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Tune in to your future

Turn your love of music into a career in the music industry. You will receive training in practical musicianship, performance skills and an introduction to a range of music technologies. Study music theory, musical styles and songwriting and develop an understanding of the inner workings of the music industry. You will also gain invaluable copyright knowledge and work closely with the music business students in a variety of performance and other professional opportunities. Course details

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South Bank

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Full time: 6 months / up to 3 days per week

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  • Full Fee $5,065
  • Subsidised $3,280
  • Concession $2,685

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Amy Sheppard

Let's celebrate the entertainers

Breakout Brisbane band Sheppard started from humble beginnings; a TAFE assignment that called for a song with harmonies. Former Diploma of Music student Amy Sheppard invited her brother George to sing along with her on the assignment. Now Sheppard are one of the hottest pop acts in Australia.

Amy Sheppard
Diploma of Music
TAFE Queensland Brisbane

Launch your music career into the spotlight

Dance to the beat of your own career in the music industry with skills in music and sound production from TAFE Queensland Brisbane. We will help you combine your creative talent with technical knowledge so that you can produce top-rate musical entertainment. Learn performance, theory, technical and production skills from teachers who are practicing musos and sound production specialists. A TAFE Queensland certificate or diploma qualification will set you apart in this competitive industry. Past students are working as DJs, musicians, producers, recorders and technicians.

Key dates

South Bank 16 Jul 2018 Full time / up to 3 days per week Classroom

Entry requirements

This qualification has no formal entry criteria, however TAFE Queensland Brisbane has the following selection criteria for this qualification:

  • Year 10 (or equivalent) is recommended
  • Basic ability to sing or play an instrument (This is not a program for applicants wanting to begin learning an instrument)

If you’re under 17 years of age, special enrolment conditions may apply.


South Bank
Ernest Street
South Brisbane QLD 4101

Resources required

No specific resources are required to successfully complete this course.

It is recommended that students have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for students to use at all TAFE Queensland locations.


View the timetable. Please note, the timetable for future semesters may differ to the current schedule. If you need help or can't find what you're looking for, give us a call on 1300 712 007.


The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 7 elective units from the list below. Electives may differ between TAFE Queensland locations and regions.

BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others Core
CUACMP301 Implement copyright arrangements Core
CUAIND303 Work effectively in the music industry Core
CUAMLT302 Apply knowledge of style and genre to music industry practice Core
CUAMCP303 Develop simple musical pieces using electronic media Elective
CUAMCP301 Compose simple songs or musical pieces Elective
CUASOU201 Develop basic audio skills and knowledge Elective
CUASOU303 Repair and maintain audio equipment Elective
CUAMLT301 Develop and apply aural perception skills Elective
CUASOU307 Record and mix a basic music demo Elective
CUAMPF201 Play or sing simple musical pieces Elective


Not all electives available at all campuses

What are my payment options

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland Brisbane has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, call us on 1300 712 007. We're here to help.



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Payment Plan

If you have difficulty paying the full cost of a course up front you might be eligible for a payment plan. This will allow you to pay for your course in instalments, rather than one upfront payment at the time of enrolment.


The Queensland Government will offset the cost of study for eligible students. You will still need to pay for a portion of your study costs. The amount above is what you will need to pay.

Certificate 3 Guarantee

You can receive a subsidy towards one certificate III qualification from a list of subsidised courses.

You're eligible for the Certificate 3 Guarantee if you:

  • Are 15 years or older and no longer in school
  • Living in Queensland full time
  • Are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, permanent resident, or temporary resident with the necessary visa or work permits
  • And don't currently have (or are enrolled in) a certificate 3 or higher level qualification.

Give us a call to find out more.


You are eligible for the concession price of a course if you are eligible for subsidised training, and are listed on an Australian Government Low Income Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, if you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you hold a Department of Veterans' Affairs Pensioner Concession Card, or if you have a disability. Further information about concessions.

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Additional costs

There are no additional costs, however students may incur costs to own personal instruments and supporting musical interests.

Students can also access a range of print, copy, scan and fax services via MyPrint.


CUA30915 Certificate III in Music Industry

Job prospects

  • Music industry worker e.g. music retail assistant
  • Musician
  • Musician (Instrumental)

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas will give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities. That means cutting down the amount of time you need to complete your degree, or even enrolling straight into the second year of your university course.

Our pathway partners include:

Amy Sheppard

Let's celebrate the entertainers

Breakout Brisbane band Sheppard started from humble beginnings; a TAFE assignment that called for a song with harmonies. Former Diploma of Music student Amy Sheppard invited her brother George to sing along with her on the assignment. Now Sheppard are one of the hottest pop acts in Australia.

Amy Sheppard
Diploma of Music
TAFE Queensland Brisbane

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You're ready if you have:

  • checked your important dates (under the course details tab)
  • checked you meet the entry requirements (under the course details tab)
  • checked your course costs and know which payment option is right for you
    (under the costs tab)
  • Read the Student Rules and Withdrawals and Refund Policy
  • Created your Unique Student Identifier and can provide this to TAFE Queensland.

All done? Then you're ready to enrol

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Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning

Fast-track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner.

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At the beginning of each semester we host orientation events across our locations so you can meet your teachers and classmates, get to know your campus, and familiarise yourself with your study schedule. We also throw in a bunch of free activities, because... why not? We like to have fun.

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Note: All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

Last updated on 2 March 2018

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