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Diploma of Music with specialisation in Music Production

JMC Academy
Program overview
8 months
Full time
Diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
Start dates
11,300 AUD
Intakes in February, June and September

Melbourne (Australia)
11,300 AUD
Intakes in February, June and September

11,300 AUD
Intakes in February, June and September

Program description

Diploma of Music with specialisation in Music Production

Combining technical principles with pure creative expression, this hands-on course will help you begin to find your style as a creative composer, sharpen your production skills and create compositions that use inventive sounds and concepts. You will receive - at the core of your music production studies - weekly one-on-one private mentoring sessions to work on your production skills, songwriting, and work on developing a folio of original material and production work.

Touching on composition, arranging techniques, industry studies, music analysis, recording techniques and production skills – the Diploma incorporates the use of industry-standard software such as Pro Tools, Logix and Sibelius to create original music. Whether you’re a relative beginner or an experienced producer and you know your way around your DAW of choice, learn how to brainstorm ideas, enhance your understanding of music theory, overcome writer’s block, and express yourself more effectively in sound, words and music.

Admission requirements

International undergraduate (Diploma + Bachelor Degree) applicants must show the following:

  • Proof of English proficiency: minimum IELTS 6.0 overall (with no single band score below 5.5) or equivalent.
  • Evidence of successful completion of a senior Secondary School certificate (transcripts and certificate must be translated and certified). For further information please see our 'Entry Requirements by Country'
  • Attend an interviewin person or over skype.
  • You must be at least 18 years of age on commencement of studies.
  • Contemporary Music applicants must undertake an audition. Audition videos/online links are accepted for applicants living overseas or interstate.
  • Songwriting applicants may undertake an audition OR submit a folio. The folio can consist of song lyrics, charts, recorded original songs or other relevant items as discussed with the admissions officer.
  • Animation, Games and Digital Design applicants are required to prepare a portfolioof sample work/drawings.

Applications will be accepted until 2 weeks before the course commences, but please note that visa applications can take considerably longer than two weeks to process. Please contact the Australian Embassy in your home country for recommended timeframes for processing your visa application.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the institute website.

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Program content

Core Units

  • Performance Study I (Instrument or Vocal)
  • Ensemble I OR Collaborative Music Project I
  • Music Theory I
  • Ear Training I
  • History of Popular Music
  • Introduction to Music Technology
  • Performance Study II
  • Ensemble II OR Collaborative Music Project II
  • Music Theory II
  • Ear Training II
  • Songwriting & Arranging
  • Introduction to Music Business
  • Performance Study III
  • Ensemble III OR Collaborative Music Project III
  • Music Theory III
  • Ear Training III
  • Music & Media
  • Performance Study IV
  • Ensemble IV OR Collaborative Music Project IV Music Theory IV
  • Ear Training IV
  • Large Project I
  • Entrepreneurship in Music
  • Large Project II

Elective Units

  • Music Cultures
  • Lyrics & Songwriting
  • Music Production Studies
  • Performing and Creating with Ableton Live
  • Lyrical Influences
  • Arranging & Orchestration
  • History of Western Music
  • Tutoring Techniques
  • Composition Techniques
  • Screen Sound & Music
  • Internship
  • International Study Tour

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the institute website.

Tuition fees

  • Domestic Students: $9,000 per trimester.
  • International Students: $11,300 per trimester (Total tuition fee: $22,600).

Career opportunities

Related careers:

  • Composer
  • DJ
  • Music Editor
  • Music Producer
  • Screen Composer

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About this institute

Established in 1982 by John Martin Cass, JMC Academy was originally founded in Sydney to meet the demand for qualified professionals in the entertainment technology industry. From day one, JMC Academy broke ground as Australia's first private college to qualify...

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Why study at JMC Academy

At JMC Academy we are focussed on providing opportunities for students to create, connect and develop their craft in a supportive community. We keep our class sizes small so that we can get to know each students' aspirations, strengths, weaknesses and creative voice. Our small course offering of specialist creative industries disciplines means we can regularly update and refine our courses and tech to be future-focussed and relevant to industry developments. Our international network of like-minded institutions ensures we can benchmark our programs against international standards, ensuring our students are able to enter the workforce with confidence wherever in the world they go.

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JMC Academy

171 Bank St
3205 Melbourne

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