What will I learn?

In this course you’ll learn the foundations of recording and mixing and then progress to one of four career pathways.

The professional studio –recording, mixing and mastering, in professional studio environments;

Live sound production – the fast-paced world of live music and theatre production;

Media post-production –sound design for film and games;

Digital studio – synthesis, sampling and electronic music programming and production

You’ll study through a combination of specialised one-on-one tutoring and collaborative classes and actively engage with students from other areas at AIM. You’ll learn theoretical and technical skills in all aspects of creative musicianship to support you as you progress.

At the conclusion of the course you’ll have expert knowledge of contemporary audio practice, have developed strong theoretical skills in the foundations of sound as well as your specialist areas of interest.

Our state-of-the-art recording facilities, live concert spaces and digital environments will give you ample opportunity for hands-on training.


Major Study: Practical, specialised training to develop operational and technical excellence 

Scholarship: Train in music theory, develop your critical listening skills, and acquire the business knowledge to prepare you for the entertainment industry 

Ensemble: Collaborate with other composers, musicians and performers and put your skills into practice 

Associated Studies and Electives: Units to further specialise in your field and/or explore more 


The modern entertainment industry is comprised of many different activities and roles. At the conclusion of your course you’ll be able to communicate effectively as an audio engineer and demonstrate initiative in a variety of contexts. You’ll be equipped with the knowledge and skills to explore a range of career options including:

Studio Recording & Mixing Engineer
Live Concert Engineer
Broadcast Engineer – live, jingles, advertising, voiceovers, outside broadcast
Post Production – Foley and sound effects, ADR
Film & Game Sound Design
Location Sound Recordist
Mastering Engineer
Music Producer
Audiovisual Technician
Forensics Sound Engineer



Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$24,680.00 (13,21,199) per year
AUD $74,040 for the entire course
Start date

Expected September 2021


Australian Institute of Music (AIM)

Sydney Campus,

1 Foveaux Street,


New South Wales,

2010, SYDNEY, Australia

Online/Distance (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$24,680.00 (13,21,199) per year
AUD $74,040 for the entire course
Start date

Expected September 2021

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have the equivalent of Year 12 or equivalent. English Proficiency - IELTS 6.0 Academic.

For international students

The following is the background pathway criteria for entry into our AIM undergraduate degree programs for international students:

a. i) Applicants with recent Higher Education (tertiary) study - at least 6 months full time (at Bachelor degree level or higher) from an internationally-accredited institution OR

ii) Applicants with completed secondary education matriculation in the last 2 years (NSW HSC or recognised equivalent) OR

c. Mature age applicants (21+yrs) not meeting the above criteria but with sufficient previous work / life experience deemed relevant by AIM. AND

b. Applicants obtain an English Language Proficiency IELTS accreditation score of 6.0 or higher, or failing that, have enrolled in an accredited English for Academic Purposes pathway program.