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Advanced Diploma of Music Performance

VTAC Code: CUA60520 CRICOS: 111063F VTAC Number: Fairfield 6900368314

Overview

Campus
Campus
Duration

1 year full time / 2 years part time

Duration

1 year

Next Intake

February, July

Next Intake

February, July

Take the next step towards the main stage

Passionate musicians with an urge to embrace the musical life will find a well-rounded musical education with Melbourne Polytechnic’s Advanced Diploma of Music CUA60520 (Performance). Best suited to those musicians with significant performance experience and strong music skills, this course will help you strengthen your performance skills and grow your fanbase. Best of all, you’ll be learning in Melbourne - the music capital of Australia. We have over 553 live music venues in the Greater Melbourne area that are putting on over 70,000 gigs every year.

A well-rounded musical education

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Advanced Diploma of Music (Performance) emphasises musicianship. You’ll improve your skills and knowledge, both practical and theoretical.You will study performance across individual lessons, small bands, larger ensembles, workshops, and performance platforms, culminating in a forty-minute recital in a Melbourne venue of your choice. Your performance skills will be backed by music craft skills in theory, aural, improvisation, reading, keyboard, arranging, composition, and technology. Students have access to our rehearsal rooms, equipped with drum kits, piano, PA systems and amplifiers, as well as our music-focused computer labs. Melbourne Polytechnic’s music programs are highly regarded, and our alumni include founding members of ARIA-winning band Augie March, Top 20 chart rockers Stonefield and multi-CMC award winner, Jasmine Rae. You’ll be taught by experienced, working musicians and have the opportunity to perform in venues around Melbourne as part of your course.

Turn music from a passion into a career

Our Advanced Diploma of Music CUA60520 (Performance) will increase your confidence as a performer and expand knowledge to benefit your musicianship. You will have learned the skills required to step onto the stage or into the recording booth. Graduates may seek employment in the music industry as performers, producers, arrangers, composers or music teachers. Graduates interested in further study can advance into the second year of our Bachelor of Music and gain credit towards our Bachelor of Songwriting and Music Production degree.

Career Pathways

Where will the Advanced Diploma of Music - Performance CUA60520 take me?

On graduation you can seek employment in the music industry as a solo artist, performer in a band, band leader, musical director, music teacher, arranger, producer or agent
  • Music Arranger
  • Producer
  • Musician

Study Pathways

Melbourne Polytechnic provides seamless pathways towards higher qualifications. Upon successful completion of the Advanced Diploma, you will receive 12 subjects/1 year credit into Melbourne Polytechnic Bachelor of Music, or continue your studies in our Bachelor of Songwriting and Music Production.

Auditions

This course requires an audition for entry. You can book an audition by clicking the button below.

Course Details

Delivery methods

  • Performance venues
  • Studio
  • Electronic music lab
  • Skills development activities in simulated work environments

How you will study

Each course has a dedicated learning method that is designed to let you thrive in your studies.

On-campus

Interactive learning in a face-to-face environment. Classes will be held at a Melbourne Polytechnic campus or partner institute.

Class Schedule

32 weeks across 2 semesters

Assessment Methods

Assessment includes: observation of students' performance, oral questioning, written activities, and projects/portfolios of student work.

Units of Study

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

Code Subject Elective Hours
CUACMP511 Manage copyright arrangements Core 20
CUALED501 Provide instrumental or vocal tuition Elective 35
CUAMCP611 Extend techniques for arranging music Elective 60
CUAMLT512 Assess significance of music and apply knowledge to professional practice Core 40
CUAMLT612 Analyse complex harmony Elective 100
CUAMPF420 Perform music from written notation Elective 70
CUAMPF611 Plan and present music performances Elective 70
CUAMPF612 Manage stagecraft aspects of performances Elective 65
CUAMPF613 Refine performance techniques and expand repertoire Elective 65
CUAMPF614 Develop advanced improvisation techniques Elective 65
CUAMPF617 Lead music rehearsals Elective 70
CUAPPR511 Realise a body of creative work Elective 80
CUAPPR515 Establish and maintain safe creative practice Core 40
CUAPPR613 Engage in the business of creative practice Core 80
CUAPRF511 Refine performance techniques Elective 95

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $11700 $17200
Materials fee $0 $0
Maximum annual amenities $250 $250
Total payable $11950 $17450
Per year $17200
Per semester $8600

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Contact us to find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1 November 2021. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Materials

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

Fees explained

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

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The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

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Additional expenses

The Student Services and Amenities Fee is charged at forty cents (40 cents) per student contact hour and is capped over a twelve (12) month period, effective from the enrolment date, to:

  • $250 for full fee-paying students; and
  • $175 for concession-paying students studying Certificate I, II, III, or IV.

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.

You will need your own instrument. All other materials are provided
You will need your own instrument. All other materials are provided

Other Music Performance courses at Melbourne Polytechnic

Diploma of Music - Performance CUA50820
Music and Sound - Full Time, Part Time - Fairfield
VTAC Music and Sound - Full Time, Part Time - Fairfield
Enrol in our Diploma of Music CUA50820 (Performance) where you'll learn the specialist skills you need for music performance. You can then work as a solo artist, performer in bands, music teacher or arranger.
Diploma of Music - Sound Production CUA50820
Music and Sound - Full Time, Part Time - Fairfield
VTAC Music and Sound - Full Time, Part Time - Fairfield
Start your career in the music industry. Enrol in our Diploma of Music CUA50820 (Sound Production), where you'll learn specialist skills for sound production and get qualified to work as a professional composer, DJ, sound designer and sound producer in Melbourne's vibrant music scene.
Undergraduate Certificate in Songwriting and Music Production
Music and Sound - Full Time - Fairfield
Music and Sound - Full Time - Fairfield
Start your creative career with the Undergraduate Certificate in Songwriting and Music Production.
Bachelor of Songwriting and Music Production
Music and Sound - Full Time - Fairfield
VTAC Music and Sound - Full Time - Fairfield
Our Bachelor of Songwriting and Music Production is a music artist’s degree for emerging songwriters, composers and music producers, who will be taught as artists. Be part of something unique - nowhere else in Australia can you explore your musical, artistic career in this way and to degree level.
Undergraduate Certificate in Music
Music and Sound - Full Time - Fairfield
Music and Sound - Full Time - Fairfield
The Undergraduate Certificate in Music will give you the skills to align with current industry best practice, focussing on creative outcomes and practical skills based on entrepreneurship, technology, musicianship and ensemble skills.
Bachelor of Music
Music and Sound - Full Time - Fairfield
VTAC Music and Sound - Full Time - Fairfield
Melbourne Polytechnic’s Bachelor of Music recognises that great musicians require a solid musical foundation, skills to adapt to current trends and awareness of a global spectrum of music.

Requirements

  • Year 12 with VCE Music: Solo/Group and/or industry experience Note: this is not a compulsory requirement
  • Diploma of Music Industry (Performance) or equivalent. Note: this is not a compulsory requirement
  • apply through VTAC or directly to Melbourne Polytechnic
  • attend an audition/interview. Auditions are conducted either remotely via Zoom or phone, or in-person at the Fairfield Campus, and are open to all applicants (local, interstate, overseas). For further information email performingarts@melbournepolytechnic.edu.au.
  • attend an Information Session. Note: this is not a compulsory requirement
  • 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 Melbourne Polytechnic recognised equivalency.
  • Audition/Interview: Attend an audition/interview. Auditions are conducted either remotely via Zoom, or in-person at the Fairfield Campus, and are open to all applicants (local, interstate, overseas). For further information email performingarts@melbournepolytechnic.edu.au.
  • Next Steps

    We're really excited for you to join the Melbourne Polytechnic community and we look forward to supporting you on your education journey.

    The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form from the Apply Now page.

    You'll then receive a link to complete a few more personal details.

    You will be asked to attend an audition to ensure that this is the right course for you.

    It is a mandatory government requirement for all prospective students to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment.

    Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend our Skills and Job Centre, or come to campus to complete your enrolment in person.

    For Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas, you may be eligible for a VET Student Loan. Read more about them here.

    If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 1300 635 276 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

    When we receive your application, the International Office will be in contact with you shortly to discuss your application and provide you additional instructions.

    If you'd like to speak to one of our International Office staff directly, call 1300 635 276

    The teachers are all good musicians, and are always willing to help out and share their expertise if you needed anything. I can honestly say that studying at Melbourne Polytechnic was the best decision I ever made.
    Katelyn Sullivan
    Music Industry (Performance) Graduate
    Portrait of Katelyn Sullivan holding guitar

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