concession
$11,635
Subsidised
$12,385
Full Fee
$16,515
International
$17,400
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Course overview

Kick start your career in the music industry with this advanced qualification in live sound and studio production.  This course will provide you with opportunities to develop your skills in live sound concert production, studio recording and mixing techniques.  You will have access to a live production venue, recording studios and industry standard software to develop your craft.  You will network with like-minded sound production and music students to forge your future career.

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 mean this is an exciting industry to be a part of.

In this course you will hone your skills in live sound production installation and mixing, studio recording, editing and mixing as well as sound design, lighting and the business of working in creative industries. Our highly experienced and passionate teaching team have years of industry experience and will give you one-on-one guidance to prepare you for a career in the music industry.

Successful completion of this course will qualify you to work as a live sound engineer or recording engineer. It will also give you the foundation knowledge needed to undertake further training in the field.

What can I do?

  • Studio Engineer
  • Stage Manager
  • Producer
  • Live Sound Engineer

Course outcome:

CUA50820 Diploma of Music

Industry standard studios

Students have access to a live performance space with Avid and Allen and Heath digital mixing consoles, line array and stage monitor audio system, a professional lighting system and backline. The facility also has a mobile audio system for operating outdoor events around campus.
Our main studio is a world-class recording facility with a SSL Duality mixing desk and Avid convertors, offering the best in analogue and digital recording.

Pathways to university

With our diploma-to-degree pathways you can jump straight into the second year of a related bachelor’s degree at some of Australia's top universities. This diploma will also give you one year of credit and a provisional place in the Bachelor of Creative Industries (Contemporary Music Practice) delivered in Brisbane in partnership with the University of Canberra or the Bachelor of Contemporary Music delivered on the Gold Coast in partnership with Southern Cross University.

What you will study

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 12 elective units from the list below.

  • UNIT CODE
  • UNIT NAME

  • UNIT CODE
  • CUAIND512
    Enhance professional practice using creative arts industry knowledge
    UNIT CODE :
    CUAIND512
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to maintain creative arts industry knowledge and monitor and manage own professional practice. This includes applying industry knowledge to research-based work activities, when interacting with others, and when engaging in professional practice in the music industry.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Enhance professional practice using creative arts industry knowledge

  • UNIT CODE
  • CUACMP511
    Manage copyright arrangements
    UNIT CODE :
    CUACMP511
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify, manage and apply individual or collaborative copyright arrangements for original works.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Manage copyright arrangements

  • UNIT CODE
  • CUAMWB401
    Develop and implement own self-care plan in the creative industries
    UNIT CODE :
    CUAMWB401
    Unit description :
    This unit describes skills and knowledge required to identify, select and use a range of self-care strategies to support sustainability of own practice and actively implement mental wellbeing and self-care in the creative industries. This includes implementing preventative techniques and evaluating their success against an individualised self-care plan.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Develop and implement own self-care plan in the creative industries

  • UNIT CODE
  • CUAIND412
    Provide freelance services
    UNIT CODE :
    CUAIND412
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work as an independent operator within the creative arts industry. This includes promoting self to potential clients, negotiating work arrangements, managing financial and business aspects of services, and undertaking strategic planning.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Provide freelance services

Ways to study
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
South Bank
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time 4 days per week
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $11,635
  • Subsidised: $12,385
  • Full fee: $16,515
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Coomera
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time 3 days per week
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $11,635
  • Subsidised: $12,385
  • Full fee: $16,515
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
South Bank
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time 4 days per week
Mixed mode
  • International: $17,400
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Coomera
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time 3 days per week
Mixed mode
  • International: $17,400
Coomera
10 Jul 2023
1 year
Full time 3 days per week
Mixed mode
  • International: $17,400
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
South Bank
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time 4 days per week
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $11,635
  • Subsidised: $12,385
  • Full fee: $16,515
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Coomera
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time 3 days per week
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $11,635
  • Subsidised: $12,385
  • Full fee: $16,515
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
South Bank
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time 4 days per week
Mixed mode
  • International: $17,400
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Coomera
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time 3 days per week
Mixed mode
  • International: $17,400
Coomera
10 Jul 2023
1 year
Full time 3 days per week
Mixed mode
  • International: $17,400

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Diploma of Music (CUA50820)
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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VET Student Loan - $16,788 cap

This is an interest-free personal loan from the Australian Government that provides eligible students access to capped funding to help pay for their studies.

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International student payment

Our preferred payment method is telegraphic transfer or credit card using Convera Global Pay for Students or the Flywire Payment Portal. Convera and Flywire both allow you to complete your payment in your own currency using a telegraphic transfer with no processing fees or delays. 
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Important Information

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Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Selection criteria

Domestic students
The following selection criteria requirements apply only to domestic students:

  • School leavers must have completed Year 12 or equivalent
  • Non school-leavers are selected according to eligibility and merit, vocational experience, previous study and personal competencies.
  • If you’re under 17 years of age, special enrolment conditions may apply.

International students
The following Selection criteria requirements apply only to International students:

  • English Language Proficiency: Academic IELTS 5.5 (no individual band less than 5.0) or ISLPR 2+ on all skills or other - For a list of all English Language test accepted by TAFE Queensland International
  • Academic Requirements: Completion of Year 12 (or equivalent). Non school-leavers must have relevant work experience or qualification that indicates likely success of course completion. For more information on the international education achievement levels equivalent to Year 10 and 12.

Applicants should be a minimum of 17 years of age and turning 18 during the first year of study with TAFE Queensland. International students who are under 18 years of age and are applying for a student visa are required by the Australian Department of Home Affairs to have adequate welfare arrangements in place.

Resources required

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. This equipment and software are available for use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

You will also be required to have access to and bring to class:

  • Portable external hard drive (1TB minimum)
  • Personal stationery
  • Headphone with 6.5mm adaptor (Bluetooth Headphones are unsuitable)

Please note: the purchase of these items may incur additional costs of approximately $200.

It is also recommended that you have access to a computer capable of running Adobe Creative Suite software. This software can be purchased after enrolment to access a student discount price.

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
  • 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. 

Apply through QTAC

You can apply to study this course through the Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre (QTAC). You will need to submit your application on the QTAC website. It will be assessed, and if you are successful you will receive an offer directly through QTAC. You will need to accept your offer from QTAC before enrolling with TAFE Queensland.

For International students

International students can either apply directly through our TAFE Queensland International Application portal, or through one of our education agents. Our registered agents can assist you with your visa application and guide you through the enrolment process. If you are from this list of countries, you will need to apply through an agent.
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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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