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Graduate Diploma in Music Production

This course is available


Level of Study

Graduate Certificate or Diploma


41 weeks

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


MAINZ Auckland Campus


Immerse yourself in music production and develop the ability to move between various areas of the music industry with the Graduate Diploma in Music Production.

You will learn to:

  • Produce a range of music and/or related material to a professional standard.
  • Combine skills to create and record music and related works.
  • Make creative and technical decisions based on listening analysis, research and critical thinking skills.
  • Work independently to initiate and develop a plan to bring a project to a successful conclusion.
  • Complete a complex project using industry-standard equipment and technology.
  • Supervise a team to produce a professional level creative work.

This course aims to give students with a relevant undergraduate degree, or equivalent industry experience, the opportunity to immerse themselves in a year of music production topics at Level 7. Follow your passion and refine your musical talent.

Course Content

  • Applied Music
  • Music Performance
  • Contemporary Music Writing
  • Contextual Studies
  • Applied Audio Engineering
  • Production Styles
  • Sonic Art and Applied Production
  • Major Project
  • Research

Career Opportunities

  • Professional audio engineer
  • Audio producer in a commercial setting

Other roles include, but are not limited to:

  • Teaching audio engineering (add teaching diploma)
  • Audio-visual installer and operator
  • Digital Audio Workstation operator
  • Studio operator
  • Studio set-up consultant
  • Audio editor
  • Sound designer
  • Electronic music artist
  • Commercial music producer
  • Live sound engineer
  • Audio sales representative
  • Music retail technology expert
  • Acoustic Engineer, Acoustician, Audiologist (via further study)
  • Researcher
  • Manufacturer
  • Journalist
  • Composer

Satisfactory Completion

To successfully complete and be awarded the Graduate Diploma of Music Production students must complete the prescribed programme of study and attain a minimum of 120 credits.

Entry criteria

All Applicants Each applicant should have an undergraduate degree or be able to demonstrate equivalence through a body of work.

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.

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

English language requirement:

  • 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 - a) Expiring Level b) Current: a) Level 4 (Academic) b) Level 4 (Academic)
    Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42
    Language Cert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill
    Trinity ISE - ISE II with no less than distinction in any band

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