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New Zealand Diploma in Audio Engineering and Production (Level 5)

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Level of Study



1 year

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


MAINZ Christchurch Campus


Develop your career as a professional audio engineer in the music industry with the New Zealand Diploma in Audio Engineering and Production (Level 5). Learn a range of audio engineering skills to produce a variety of music and recordings at a professional level.

In this course you will work with a range of music software and equipment to create and produce complex music, recordings and other sound-related works.

You will learn:

  • Acoustics
  • Audio Software and Technology
  • Audio Engineering and Production Theory and Techniques
  • Music Theory
  • Industry Studies

Course Content

AEP501 Physics of Sound 1

You will learn the fundamentals of sonic theory and electrical circuitry as well as practical components of electronics troubleshooting and soldering. The content progresses through the anatomy of the ear, perception and measurement of sound, and audio playback.

CTX501 Contextual Studies

Introduces concepts of higher-level critical thinking by exploring topics such as gender, ethnicity, class, Tikanga M?ori, politics, globalisation, ethnomusicology, identity and genres. Assignments aim to develop research methodologies and use of established academic conventions.

AEP502 Core Audio Practice

Focuses on the selection and application of production strategies to assist in the successful completion of a mix-down, including the use of various audio signal and effects processors in different mixing contexts. Introductory concepts of audio mastering are introduced.

AEP503 Applied Production 1

Examines the principles of digital audio production and the application of those principles in a range of production contexts.

AEP504 Applied Audio Engineering 1

The aim is to introduce learners to standard audio engineering techniques and processes to complete a multi-track recording in the studio.

AEP505 Applied Audio Engineering

Learners will extend the knowledge gained in AEP504 to select and apply a range of audio in engineering techniques and processes in a variety of recording and live-sound contexts, and apply professional communication strategies in various industry and cultural contexts.

AEP506 Electronic Music Production 1

Focuses on the production of music and other sound-related works using a Digital Audio Workstation. Tasks are designed to emulate commercial briefs and industry contexts.

CAS501 Creative Arts Industry Studies

Explore principles and practices of small business for self-employment in the audio, music and related industries. Industry structures and practices are discussed, as well as relevant legislation, including copyright.

Satisfactory Completion

To successfully complete and be awarded the New Zealand Diploma in Audio Engineering and Production (Level 5) students must complete the prescribed programme of study and attain a minimum of 120 credits.

Entry criteria

Application by Academic Qualification (Under 20 years of age)

University Entrance - NCEA Level 3;

Preference will be given to applicants with Merit or Excellence passes in Physics, Mathematics, and Music.

Special Entry may be granted where evidence exists that the applicant can successfully complete the programme.

Special Admission

Application by Mature Entry (20 years of age and above) 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.

English Language Requirements

IELTS test - Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5
TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)
TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14)
Cambridge English Examination – B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill
OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests

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