Diploma in Music (Commercial Music and Song Writing)

This degree is currently under review and is not accepting new admissions.

Fast-track your career in music

Do you want to perform as an artist? Or write and produce behind the scenes? There’s so much more to the music industry than the voices we hear on the radio and the stars on stage.

Commercial music professionals are business and software savvy. They’re creative, innovative and always ready to collaborate.

What will you do?

Our Diploma in Music (Commercial Music and Song Writing) prepares you for the entertainment and media industries of the 21st century. You will:

  • develop song writing and composition skills in a variety of contemporary music genres
  • take courses in sound recording and production, music theory, and business
  • create and present original work
  • get real industry experience
  • attend presentations by music guests with international profiles and learn from active professionals.

If you want to study further you’ll also collect 24 units of credit towards the Bachelor of Music (Popular Music).

Where could it take you?

Our music graduates go on to all sorts of exciting careers. You could be performing to thousands on the festival circuit, or a lyricist on a song writing team for your favourite artist. You might sell original beats and instrumental tracks for games and films. Perhaps you’ll guide and record emerging artists in the studio.

Entry Requirements

Please note: For programs including placements and/or study-related activities in settings where COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory, it is an inherent requirement that all students be fully vaccinated prior to undertaking the placement and/or study-related activity.
From 30 June 2023, in accordance with Australian government requirements, the University will be returning to face-to-face teaching for all students where it is safe and practical to do so. For students with circumstances where it would not be practical or safe to travel to Australia, exemptions may apply. Students are encouraged to regularly check Study in 2023 and International Student Covid-19 FAQ for information and updates.

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Admissions information

SATAC Code 316201
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Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place: $7,990

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Potential careers

Accompanist, Backing Musician, Backup Singer, Band Musician, Music Journalist / Music Critic, Music Producer, Music Technologist, Musician / Singer, Producer, DJ, Professional Podcaster, Entertainer, Entertainment Industry, Singer, Singing Teacher, Hip Hop Artist

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Last updated: Tuesday, 13 Dec 2022