Associate Degree of Songwriting and Music Production

The Associate Degree of Songwriting and Music Production will see you well on the way to a Bachelor degree qualification as a music artist. The Associate Degree is for music artists, emerging songwriters, composers and music producers, who want to be taught as artists.


Associate Degree of Songwriting and Music Production

The Associate Degree of Songwriting and Music Production will see you in tune and on track for a music artist’s degree. We know that most consumed music on the planet is made by creative people who understand their own practice as music artists. We believe that whatever way you choose to express yourself musically is valid, and Melbourne Polytechnic’s pursuit of excellence in contemporary music making is framed by an understanding of music as an art form. Our program is aligned with ‘do it yourself’ practice, engages with commercial pathways, and is grounded in the importance of historical context.

Variety in learning

Contemporary music is made by all kinds of musicians, using all kinds of methodologies and technical skills. The Associate Degree of Songwriting and Music Production is not a conservatorium style course and although we understand the importance of technical musical skill, our approach incorporates the reality of contemporary music making where musical excellence in an artistic sense may or may not be connected to technical expertise.

Be part of something unique

Melbourne Polytechnic’s songwriting and composition classes are about being inventive, establishing goals and finding new ways to challenge and engage yourself and your future audience. Our music production classes teach multiple ways of recording sound and artists, developing stylistic approaches to recording and producing.

Learn all you will need for music business

We teach music business subjects that articulate revenue streams for music artists, explain marketing principles and approaches to management of music careers. The history subjects of the course explore the rich world of contemporary music history and cultural theory subjects will engage you in considering new ways to think about the world. We have a full suite of electives that include making video clips, starting record labels, performance classes and composing music for film.

Be taught by leading experts in the Australian music scene

Melbourne Polytechnic’s seminar-style classes are given by lecturers who are well-known and active within contemporary music scenes, and who release records, win awards and undertake international tours. All our lecturers practice what they teach! We are experienced peers who want to help with your goal of being a music artist and connecting with scenes in the real music industry. The skills we teach are grounded in best-practice arts education values, and as such are transferable to many further study contexts and employment opportunities.

If you successfully complete the Associate Degree of Songwriting and Music Production, you may choose to continue on to complete the Bachelor of Songwriting and Music Production qualification.

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Full-time: 2 years

Part-time: available
speak with the department to receive further information on undertaking the Associate degree part-time

Modes of Delivery

Workshops, Lecture


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Entrance Requirements

Successful completion of Year 12 VCE or equivalent with a study score of at least 25 in any English (or equivalent), or satisfactory completion of a VET Advanced Diploma of Music Business or Sound Production. Students will be required to attend an interview and present a folio of musical work. Graduates will be equipped to advance into post graduate study at other tertiary institutions.

Assessment Methods

Various forms of assessment may be used including presentation for peer review, essays, assignments, musical performances, class presentations, folio work and reflective journal/blogs.


All required materials are outlined in the Subject Outlines provided upon commencement.

Pathways to further study

Once you succesfully complete the Associate Degree of Songwriting and Music Production, you can advance to the Bachelor of Songwriting and Music Production

Career Pathways

  • music artist
  • songwriter
  • composer
  • sound artist
  • record producer
  • studio audio engineer
  • musical performer
  • performer
  • performance artist
  • artist manager
  • arts administrator
  • festival director
  • live touring manager
  • live venue manager
  • music programmer
  • record label manager
  • self-employment (small business)

Enrolment Intake

  • February
  • Midyear

Units Of Study

Credit points are a basic measure of student workload. All subjects are given a credit point value. Most subjects at Melbourne Polytechnic are 12 credit points. A normal full-time annual workload is 96 credit points. The academic year is divided into two main semesters; full-time students usually enrol in 48 credit points each semester, part time students usually enrol in 24 credit points each semester or less.

Code Subjects
SMP011 Label
SMP012 Music clip
SMP013 Performance delivery 1
SMP014 Music theory 1
SMP015 Entrepreneurship
SMP111 Genre studies
SMP112 Subcultures and the avant-garde
SMP113 Songwriting & composition 1
SMP114 Music production 1
SMP211 Songwriters & producers
SMP212 Music business 2
SMP213 Songwriting & composition 3
SMP214 Music production 3