Build the technical, compositional and performance skills you'll need as a professional musician with the Advanced Diploma of Music Industry at Victoria Polytechnic.
You will study music analysis, music craft, performance technique and technology.
This qualification is offered with the specialist streams of performance and composition. It is the ideal way to prepare for entry into the music industry or into further study.
You will have access to:
- well-equipped rehearsal and performance facilities at Kindred Studios
- 21-machine computer music lab
- multimedia software for production, arranging and composition.
Study alongside industry professionals working in the music and media industries, in our unique industry-based location at Kindred Studios in Yarraville, just a 5 minute walk from Footscray Nicholson campus.
In 2016 Kindred was listed as one of the top ten co-working spaces in the world by Lonely Planet.
Performance spaces, rehearsal rooms, recording studios and computer labs are fitted out with quality instruments, sound gear, and the latest computers and software.
VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.
Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses, including Footscray Nicholson.
We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.
Our programs include:
- drop-in sessions
- peer mentoring
- maths and writing resources
- resume and career guidance.
Need some advice?
Request a call back from one of our experienced Victoria Polytechnic course advisers to get your questions answered.Request a call back
Already a VU student?
To transfer into this course from another apply online at our Admissions centre.
Remember it’s best to be accepted into your new course before withdrawing from your current one.
Careers in the music industry
Graduates may work in many different music industry roles such as:
To be awarded CUA60515 Advanced Diploma of Music Industry, a student must successfully complete a total of fifteen (15) units of competency, consisting of:
- four (4) core units, and;
- eleven (11) elective units, of which:
- eight (8) units must be selected from the electives listed in the qualification, with no more than two (2) units from Group D, and;
- three (3) units may be selected from the remaining listed electives or any currently endorsed training package qualification or accredited course at Diploma level or above.
Elective units must be relevant to the work environment and the qualification, maintain the integrity of the AQF alignment, contribute to a valid vocational outcome and be approved by the University.
This qualification can provide for specialisations.
Victoria Polytechnic currently offers the following specialisation(s):
- Performance, and;
Specialisation: Performance, Composition
To achieve this dual specialisation, the following additional packaging rules must be adhered to:
- Six (6) elective units must be selected from Group A and include a minimum of 4 CUAMCP units.
Group A Elective Units - Performance/Composition
Group B Elective Units - Sound Production
This qualification reflects the role of individuals who use wide-ranging analytical, technical, creative, conceptual and managerial skills in their chosen field in the music industry. Their knowledge base may be specialised or broad. These individuals are sometimes accountable for group outcomes.
What's a unit?
A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.
Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.
Fees & scholarships
Fee type: VET
The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.
If you enrol in a:
- Government subsidised place, you’ll pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution.
- full-fee paying place, you’ll pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).
Scholarships & assistance
Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.
We can help with fee assistance and advice.
Admission & pathways
Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.
Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.
All applicants will be required to undertake an audition to determine course suitability. Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.
You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.
Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.
How to apply
Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.
Before you apply, consider whether you also wish to apply for:
Special admission: You can request special consideration be given to your application based on your individual situation.
Find out more about special admission or complete the Direct admissions special consideration application
- Extra credit for past skills and study - known as Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) or Skills recognition.
When you're ready:
You will need to create an account (or use your existing VU one).
Direct applications due 20 July 2018.Apply direct to VU
Use our Admissions centre to
- Save incomplete applications to finish later
- Submit applications for one or more courses
- Track the progress of your applications
- Upload any additional information we request
After you apply
- It’s important to check for emails from us (remember to check your Spam folder).
- Complete any requests for information by the given dates, otherwise your application may not be considered