C6104 - Advanced Diploma of Sound Production

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Plan: C6104 - Advanced Diploma of Sound Production
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Advanced Diploma of Sound Production
Qualification national code: CUS60209
Nominal hours: 985
Career: TAFE
Duration: 1 year, full-time
Location: City
Owning school: Media and Communication (345T)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/mediacommunication
CRICOS code: 073197M

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Purpose of the Program

The objective of this program is to prepare you to use wide-ranging analytical, technical, creative, conceptual and managerial skills in your chosen field in the music industry. On the completion of this program you will have developed a broad knowledge base along with the ability to specialise in specific areas of the industry.  You will be able to work effectively, either autonomously or as a member of a group. The Advanced Diploma of Sound Production builds on skills attained through industry experience or formal study and will enable you to develop relevant technical management skills required by a rapidly changing industry.

In the Advanced Diploma you will explore  areas such as sound for film, television and online / multimedia productions, as well as advanced mixing concepts including surround sound technology. Music recording and mixing principles are applied in advanced mixing concepts and mastering.

The program includes a set of Sound Production business and marketing modules, which will prepare you, as a member of the industry, to be familiar with copyright, royalties and recording contract negotiations, as well as providing you with the business skills necessary to manage recording facilities or manage touring artists.

The practical component for this year includes staging and recording a number of live performances. The Business and Marketing subjects will include the systems management and promotion for these performances at established professional venues giving you the skills to undertake this professionally as an individual or a member of a company. As the year progresses, the focus becomes more and more practical and you will be spending more time in the studios, recording and mixing music in stereo and surround, as well as sound for film and television, realising and exercising your professional knowledge in a supervised environment.


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Articulation and pathways

Articulation agreements between RMIT University programs enable you upon graduating from an RMIT University qualification to apply for advanced standing in a higher level qualification. The statements below provide you with information about articulation agreements with this program.

If you are a graduate of this program, and you are applying for the Bachelor of Arts (Music Industry), you may be able to claim credit for courses you have already completed.

Articulation into the Bachelor of Arts (Music Industry) BP047
If you complete the Advanced Diploma of Sound Production C6104, and achieve a minimum of Competent with Credit in all graded courses, you are guaranteed entry into the Bachelor of Arts (Music Industry) BP047 and will be granted a total exemption of 144 credit points, which is equivalent to 1.5 years.
If you achieve less than a minimum of Competent with Credit, you may still apply and may be eligible for some exemptions.

Articulation into the Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts)BP201
If you complete the Advanced Diploma of Sound Production C6104, you may wish to apply for the Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) BP201. If successful in gaining a place you will be granted a total exemption of 96 credit points, which is equivalent to 1 year full time study.

You may be eligible for credit into other RMIT University programs for successfully completing this program, upon application to other RMIT University programs. Please check with admissions officer of your program of choice.

Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current program

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Entrance requirements

The entrance requirement for this program is the successful completion of the Certificate IV in Sound Production (C4276).


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External accreditation and industry links

In Australia there are no professional bodies that recognise or accredit programs in sound production. However, this program is strongly supported by representatives from key industry areas, such as major recording studios and audio production facilities. Course content and assessment has been developed with the support and input of people working across the industry and is informed by industry through the Program Advisory Committee.The teachers in the Sound program are all practitioners with current knowledge of trends and work practices. The industry experience you gain through your study, will help you to establish industry links in a range of areas across the music industry.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

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You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www1.rmit.edu.au/library

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