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Music Industry

Certificate IV in

Sound Production Code: CUA40915 Cricos: 092773D
Our courses are being delivered online
TAFEs are recognised as essential services by the Victorian Government and are continuing to operate.

In response to the current coronavirus restrictions, Melbourne Polytechnic is transitioning its more than 240 courses to remote and flexible learning. This means students will not be required on campus at this stage unless notified by their teacher.

Overview

Campus

Fairfield

Campus

Fairfield

Duration

6 months full time / 12 months part time

Duration

6 months full time / 12 months part time

Requirements
Requirements

Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band below 5.0. Interview.

Next Intake

February, July

Next Intake

February, July

Get a head start in the world of sound

Melbourne is the music capital of Australia and one of the greatest music cities in the world, with more live music venues per person than New York, Paris, Berlin or Tokyo. The music industry generates $25 million per year in Melbourne alone and there’s no better place to learn the ins and outs of the music production industry. Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate IV in Music Industry (Sound Production) will help you develop fundamental sound production skills in both studio and live production environments, with a focus on music production.

Purpose Built Facilities and Industry Connected Trainers

The Certificate IV in Music Industry (Sound Production) is designed as a hands-on course and students will learn at an industry standard. Train in Melbourne Polytechnic’s purpose-built, fully-equipped sound studios and real Melbourne performance venues. You’ll work with analogue studio equipment and digital audio workstations (DAWs) like Abelton and Pro Tools to prepare a professional portfolio of work to support your entry into the music industry. This course focuses on collaboration and entrepreneurship, with creative integrated projects fostering connections between students and networking for your future career. All of your teachers are active musicians with years of musical experience to help you amplify your musical skill set. Melbourne Polytechnic’s musical alumni include the founding members of ARIA-award winning band Augie March, Stonefield and rock and roll DJ icon Stan Rofe.

A Variety of Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course, you’ll have developed an understanding of principles and techniques in recording, live sound, and electronic music production to further develop your own sound production interests. You might find work as a music producer, or work in post-production for radio, television, film and digital media. Other career opportunities include positions as a front of house operator, a monitor operator, a sound editor, or a studio engineer.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

At the conclusion of the course, you’ll have developed an understanding of principles and techniques in recording, live sound, and electronic music production to further develop your own sound production interests.
  • Sound Editor
  • Monitor Operator
  • Front of House Operator
  • Studio Engineer
  • Post-Production Engineer for Digital Media
  • Post-Production Television Sound Engineer
  • Post-Production Film Engineer

Pathways

Successful completion of Certificate IV in Music Industry (Sound Production) will enable you to enrol in our CUA50815 Diploma of Music Industry (Music Production) or CUA60515 Advanced Diploma of Music Industry (Sound Production).

Diego Depane

Learning live sound just blew my mind! I trained to hear where the faults were in the room, and to taper frequencies with EQ. This knowledge has been priceless. Melbourne Polytechnic gave space and motivation to improve my skills. Today I feel confident to work in more diverse areas. I learned more than I expected at Melbourne Polytechnic, and now I'm able to say I am a sound producer.

Course Details

Delivery methods

  • Performance venues
  • Studio
  • Electronic music lab
  • Workshops
  • Classroom

Assessment Methods

You will be required to perform regularly and your assessment will include a combination of hands on practical and theoretical tasks.

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
BSBCRT401 ARTICULATE, PRESENT AND DEBATE IDEAS Core 40
BSBIPR401 USE AND RESPECT COPYRIGHT Core 50
BSBSMB301 INVESTIGATE MICRO BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES Core 30
CUAIND401 EXTEND EXPERTISE IN SPECIALIST CREATIVE FIELDS Core 45
CUAMCP303 DEVELOP SIMPLE MUSICAL PIECES USING ELECTRONIC MEDIA Core 35
CUAMLT302 APPLY KNOWLEDGE OF MUSIC AND GENRE TO MUSIC INDUSTRY PRACTICE Core 40
CUAPPM503 INCORPORATE CREATIVE AND TECHNICAL NEEDS INTO MANAGEMENT Core 150
CUASOU202 PERFORM BASIC SOUND EDITING Core 30
CUASOU301 UNDERTAKE LIVE STUDIO OPERATIONS Core 100
CUASOU307 RECORD AND MIX A BASIC MUSIC DEMO Core 40
CUASOU308 INSTALL AND DISASSEMBLE AUDIO EQUIPMENT Core 40
CUASOU311 MIX MUSIC IN A STUDIO ENVIRONMENT Core 60
CUASOU405 RECORD SOUND Core 60
CUAWHS302 APPLY WORK HEALTH AND SAFETY PRACTICES Core 10

Recognition of Prior Learning

You can seek Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) where your work experience or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. RPL is individually assessed based on evidence submitted by the student to the teaching department. Applications for RPL will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic trainers, academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $640 $3200 $7700
Maximum annual amenities $175 $250 $250
Total payable $815 $3450 $7950
Per year $9352
Per semester $9352

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.

To find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy we recommend you contact us help you find out.

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 2019. 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.
Are you eligible for subsidised study?
You could be eligible for up to $20,000 in government funding.

Fees explained

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

The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

Concession fees are charged at 20% of the standard fees for enrolments in Certificate I to IV courses. To be eligible students must meet Skills First eligibility criteria and present a valid:

  • Commonwealth Health Care card, or
  • Pensioner Concession card, or
  • Any dependent spouse or dependent child of one of the above cardholders, or
  • Veterans Gold card.

The following groups are eligible for concession fees from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma level:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Asylum Seekers and victims of human trafficking 

Additional expenses

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

Amenities must be paid each academic year you are enrolled.

Learning materials are supplied. Software and equipment required is available for use on campus.
It is helpful to own a computer with sound production software to be able to work from home. There are no materials fees.
Learning materials are supplied. Software and equipment required is available for use on campus.
It is helpful to own a computer with sound production software to be able to work from home. There are no materials fees.

Book an interview

This course requires an interview for entry. Please make a booking for your interview time by clicking book an interview
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Requirements

  • Apply through VTAC or directly to Melbourne Polytechnic
  • Interview is required by department before an Offer can be processed. Interviews and auditions via Skype or telephone are available for overseas or interstate applicants. For further information email performingarts@melbournepolytechnic.edu.au

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.
Other: Interview is required by Department before an Offer can be processed. Interviews and auditions via Skype or telephone are available for overseas or interstate applicants. 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. You'll then receive a link to complete a few more personal details.

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 of our Skills and Job Centres, or come to campus to complete your enrolment in person.

For certificate-level courses, you can pay by weekly or fortnightly direct debit using our Tuition Payment Plan. Read more about TPPs here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 03 9269 8400 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

To enrol in this course you are asked to attend an interview and folio presentation with one of our Creative Arts staff to ensure that this is the right course for you.

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 +61 3 9269 8400

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