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Diploma of Music Production

Begin your career in popular music production, sound design and electronic music production.
Student on Neve Audio Desk
Available at
Brisbane, Byron Bay, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney
Fees
FEE Help available
Diploma of Music Production
Domestic Fees
Entire Course Fee
$23,708 AUD
FEE-HELP Available
Diploma of Music Production
International Fees
Entire Course Fee
$28,040 AUD
Duration(s)
2 Trimesters Full Time (Fast Track)

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

3 Trimesters Full Time

Whilst still classified as a full time study load, you will complete the 7 units over one year. (3 trimesters)

Part-time

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)
Feb 2022
Diploma of Music Production
Start Dates
Brisbane
  • February 2022

  • May 2022

  • September 2022

Byron Bay
  • February 2022

  • May 2022

  • September 2022

Melbourne
  • February 2022

  • May 2022

  • September 2022

Perth
  • February 2022

  • May 2022

  • September 2022

Sydney
  • February 2022

  • May 2022

  • September 2022

Entry Requirements
Diploma of Music Production
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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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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YOUR CAREER IN MUSIC PRODUCTION BEGINS NOW

Learn in world class studio environments Ableton, Pro Tools, Logic
Practical, immersive training All work is project-based, with no exams.
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.

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.
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

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 of 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

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 aims to develop your understanding of the creative media industries by studying the evolution of the industries over time. Change, evolution and disruption within creative media industries occur regularly and change the way the industries operate by displacing an existing market, industry, technology, person or process and creating something new which is more valuable. Change, evolution and disruption are inevitable and both creative and destructive processes.

In order to develop a career within the creative media industries, you will need to prepare for this disruption and evolve your employability skills over time. The key to maintaining this career is developing hard and soft skills, refining current skills sets and anticipating future changes in required skill sets. You will need to understand how the audience informs and influences the production and distribution of creative media products and how this in turn affects the skills required to succeed within the creative media industries.

You will study these topics alongside your colleagues in other disciplines, to develop an understanding of the intersections between various creative media industries.
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 of 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
AQF LEVEL: 5 FULLY ACCREDITED BY TEQSA
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

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.

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 a ln Australian Governement 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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CREDIT AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING

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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