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Diploma of Music Production


SAE has audio mastered.

Begin your career in popular music production, sound design and electronic music production using industry standard hardware and software. Get hands-on from day one in this exciting, new and highly practical course that develops your own individual music production style. Whether you’re a electronic music producer or interested in producing bands, the Diploma of Music Production will sharpen your music production skills.

Through hands-on training, we’ll help you amplify your talents, refine your skills and be industry ready in a matter of months. You’ll be guided by master lecturers who will train you in music production and sound design techniques, while also giving you great insight into the music industry.

As part of your course you’ll work collaboratively with a local music group of your choosing, to produce a recording of either a rehearsal or live performance. You’ll have the skills to prepare a production brief and be able to apply your music production skills to meet the clients brief.

Upon completion you will be eligible for up to 80 credit points towards either the Bachelor of Audio (Studio production) or Bachelor of Audio (Post Production).

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Graduate roles may include

  • Electronic Music Producer
  • DJ
  • Junior Music Producer
  • Junior Sound Editor
  • Electronic Musician
  • Junior Studio Administrator
  • Radio / Broadcast Personnel
  • Junior Sound Designer



DJ Mo'funk


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Mo'funk The DJ is an SAE audio graduate who has held down DJ residencies in Ibiza for the last nine seasons. Space Ibiza, Pacha, Cafe Mambo and Café del Mar are some of the spots he has performed.

Mo has supported all the big music legends from Snoop Dogg, Erykah Badu, Mark Ronson, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Carl Cox, Dj Sneak, and Crazy P, to  Derrick Carter, Mark Farina, Kenny Dope, Todd Terry and Nightmares on Wax.

Mo’funk (aka Maurico Nunez) graduated from SAE with a Diploma of Music Industry (Electronic Music Production).


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 Industry Associations & Partners

Blues and Roots Festival 2017 logoAudient logoEnergy Groove Radio logo

Falls Festival logoMetro logoMusic NSW logo

Max Watts logoPrince Bandroom logoRosemount Hotel logo

Secret Sounds Connect logoSplendour in the Grass logoSolid State Logic logo

  • Brisbane
  • Byron Bay
  • Sydney
  • Melbourne
  • Perth


Your Learning Experience

From day one you'll start creating on the latest software and equipment, under the guidance of expert lectures.

  • Study in a collaborative, studio-based environment.
  • Learn on industry-standard equipment.
  • Learn as part of a small class.
  • Learn from lecturers with extensive audio experience and industry connections.
  • Apply industry-standard project methodologies throughout your studies.

Diploma of Music Production

The Diploma of Music Production has a strong practical focus, underpinned by key theoretical components. The course content is informed by our strong links to industry and our 40-year history in designing and teaching creative media courses.

To complement your technical skills, you will graduate with skills across:

  • Employability skills specific to creative media.
  • Introductory project management and different project management methodologies.
  • Teamwork and collaboration in the context of creative media.
  • Scholarly techniques for higher education


Stages of Audio HE Diploma

Upon completion you will be eligible for up to 80 credit points towards either the Bachelor of Audio (Studio production) or Bachelor of Audio (Post Production).


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You will learn

Throughout your hands-on course you will gain an introduction to:

  • Music theory including an understanding of musical form and structure, the way the human auditory system functions and how sound behaves in enclosed spaces and free-fields.
  • An understanding of the key features and elements of different music genres and styles.
  • Aspects of rhythm, harmony and melody, aspects of notation, transcription, structure, form and texture.
  • How to develop a recognition of groove, musical form, tonality and chord progressions.
  • Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) transcription to reproduce musical ideas.
  • Operating a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) console, recording techniques, sampling and recontextualising sounds, making sounds from scratch and composing or arranging original music.
  • How to mix and blend a variety of sounds for different purposes and how to add effects to enhance a mix.
  • The appropriate technical language used in music production and analysis.
  • Writing a production brief and conducting a location recording.
  • Working in accordance with a client driven brief.

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  • Assistant Sound Engineer
  • Eelctronic Music Producer
  • Junior Music Producer
  • DJ
  • Independent Music Producer
  • Electronic Musician
  • Radio / Broadcast Personnel
  • Junior Sound Editor
  • Voiceover Recordist / Engineer
  • Junior Studio Administrator
  • Junior Sound Designer


Diploma of Music Production (AU5MP)
Trimester 1
Thinking about AudioMusic Materials 1Introduction to Music Production
Employability Skills in the Creative Industries   
Trimester 2
Contemporary Industrial PracticesMusic Materials 2Music Production
Employability Skills in the Creative Industries   
  • Discipline Specialisation Unit
  • Multi Discipline Unit
Trimester 1
Thinking about Audio
Music Materials 1
Introduction to Music Production
Employability Skills in the Creative Industries
Trimester 2
Contemporary Industrial Practices
Music Materials 2
Music Production
Employability Skills in the Creative Industries
  • Discipline Specialisation Unit
  • Multi Discipline Unit

Key Info


    2 Trimesters


    Feb 2018

    May 2018

    Sep 2018


    Enrol By: 05 Feb 2018

    Start Date: 05 Feb 2018

    End Date: N/A



Entry requirements

Applicants for Diploma courses must satisfy one of the following minimum entry criteria:

  • Provide a copy of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (SSCE) that has been awarded by an agency or authority of a State of Territory for the student's completion of year 12;  OR
  • alternative entry for applicants who do not meet the requirements above.

Under section 6.8 of the Student Progression, Exclusion and Graduation Policy, SAE reserves the right to apply conditional enrollments to students who apply to SAE via alternative entry. The Academic Coordinator will determine an appropriate set of support mechanisms for each student, based on individual experience and merit.

Applicants for the Diploma of Music Production - see below.

Alternative Entry

SAE recognise that preparation for study is not restricted to formal educational attainment and that valuable cognitive and skills development can be gained through experience. SAE will review applications on a case by case basis if you:

  • are at least 18 years of age;
  • do not have formal qualifications for entry;
  • seek admission to courses on the basis of your aptitude for higher learning and skills development through professional, work, life experience and non- accredited study

To apply via alternative entry, students are required to undertake an interview with an assigned representative of SAE and provide supporting evidence that may include:

  • records of any formal qualifications attained;
  • evidence of any informal studies undertaken;
  • references relating to work history relevant to the chosen field of study (if applicable);
  • resume or curriculum vitae; AND
  • a portfolio of relevant materials that demonstrates creative aptitude, knowledge, technical skills and abilities

In addition, candidates may also be asked to undertake an exam or written assignment to satisfactorily demonstrate capacity to meet the program requirements.

In all cases alternative entry into any HE diploma program will only be granted to students with at least a Year 10 level of schooling.

Diploma of Music Production

In addition to the above requirements, students wishing to enrol in the Music Production Diploma will also be invited to participate in an interview and audition process. This process will help to establish underlying music skills and knowledge as well as program suitability. Remote interviews can be arranged for international students. Students can submit a portfolio of work as an alternative to the audition.

Portfolios may include;

  • Links to your music or musical performances Youtube, Soundcloud etc.
  • Links to online portfolio pages
  • Statement providing an overview of existing skills and knowledge in music production, including examples from senior secondary music classes, AMEB & CPM certification, appointment in school orchestra’s or bands etc.

Fees and Payments

Fees: view our current Fee Schedule for information on SAE course fees.

Payment options: Fee-Help, or upfront trimester instalments.