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Associate Degree of Songwriting and Music Production


Get on track to showcase your creative voice in the music industry!

If you’re passionate about songwriting, beats, and cool production you are going to love the Associate Degree of Songwriting and Music Production.

Brand new for SAE, this collaborative course provides a  unique, hands-on, immersive experience to guide you through each level of songwriting and music production.

At SAE you won’t find yourself in a lecture with 300 people or even in a traditional lecture at all. You’ll be in a studio environment - learning contemporary songwriting strategies, music production technology and skills, nuances of performance, and recording techniques, as well as creating music for other media like games, film/screen and for live performance.

Your growth and development will be assessed through the completion of industry-based projects, not theoretically based essays. These projects will contribute to your personal song/music portfolio that you’ll be able to showcase to the music industry.

In preparation for an industry that commands agility and adaptability, you’ll cut your creative teeth on songwriting and music production. As your skills develop and you work on more dynamic projects, you’ll apply your capabilities across disciplines  (e.g. with games/film students), and you could find yourself collaborating with fellow SAE students across Australia as well as SAE’s global network.

Ultimately, this is all about a qualification that prepares you for your career. There is work placement as part of your course, to provide practical experience and help build your network. We’ll also equip you with employability skills, giving you professional strategies in communication and confident self-promotion.

Once complete, you’ll have the songwriting and music production tools you need to mix it with the best.

*SAE has a range of approaches to learning and teaching that can be activated to provide flexibility in the face of changing circumstances as required, to support student progression regardless of external factors. 

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Matt Gio


Lecturer spotlight
Matt Gio has been an active member of the music industry in WA for over 15 years, beginning as a touring multi-instrumentalist to currently owning and operating Rada Studio in Perth. A WAM award winner, Matt has been nominated multiple times before receiving the award for Best Studio Engineer in 2018.

Working alongside much-loved artists such as San Cisco, Abbe May, Katy Steele, Karnivool, Matt has established himself as a leader in the audio industry.


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  • Brisbane
  • Byron Bay
  • Melbourne
  • Perth
  • Sydney


Your learning experience

  • Start developing your songwriting and music production practice using digital audio workstations and professional recording equipment in the first trimester.
  • Develop high-level skills on industry-standard software Ableton, Logic and Pro Tools.
  • Master your craft in the styles you love, recording your songs and music productions in small and large studio environments.
  • Get practical experience in acoustic and electronic music, recording techniques and plug-ins, and working collaboratively in games and screen music environments.
  • Work with artists, designers, web, mobile and game developers, filmmakers, and animators.
  • Learn the principles of sound, acoustics, audio technology, and how they relate to songwriting and music production models.
  • Build your knowledge and skills on, and have access to, industry-standard equipment and studio spaces.
  • Be part of a team that nurtures your songwriting and music production talents, and encourages you to reach your learning potential.
  • Enjoy the benefits of being SAE trained – our students have achieved great success in the creative media industries. SAE graduates are known within the industry for their high-level skills and are in-demand.


The Songwriting and Music Production degree program is broken up into discrete stages, each designed to promote different skills. 

Stages of Audio Degree

Stage I – Foundational Skills Development

In Stage I, students will undertake a number of foundational modules which will give students the essential technical skills and knowledge not only relevant to the chosen discipline area but also give students the skills required to collaborate with other creative media students and professionals in later stages of the course. Students will also undertake deliberate practice and weekly rituals including reflective journaling that will assist students in identifying the skills, knowledge, and behaviours required to develop their creative media practice throughout their studies.

Stage 1 has one studio module:

1. Music Studio 1
This studio involves learning through the professional application of a range of songwriting and music production techniques. This includes working with external musicians to produce a recording, contributing to a sample library, remixing an existing track and working to a commercial client brief. These activities will require students to be adaptive, respond to challenges they would expect while working on commercial productions, solve problems, be self-directed and successfully communicate with others. Through working in these applied contexts students will deepen their knowledge of (re-)mixing, songwriting and music production professional practice, and responding creatively to a fast-turnaround brief.


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Stage II – Interdisciplinary Projects, Media and Cultural Studies

In Stage II we show students how their work contributes to and interacts with broader culture and media practice through common modules and studio modules. This knowledge will enable students to work with a variety of other disciplines and artists and expand their potential on the global stage. Within Stage II, students will work closely with facilitators to identify key learning outcomes needed to complete modules. Deliberate and reflective practice assist students through their studio modules, playing an active reflection role throughout the learning journey. Student projects within Stage II are reflective of real-world scenarios, containing real-world dilemmas - societal issues that require solutions; authentic audiences -simulating professional practice and constraints- understanding how a range of constraints can impact projects within professional practice.

Students complete a number of real-world projects with students not only in their own discipline but also in all other SAE disciplines. At the end of each studio module, facilitators will arrange exhibitions either internal or public-facing for students to showcase work. 

Stage II has two studio modules;

1. Music Studio 2

In this studio, students will further develop songwriting and music production skills through screen media, topline, and film trailer music projects under the mentorship of a facilitator.

Responding to a brief in collaboration with peers, students will work towards established project milestones as they work on songwriting and music production projects. students will adhere to a planned schedule and demonstrate professional practice in remixing, emulation of styles, songwriting and music production. This process includes focusing on the creative, technical and managerial aspects required for a completed music project.

2. Music Studio 3

With a Facilitator acting as a student project manager and executive producer providing the brief, mentor and colleague, in this studio module, students will work collaboratively with peers, on a series of three projects.

Emphasis will be placed on advancing student's development of intermediate songwriting and music production techniques on works that will contribute towards their portfolio. Working to a clear timeline, students will explore a range of skills and workflows in collaborative, cross-disciplinary and individual work. This includes focusing on the creative, technical and project management aspects required for a completed songwriting and music production.

Teamwork, collaborative skills, and engagement with specific feedback processes are emphasised in this module, as you further refine and reflect on a set of Transferable Skills.

Stage III

Stage III of the Bachelor of Songwriting and Music Production is designed to prepare students for entry-level professional industry roles and to undertake post-graduate studies. Stage III develops a student’s capacity to work with the collaborative and geographically diverse world of creative media practice. 

To prepare students for this, SAE project supervisors and facilitators work with Stage III students to develop sophisticated, collaborative creative media projects which meet the professional standards of the industry. These final projects are done in collaboration with all other SAE disciplines, either on campus or remotely, enabling students to pursue their most ambitious and creative portfolio pieces yet. 

To support this, students in Stage III learn advanced discipline-specific skills and knowledge, experience remote, collaborative practice with their peers across the SAE campus network, broaden their skills and knowledge through studying elective modules in other disciplines, or in creative media business and entrepreneurship and finally, gain industry feedback on their transferable skills through the finalisation of SAE’s creative industries Work Integrated Learning Program

Stage III is NOT included in the Associate Degree. 


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Vocational outcomes of the Associate Degree of Songwriting and Music Production

Students who have completed the Associate Degree of Songwriting and Music Production  would have opportunities in the professional workplace as:

  • Studio Composer
  • Music Producer
  • Artist and Repertoire Scout
  • Music and Sound Designer
  • Live Music Performer
  • Commercial Music Composer/producer
  • Small business owner
  • Musician
  • Songwriter
  • Music Programmer
  • Music Technician
  • Music Supervisor
  • Music Library Curator
  • Composer for film, games and other media
  • Creative Director


Associate Degree of Songwriting and Music Production
Trimester 1 (1st Year)
Thinking about AudioMusic Materials 1Introduction to Music Production
Trimester 2
Contemporary Industrial PracticesMusic Materials 2Music Studio 1
Trimester 3
Media StudiesMusic Studio 2
Trimester 4 (2nd Year)
Cultural PerspectivesMusic Studio 3
  • Creative Industry Unit
  • Discipline Specialisation Unit

Exit point options:
Option to complete your studies with an Associate Degree of Audio after 160 credit points/first prescribed 16 units. The associate degree provides graduates with the basic core skills for entry into the industry, or to cross-skill into a related creative industry. Graduates will have broad technical knowledge and skills at a paraprofessional level.

Trimester 1
Thinking about Audio
Music Materials 1
Introduction to Music Production
Trimester 2
Contemporary Industrial Practices
Music Materials 2
Music Studio 1
Trimester 3
Media Studies
Music Studio 2
Trimester 4
Cultural Perspectives
Music Studio 3
  • Creative Industry Unit
  • Discipline Specialisation Unit

Exit point options:
Option to complete your studies with an Associate Degree of Audio after 160 credit points/first prescribed 16 units. The associate degree provides graduates with the basic core skills for entry into the industry, or to cross-skill into a related creative industry. Graduates will have broad technical knowledge and skills at a paraprofessional level.

Key Info


    4 Trimesters Fast Tracked Full Time

    6 Trimesters Full Time


    Sep 2021

    Feb 2022

    May 2022


    Enrol By: 24 Sep 2021

    Trimester Start: 20 Sep 2021

    Trimester End: 27 Aug 2021



Entry requirements

Applicants for degree courses must satisfy one of the following minimum entry criteria:

  1. Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (SSCE) or equivalent, OR
  2. Completion of a diploma level qualification issued under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), OR
  3. Experience Based Entry for applicants who do not meet the requirements above. 'Enquire Now' or call 1800 723 338 directly for more information.

Fees and Payments

Credit and recognition of prior learning

SAE may recognise your prior learning and may grant credit towards satisfying the requirements for a VET or a higher-level program. This is applied where previous learning is considered equivalent to the content and learning outcomes prescribed for modules within the program.

For full details, please refer to SAE's policy on recognition of prior learning and credit transfers.

Find more information on how to apply and the enrolment process here, or call 1800 723 338 to speak with a course advisor.


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