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Diploma in Electronic Music Production

This course is available


Level of Study



1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


SAE Institute


This qualification is for individuals who wish to develop their experience and practice in the production of electronic music and in DJ production techniques. It provides the music industry with performers who have an extended repertoire of DJ and electronic music production skills to perform competently ad creatively. Graduates can contribute to the cultural, social and economic life of Aotearoa New Zealand.


To equip students with early-to-intermediate industry-led skills and knowledge in DJ and electronic music production. To facilitate the development of self-reflective creative practice, underpinned by transferable skills.


This is an NZQA accredited programme of study that leads to the Level 5 NZ Diploma in DJ and Electronic Music Production.


  • Beat making
  • Mixing for a genre
  • Software synths & MPC’s
  • Turntables
  • Analogue and digital console theory and practice
  • Multi-track recording
  • Microphone theory and techniques
  • Signal processing and effects
  • Signal flow
  • Monitoring systems
  • Workplace safety
  • Musical genres

Career Outcomes
What jobs will this course lead to?

Electronic Music Producer
Electronic Musician
Jingle Writer
Recording Artist
Sound Effects Producer
Performance Artist

Entry criteria

Minimum Age: International students seeking admission to SAE must be at least 18 years of age at the time of application.

Proof of Identity: A copy of the student's valid passport must be provided.

Academic Requirements: Completion of the equivalent of NCEA Level 3 or University Entrance qualification.

English Language RequirementsInternational students who are not native English speakers need to provide additional evidence of language skills and complete one of the following:

International English Language Testing System (IELTS): A band score of 6 or higher (only the Academic Test is accepted), OR

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): A score of 550 or higher (paper based test), 60 or higher (internet based test) All entry is at the discretion of the Academic Manager.

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