Bachelor of Creative Technology (Audio Engineering & Sound Production)

A promising career in music could be yours with a bachelor degree in audio engineering and sound production at JMC Academy behind you.

Become skilled in all facets of music production such as acoustic design, music editing and digital recording and work in a the film, music and television industries.

Work with state-of-the-art equipment and train with skilled music professionals. Get extensive knowledge, understanding of technologies and techniques in music.

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Nationally recognised - meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards.


ATAR score of 65 or equivalent, minimum 17 years of age & an interview


NSW - Sydney

QLD - Brisbane

VIC - Melbourne

Work placement

No placement; practical skills are gained through Industry Integration Program

Course length
Full-time: 2 years
Study mode



Study from anywhere, when it suits you best and graduate with the identical qualification as an on-campus student.


Study part of the course online. Combine your online learning with classes or practical sessions on-campus at a college or university.


Attend classes on-campus at a university, TAFE or college and interact face-to-face with teachers and fellow students.

Assignments & Exams
Start date

3 start dates per year.

JMC Academy

JMC Academy is Australia's leading educator in the entertainment industry.

You will learn from a dedicated team of industry professionals, and you’ll gain hands-on skills in a supportive environment.

All campuses have the latest professional facilities – such as digital media and 3D animation labs, recording studios, digital television studios and editing suites.

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The course price can vary depending on a few factors, including whether you are an Australian resident or your chosen payment option. To find out more, contact the course provider.


Year 12 or equivalent, with:

  • ATAR score of 65 or above or OP score of 16 or below
  • Written application
  • Minimum of 17 years of age
  • Interview

What you'll learn

Become trained in:

  • Analogue and digital recording
  • Live PA
  • Surround sound
  • Post production for television and video
  • Acoustic design
  • Electronics
  • Music editing
  • Midi sequencing
  • Location recording
  • Pro Tools certification
  • Copyright law
  • Communication and music publishing
  • Music literacy

Industry Integration Program

You will gain hands-on skills through JMC Academy's Industry Integration Program, which replicates the way the entertainment industry operates.

The program involves students from different departments working together to achieve a final result.

Course structure

24 units


  1. Introduction to the audio industry

    This unit provides grounding for many of the concepts studied in later units. The scope of the industry is examined and employment opportunities identified. It introduces students to the range of careers available in the industry as well as some of the equipment and standard practices in various industry sectors. It introduces professional practice in various settings and identifies the skills required to function within them as well as developing networks for future engagement in industry. 

    The unit also develop academic skills of research, independent learning and effective written and oral presentations through specific content and assessment processes.

  2. Audio & acoustics theory

    The purpose of this unit is to introduce the concept of sound by exploring the behaviour of sound waves, their methods of generation and propagation, as well as their units and parameters. Decibel theory will be explored and measurements taken to allow calculations to be performed, leading to an understanding of the practical application of this knowledge, fundamental to understanding theory concepts presented in future units. 

    Also examined is the ear and the hearing process as well as how to protect hearing from damage. Psychoacoustics and human perception of sound will also be investigated as part of this unit, leading to an introduction to architectural acoustics. 

    This unit enables the student to understand the nature of sound and its physical properties. By understanding sound, students can start to appreciate the methods by which sound can be captured and manipulated. This will form the basis of the student's knowledge of the physics of sound and increase their comprehension of advanced concepts in future units of study.

  3. Music production analysis

    This unit introduces the concept and techniques of critical listening in production. Various technical and artistic concerns are examined and solutions developed for difficult situations. 

    This unit also examines various musical styles and genres as well as instrument characteristics such as timbre and sound dispersion. This knowledge will enable the student to critically analyse a music production. Students gain an understanding of musical terms, forms and structure. This enhances the student's effectiveness to communicate with musicians in recording situations.

  4. Studio I

    This unit provides fundamental concepts for all practicum-based units throughout the degree. It involves a practical introduction to software based recording systems with an emphasis on editing, arranging and mixing using a digital audio workstation (DAW). Students learn about the fundamental hardware and software components in the mixing chain of audio production as well as the function an audio engineer plays in preparing and completing a mix. 

    This unit also covers an introduction to signal processing in the context of plug-in based digital signal processing in the form of equalisation, dynamics processing and time modification effects.

  5. Electronics

    This unit introduces basic electrical circuits and the properties of basic electronic components and deepens understanding of the recording and mixing process and the limitations of various pieces of equipment involved in the process. Transducers such as microphones and loudspeakers are examined from a technical perspective, while digital and analogue recording mediums are also covered. 

    The unit explores electrical safety issues enabling students to assess and avoid hazardous situations while at work. 

    The unit also provides a technical perspective of the studio equipment whether it is analogue or digital-based circuitry, and extends knowledge and skills of equipment involved in the recording and mixing process.

  6. Introduction to electronic music

    This unit will introduce the student to MIDI and virtual music systems, synthesis and music programming/editing. It will explain the principles and functions of MIDI and the development and application of various synthesisers and audio manipulation processes. 

    This unit enables students to understand the workings of a MIDI system, sound synthesis and sound design and music programming with sequencers. The knowledge will be used in subsequent studio recording projects and will familiarise students with equipment they are likely to meet in a professional studio environment. The knowledge, skills and understanding you achieve in this unit will enable you to explore a possible specialisation for your professional practice.

  7. Producing live sound

    The purpose of this unit is to introduce the student to the principles of effective professional work practices by focussing on the knowledge required to select, set up, operate and maintain appropriate audio equipment for live sound environments, including speaker and enclosure design, types and specifications. 

    This unit contributes to the degree by enabling students to plan, install, and operate a public address system to suit specific requirements of both the venue and performer. It has a significant practical component and introduces the student to an area of specialisation for their professional practice.

  8. Studio II

    The purpose of this unit is to provide the student with an opportunity to apply basic recording and mixing concepts to a full band-recording project. 

    This unit builds on many of the concepts studied in the first studio unit. It involves a practical approach to recording and mixing using a combination of digital and analogue recording equipment. Students will record a full band including a drum kit using multi-microphone techniques and then overdub other instruments to a digital audio workstation (DAW). In addition, students will complete a stereo mix from the DAW to be suitable for a 'red book' audio compact disc. 

    This unit provides you with real life practical experience and an understanding of the demands of working with musicians and organizing a recording session. Completing this unit gives you skills in dealing with larger musical groups. 

    This studio unit is a fundamental component of the degree, as it gives the student access to a variety of analogue and digital studio recording equipment to develop both microphone and mixing skills and knowledge, relevant to their professional practice.

  9. History of western sound recording

    The purpose of this unit is to give you an historical overview of Western sound recording. You will investigate and research major recording periods from the early 20th Century to the present day and define the key characteristics, including sound production techniques and the producer or engineer's contribution to the sound of the era. You will also explore the development of different mediums and tools used to record, reproduce or master sound and how the application of these tools influenced the sound. Practical considerations surrounding restoration will be covered, requiring you to restore a recording considered inferior in the present marketplace. 

    This unit will contextualise your professional practice within the Western tradition of sound recording and production. The knowledge and skills you achieve in this unit will enable you to expand your understanding of production techniques as well as examine the potential of sound restoration as an income-generating stream for your professional practice.

  10. Acoustic design

    This unit covers considerations in acoustic design for various environments and situations where sound control is an issue. Acoustic problems such as flutter echo, excess reverberation and strategies for controlling these are also explored and discussed. Control room design philosophies and specialised construction techniques are also examined. This will allow students to evaluate studio designs and performance spaces from a knowledgeable point of view. 

    Acoustic design also introduces students to a possible area of specialisation for their professional practice. Acousticians work with building developers, councils, venue owners and many other businesses and organisations on a range of tasks concerned with the beneficial treatment of sound indoors. 

    This unit enables the student to recognise and evaluate various design principles of acoustic environments. This will enable the students to make better recordings and mixes in their practical units. Students will develop an appreciation of the acoustic design factors and construction techniques involved in recording studios and performance spaces.

  11. Advanced music production analysis

    The purpose of this unit is to give the student an understanding of the advanced concepts of evaluating sound in audio and musical recordings and introduces the concept of the Art of Record Production. Topics to be covered include advanced mixing and production techniques, musical and production technique history and how they relate to modern recordings. The student will also deepen their knowledge of music literacy to give them greater ability to function as sound producers in their professional practice. 

    This unit contributes to the degree by giving the student a deeper understanding of music traditions and music production techniques. This knowledge will enhance their creativity in their professional practice.

  12. Studio III

    This unit develops the student's conceptual knowledge and technical skills in recording, mixing and editing and requires them to apply these skills to the whole-of-campus production activities undertaken during Integration I. 

    Integration I is a whole of campus collaborative project that may involve students from each of the four discipline streams: Entertainment Business Management, Music, Film & Television, and Audio Engineering & Sound Production. For example, Entertainment Business Management students may establish and manage projects involving the live and studio recording of Music students by the Audio Engineering students. This may lead to the production of a music video clip or 'live' clip by the Film & Television students and may result in an interactive DVD, or web site, developed by the Digital Media students. 

    Other projects are possible by negotiation or in-line with campus logistics. This unit contributes to the degree by enabling students to put into practice all the knowledge they have gained from previous units into a range of production projects. It contributes to their developing professional practice. Integration I is the audio engineering student's opportunity to contribute their creativity and problem solving kills to a real world production activity.

  13. Introduction to tv, radio & film audio

    The purpose of this unit is to provide the student with an understanding of the specific requirements and basic techniques of television, film, and radio production. In turn enabling them to practice effective design and creation, introducing the concepts of Foley recording for film and video, audio editing, plus mixing audio to picture and understanding general radio broadcast production procedures. The classes for this unit will be split between the classroom and MIDI lab. This unit contributes to the degree by introducing students to an area of specialisation for their professional practice.

  14. Studio IV

    This unit broadens the student's skill set in a variety of practical areas relevant to the recording engineer and producer. Students will plan and undertake the recording of an acoustic ensemble, outside the confines of the traditional recording studio, encouraging the development of acoustic analysis, critical listening and problem solving skills. 

    Students also explore and develop skills in the field of Digital Sequencing and electronic music production and learn how to solder correctly and take accurate electronic measurements for maintenance and electronic construction projects. These projects will contribute to student show-reels, and demonstrate their ability to undertake further demanding production work in the forthcoming trimesters.

  15. Applied electronics

    The purpose of this unit is to enable the student to select, set up, operate and maintain audio equipment for various types of recording systems and apply advanced technical concepts relating to audio equipment to the production environment. Students will explore the sonic characteristics of various electronic topologies and develop an appreciation of how they contribute to the overall sound of a production. This skill will enable students to select appropriate equipment to achieve the artistic aesthetic required for a variety of production scenarios. Soldering and circuit construction techniques will also be covered. This will give students valuable repair and fault finding skills as well as an appreciation of the design and implementation of the circuits that contribute to the sound of recordings. 

    This unit prepares the student for managing and maintaining the various pieces of audio equipment found in studios. These skills, in combination with those acquired throughout the course, will ensure that students can competently operate a modern professional recording studio.

  16. Audio technologies

    Music and audio production continues to develop as an electronic medium, and via purely electronic means. Delivery and distribution methods are increasingly computer and internet mediated. 

    This unit focuses on computer based audio and music production technologies. It develops awareness and skills in audio compression and delivery formats for various multimedia contexts including web and integrated media as well as developing professional audio resources for educational instruction. It continues to develop electronic music production skills via MIDI and audio DAW software.

    This unit contributes to the degree by introducing students to an area of specialisation for their professional practice. It provides a theoretical and practical framework for maintaining appropriate skills in technology driven and fast changing work practices.

  17. Senior seminar

    This unit is designed to develop your ability to research and study at a higher education level while still focussing on your chosen field of study. You will engage in academic research and present conclusions through means of formal documents and seminar presentations. Your research will focus on an audio related topic of your choice in context with intellectual, ethical and historical perspectives. 

    You will participate in a process of peer review and assessment. This unit provides you with an opportunity to expand your knowledge towards an individual career interest of life long learning and the ability to convey your information at a professional, academic level.

  18. Advanced audio system design

    The purpose of this unit is to provide you with the opportunity to address the installation of sound reproduction systems in auditoria and for large outdoor events. You will be required to design a substantial live sound system and present a proposal and costing. 

    This unit will expose you to another area of specialisation and therefore enhance your potential for establishing and sustaining your professional practice opportunities. The knowledge, skills and understanding you achieve in this unit will enable you to appreciate the role of a system designer and also work more effectively with large scale PA systems.

  19. Advanced spacial recording techniques

    This unit provides the opportunity to develop specialist knowledge in large ensemble and location recording techniques in stereo and surround formats. The student will identify and articulate complex sound production requirements for recording projects including orchestras of numerous sizes, choirs, solo acoustic instruments, and more. You will be expected to maintain and present from a reflective journal throughout the trimester. 

    This unit provides an understanding of specialized recording techniques enabling the student to develop as a professional engineer and project manager.

  20. Studio V

    The purpose of this unit is to provide you with the opportunity to creatively experiment with your audio engineering and sound production craft in preparation for your final show reel. You will also be introduced to the concepts of surround sound for music applications. 

    This unit will enable you to further develop your creative and technical skills in audio engineering and sound production with an overall emphasis on project management. The understanding and skills acquired through a collaborative process will enhance your personal practice and networking abilities in preparation of building a level of expertise valued in the industry.

  21. Sound aesthetics

    The purpose of this unit is to provide you with the opportunity to analyse and evaluate the appropriateness of different audiophonic genres for a variety of purposes and through an extensive investigation of related aesthetics. 

    This unit will provide you with a theoretical framework within to place your creativity through an investigation of media, art forms and situations where their complex sound designs may be used. Throughout the course of the unit you will maintain a logbook detailing your decision making process as you complete a series of Process Development Exercises. The logbook will also provide opportunity for reflection and analysis of the success or otherwise of the completed exercises.

  22. Post production audio

    This unit will provide you with the opportunity to develop your recording techniques into areas of distinct specialties, therefore increasing your potential to establish a sustainable professional practice. 

    The purpose of this unit is to provide you with the opportunity to acquire knowledge and prepare audio for a complete high quality soundtrack mix catering to film and television mediums.

  23. Music business management

    As students prepare for graduation and start to explore their options for future employment, it's important to consider both job seeking skills as well as business planning skills. The purpose of this unit is to provide the student with grounding in business principles, as it applies to the establishment of their professional practice. 

    The unit will cover fundamental business and financial planning, as well as marketing and personal communication skills. It will also inform the student of the principles and application of copyright and publishing issues in the creative industries. 

    This unit contributes to the degree by providing students with the knowledge and skills they require to apply for jobs, as well as research opportunities for self-employment and to complete a rudimentary business plan. 

    This unit will give students fundamental skills for planning, starting and managing a small business.

  24. Studio VI

    This unit provides the opportunity to demonstrate the level of technical and artistic competence you have reached in the studio six trimesters of training and practice and to produce high quality, and diverse set of work for your show reel. You will be required demonstrate your readiness for professional practice by negotiating, proposing and completing a set of group based projects with individual mixes, creating a folio and defending the technical and aesthetic processes. Effective maintenance of a reflective journal is considered essential to this unit. 

    This unit gives you the opportunity to refine your creative audio engineering and sound production expertise in the context of surround sound, and also provides opportunity for integration with the Music, Animation, Games or Film and Television departments.

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