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New Zealand Diploma in Audio Engineering and Production (Level 6)

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Level of Study



2 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


MAINZ Christchurch Campus


Take your audio engineering skills to the next level! The New Zealand Diploma in Audio Engineering and Production - Level 6 provides a further year of study in audio engineering and production, giving depth and breadth to the theoretical and practical knowledge of the concepts learned in Level 5.

  • Produce music to a professional level.
  • Create, produce and manipulate
  • Analyse and contribute
  • Record, mix and master

Enjoy a stimulating year working with sound. Apply creative and technical audio engineering processes and get a qualification along the way!

Course Content

Year 1

  • AEP501 Physics of Sound 1
  • AEP502 Core Audio Practice
  • AEP503 Applied Production 1
  • AEP504 Applied Audio Engineering 1
  • AEP505 Applied Audio Engineering 2
  • AEP506 Electronic Music Production 1
  • CTX501 Contextual Studies 1
  • CAS501 Creative Arts Industry Studies

Year 2

Compulsory Papers

  • AEP601 Physics of Sound 2
  • AEP602 Production Styles
  • AEP603 Applied Audio Engineering 3
  • AEP605 Electronic Music Production 2
  • AEP607 Sound for Visual Media
  • CTX601 Contextual Studies 2

Electives: Choose two from:

  • AEP604 Applied Audio Engineering 4
  • AEP606 Applied Production 2
  • AEP608 Advanced Live Sound
  • AEP609 Audio Electronics

Elective 1 Elective (not already completed) from this or other SIT programme

Career Opportunities

This qualification is for individuals who wish to develop their career as a professional audio engineer in the music industry.

It provides the music industry with people who have a range of audio engineering skills to produce a wide variety of music, recordings and sound-related works to a professional level.

Graduates can contribute to the cultural, social and economic life of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Satisfactory Completion

To successfully complete and be awarded the New Zealand Diploma in Audio Engineering and Production (Level 6) students must complete the prescribed programme of study and attain a minimum of 240 credits.

Entry criteria

School Leavers

Successful completion of the NZ Diploma in Audio Engineering and Production (Level 5)
Special entry may be granted where evidence exists that the applicant can successfully complete the programme

Mature Applicants

Consideration will be given to applicants aged 20 years or older who do not meet the entry criteria if they can demonstrate a history of work, industry experience which in the opinion of the Programme Managers exhibits a likelihood of success in the programme of study
Consideration will be given to students who progress through other TPP/MAINZ/SIT programme pathways (e.g. Foundation Sound and Music)

Applicants may be required to attend an interview or provide a portfolio of audio related work.

IELTS test - Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5

TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score 5 TWE)

TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18)

Cambridge English Examination - B2 First or B2 First for schools or C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill.

OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests

NZCEL - Level 4 (Academic)

Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42

Language Cert - C1 Expert International ESOL Written (LRW) PASS with no less than 25/50 in each skill and Spoken (S) PASS

Trinity ISE - ISE II with no less than distinction in any band

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