C5378 - Diploma of Music Industry (Sound Production)

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Plan: C5378 - Diploma of Music Industry (Sound Production)
Campus: City Campus

Program delivery and structure

Approach to learning and assessment
Work integrated learning
Program structure
Program transition plan

Approach to learning and assessment

Successful completion of this program requires you to demonstrate competency in 16 units of competency.                                                                                   

The learning and teaching experience in the Sound Production program was developed in consultation with industry operators. The “learning tools” used in our program are designed to offer the most effective and realistic industry relevant environment possible, ensuring that you have the skills required throughout the industry. In this instance, the “learning tools” are purpose built Sound Production studios, built through ongoing consultation with industry to ensure relevance to industry practice. Studios include a comprehensive range of current model microphones, outboard processing units and split level analog & digital hybrid mixing consoles, housed in recording studios.                                                                                   

Learning and teaching is conducted in the following types of environments:                                                                                   


Classroom delivery, often augmented by audio / visual presentations. These classes will concentrate on arming you with essential core audio theory and information before embarking on practical projects.                                                                      


Practical classes in “Labs” containing 21+ “audio workstations”, each consisting of an industry standard Apple / Macintosh computer, current audio software.                                                                       


Practical sessions are conducted in our three recording studios. Studios 1 & 3 are full scale professional recording facility, with full Pro Tools HD rigs, a range of outboard processing equipment, a full complement of professional microphones and acoustically designed recording and control rooms, with the central hub being (A) a Neve Genesys mixing console for studio 1 and (B) an SSL mixing console for studio 3. Studio 2 is a mixing facility, also utilising full Pro-Tools HD hardware and Digidesign mixing console allowing mixing in stereo or 5.1 surround. Studio 2 is a smaller recording facility, with Pro Tools hardware & software, augmented by a Toft analog mixing console.                                                           

Live music venue - Mix Live Audio engages you in the process of undertaking live sound production for commercial bands at a commercial music venue, allowing students a real world work integrated learning opportunity. This will include system installation, front of house sound, monitor sound mixing, and system decommissioning.                                                           

Your learning will be supported by on-line resources via MyRMIT.


Assessment is ongoing throughout the semester and may include folios, reports, oral class presentations, group and individual projects, lab projects and practical assignments.                                                           

The assessment tasks and the form of assessment will be identified in your course guides. To access each course guide go to the Program Structure section of this Program Guide, select which course you would like to look at and then select which term you would like to view.                                                           

You will also benefit from ongoing teacher feedback, class workshopping, class and group discussion, self assessment and reflection, and peer review.                                                           

Where appropriate, you are also given the opportunity to present work to, and receive critique from, industry professionals, either through workplace assessment or within class-based discussion or presentation sessions to industry figures.

General information                                                           

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)                                                           

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfer are ways that RMIT recognises applicants’ skills and knowledge gained through formal and informal education and training, work experience, and/or life experience (including volunteer work; committee responsibilities; family duties; hobbies). If you have already developed competency through prior experience, you may wish to apply for RPL before the program commences or at any time during the program.                                                           

Students with disabilities and/or long term medical conditions

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Equitable Learning Service Unit if you would like to find out more.

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Work integrated learning

RMIT is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice. As a student enrolled in this RMIT program you will:

  • undertake and be assessed on structured activities that allow you to learn, apply and demonstrate your professional or vocational practice;
  • interact with industry and community when undertaking these activities;
  • complete these activities in real work contexts or situations;

and in addition:

  • these interactions and the work contexts provide distinctive sources of feedback to you to assist your learning.

Any or all of these aspects of a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experience may be simulated.                                                                 

The WIL nominated course for this program is: CUASOU401 Mix Live Audio                                                                   

  • In this course you will focus on the basic practical approaches required to work in today’s entry level live sound environment, you will be exposed to a range of preparatory process, audio hardware and interconnectivity standards. As part of this course you are required to undertake 40 hours of supervised learning in your chosen industry area, gaining invaluable experience and industry contacts.
  • If you are working, particularly in a job which is related to your studies you will also be learning while at work and may have the opportunity to be assessed in your workplace for some or all of your courses. Feedback from work supervisors and others in the workplace can be used as evidence of competency, and an RMIT University assessor can visit your workplace to observe your work practice.

Industry Placement Requirements

A WIL agreement including schedule and relevant insurance documentation is required to be completed before commencing each placement. 
In the case where a placement ends early, please refer to Changes or Cancellation of WIL Activities in the WIL Guideline.

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Program Structure

This qualification requires the completion of 16 units - 4 core units and 12 elective units.

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C5378 Courses

C5378 Core Units - Select ALL Four (4) Courses

Course Title

Nominal Hours

Course Code


Originate and develop concepts (BSBCRT501) 30 GEDU6115C City Campus
Manage copyright arrangements (CUACMP501) 20 BUSM8833C City Campus
Provide freelance services (CUAIND402) 30 PERF5097C City Campus
Establish and maintain safe creative practice (CUAPPR505) 30 OHTH5960C City Campus
C5378 Elective Units - Select Twelve (12) Courses

Course Title

Nominal Hours

Course Code


Develop and implement sound plans (CUASOU406) 35 VART6471C City Campus
Mix live audio (CUASOU401) 140 VART6343C City Campus
Record sound (CUASOU405) 60 VART6411C City Campus
Edit sound (CUASOU407) 65 VART6412C City Campus
Mix recorded music (CUASOU409) 50 VART6413C City Campus
Perform music using digital media (CUAMPF409) 40 PERF5098C City Campus
Compile music for soundtracks (CUASOU507) 35 VART6472C City Campus
Manage audio input sources (CUASOU402) 30 VART6414C City Campus
Coordinate sound recording operations on location (CUASOU411) 35 VART6415C City Campus
Design and develop an integrated marketing communication plan (BSBMKG523) 60 MKTG8020C City Campus
Incorporate interactive technology into performance (CUAMPF502) 60 VART6473C City Campus
Edit dialogue (CUASOU408) 40 COMM7345C City Campus

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Program transition plan

Due to the upgrade of the CUA Training Package, the Diploma of Music Industry (Sound Production) will be ammended.

The new qualification will be delivered to all commencing students in Semester 1, 2022.

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