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Build the technical, compositional and performance skills you'll need as a professional musician with the Advanced Diploma of Music Industry at Victoria University 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.

Students studying this course can get performing opportunities through the VU Music Booking Agency.

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:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

Careers in the music industry

Graduates may work in many different music industry roles such as:

  • composer
  • performer
  • musician.

Course structure

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.


The Polytechnic currently offers the following specialisation(s):

  • Performance, and;
  • Performance/Composition.

VU Polytechnic delivers the electives listed in the ‘course structure and units’ below. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback. Alternative suitable electives are only available via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT).

Specialisation: Performance

To achieve this specialisation, the following additional packaging rules must be adhered to:

- Six (6) elective units must be selected from Group A.

Core units

Elective units

Group A - Performance

Group B - Sound Production

Group D

Group D electives are not currently offered by the Polytechnic

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.

Core units

Elective units

Group A - Performance/Composition

Group B - Sound Production


Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers

Previous completion of units at the Polytechnic or any other Registered Training Organisation and/or previous attainment of skills and knowledge may be credited towards this course. Units must satisfy the completion rules of the qualification and be assessed as appropriate by the Polytechnic.

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.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type definitions

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full fee-paying place.

Students who enrol in a:

  • government subsidised place pay subsidised tuition fees (the government contributes the rest), and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee along with any material fees
  • full fee-paying place pay the full fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

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Scholarships & assistance

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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.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs.

Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Entry requirements

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.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

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.

On completion of this course you will be guaranteed entry into the following degree and in some cases receive credit for your study:

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

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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.

Applications for this course are not being taken at this time.

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