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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 your peers to record a local music group of your choosing. You’ll have the skills to prepare a production brief and be able to apply your music production skills to satisfy a commercial client 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


Alumni Superstars

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

Splendour in the Grass logoMusic NSW logoSolid State Logic logo

Max Watts logoPrince Bandroom logoRosemount Hotel logo

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  • 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.

SAE Institute Australia Fees and Financing




  • 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
Employability Skills in the Creative IndustriesMusic Materials 1Introduction to Music Production
Thinking about Audio   
Trimester 2
Employability Skills in the Creative IndustriesMusic Materials 2Music Production
Contemporary Industrial Practices   
  • Multi Discipline Unit
  • Discipline Specialisation Unit
Trimester 1
Employability Skills in the Creative Industries
Music Materials 1
Introduction to Music Production
Thinking about Audio
Trimester 2
Employability Skills in the Creative Industries
Music Materials 2
Music Production
Contemporary Industrial Practices
  • Multi Discipline Unit
  • Discipline Specialisation Unit

Key Info


    2 Trimesters



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    Trimester Start: N/A

    Trimester End: N/A



Entry requirements

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

  • Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (SSCE) or equivalent, OR
  • Completion of a certificate IV level qualification issued under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), OR
  • Experience Based Entry for applicants who do not meet the requirements above. 'Enquire Now' or call 1800 723 338 directly for more information.

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.

Fees and Payments

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

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

Additional Entry Requirements to the 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