Diploma of Audio Engineering & Sound Production

If you love sound and music, then this diploma will help you explore the world of audio and production.

In just one year you can become proficient in the use of digital audio workstations and the operation of live sound equipment. Learn about sound and recording software, mixing consoles along with receiving training in editing, arranging and mixing.

This course is extremely hands on and will allow you to become familiar with up-to-date audio technology and systems. Learn from skilled industry professionals and gain experience working in a professional recording studio.

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JMC Academy
Career Opportunities
  • Sound Technician
  • Production Coordinator
  • Assistant Engineer
  • Audio Visual Technician

Nationally recognised - meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards.


At least 17 years of age, a written application & interview


NSW - Sydney

QLD - Brisbane

VIC - Melbourne

Course length
Full-time: 1 year
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.

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.


  • 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

Course structure

8 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.

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