C4276 – Certificate IV in Sound Production
C6104 – Advanced Diploma of Sound Production
Sound Production (TAFE) provides training in the theory and practice of audio engineering, focusing on both the technical and creative aspects, offering students the technical skills and knowledge necessary for careers in audio and music production. As well as music engineering for recording and live / concert work, areas covered include sound for film, television, theatre, radio, games and online media. The content is of a very high standard, and therefore graduates are recognised throughout the industry as being ideally suited for immediate engagement in audio facilities. Organisations will often contact us directly, sourcing audio staff from recent and current students, rather than advertising or approaching other colleges, knowing the consistently high standard guarantees industry competence. The flip side of this is that as the standard is high, so is the workload. Graduates earn the reputation that goes with them. Applicants are advised to familiarise themselves with subjects available before interview, and to be sure they are ready for the commitment this program demands. Students who have an ongoing interest in music and sound production will enjoy immersing themselves into the world of audio, but students who have only a passing interest will find it challenging, and difficult to keep up.
The program runs over 2 years (4 semesters), consisting of the Certificate IV (year 1), and the Advanced Diploma (year 2). The focus of the course is the recording, mixing and live production of music, branching out to other applications such as post production in the second year. The program covers professional knowledge and skills, using industry standard hardware and software and will skill graduates to operate in a variety of professional audio production environments.
Program guide – provides full details including, program structures, entrance requirements and application information.
VTAC Supplementary information form – additional application requirements.
Advanced Diploma (Year 2)
In the Advanced Diploma year, students expand on their knowledge and skills, moving into areas such as sound for film, television and online / multimedia productions, as well as advanced mixing concepts such as surround sound technology. Music recording and mixing principles covered in the first year are expanded in advanced mixing concepts and mastering.
The practical component for this year includes staging and recording a number of live performances, including and covering FOH, monitors and OB van recording. The Business and Marketing subjects will include the systems management and promotion for these performances at established professional venues. Again, as the year progresses, the focus becomes more and more practical, with students spending more time in the studios, recording and mixing music in stereo and surround, as well as sound for film and television, realising and exercising their knowledge in a professionally supervised environment.
Business / marketing component
The program includes a set of Sound Production business and marketing modules, vitally important for Sound Production professionals who will need to be familiar with areas such as copyright, royalties and recording contract negotiations, as well as the business skills necessary to manage recording facilities or manage touring artists. Whilst the focus is on music recording technology, it is important that potential students are aware of the marketing and music business modules pay a key role in the program’s structure.
For current students
Music for this clip was produced by Sound Production student Ash Pope.
Music for this clip was produced by Sound Production student Sebastian Krumins (aka Faux Pablo).
Music for this clip was produced by Sound Production student Milo Fisher.
Sound technicians operate audio equipment to amplify, enhance, record, mix or reproduce sound in a wide range of situations. Work may include studio recording, pre-production, live sound and music reinforcement, including related fields such as television, radio, film and multimedia.
McDSP USA – ongoing industry link and software support.
The Red Door – a project involving Sound Production students, Bennetts Lane Jazz Club (Bennetts) and the Melbourne Jazz Co-operative (MJC).
The MAVIS Project – The project is a collaboration between two RMIT departments: Sound Production and Audio Visual Technology.
All Sound Production TAFE staff are heavily involved in the industry, working in studio engineering, live sound production, mastering, composition and performing.
John Phillips – Program manager, Teacher
Tim Johnston – Teacher
Michael Pollard – Teacher
Anthony “Tok” Norris – Teacher
Jill Shelton – Teacher
Paul Thomas – Teacher
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