(CUA50815) Diploma of Music Industry – Performance

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Course Duration
42 weeks
Intake Dates
Study Mode
Full time, on-campus
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Additional Course Costs
English Language Requirements
IELTS 5.5 (no band less than 5.0) or equivalent

Course Overview

This qualification is designed for people interested in further developing their knowledge of the music industry and learning more about creative process.  It aims to further develop skills in the technical and theoretical aspects of music, performance, composition, recording, improvisation, business and management.  CUA50815 Diploma of Music can lead to a career in the music industry, further musical studies, and is a nationally recognised qualification.

It is an ideal way to further study music, for those people who hold a CUA40915 Certificate IV in Music Industry or a pre-tertiary music qualification and people who have worked in the music industry and wish to refine their skills or gain a qualification. The course covers a variety of essential skills needed for a career in the music industry.

Music is both an industry and an art form, meeting cultural and recreational needs while also offering employment opportunities across many sectors: recording, publishing, retail, radio, television, film, video, advertising, computer software, multimedia, teaching, and of course, performance.

Students studying this qualification will perform Music within the general community and work on real and simulated industry experiences. Students will be required to work independently (with guidance) on personal music performance skills, and will work in studio environments recording and producing individual projects and in collaboration with others.

Career Opportunities

This course may lead to the following career opportunities:

  • Skilled musicians such as instrumentalists, vocalists, ensemble and solo performers
  • Concert Halls & Venues – administrative and management staff.
  • Radio, Film & Television – music programmers, music directors, music promoters, music video specialists, technical staff, sound track producers, editors and mixers.
  • Advertising – jingle writers, musical directors and music librarians.
  • Music Teaching – schools, higher education and private studios.
  • Music Media – music critics, musicologists and researchers, music journalists and on air presenters.

Pathways to further study

This course may be a pathway to further study. Related courses include:

Course Structure

This course is delivered flexibly using blend of learning modes, including:

  • Skill sessions – theory/knowledge
  • Specialised workshops with industry practitioners
  • Skill based activities – practical tasks
  • Simulated workroom learning
  • Short projects
  • Recordings

To achieve a CUA50815 Diploma of Music Industry – Performance, 16 units must be successfully completed.   These include 4 core units and 8 performance units and 4 electives.   Electives are selected based on industry and/or employer consultation.

Core Units

BSBCRT501 Originate and Develop Concepts
CUACMP501 Manage Copyright Arrangements
CUAIND402 Provide Freelance Services
CUAPPR505 Establish and Maintain Safe Creative Practice

Performance Units

CUALED501 Provide Instrumental or Vocal Tuition
CUAMCP401 Develop Techniques for Arranging Music
CUAMCP402 Compose Music Using Electronic Media
CUAMCP501 Perform Music as a Soloist
CUAMPF504 Perform Improvisation for Audiences
CUAMPF505 Develop Technical skills and Expand Repertoire
CUAWRT503 Write About Music

Elective Units

CUASOU405 Record Sound
CUASOU507 Compile Music for Soundtracks
BSBPMG522 Undertake Project Work
CUAIND401 Extend Expertise in Specialist Creative Fields

Assessment Process

Assessments are designed to help you demonstrate your skills and knowledge. They allow us to confirm you can perform to the standard required in the workplace, to meet all of the requirements of the course.

Examples of assessments for this course may include;

  • Written and verbal questioning
  • Workplace Documents
  • Written assignments
  • Observations on the job and/or in a simulated assessment environment
  • Projects
  • Presentations
  • Self and peer assessments
  • Role plays

What will I need to bring?

  • Hearing protection (ear muffs/ear plugs)
  • Note taking resources (pens, paper, etc.)
  • Personal musical instrument in some cases

Desirable Skills and Attributes

The following skills and attributes will be useful to students studying this course:

  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Computer literacy E.g. Working with MIDI and music software, Social media, word processing software
  • Music performance skills, solo and ensemble


CUA50815 – Diploma of Music Industry – Performance


No pre-requisites except IELTS score