CUA50815 Diploma of Music Industry

This nationally accredited Music Industry course offers students the opportunity to hone their musical gift.

This course is delivered in English or Korean.

This course is overseen by Program Director Jonah Peacock.

Course Description

Are you made for music? Delivered at AC Sydney Campus or in a flexible online option, this nationally recognised qualification is suitable for people who have had some previous vocal or instrumental training or experience. The Diploma of Music Industry extends existing skills and has a greater emphasis on providing leadership training for the your chosen field of musical expression. 

The Diploma of Music Industry will build invaluable theory and skills in: performance, improvisation, song writing, chart reading, arranging, recording and music directing. With 14 electives to choose from, you can also specialise in an area you are passionate about, whether it be writing music for film or teaching music or advanced audio engineering.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

AC has an RPL option for people who have already done years of practical worship experience, but perhaps haven’t had the formal qualifications that acknowledge the commitment and hard work. This is an opportunity to recognise prior experience, further refine musical gifts, and continue to serve the church. Students apply for RPL and then participate in a special 5-day RPL intensive delivery mode. For more information please see our RPL Application process.

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Course Structure

This course comprises 16 units of competency to be completed over 1 year full time or 2 years part time and consists of:

  • 4 Core units
  • 12 Elective units

To be awarded the Diploma of Music Industry, students must show competency in 4 core and 12 elective units.


Unit code Unit name Unit description
CUAPPR505 Establish and maintain safe creative practice

"WHS is boring" I hear you say?  Well I won&…

CUACMP501 Manage copyright arrangements

It's one thing to have some understanding of copyrig…

BSBCRT501 Originate and develop concepts

Unleash your creative-side in this unit which gets you thin…

CUAIND402 Provide freelance services

Promote your professional services on music industry pla…

Elective / Compulsory
MINPAS402 Work in a ministry team

This unit covers the skills necessary to work as a part of …

MINTHE401 Investigate and apply a Christian Theology

This unit equips students to understand their Faith and how…

CUAMCP401 Develop techniques for arranging music

A significant role for every M.D. (music director) is to…

CUAMCP402 Develop techniques for composing music

Writing music is not just for the "naturally gifted…

CUAMLT501 Refine aural perception skills

Refined aural skills are essential for singers and music…

CUAMPF504 Perform improvisation for audiences

Taking improvisation to the next stage.  As singers…

CUAMPF507 Provide musical leadership in performance

Band leaders, music directors, worship leaders, lead sin…

CUAMPF505 Develop technical skills and expand repertoire

It's time to take your instrumental or vocal skills …

CUAMPF401 Rehearse music for group performances

Often, we as musicians/singers are not performing alone.…

CUAMPF404 Perform music as part of a group

Following the personal and group rehearsals comes the perfo…

CUALED501 Provide instrumental or vocal tuition

Whether formally or informally, as you become more profi…

CUALED502 Provide tuition for composition

As you improve your song writing/composing skills, other…

CUAMCP502 Compose music for screen

OK... just between you and me... this is my favourite un…

CUAWRT503 Write about music

It you have a writing flair (or would like to get one) a…

CUASOU405 Record sound

Recording music is SO common place... but what isn't…

CUASOU409 Mix recorded music

Recording music is the first part of a longer process.&n…

For more details on which subjects you can choose, see the current enrolment guide for this course.

Entry Requirements

Essential Requirements: Nil.

Academic Requirements: Completion of Year 12 Certificate OR Competence at or above Exit Level 3 in Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) in both reading and numeracy. (An ACSF level test can be arranged through AC upon application).

Recommended Requirements: For prospective students from a non-English speaking background, an IELTS Score of 5.5 (or demonstrate equivalent English proficiency) is recommended.

Professional Requirements: Current and historic vocal/instrumental experience is required. This might include any of the following: - Private Instrumental/Vocal Lessons - Group Instrumental/Vocal Lessons - Involvement in a Band/Ensemble - Involvement in a Church Worship Team - Study of Music at School - Attendance at Music/Worship Conference/Workshop/Seminar An audition (in person, or by video) is required for entrance to this award, to demonstrate your current level of instrumental/vocal competence. Do not let this discourage you; if your skills aren’t quite up to this level we recommend our Cert III in Music Industry.

Additional Requirements: This program requires a government issued Unique Student Identifier (USI) number. See for details and to secure your USI.

Study Modes

Delivery Mode: On campus/Online/RPL
Duration: 1 year ft/2 years pt
Intakes: By Term

Fees & Timetable

A complete Fee Schedule for all Alphacrucis programs and courses can be found in our Fees Information section.

You can access the full list of AC’s timetables here.

VET Student Loans are available for students who meet the eligibility requirements to assist in financing studies. A VET Student Loan creates a debt that must be repaid to the Commonwealth.

For students who cannot access government loans, an alternative option is Study Loans, a private student loan provider. To learn more about VET loans provided by Study Loans, click here.

Course Learning Outcomes

Not applicable for VET courses.

Alumni Stories

“The diploma of music industry is an amazing course and definitely challenged me and grew my musical ability. From furthering my skills in my instrument through weekly chapels and class performances, growing in my aural skills, and gaining a better understanding of the music industry, this course will certainly push you to excel as a musician. Part of the reason I chose to do this course was because it was the music industry but delivered in a Christian context. The lecturers themselves are such great people that have so much knowledge and skill. Classes provide opportunities to ask questions and lecturers deliver the content in such a clear and effective way! It gives you such a good understanding of the music industry. I highly recommend this course!”

Melissa Lieschke,

Diploma of Music Industry student

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Career Opportunities

In these creative fields, the possibilities for your vocation are endless. Become a musician, a song-writer, a creative writer, work in production or audiography, worship lead in your church, teach music to others, or start your own collective for creatives everywhere.

Student Services

For more information on the suite of student support services available, please see our Student Services section.

Course Codes

Course Code: CUA50815    RTO National code: 90525    Legal name: Alphacrucis College Limited    CRICOS Course Code: 093681M