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Diploma of Music Industry

(Live Sound)


Course Overview

SAE offers you a unique, internationally accredited qualification through hands-on training at the best live music venues in Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney including The Rosemount, Max Watt's and The Prince Bandroom. Advance your theoretical knowledge of sound mixing and operations across studio, broadcast and live environments. Explore the fundamentals of Digital audio workstation (DAW) operations and develop your practical skills in the production of live sound, mixing and planning.  Students will truly be mixing it with the industry's best.

Byron Bay Campus Offering:

Byron Bay has an active live music scene through a combination of established local venues and a generous supply of highly esteemed festivals such as Bluesfest, Splendour in the Grass, Falls Festival, the Mullumbimby Music Festival and the recently launched Boomerang Festival. SAE has an established relationship with the Byron Theatre and many vibrant community events and festivals that host both local, national and international touring artists. Students are able to gain solid live sound skills and exposure to invaluable industry networks and contacts. 

Kick start your live sound career today.

This course is a career pathway to higher education. Upon completion, you have the option to transfer into our Bachelor of Audio.

Notes: 7 months is also referred to as 2 Trimesters and 12 months is also referred to as 3 Trimesters. 


CUA50815 Diploma of Music Industry

Upon successful completion of the diploma, you are eligible to continue to the Bachelor of Audio Production with Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

  • Brisbane
  • Byron Bay
  • Sydney
  • Melbourne
  • Perth


Skills and Outcomes

The course is designed to provide you with the essential skills and knowledge in sound production including:

  • Analogue and digital console theory and practice
  • Multi-track recording
  • Microphone theory and techniques
  • Signal processing and effects
  • Mixing techniques
  • Signal flow
  • Sound system set up and tuning
  • Monitoring systems
  • Wireless systems
  • Workplace safety


Career options

  • Mix engineer
  • Live sound engineer (music)
  • Live sound engineer (theatre)
  • Production assistant
  • OB engineer
  • Venue coordinator
  • Client liaison


Diploma of Music Industry (Live Sound)
Trimester 1
Capturing SoundDAW EditingPrinciples of MusicAudio Mixing Essentials
Small A/V Production SystemsAnalogue Sound Systems  
Trimester 2
Audio BusinessCritical ListeningMonitoring and MaintenanceProduction Project
  • Discipline Unit
Trimester 1
Capturing Sound
DAW Editing
Principles of Music
Audio Mixing Essentials
Small A/V Production Systems
Analogue Sound Systems
Trimester 2
Audio Business
Critical Listening
Monitoring and Maintenance
Production Project
  • Discipline Unit

Key facts


    2 Trimesters


    May 2017

    Sep 2017


    Enrol By: 29 May 2017

    Start Date: 29 May 2017

    End Date: N/A



Entry requirements

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

  1. Provide a copy of a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education that has been awarded by an agency or authority of a State of Territory for the student’s completion of year 12, OR
  2. Achieve an Exit Level 3 or higher in literacy and numeracy in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) as demonstrated in the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) as well as an Alternative Entry meeting with an SAE representative. 

For more information on Alternative Entry for a VET Diploma Course, please read the Student Entry Procedures –  Vocational Education & Training (VET) Courses  or contact your campus directly for more information.

Fees and Payments

Payment options: VET Student Loans, or upfront trimester instalments.