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Start date:
4 February 2019
1 year full time.
Delivery mode:
Face to Face

Applications for this course are currently being accepted.


Prepare to launch a rewarding career in the music industry as a musician or sound production professional.

This qualification is offered with specialisations in sound production and performance.

Sound production specialisation

Discover the world of sound recording and gain essential skills in live sound, studio recording, Pro Tools, Logic, Ableton Live and Reason.

Areas of study include:

  • music technology
  • studio recording and mixing
  • live audio operations and mixing
  • sound editing.

Performance specialisation

Extend your music performance skills and learn music fundamentals, including:

  • performance preparation (soloist and group)
  • stagecraft skills
  • instrumental techniques
  • music theory
  • music demo recording and mixing.

You will have dedicated one-on-one instrument/vocal sessions with your teachers and attend performance workshops. You’ll also gain practical experience through collaborative projects with students, industry professionals, and community organisations.

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.

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Careers in the music industry

Possible career titles:

  • Sound engineer
  • Music producer
  • Studio engineer
  • Live sound engineer.

Course structure

To be awarded CUA40915 Certificate IV in Music Industry, a student must successfully complete a total of fourteen (14) units of competency, consisting of:

  • four (4) core units, and;
  • ten (10) elective units, of which:
  • eight (8) units must be selected from the elective units listed in the CUA40915 Certificate IV in Music Industry qualification, with no more than three (3) units from Group D, and;
  • two (2) units may be selected from the remaining elective units listed in the CUA40915 Certificate IV in Music Industry qualification or any currently endorsed training package qualification or accredited course at Certificate III, IV or Diploma.

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.


The Polytechnic currently offer the following specialisation(s):

- Performance, and;

- Sound Production.

Specialisation: Sound Production

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

- six (6) elective units must be selected from Group B.



Group B: Sound Production

Group D: General

Specialisation: Performance

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

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



Group A: Performance

Group D: General

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who use well-developed skills and a broad knowledge base in music performance, sound production or music business contexts. They apply solutions to a defined range of unpredictable problems, and analyse and evaluate information from a variety of sources. They may provide leadership and guidance to others and have limited responsibility for the output of others.

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).

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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.

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.

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

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