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What will I learn?

Covering the essential tools for writing music to appeal to publishers, record labels and producers across genres and media channels, this course will help you to create your own music and lyrics, develop your instrumental skills, produce demos and perform your own songs.

Combining technical principles with pure creative expression, this hands-on course will help you start to find your voice, sharpen your craft and create songs that will be remembered. You will receive - at the core of your songwriting studies - weekly one-on-one private mentoring sessions to work on your songwriting, and develop a folio of original songs.

Through composition, arrangement, industry studies, harmonic analysis, lyric construction and technology – the Diploma incorporates an understanding of live sound and recording techniques and the use of industry standard software such as Logic, Pro Tools, Ableton Live and Sibelius to create original music and musical scores. Whether you’re a relative beginner or an experienced songwriter, learn how to brainstorm ideas, enhance your awareness of music theory, overcome writer’s block, and express yourself more effectively in words and music.

Technology & Facilities

JMC’s firm commitment to providing you with the best technology in the trade can be seen in our fully fitted songwriting suites, designed for recording in high-quality and for mastering production techniques. Each songwriting suite features software like ProTools, Logic Pro X, Ableton Live, and Native Instruments, along with MIDI keyboard controllers (keyboard and pad), high-quality monitors, and an array of Rode Condenser mics and instrument microphones. Rehearsal studios and performance spaces, including the auditorium, are fully equipped with digital pianos, drumkits, multi-channel P.A. systems, and guitar and bass amplifiers.


When undertaken full-time, the Diploma of Music can be completed in 8 months (2 trimesters).

Upon successful completion of the Diploma qualification, students are eligible to continue their studies into the bachelor’s degree with advanced standing of two trimesters.



Study options

Full Time (8 months)

Tuition fees
A$22,600.00 (12,43,124) per year
Fee per trimester: AUD $11,300; Total tuition fee: AUD $22,600

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

Start date

September 2022, June 2023


Brisbane Campus

75 Grey Street,



4101, South Brisbane, Australia

Full Time (8 months)

Tuition fees
A$22,600.00 (12,43,124) per year
Fee per trimester: AUD $11,300; Total tuition fee: AUD $22,600

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

Start date

September 2022, June 2023


Melbourne (Park Street) Campus

208 Park Street,



3205, South Melbourne, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Evidence of successful completion of a senior Secondary School certificate (transcripts and certificate must be translated and certified. You must be at least 18 years of age on commencement of studies. JMC Academy recognises IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge and Pearson English Test scores taken within two years prior to the start of JMC studies. IELTS: An overall score of 6.0 with no single band score below 5.5. TOEFL: iBT: 73 overall with a minimum writing score of 18. Pearson English Test (PTE): 50-57. Cambridge English Test: C1 Advanced overall score of 169.

For international students

  • Successful completion of a senior secondary school certificate
  • English proficiency: minimum IELTS 6.0 overall (with no single band score below 5.5) or equivalent (Contact us for more information)
  • Interview
  • Must be at least 18 years old at course commencement
  • Audition or Folio

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


About JMC Academy

JMC Academy is one of Australia’s leading creative Higher Education institutions focusing on nurturing and supporting students’ creative talents.

  • Australia’s leading creative industries education provider
  • Offers study tours to Los Angeles and Japan
  • Study abroad opportunity at Fontys University, Netherlands
  • Courses taught by industry professionals