CUA60520 Advanced Diploma of Music

CUA60520 Advanced Diploma of Music

Designed by industry for industry, our CUA60520 Advanced Diploma of Music will push your career in music production or sound engineering to the next level. This music production course is founded upon over 85 years of experience at Abbey Road Studios, developing innovative recording techniques and training assistant engineers who have since become well respected sound engineers and producers in their own right.

During this intensive, one year programme you’ll learn from the extensive knowledge and expertise created at Abbey Road Studios. You’ll have access to industry-standard equipment and studios and be taught by experts, including guest lectures with multi-award-winning professionals. Train with us and become part of a global network in the recording industry.

We will develop you as a rounded professional, with technical skills, knowledge and expertise. You’ll be guided with a creative and informed approach to production and engineering and an understanding of the music business and how it operates.

As a graduate from Abbey Road Institute you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a high degree of professionalism characterised by proactivity and self-motivation
  • Utilise industry standard tools for creating, performing, recording, editing, mixing and mastering music
  • Develop and implement compositional and arrangement ideas for music productions
  • Work collaboratively as part of a team, maximising group-based projects and outcomes
  • Time manage music production projects
  • Solve problems through reflection and adaptation of knowledge
  • Understand the fundamentals of music business, including marketing issues and strategies
  • Manage your professional career development

Key Facts

Qualification:   CUA60520 Advanced Diploma of Music
Duration:   1 Year
Study Mode:   Full Time
Start Date: 9th September 2024


Australian Vocational Education and Training (VET)

In addition to Abbey Road Institute’s global curriculum and international recognition, our Sydney program offers graduates the advantage of an Australian Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification.

VET qualifications focus on specific occupational skills and competencies. The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognises prior learning or current competencies and allows for recognition, credit transfer and flexible learning pathways. A VET qualification provides an industry-relevant pathway to employment by providing practical learning opportunities. 

Assessment in VET is competency based – this means the student is assessed against an industry defined standard, rather than being compared against others. VET courses comprise units of competency from nationally endorsed training packages developed for each specific course, and the industry standard is outlined in every relevant unit of competency.

Our unique combination of global professional audio insight and nationally endorsed qualification will broaden your skills in music production and provide the practical experience you’ll need to design, plan and implement a successful career in the music industry.

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Before I was at Abbey Road, it was easy to write a song, and get a singer. But the songwriting process doesn’t work like that. It was important to understand vocal production, writing, and music. It should all happen simultaneously.

Joel Robinson, Graduate

Abbey Road really helped me with the foundation of audio. It’s an overwhelming subject at first, but [the course] really breaks it down and really makes it digestible.

Charlotte Adelle, Graduate

The time I spent at Abbey Road Institute helped me transform my skills. I came from a bedroom producer who made music as a hobby to an audio professional.

Phoenix Manson, Graduate

Abbey Road was the perfect stepping stone into my professional career as an artist and audio engineer.

Alex Braithwaite, Graduate

Studying the past year at Abbey Road has been phenomenal. The teaching staff are top notch and I now have a community of people to draw on who are as obsessed with music as me.  

Emily Toner, Graduate