• Amplify your talents, tweak your skills and be industry-ready with an internationally recognised qualification.






Diploma of Sound Production

(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. 



CUS50209 Diploma of Sound Production

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 Sound Production
Trimester 1
Introduction to the Digital Audio EnvironmentFoundations of MixingLive Sound PlanningLive Sound Production 1
Trimester 2
Music Industry PracticePrinciples of MixingAudio Engineering for Live SoundLive Production 2

Units and delivery sequence may be subject to change.

Trimester 1
Introduction to the Digital Audio Environment
Foundations of Mixing
Live Sound Planning
Live Sound Production 1
Trimester 2
Music Industry Practice
Principles of Mixing
Audio Engineering for Live Sound
Live Production 2

Units and delivery sequence may be subject to change.

Key facts


    2 Trimesters


    Feb 2017

    May 2017

    Sep 2017


    Enrol By: 06 Feb 2017

    Start Date: 06 Feb 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

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

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