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Graduate Diploma in Audio Production

This course is available


Level of Study

Graduate Certificate or Diploma


34 weeks

Next start date

Expected Feb 2024


Southern Institute of Technology


The Graduate Diploma in Audio Production will equip graduates who have majored in a different discipline with the skills and knowledge that fulfil the expectations of the audio production industry, its practitioners and clients.

Students will study compulsory papers on audio equipment and choose from elective papers in acoustics, electronics, technology, specialist audio topics or a major research project.

Graduate Diploma graduates will acquire critical thinking and independent learning skills, along with in-depth knowledge in audio production which will enhance their professional skills in this selected area or staircase to postgraduate study.


  • AUD502 Applied Audio Engineer 1 (15 credits)
  • AUD602 Applied Audio Engineering 2 (15 credits)

Students may choose a maximum of 15 credits from the following paper schedule at Level 6


  • AUD601 Acoustics 2 (15 credits)
  • AUD603 Applied Audio Production 2 (15 credits)
  • AUD605 Music Theory and Technology 2 (15 credits)
  • CON601 Contextual Studies 2 (15 credits)
  • CIB601 Creative Industries Business (15 credits)
  • AUD606 Audio Electronics 2 (15 credits)
  • AUD607 Sound for Visual Media (15 credits)

Students must choose a minimum of 75 credits from the following paper schedule at Level 7


  • BAP 755 Specialist Audio (30 credits)
  • BAP 765 Major Research Project (45 credits)
  • BAP 700 Applied Acoustics (15 credits)
  • BAP 730 Industry Applications (15 credits)
  • BAP 750 Professional Studies (15 credits)
  • BAP 707 Advanced Audio for Visual Media (15 credits)
  • BAP 760 Workplace Practices and Internship (15 credits)
  • Elective Paper/s Elective paper/s to be approved by Programme Manager (15 credits)

Career Opportunities

Graduates can apply, to an advanced level, the theoretical and practical skills required to capture and manipulate sound and its behaviour in an industry setting. They can apply knowledge of audio production concepts, principles and techniques to identify and provide solutions for issues and problems.

This programme leads students towards employment in the audio and entertainment industries as well as on to postgraduate study in related fields.

Entry criteria

Entry is open to degree graduates, however those who have been able to demonstrate equivalent practical, professional or educational experience of an appropriate kind may be granted admission.

Additional Criteria

Applicants are required to provide two confidential references from people who are able to affirm that the applicant is of good character and reputation.

English Language Requirements

  • 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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