Diploma of Music (EMP)

Get on track to make serious noise in the music industry
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Diploma of Music (EMP)
Domestic Fees

Indicative Total Course Fees*

$16,220 AUD

* The Indicative Total Course Fee reflects the students are charged fees on a per unit basis and the fee for a unit may increase.

Diploma of Music (EMP)
International Fees

Indicative Total Course Fees*

$20,112 AUD

* The Indicative Total Course Fee reflects the students are charged fees on a per unit basis and the fee for a unit may increase.

2 Trimesters Full Time

Complete the course units across 2 trimesters (approximately 7 months).

Diploma of Music (EMP)
Course Durations
2 Trimesters Full Time

Complete the course units across 2 trimesters (approximately 7 months).

Part-time option available

If you want to take a little longer, that’s ok too. We’ll help you work out the best study load to suit your needs.

Note: Part-time is not available for international students.

We understand that things can change, so you'll have the flexibility to change your study load throughout your course if you need to.
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Entry Requirements
Diploma of Music (EMP)
Domestic Entry Requirements
Domestic students must meet one of the following criteria:
Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (your Year 12 certificate) or equivalent; OR
Completion of a Certificate IV qualification or higher (for example a TAFE Certificate IV); OR

Experience-Based Entry – for applicants who do not meet the requirements of entry criteria 1 or 2 above.
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Why study music at SAE

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Learn in world class studio environments Explore the fundamentals of digital audio workstation (DAW)
Practical, immersive training All work is project-based, with no exams
Be industry-ready Gain the full suite of skills you need across the business aspects of working in the music industry
Flexible course options This course is a career pathway to higher education. Upon completion, you have the option to transfer into our Bachelor of Audio.
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Music Production Music Production is the main focus of this course and you will be producing several different tracks during the course. All different genres and production techniques will be covered to ensure you can make the sound you have always wanted to achieve. No matter what your musical tastes are are well will show you the tools and techniques you will need to make your music sound the way you've always wanted it to sound.
Performance Music performance is a integral part of the modern producers creative cycle, and we will show you how to get your tracks performance ready as well as how to incorporate hardware and controllers to help you put your personal touch on your performance.
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Mixing We will provide you with mixing techniques that will enable you to lift the sound quality of your tracks to the level of the artists you love, using both software and boutique hardware.
Remix Bring your own creativity to a pre-existing track! The remix collaboration is a staple of the electronic music industry and a powerful pathway to new audiences.


Course Structure

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This unit introduces the acoustic properties of sound and the skill of recording. Starting with a simple microphone to DAW setup the students will explore microphones types and techniques and how to accurately capture vocalists and performers.

* Sound in an acoustic space
* Understanding of microphones
* Vocal record
* Simple Record setup of home studio
This unit covers overs Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) operation and editing techniques for music recording and sound design, using Pro tools or Ableton. The student is engaged by editing a vocal of their choice and adding sound design to the project.

* Operation of Pro Tools or Ableton
* Editing vocals
* 2 track music editing
In this module, you will develop the skills of analysing the soundstage, balancing levels, panning and creating automation, along with gaining an understanding of applying equalisation, compression, reverb and delay. You will then implement these skills to complete a mix to a brief, which includes analysing material to conceptualise the outcome that is appropriate for the genre.
This unit focuses on developing transferable skills to control synthesiser and sampler based instruments for sound creation in music production. Listening skills will be developed in order to break down and identify sonic qualities of synthesised sounds.

Students will explore production techniques for sound design in electronic music production and will create their own patches and presets to enhance production workflows through a number of comprehensive workshops.

Finally, students will be able to create a sonic soundscape using original patches developed throughout the course of the module.
Electronic music production involves a number of building blocks within the production environment. In this unit, students are exposed to these tools within production software. Students will learn to sequence a production within the software environment and cover advanced audio processing techniques to create unique and creative sounds and effects. Students will learn mixing techniques to achieve a balanced sound mix.
Trimester 2
The music industry has a broad and diverse range of work opportunities. This unit covers the business aspects of working in the industry as well as the organisations which support it.
In this unit, students will apply and develop electronic music production skills in the context of a live performance, identifying techniques used in music productions and apply these to the production of a new, original work of their own.

These new works will be developed in groups and performed for their peers. In conjunction with these production and performance skills, students will manage an occupational health and safety system to ensure that all work is carried out within the correct regulatory frameworks.
Students will apply their skills and develop specialist expertise in studio-based and electronic productions. A production plan will be developed that considers production concepts, project scope, roles of personnel, technology and production techniques used by industry professionals.

The project will be implemented, monitored and finally reviewed on completion to ensure that goals were successfully met and to identify any areas for future improvement.
Remixing has become a popular way of re-imagining existing music in new and creative ways. This unit will explore techniques and skills for remixing existing musical works into entirely new works. Arrangement and creative production techniques are covered and candidates will apply these to create their own remix productions.
CRICOS Course Codes
093352F (3 TRIMESTERS)
Australian Qualification Factor
Diploma of Music (Electronic Music Production) CUA50820
We consult closely with industry professionals so you can expect a course that’s highly relevant and equips you with sought-after skills.
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Career Outcomes

What jobs will this course lead to?

  • Electronic Music Producer
  • Electronic Musician
  • Composer
  • Remixer
  • Jingle Writer
  • Recording Artist
  • Writer/Arranger
  • Sound Effects Producer
  • Performance Artist

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