Diploma of Music Production

Begin your career in popular music production, sound design and electronic music production.
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Diploma of Music Production
Domestic Fees

Indicative Total Course Fees*

$23,708 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.

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Diploma of Music Production
International Fees

Indicative Total Course Fees*

$28,040 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 (Fast Track)

Complete your course faster by studying the course units over approximately 7 months (2 trimesters).

Diploma of Music Production
Course Durations
2 Trimesters Full Time (Fast Track)

Complete your course faster by studying the course units over approximately 7 months (2 trimesters).

3 Trimesters Full Time

Whilst still classified as a full-time study load, you will complete the course units over one year. (3 trimesters)

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.
Start Date(s)
February 2023
Diploma of Music Production
Start Dates
  • February 2023

  • May 2023

  • September 2023

  • February 2023

  • May 2023

  • September 2023

Byron Bay
  • February 2023

  • May 2023

  • September 2023

  • February 2023

  • May 2023

  • September 2023

  • February 2023

  • May 2023

  • September 2023

  • February 2023

  • May 2023

  • September 2023

Entry Requirements
Diploma of Music Production
Domestic Entry Requirements
Domestic students must meet one of the following criteria:
Completion of a Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (QCE, WACE, HSC, SACE, etc) (like your Year 12 certificate or equivalent); OR
Completion of a Certificate III level qualification, or higher, issued under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF); OR
Experience-Based Entry – for applicants who do not meet the requirements of entry criteria above.
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Diploma of Music Production
International Entry Requirements
International Entry Requirements
Minimum age requirements
International students seeking admission to SAE must be at least 18 years of age prior to the commencement of their study.
Academic requirements
Successful completion of secondary school studies (assessed as an equivalent of Australian Year 12 secondary studies). Minimum overall pass is required.
English language requirements
International English Language Testing System (IELTS): An overall score of 5.5 or higher with no individual band lower than 5.0 (only the Academic Test is accepted), OR
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 63 overall (internet-based test); OR
Pearson Test of English (PTE): Academic score of 36 or higher, OR
Completion of Year 12 English in an Australian secondary school or college or equivalent with a minimum result of “Satisfactory” or equivalent.
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Successful completion of an Academic English program with an SAE-approved Australian-based English partner. Please refer to our SAE International Study Pathways for more information.
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Begin your career in popular music production, sound design, and electronic music production using industry-standard hardware and software.

Get hands-on from day one in this exciting, highly practical course that develops your individual music production style. Whether you’re an electronic music producer or interested in producing bands, the Diploma of Music Production will sharpen your music production skills.

Through hands-on training, we’ll help you amplify your talents, refine your skills and be industry ready in a matter of months. You’ll be guided by master lecturers who will mentor you in music production and sound design techniques, while also giving you great insight into the music industry.

As part of your course, you’ll work collaboratively with your peers to record a local music group of your choosing. You’ll have the skills to prepare a production brief and be able to apply your music production skills to satisfy a commercial client brief.

Upon completion, you will be eligible for up to 80 credit points either toward the Bachelor of Audio or Bachelor of Songwriting & Music Production.


Sound engineering students
Access to world class studio environments Apply your learning to a range of hardware and software packages like Ableton, Pro Tools and Logic.
Practical, immersive training Learn as you collaborate on real-world projects and briefs. Build a portfolio to share with an employer or first client.
Collaboration You'll collaborate with musicians to create remixes and produce tracks.
Flexible course options Completing one of the three stages of the Bachelor, this course provides an excellent pathway into the Associate Degree and the Bachelor.

Tools & Software

What you'll learn

Music theory Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) Recording techniques Sampling and recontextualising sounds Composing or arranging original music

Course Structure

The Diploma of Music Production is stage 1 of the 3 stages of a Bachelor.
Gradient of music production qualifications
Stage 1: Foundations
Develop the essential technical skills and the knowledge required to collaborate with other creative media students and professionals.
Credit Points: 10

An essential foundation for your studies and your future career, You'll develop skills to become an independent learner, critical thinker and reflective practitioner

Examine influencers and trends in Audio, to develop an understanding of the learning process, research and nature of creativity and scholarship.

Potential projects:
Research the characteristics of a music or audio ‘genre’ and create a piece of work that demonstrates that knowledge.
Make an experimental mashup, to see if you can reconcile diverse sources (different genres, cultures or time periods) within one creative work.
Credit Points: 10

This unit will help you develop the foundational skills to analyse a range of contemporary music styles, compose music effectively, and communicate musical concepts in different forms.

You will learn to identify music theory concepts including rhythm, harmony, melody, notation, structure, form, texture, and genre, and apply these concepts in your own analyses and creative work.
Credit Points: 20

This unit introduces you to the core skills and concepts of music production. Across a range of projects, you will develop skills around recording, sampling, sequencing, and synthesis. You will develop your abilities across contemporary tools and technologies to produce original music in a DAW using a combination of MIDI and audio manipulation. You will also learn how to produce a variety of sounds to satisfy a brief and add effects to enhance the sonic qualities of your productions.
Credit points: 10
This unit will introduce you to the mindset and skillset of the creative entrepreneur, and transform your approach to problem-solving. You will analyse historical and contemporary models of leadership and best practice in entrepreneurship, and use tools for project design that include ideation, problem framing, and pitching. The skills in this unit will assist you in developing your creative thinking, exploration, and experimentation methods, allowing you to experiment with project design and content for creative media.
Credit Points: 10

Understanding the diversity of musical genres is a core skill for the effective songwriter and music producer. This unit builds on your knowledge of music through a focus on musical genres and styles, their structure, texture, melody, harmony, and rhythm, as well as aspects of their history and social connections.

Knowledge of musical genres is developed through a broad range of activities and projects incorporating analytical listening, transcription, group performance, and composition within the specific genres.
Credit Points: 20

Music Studio 1 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 you to be adaptive, respond to challenges you would expect while working on commercial productions, solve problems, be self-directed and successfully communicate with others.

Through working in these applied contexts you will deepen your knowledge of (re-)mixing, songwriting, and music production professional practice, and responding creatively to a fast-turnaround brief.
CRICOS Course Codes
102825K (2 TRIMESTERS) 094744D (3 TRIMESTERS)
Australian Qualification Framework
We consult closely with industry professionals so you can expect a course that’s highly relevant and equips you with sought-after skills. Some of our industry partners include:
SAE Brisbane Audio desk

Career Outcomes

What jobs will this course lead me into?

  • Assistant Sound Engineer
  • Electronic Music Producer
  • Independent Music Producer
  • Junior Sound Editor
  • Voice over Recordist/Engineer
  • Staging Crew
  • DJ
  • Electronic Musician
  • Radio/Broadcast Personnel
  • Junior Studio Administrator or Sound Designer

Course FAQs

All SAE courses have a focus on practical, hands-on delivery. The amount of practical time you experience during your studies does vary, depending on your course. You will also have opportunities to access campus resources and facilities outside of class time, during campus opening hours.

Read more about SAE enrolment for domestic students here.

Read more about SAE enrolment for international students here.

You can apply for SAE courses quickly and easily online. Go to our Apply now page for further information.

FEE‑HELP* is an Australian Government loan scheme that assists eligible fee paying students pay all or part of their tuition fees. It cannot be used for additional study costs such as accommodation or text books. The total amount of FEE‑HELP a person can use is known as the ‘FEE‑HELP limit’.

Once a person begins using FEE‑HELP, the amount of FEE‑HELP they have left to use is known as their ‘FEE‑HELP balance’.

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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 units within the program.
For full details, please refer to SAE's policy on recognition of prior learning and credit transfers.
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Easy transition into the Bachelor Course

SAE Diploma, Associate and Bachelor Degrees are structured in an integrated course framework.

This means that when you complete an SAE Diploma you will be awarded the maximum credit points available, providing you with the opportunity to seamlessly transition into the higher-level Associate and Bachelor degree qualifications if you choose to do so.


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