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What will I learn?

The Diploma of Music Industry (Performance) gives you the practical skills and industry knowledge you need to work as a professional composer, musician or performer in the global music industry.

This TAFE NSW qualification builds on your experience in performance, composition and music production. You will enhance your practice and performance technique, collaborate with other musicians and build lifelong music industry networks.

Develop your expertise in music composition, arrangement and performance, and learn a range of specialised, technical or managerial skills to turn your love of music into a successful career you can take anywhere.

Through theory and practical course work, you will learn:

Live solo and group performance
Song writing
Music theory'
Freelance business skills
Work, health and safety practices

TAFE NSW is known for delivering theory along with practical learning. You will strengthen your performance skills, including:

Instrument and vocal technique
Operating a small digital audio-based studio
Using music software such as Logic, Pro Tools, Ableton or Sibelius

Stand out in a global job market by developing a range of key soft skills that equip you with the confidence to work in a variety of music settings:

Attention to detail
Punctuality and commitment to your craft
Performance and refining your practice

Key factors driving this growth include:

Growing opportunities for upcoming artists to showcase their work to global audiences via online streaming platforms and social media like Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube Premium
Increasing investment by record companies on music artists
Artists leveraging digital generation opportunities
An increasing focus on the industry’s long term development and sustainability



Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$11,560.00 (6,21,505) per year
Additional costs for uniforms, equipment, textbooks and materials (if applicable) range from AUD $300 – AUD $1,000 per course.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

18 July 2022



Ultimo College,

651-731 Harris Street,


New South Wales,

2007, SYDNEY, Australia

Entry requirements

For international students

Certificate III in Music Industry (Performance)
If applicants have not completed the pre-requisite of the Certificate III in Music Industry (Performance) an audition via phone or Skype is required.

English Language Requirements:

Academic IELTS 5.5 or TOEFL (iBT) 46 or equivalent
Or Completion of a TAFE NSW General English Program

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.



TAFE NSW is the largest vocational education and training provider in Australia, grooming its students to be job-ready through hands-on learning.

  • Students can study at 30+ locations in New South Wales
  • Home to over 3,200 international students each year
  • Study options include certificates, diplomas and degrees
  • Offers industry-aligned programs in small classes