C6150 - Advanced Diploma of Music Industry (Sound Production)

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Plan: C6150 - Advanced Diploma of Music Industry (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 Music Industry (Sound Production)
Qualification national code: CUA60515
Nominal hours: 930
Career: TAFE
Duration: 1 Year - Full Time
Location: City Campus
Owning school: Media and Communication (345T)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/mediacommunication
CRICOS code: 094334M

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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 and sound production industries. 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 industries. You will be able to work effectively, either independently or as a member of a group. The Advanced Diploma of Music Industry (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 the study of project management and production management, which will prepare you, as a member of the industry, to be familiar with stage and event management skills required to manage touring artists or media events. The practical component includes staging and recording a number of live performances. The Business and Marketing courses 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 program year progresses, the focus becomes 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.

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Articulation and pathways

Credit arrangements between RMIT University programs enable you upon graduating from an RMIT University qualification to apply for a higher level qualification. The statement(s) below provide you with information about credit arrangements with this program.

The following articulation agreements are in place:

HE Program CodeProgram TitleAmount of credit grantedEntry requirementDuration of program after credit (credit points and equivalent years)
BP047Bachelor of Arts (Music Industry)144 credit points equivalent to 3 semesters or 1.5 yearsGuaranteed entry with a minimum GPA of 2.5 on successful completion of Advanced Diploma of Music Industry (Sound Production)144 credit points equivalent to 3 semesters or 1.5 years
BP309Bachelor of Design (Digital Media)144 credit points equivalent to 3 semesters or 1.5 yearsSuccessful completion of the program will guarantee entry144 credit points, equivalent to 3 semesters or 1.5 years


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

Upon successful completion of this program you may be eligible to undertake further studies in RMIT University programs, including Bachelor of Arts (Music Industry) and Bachelor of Design (Digital Media), subject to the program's entry requirements (see table above).

If you have already developed areas of skill and knowledge included in this program (for example, through prior studies or work experience), you can apply for credit once you have enrolled in this program. There is information on the RMIT University website about how to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) https://www.rmit.edu.au/students/student-essentials/enrolment/apply-for-credit

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Entrance requirements

This program is delivered as part of a sequence, beginning with the Certificate IV in Music Industry (Sound Production). 

You may be eligible to begin your studies at the Advanced Diploma level if you already hold a Certificate IV in Music Industry (Sound Production) or have the relevant knowledge and skills. All applicants must attend an interview as a part of selection process.

To apply for this program sequence, visit the Certificate IV in Music Industry (Sound Production) program information.

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External accreditation and industry links

In Australia there are no professional bodies that recognise or accredit programs in music industry (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 Advanced Diploma of Music Industry (Sound Production) 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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All students have unlimited access to our specialist electronic resources. These include e-books, e-journals and newspapers to make it easier for you to get the information you need, when you need it.  Our collections are continually updated to ensure the currency and accuracy of the resources you use.

Computers are available at every Library site. You can access the Internet, myRMIT and Library e-resources. You can also access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

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

Online learning tools and content
You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT .

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