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.
VTAC CodeFairfield 6900368562
DepartmentPerforming Arts - HE
speak with the department to receive further information on undertaking the Associate degree part-time
Modes of Delivery
Enquire now to find out if you are eligible for government funding and other forms of help paying for fees. The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.
Assessment MethodsVarious forms of assessment may be used including presentation for peer review, essays, assignments, musical performances, class presentations, folio work and reflective journal/blogs.
MaterialsAll required materials are outlined in the Subject Outlines provided upon commencement.
Entrance RequirementsSelection for all categories is based on interview.
- In the interview applicants will be required to demonstrate a clear understanding of both the study demands of this course and a clear purpose for undertaking the course, including future study and/or career ambitions.
- A performance or submission of a recorded work or a musical work is required at the interview.
Completion of VCE English with a study score of at least 20.
Applicants with Australian vocational education and training (VET) study
Students who have successfully completed a Diploma of Music Industry (Music Production or Music Performance) or Advanced Diploma of Music Industry (Sound Production or Music Performance) will receive specific first year subject credits.
Applicants with higher education A complete or incomplete higher education qualification. Selection is based on satisfactorily meeting the interview requirements.
Applicants with work and life experience
Selection is based on satisfactorily meeting the interview requirements.
Pathways to further studyOnce you successfully complete the Associate Degree of Songwriting and Music Production, you can advance to the Bachelor of Songwriting and Music Production
- music artist
- sound artist
- record producer
- studio audio engineer
- musical performer
- performance artist
- artist manager
- arts administrator
- festival director
- live touring manager
- live venue manager
- music programmer
- record label manager
- self-employment (small business)
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.
|SMP013||PERFORMANCE DELIVERY 1|
|SMP014||MUSIC THEORY 1|
|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|
This qualification aligns with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 6.
This course is accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).