Audio Engineering

Course Overview

If you dream of a career as an Audio Producer, Studio Engineer, Studio Manager, Mastering Engineer, Live Sound Technician, Radio Producer, or if you want to work as a Stage Technician or as a Post-Production Specialist for film and television, the Audio Engineering course is for you.

The Audio Engineering course focuses on teaching students the fundamentals of audio engineering and then developing their skills in a variety of 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. You will master a variety of software and learn in small-sized classes so that you finish the course 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 industry.

This course can also be studied as part of the Bachelor of Arts (Audio Production) + Bachelor of Applied Business (Entertainment Management) double degree.

WHAT YOU’LL BE STUDYING

Audio Engineering

 

Bachelor Degree or Diploma? 

Collarts offers two qualifications within the Audio Engineering course, a Bachelor of Arts (Audio Production) and a Diploma of Arts (Audio Production). The Diploma is embedded within the Bachelor Degree. 

The Diploma consists of the first 2 trimesters of the 6 trimester Degree. Students may receive an offer into the Diploma or Bachelor Degree depending on their application and/or entry requirements. If students apply for, or receive an offer for the Diploma course, they may use the Diploma as a pathway into the Bachelor Degree. If they successfully pass the Diploma level qualification, they may then begin the Bachelor Degree in the 3rd trimester should they so choose.

If students apply for, or receive an offer for the Bachelor Degree, they must complete all 6 trimesters including trimesters 1 and 2, which are also considered a part of the embedded Diploma. If a student enrols into the Bachelor Degree and chooses to finish the course at the end of their 2nd trimester and they have successfully completed both trimesters, they may exit the course with the Diploma level qualification. Students enrolled in the Diploma and Degree will have classes together in the first two trimesters of their course. 

Please see course matrix above, outlining the embedded Diploma within the Bachelor degree.

Bachelor of Arts (Audio Production)

The Bachelor of Arts (Audio Production) will provide students with fundamentals of audio production across live sound, recording, producing and post-production and develops this knowledge to build strong practical skills and a portfolio of work for a career in the audio industry.

Throughout the Degree, you will:

  • Learn and perfect recording studio techniques;
  • Create professional-quality recordings;
  • Manage live audio production to a professional standard;
  • Work on industry projects alongside musicians and entertainment managers;
  • Develop specialist recording and post-production skills;
  • Explore new music and audio technologies.

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

Diploma of Arts (Audio Production)

The Diploma of Arts (Audio Production) will teach students the fundamentals of audio production across live sound, recording, producing and post-production. The diploma can be completed in two trimesters of full-time study and you have the opportunity to progress into the Bachelor Degree (subject to academic performance).

Throughout the Diploma, you will:

  • Learn recording studio techniques;
  • Create quality mixes;
  • Manage live audio production;
  • Collaborate with musicians and entertainment managers;
  • Understand the recording and post-production process;
  • Explore new music and audio technologies.

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

Admission and Intake

The Bachelor and Diploma of Arts (Audio Production) are delivered at the Wellington Street and Brunswick Street Campuses and is recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework, accredited until 2023 (CRICOS Code 084559K).

Admission Criteria:

Bachelor of Arts (Audio Production)
Diploma of Arts (Audio Production)

For intake datesduration and links to learn more, click here.

Eligibility & Entry Requirements

To be eligible to apply for Collarts' Bachelor Degrees, you need to have successfully completed ONE of the following:

  • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or International Baccalaureate (IB).
  • Interstate or New Zealand equivalent to VCE ie. HSC, QCE, TCE, WACE, SACE, NTCE, ACT Year 12 Certificate, or NCEA (New Zealand)
  • Overseas Secondary Year 12 Equivalent

To be eligible to apply for Collarts' Diplomas, you need to have successfully completed ONE of the following:

  • Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) Year 12 Senior Level
  • Interstate or New Zealand Vocational Equivalent to VCAL ie. QCIA
  • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or International Baccalaureate (IB).
  • Interstate or New Zealand equivalent to VCE ie. HSC, QCE, TCE, WACE, SACE, NTCE, ACT Year 12 Certificate, or NCEA (New Zealand)
  • Overseas Secondary Year 12 Equivalent

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.

Collarts does not have subject prerequisites and does not require a minimum ATAR rank.

FEE-HELP and FEES

For more information on FEE-HELP, Fees and Tuition Assurance, click here.

For more information on International Student Fees, click here.

Admissions Requirements

ALL APPLICANTS: Applicants must undertake a 30 minute interview. During the interview we will ask you questions about your knowledge and experience within your field of interest as well as discuss your course choice with you. 

Diploma – 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 is no ATAR minimum or subject requirements.

Bachelor – 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 is no ATAR minimum or subject requirements.

Course Intake Dates: We run 3 intakes throughout the year, February, May, and September. Please see our Course Dates page for more information.

How To Apply

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

COURSE OVERVIEW
RECORDING STUDIO TECHNIQUES

LIVE SOUND REINFORCEMENT

POST PRODUCTION

AUDIO THEORY
 

INDUSTRY AWARENESS
 

SOFTWARE PARTNERSHIPS

Collarts Music Production is an associate and partner with the following software, using the programs throughout the duration of the course:
Audio ers
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