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Diploma of Audio Production


Get on track to make serious noise in audio production.

In a matter of months, you’ll learn the key fundamentals in studio production, live sound production and electronic music production.

Our diploma has been built in a way that gives you plenty of face-to-face time with expert lecturers and many hours on the latest tools and software.

You will engage in a collaborative studio based learning and apply the skills learned throughout the course to a real life scenario. Demonstrating your recording and mixing techniques you will deliver a practical recording from a specified brief, under the support and guidance of our expert lecturers.

To complement your technical skills, you will graduate with employability skills, introductory project management skills and scholarly techniques for higher education.

Upon completion you will be eligible for up to 80 credit points towards either the Bachelor of Audio (Studio Production) or Bachelor of Audio (Post Production).

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Graduate roles may include

Assistant Sound Engineer

Staging Crew

Studio Engineer

Junior Sound Editor

Live Sound Operator / Assistant

Junior Studio Administrator

Radio / Broadcast Personnel

Junior Sound Designer

Voiceover Recordist / Engineer


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Your Learning Experience

From day one you'll start creating on the latest software and equipment, under the guidance of expert lectures.

  • Study in a collaborative, studio-based environment.
  • Learn on industry-standard equipment.
  • Learn as part of a small class.
  • Learn from lecturers with extensive audio experience and industry connections.
  • Apply industry-standard project methodologies throughout your studies.

Diploma of Audio Production

The Diploma of Audio Production has a strong practical focus, underpinned by key theoretical components. The course content is informed by our strong links to industry and our 40-year history in designing and teaching creative media courses.

To complement your technical skills, you will graduate with skills across:

  • Employability skills specific to creative media.
  • Introductory project management and different project management methodologies.
  • Teamwork and collaboration in the context of creative media.
  • Scholarly techniques for further study


Stages of Audio HE Diploma

Upon completion you will be eligible for up to 80 credit points towards either the Bachelor of Audio (Studio production) or Bachelor of Audio (Post Production).


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You will learn

Throughout your hands-on course you will gain an introduction to:

  • Foundation music theory including an understanding of musical form and structure, the way the human auditory system functions and how sound behaves in enclosed spaces and free-fields.
  • Operation of Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) and basic sound console.
  • Sound recording, mixing and application of signal processors such as EQ, Dynamics and time-based effects.
  • Technical principles and practical applications of microphones in both studio and live contexts.
  • Digital technology in audio production including an analogue audio equipment connectivity, conversion methods, data storage and compression and transmission.
  • Assembly of a small scale digital recording system.

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  • Assistant Sound Engineer
  • Studio Engineer
  • Live Sound Operator / Assistant
  • Radio / Broadcast Personnel
  • Junior Sound Editor
  • Voiceover Recordist / Engineer
  • Staging Crew
  • Junior Studio Administrator
  • Junior Sound Designer


Diploma of Audio Production (AU5AD)
Trimester 1
Thinking about AudioFundamentals of Sound and MusicFoundations of Audio EngineeringMicrophones and Sound Reinforcement
Employability Skills in the Creative Industries   
Trimester 2
Contemporary Industrial PracticesAudio ProductionFoundations of DAW OperationFoundations of Audio Technology
Employability Skills in the Creative Industries   
  • Discipline Specialisation Unit
  • Multi Discipline Unit
Trimester 1
Thinking about Audio
Fundamentals of Sound and Music
Foundations of Audio Engineering
Microphones and Sound Reinforcement
Employability Skills in the Creative Industries
Trimester 2
Contemporary Industrial Practices
Audio Production
Foundations of DAW Operation
Foundations of Audio Technology
Employability Skills in the Creative Industries
  • Discipline Specialisation Unit
  • Multi Discipline Unit

Key Info


    2 Trimesters


    Feb 2018

    May 2018

    Sep 2018


    Enrol By: 05 Feb 2018

    Start Date: 05 Feb 2018

    End Date: N/A



Entry requirements

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

  • Provide a copy of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (SSCE) that has been awarded by an agency or authority of a State of Territory for the student's completion of year 12;  OR
  • alternative entry for applicants who do not meet the requirements above.

Under section 6.8 of the Student Progression, Exclusion and Graduation Policy, SAE reserves the right to apply conditional enrollments to students who apply to SAE via alternative entry. The Academic Coordinator will determine an appropriate set of support mechanisms for each student, based on individual experience and merit.

Applicants for the Diploma of Music Production - see below.

Alternative Entry

SAE recognise that preparation for study is not restricted to formal educational attainment and that valuable cognitive and skills development can be gained through experience. SAE will review applications on a case by case basis if you:

  • are at least 18 years of age;
  • do not have formal qualifications for entry;
  • seek admission to courses on the basis of your aptitude for higher learning and skills development through professional, work, life experience and non- accredited study

To apply via alternative entry, students are required to undertake an interview with an assigned representative of SAE and provide supporting evidence that may include:

  • records of any formal qualifications attained;
  • evidence of any informal studies undertaken;
  • references relating to work history relevant to the chosen field of study (if applicable);
  • resume or curriculum vitae; AND
  • a portfolio of relevant materials that demonstrates creative aptitude, knowledge, technical skills and abilities

In addition, candidates may also be asked to undertake an exam or written assignment to satisfactorily demonstrate capacity to meet the program requirements.

In all cases alternative entry into any HE diploma program will only be granted to students with at least a Year 10 level of schooling.

Diploma of Music Production

In addition to the above requirements, students wishing to enrol in the Music Production Diploma will also be invited to participate in an interview and audition process. This process will help to establish underlying music skills and knowledge as well as program suitability. Remote interviews can be arranged for international students. Students can submit a portfolio of work as an alternative to the audition.

Portfolios may include;

  • Links to your music or musical performances Youtube, Soundcloud etc.
  • Links to online portfolio pages
  • Statement providing an overview of existing skills and knowledge in music production, including examples from senior secondary music classes, AMEB & CPM certification, appointment in school orchestra’s or bands etc.

Fees and Payments

Fees: view our current Fee Schedule for information on SAE course fees.

Payment options: Fee-Help, or upfront trimester instalments.