C5410 - Diploma of Music (Sound Production)

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Plan: C5410 - Diploma of Music (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: Diploma of Music (Sound Production)
Qualification national code: CUA50820
Nominal hours: 990
Career: TAFE
Duration: 1 year- Full-time
Location: AUSCY
Owning school: Creative Industries (515T)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/schools-colleges/college-of-vocational-education
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Purpose of the Program

The objective of the Diploma of Music (Sound Production) is to develop your audio production skills for application in industries such as broadcast media and digital media production, television and film audio post production, live sound reinforcement, event staging and music production.                                                     

Early in the program you are introduced to the audio theory required to operate professional audio equipment. Essential knowledge about signal flow, digital audio theory and acoustics prepares you to use studio equipment. Mid way through the program you begin engaging in practical applications of this knowledge, in the recording studio, and in audio workstation ‘Labs’.                                    

The focus of the program is to build a strong skill base and understanding in the recording, mixing and live production of audio. The program covers professional knowledge and skills, using industry standard hardware and software and will give you the skills to operate in a variety of professional audio production environments

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Articulation and pathways

Successful completion of the following programs guarantees entry to C5410 Diploma of Music (Sound Production):

  • C4416 Certificate IV in Screen and Media
  • C4422 Certificate IV in Screen and Media

Further Studies:

Successful completion of C5410 Diploma of Music (Sound Production) guarantees entry into C6171 Advanced Diploma of Music (Sound Production). The Advanced Diploma is offered as an additional year of full-time study.

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.

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Entrance requirements

There are no minimum academic entry requirements for this program. Applicants must meet the minimum University Entry requirements for this program. All applicants must complete and submit the Selection Task and attend an interview.

Selection Task

The selection task comprises responses to the following questions (maximum 150 words per question):

Which Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) software packages have you used, and for how long?
Have you had experience using microphones to record instruments, voice, or other sources? If so, please provide details.
Please provide details of other hardware you have utilised, such as mixing consoles, delays/reverbs, pre-amps, EQ or dynamics processors.
Have you observed the audio engineering process while attending either live performances or studio recordings? Please provide details.
Have you completed any audio engineering processes, or assisted in live sound production or studio recordings? This could be at a music event, theatre or non-music production. Please provide details.


Please be aware that an interview with the Sound Production delivery team is a mandatory requirement of the application process.

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External accreditation and industry links

In Australia there are no professional bodies that recognise or accredit programs in sound production, as the skills and knowledge are applied to a range of industries through media production, broadcast, event staging & live production and music production; however this program is informed by and strongly connected with industry. It has been developed with the support and input of people working across the industry and all course delivery and assessment is informed by industry through the Industry Advisory Committee. The teachers in the Sound Production program are all practitioners with current knowledge of trends and work practices and able to support students in developing their industry experience.

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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

Library resources and services

As a student enrolled at RMIT University you can use all the services provided by the Library. These include study spaces, books, journals and course-related materials such as DVDs, past exams, and newspapers. You can also request items from any library in the world through our document delivery service.

RMIT Library staff can show you how to find the information you need for your assignments and how to make the most of the library resources. You can speak to a librarian, work through web-based tutorials or use our online “Ask a Librarian” service. 

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://www1.rmit.edu.au/library

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