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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)

Language Requirements

Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate of at least 80 per cent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, are required to provide evidence of one of the following:

NCEA Level 3 with University Entrance, or

Certificate of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA), or

Successful completion of a Bachelor ‘s Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Bachelor Honours degree, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Masters’ Degree or Doctoral Degree, the language of instruction of which must be in English and which must be from a tertiary education provider from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States, or

Successful completion of one of the following internationally recognised proficiency tests listed below:

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)

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