STUDY AUDIO ENGINEERING

If you dream of a career as a Music Producer, Studio Engineer, Mastering Engineer, Live Sound Technician, PA Systems Engineer, AV Technician & Installer, or if you want to work as a Sound Designer or Post-Production Specialist for film and television including Dolby Atmos 3D immersive sound, this course is for you.

The Audio Engineering course is perfect for students who want to be producers and specialists in a variety of audio production fields including live sound, recording, producing and post-production. You will be taught and mentored by experienced industry experts who are currently working as live sound technicians, producers, and post-production specialists.

You will work with analogue and digital equipment in our cutting-edge facilities, where you will master a variety of software and learn in small-sized classes so that you finish the degree with a wealth of hands-on experience. Audio Engineering students also work closely with students from other courses to gain a well-rounded understanding of processes involved in the music and entertainment industry.

Collarts offers students a variety of real-life industry experiences so that they are career-ready when they graduate. Through our industry partnerships, students have opportunities to partake in a variety of real-world business experiences, gaining access to industry connections.

Students will graduate with a well-rounded understanding of audio production and live sound, both in Australia and overseas.

OPPORTUNITIES & EXPERIENCES

 

Gain an in-depth understanding of audio engineering, live sound, and production

Develop specialist studio recording and post-production skills

Create professional-quality recordings

Manage live audio production to a professional standard

Explore new audio and music technologies

Become AVID certified in ProTools

Get real-life experience working at major festivals, events and through internship placements

Study online, on campus, or mixed, with access to all of Collarts’ campus facilities

No ATAR requirement and no individual subject or score requirements

Complete your bachelor degree in two years instead of the standard three

→  FEE-HELP available to eligible students (no upfront fees)

DISCOVER MORE ABOUT AUDIO ENGINEERING

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Dan Murtagh Records Live Vocals On Collarts Connected

Live from his home studio, Audio teacher Dan Murtagh records vocals and manipulates them using audio software right in front of your eyes, so you can learn down to the button-click and dial-turn in this edition of our Collarts Connected livestream series.

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How Lou Cosgrave Discovered Her Passion For Live Sound

One the best things about having a creative career are the surprises that challenge you along the way. Dreaming of recording artists before she studied Audio Engineering at Collarts, it was her time spent in the studio that allowed Lou Cosgrave to realise her love for live sound.

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Industry Partnerships

  • Dolby Atmos
  • Ableton Certified Training Center
  • AVID
  • Waves
  • McDSP
  • Celemony
  • Slate Digital

"A textbook can only teach you so much. Collarts has the leading choice of partnerships for all the major festivals. These experiences are top-notch and second-to-none."

WILL PETTS

Audio Engineering Student

Will Petts working audio at UNIFY

"Collarts has continued to maintain an enthusiastic environment that encourages students like myself to get involved, work hard and show up. I love what I'm learning and I'm motivated to do well!"

BRIGETTE MULHOLLAND

Audio Engineering Student

Audio student Brigette Mulholland at desk

"The best thing about studying at Collarts were all the amazing opportunities I had presented to me. The chance to volunteer at festivals that I loved—which turned into continuous paid work—and the opportunity to learn from different influential teachers who really push you to achieve your best is unlike anything else."

LOU COSGRAVE

Audio Engineering Graduate

A team of Audio students working the live stage at Peel Street Festival
BACHELOR

BACHELOR OF ARTS (AUDIO PRODUCTION)

 

The Bachelor of Arts (Audio Production) course is perfect for people wanting to work as producers and specialists in a variety of audio production fields including live sound, recording, producing, and post-production.

The Bachelor degree can be completed in six trimesters (2 years) of full-time study or part-time equivalent. 

 

THROUGHOUT THE DEGREE, YOU WILL

 

Gain an in-depth understanding of audio engineering, live sound, and production

Develop specialist studio recording and post-production skills

Create professional-quality recordings

Manage live audio production to a professional standard

Explore new audio and music technologies

Become AVID certified in ProTools

Get real-life experience working at major festivals, events and through internship placements

Study on-campus or blended, with access to all of Collarts’ campus facilities

No ATAR requirement and no individual subject or score requirements

Complete your bachelor degree in two years instead of the standard three

→ FEE-HELP available to eligible students (no upfront fees), to learn more click here

 

The Bachelor, Diploma, and Double Degree of Arts (Audio Engineering) are recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework, accredited through CRICOS; CRICOS Code: 096728K, 096473F & 088016J.

DIPLOMA

DIPLOMA OF ARTS (AUDIO PRODUCTION)

 

The Diploma of Arts (Audio Production) course is perfect for people wanting to work as producers and specialists in a variety of audio production fields including live sound, recording, producing, and post-production.

The diploma can be completed in two trimesters (8 months) of full-time study, where you will have the opportunity to progress into the Bachelor Degree or Double Degree (subject to academic performance).

 

THROUGHOUT THE DIPLOMA, YOU WILL

 

Gain an in-depth understanding of audio engineering, live sound, and production

Develop specialist studio recording and post-production skills

Create professional-quality recordings

Manage live audio production to a professional standard

Explore new audio and music technologies

Get real-life experience working at major festivals, events and through internship placements

Study on-campus or blended, with access to all of Collarts’ campus facilities

No ATAR requirement and no individual subject or score requirements

Complete your bachelor degree in two years instead of the standard three

→ FEE-HELP available to eligible students (no upfront fees), to learn more click here

 

The Bachelor, Diploma, and Double Degree of Arts (Audio Engineering) are recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework, accredited through CRICOS; CRICOS Code: 096728K, 096473F & 088016J.

DOUBLE DEGREE

DOUBLE DEGREE: BACHELOR OF ARTS (AUDIO PRODUCTION) & BACHELOR OF APPLIED BUSINESS (ENTERTAINMENT MANAGEMENT)

 

If you dream of a career as a Venue Manager, Audio Producer, Studio Manager, Stage Technician, Tour Manager, Event Manager, Festival Organiser or Artist Manager, this course is for you.

The Double Degree: Bachelor of Arts (Audio Production) & Bachelor of Applied Business (Entertainment Management) course is perfect for people who are interested in both the technical and business sides of the entertainment industry, with a specialised focus on audio engineering and management. 

The Double degree can be completed in three years full-time study or part-time equivalent. 

 

THROUGHOUT THE DOUBLE DEGREE, YOU WILL

 

Gain an in-depth understanding of audio engineering, live sound, and production

Develop specialist studio recording and post-production skills

Create professional-quality recordings

Manage live audio production to a professional standard

Explore new audio and music technologies, while becoming AVID certified in ProTools

Manage, promote and produce live events

Gain knowledge and experience in artist and tour management

Develop an in-depth understanding of publicity, marketing and the media

Collaborate on industry projects with students from other courses

Get valuable insight into the entertainment industry from experienced teachers, and access career pathways through our industry partnerships, events and placements

Study on-campus or blended, with access to all of Collarts’ campus facilities

No ATAR requirement and no individual subject or score requirements

Complete your two bachelor degree in three years full-time or part-time equivalent 

→ FEE-HELP available to eligible students (no upfront fees), to learn more click here

 

TAILOR YOUR DOUBLE DEGREE & INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE 

 

Your first and second year of study will follow the Audio Engineering course matrix. In your third year, you will have the opportunity to select and tailor the following Entertainment Management study streams: Management, Marketing, or Applied Entrepreneurship. Click here to view the Entertainment Management course matrix. 

 

The Bachelor, Diploma, and Double Degree of Arts (Audio Engineering) are recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework, accredited through CRICOS; CRICOS Code: 096728K, 096473F & 088016J.

ELIGIBILITY & ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

 

Applicants will need to attend an admissions interview. You will be asked questions about your experience, background, and interest in the course and/or industry

 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

 

DIPLOMA APPLICANTS

Applicants are required to successfully complete VCAL, VCE, IB, or state/international Year 12 equivalent. If students have not completed the year 12 requirements, they must be at least 20 years of age

The Diploma can be used as a pathway into the Bachelor degree

There are no ATAR minimum or subject requirements

 

BACHELOR APPLICANTS

Applicants are required to successfully complete VCE, IB, or state/international Year 12 equivalent

VCAL students are not eligible for the Bachelor until they have successfully completed the diploma

If students have not completed the year 12 requirements, they must be at least 20 years of age

There are no ATAR minimum or subject requirements

 

WORK & LIFE EXPERIENCE APPLICANTS

If none of the above qualifications have successfully been completed, applicants must be 20 years of age or older with 2 years of work experience to apply

 

HOW TO APPLY

 

Non-Year 12 applicants may apply directly on the website, and a Future Student Advisor will be in touch to arrange an interview

Year 12 applicants must apply through VTAC. VTAC opens in August each year. Place the appropriate Collarts course into one of your preferences and a Future Student Advisor will be in touch to arrange an interview

KEY INFORMATION

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Start Dates
February, May, and September
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Number of Units
8 in Diploma
24 in Bachelor
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Duration
Diploma 8 Months
Bachelor 2 Years
Or Part-Time Equivalent
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Study Mode
On-Campus, Online, or Blended
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Support Services
Free Access to Wellbeing & Academic Support
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Industry Experience
Dedicated Time for Industry Experience
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FEE-HELP
Available
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Transparent Fees
$2,430 per unit
International Fees
International Fees
Available

Course structure

Delivery Mode - On-Campus, Online, Blended
FIRST YEAR RECORDING STUDIO TECHNIQUES LIVE SOUND REINFORCEMENT POST PRODUCTION AUDIO THEORY INDUSTRY AWARENESS
Trimester 1 Mixing Basic Analogue & PA Mixing Mix with Video Fundamentals of Audio & Sound Critical Thinking
Trimester 2 Recording Foundations Digital Desk & PA Voiceovers, Sound Design & Studio Etiquette Audio Theory & History Critical Survey
Trimester 3 Small Group Recording Medium PA & Wireless Setups Sound Design for Computer Games + Alternative DAWs Acoustics & Critical Listening Fundamentals of Music Performance + Elective 1
SECOND YEAR RECORDING STUDIO TECHNIQUES LIVE SOUND REINFORCEMENT POST PRODUCTION AUDIO THEORY INDUSTRY AWARENESS
Trimester 1 Studio Mastering Large Scale PA Design, Implementation & Tuning Foley, ADR & Audio Repair/Recovery Audio Electronics Entertainment Industry Practices + Elective 2
Trimester 2 Large Track Count Recording & Overdubs Large System Engineering & Tuning Surround Production Workflow & Formats Audio Systems Group Project + Elective 3
Trimester 3 Self-Directed Project 1 Self-Directed Project - Live Sound Self-Directed Project 2 New & Emerging Technologies Industry Placement

OUR CAMPUSEs

Wellington St Campus

208 Wellington St, Collingwood VIC 3066

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Sat-Sun – 9am-7pm

George St Campus

2/156 George St, Fitzroy VIC 3065

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Cromwell St Campus

67/69 Cromwell St, Collingwood VIC 3066

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Brunswick St Campus

209 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065

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