Courses

Certificate IV in Music Industry (Sound Production)

Sound Production

Can you hear us? Melbourne Polytechnic can help you start a career in Sound Production with our Certificate IV in Music Industry (Sound Production stream). It's the best place to start developing your knowledge and skills in this exciting field

Music and Sound Production

Get a head start in the world of sound

The Certificate IV in Music Industry (Sound Production) is very hands-on. Working in Melbourne Polytechnic’s well equipped sound studios, you will learn the principles and techniques of recording. Both campuses (Fairfield and Prahran) have industry standard Mac laboratories with all the appropriate software for budding sound producers and composers.

In this practical course you will develop your skills using live sound and basic computer music. You will do this on contemporary high-end sound equipment.

There are no specific work placements as part of the course but you will often work on related industry events and shows. Both the Yarra Edge Music Centre (Fairfield campus) and the David Williamson Theatre (Prahran campus) are large venues hosting many events throughout the year. As a Music Industry/Sound Production student, you will have many opportunities to set up stage sound and operate front of house sound and access to a wide range of high-tech, state-of-the-art equipment.

Industry connections and resources

Your teachers actively participate in the music industry and many of them have their own studios and recording facilities.

You will be invited to work on shows and events produced by other student groups on campus, or in the related industry. You will have the opportunity to become Pro Tools Certified Operators.

Course outcomes

On completion of the course you will have developed an understanding of principles and techniques in recording, live sound, and basic computer music to further develop your own sound production interests.

Assessment

You will be assessed through:

  • teacher observation
  • answering questions about tasks being performed
  • short verbal tests
  • written assignments
  • analysis of finished sound recordings

Contact

If you would like any further information, please contact a Melbourne Polytechnic Education and Career Advisor (ECA), on 03 9269 8400, or by email.

Local Students

Code

CUA40915

VTAC Code

Fairfield 6900310294, Prahran 6900810294

Campuses

FAIRFIELD, PRAHRAN

Department

Performing Arts
03 9269 8400

Duration

Full-time: 12 months
Full time for 6 months (fast-track study) or part time (12 to 24 months)

Part-time: 2 years


Class Schedule: *

Mon - AM and PM
Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Fri - AM and PM

*Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Career Advisor

Modes of Delivery

Classroom

Fees

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Assessment Methods

Various forms of assessment may be used, including observation of students' performance and actions, questions about the tasks being performed, short verbal tests, written tests, written assignments, and analysis of finished sound recordings

Materials

We will supply learning materials, books and a personal data storage device. It is helpful to own a computer with sound software to be able to work at home. There are no materials fees.

Entrance Requirements

Pathways to further study

Successful completion of Certificate IV in Music Industry (Sound Production) will enable you to enrol in the Advanced Diploma of Music Industry (Sound Production) at Melbourne Polytechnic

Career Pathways

On completion of this course you can gain employment in production houses, advertising agencies and government organisations

Enrolment Intake

  • February
  • April
  • July
  • Midyear

International Students

Code

CUA40915

CRICOS Code

092773D

Campuses

FAIRFIELD, PRAHRAN

Duration

Full-time: 12 months
Full time for 6 months (fast-track study) or part time (12 to 24 months)

Modes of Delivery

Classroom

Entrance Requirements


Academic: Australian Year 11 equivalency
English: Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band below 5.0, Pearson PTE Academic 42 overall with no individual communicative skill below 36, or recognised equivalency

Assessment Methods

Various forms of assessment may be used, including observation of students' performance and actions, questions about the tasks being performed, short verbal tests, written tests, written assignments, and analysis of finished sound recordings

Materials

Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department

Fees

  • Tuition fees per semester: $6825
  • Tuition fees per year: $13650
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Pathways to further study

Successful completion of Certificate IV in Music Industry (Sound Production) will enable you to enrol in the Advanced Diploma of Music Industry (Sound Production) at Melbourne Polytechnic

Career Pathways

On completion of this course you can gain employment in production houses, advertising agencies and government organisations

Enrolment Intake

  • February
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Units Of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subjects Hours
BSBCRT401 Articulate, present and debate ideas 40
BSBIPR401 Use and respect copyright 50
BSBSMB301 Investigate micro business opportunities 30
CUAIND401 Extend expertise in specialist creative fields 45
CUAMCP303 Develop simple musical pieces using electronic media 35
CUAMLT302 Apply knowledge of style and genre to music industry practice 40
CUAPPM503 Incorporate creative and technical needs into management processes 150
CUASOU202 Perform basic sound editing 30
CUASOU301 Undertake live audio operations 100
CUASOU307 Record and mix a basic music demo 40
CUASOU308 Install and disassemble audio equipment 40
CUASOU311 Mix music in a studio environment 60
CUASOU405 Record sound 60
CUAWHS302 Apply work health and safety practices 10

Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.