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Certificate IV in Music Industry Sound Production

VTAC Code: CUA40915 CRICOS: 092773D VTAC Number: Fairfield 6900368774

Overview

Campus
Campus
Duration

16 weeks full time / 32 weeks part time

Duration

6 months

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 CUA40915 (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 CUA40915 (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 the Certificate IV in Music Industry - Sound Production CUA40915 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.
  • Front of House Operator
  • Sound Editor
  • Post-Production Film Engineer
  • Monitor Operator
  • Post-Production Engineer for Digital Media
  • Studio Engineer
  • Post-Production Television Sound Engineer

Study Pathways

Successful completion of Certificate IV in Music Industry CUA40915 (Sound Production) will enable you to enrol in our Diploma of Music Industry CUA50815 (Music Production) or Advanced Diploma of Music Industry CUA60515 (Sound Production).

Diego Depane

Portrait of Diego

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
  • Skills development activities in simulated work environments
  • Blended delivery
  • Classroom

Class Schedule

Full time: 16 weeks 1 semester
Part time: 32 weeks 2 semesters part time

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
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 Elective 45
CUAMCP303 DEVELOP SIMPLE MUSICAL PIECES USING ELECTRONIC MEDIA Elective 35
CUAMLT302 APPLY KNOWLEDGE OF MUSIC AND GENRE TO MUSIC INDUSTRY PRACTICE Elective 40
CUAPPM503 INCORPORATE CREATIVE AND TECHNICAL NEEDS INTO MANAGEMENT Elective 150
CUASOU202 PERFORM BASIC SOUND EDITING Elective 30
CUASOU301 Undertake live audio operations Elective 100
CUASOU307 RECORD AND MIX A BASIC MUSIC DEMO Elective 40
CUASOU308 INSTALL AND DISASSEMBLE AUDIO EQUIPMENT Elective 40
CUASOU311 MIX MUSIC IN A STUDIO ENVIRONMENT Elective 60
CUASOU405 Record sound Elective 60
CUAWHS302 APPLY WORK HEALTH AND SAFETY PRACTICES Core 10

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $770 $3850 $8750
Materials fee $0 $0 $0
Maximum annual amenities $175 $250 $250
Total payable $945 $4100 $9000
Per year $10150
Per semester $10150

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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Concession fees are charged at 20 per cent 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

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.

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

Requirements

  • Apply through VTAC or directly to Melbourne Polytechnic
  • No prerequisite studies
  • Attend an interview and complete a short questionnaire. Interviews are conducted remotely on Zoom 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.
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 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 interview 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 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 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

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