Trimester One

The CUA60520 Advanced Diploma of Music – Modules and Units of Competency

Are you looking for sound engineering courses in Australia? The CUA60520 Advanced Diploma of Music is an intensive 12 month program delivered in one of Australia’s top tier recording studios. Upon completing these CUA60520 Advanced Diploma of Music modules, you’ll be fully equipped with the musical and technological skills to thrive in a variety of audio production roles and environments.

Our practical learning approach includes hands-on activities under the guidance of industry professionals, giving you the opportunity to gain real-world experience. You’ll also have access to specialised workstations and support from our experienced staff both in and out of class.

Trimester One

The first trimester focuses on developing the audio engineering fundamentals and will introduce the tools, platforms and theory you will encounter in your production career.

The following opening subjects ensure a strong foundation of knowledge for the basis of future studies.

ADM101 – Production / Music Theory

  • History of Production
  • Significance and function of music in society
  • Production Techniques: EQ / Dynamics / Effects


  • Work Health & Safety
  • Sound Theory
  • Decibels
  • Metering
  • Basic Electronics
  • Ear Training


  • The Music Production Studio
  • Preproduction Planning
  • Signal Flow
  • EQ
  • Dynamic Range Processing
  • Effects Processing
  • Mics
  • Mixing Consoles


  • Computer Basics
  • Analogue & Digital Audio
  • Pro Tools – basic
  • Logic Pro – basic
  • Interconnectivity & Calibration
Vinyl Cutting Machine – Audio Engineering Fundamentals

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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