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Prepare for a career in music performance while completing your secondary school studies with the Certificate III in Music Industry.

Offered exclusively through Victoria Polytechnic’s VET in Schools program, this course has a music performance specialisation. It covers fundamental industry knowledge and begins to develop your technical performance skills.

Areas of study include:

  • copyright
  • musical style and industry practice
  • performance preparation
  • improvisation and stagecraft
  • group performance
  • safe work practices.

This course can be used as a pathway for entry into the Certificate IV in Music Industry.

Please note: this qualification is not open for general enrolments. Secondary schools looking to partner with Victoria Polytechnic should contact the VET in Schools department.

Music booking agency

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

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Develop fundamental industry knowledge and start developing your technical performance skills with the Certificate III in Music Industry.

Careers in music

Career opportunities emerging from completion of the course include:

  • assistant music manager
  • assistant sound mixer
  • musician/band member.

You may also choose to pathway into the Certificate IV in Music Industry.

Course structure

To be awarded the CUA30915 Certificate III in Music Industry, a student must successfully complete a total of eleven (11) units of competency, comprising of:

  • four (4) core units, and;
  • seven (7) elective units, of which:
  • five (5) units must be selected from the electives listed within the qualification, with no more than two (2) units from Group D, and;
  • two (2) units may be selected from the remaining listed electives or any currently endorsed training package qualification or accredited course at Certificate II, III or IV. 

Elective units must be relevant to the work environment and the qualification, maintain the integrity of the AQF alignment and contribute to a valid vocational outcome as well as be approved by the Polytechnic.

This qualification can provide for specialisations.

SpecialisationsThe Polytechnic currently offer the following specialisation(s):

  • Performance.

Specialisation: Performance

To be awarded this specialisation, the following additional packaging rules must be adhered to: four (4) elective units must be selected from Group A.



Group A: Performance

Group B: Sound Production

Group C: Business

Group C electives are not currently offered by the Polytechnic under this specialisation.

Group D: General

Group D electives are not currently offered by the Polytechnic under this specialisation.

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 apply a broad range of competencies in a varied work context in the music industry, using some discretion and judgement and theoretical knowledge. They may provide support to a team.

Please note: Sets and staging for some performances or events may fall within the definition of construction work. If so, people entering the construction site are required to complete the general induction training program specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work (Australian Safety Compensation Council, May 2007). Achievement of the unit 'CPCCOHS1001A Work safely in the construction industry' from the CPC08.

VETiS: This qualification forms part of the credit suite specified by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) and may contribute towards the satisfactory completion of the Victoria Certificate of Education (VCE) or the Victoria Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL).

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

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. This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.
  • full-fee paying place, you’ll 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. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Entry requirements

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.

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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