Creative Industries

CUA50815 Diploma of Music Industry – Performance

This qualification is designed for people interested in further developing their knowledge of the music industry and learning more about creative process.  It aims to further develop skills in the technical and theoretical aspects of music, performance, composition, recording, improvisation, business and management.   CUA50815 Diploma of Music can lead to a career in the music industry, further musical studies, and is a nationally recognised qualification.

It  is an ideal way to further study music, for those people who hold a CUA40915 Certificate IV in Music Industry or a pre-tertiary music qualification and people who have worked in the music industry and wish to refine their skills or gain a qualification. The course covers a variety of essential skills needed for a career in the music industry.

Music is both an industry and an art form, meeting cultural and recreational needs while also offering employment opportunities across many sectors: recording, publishing, retail, radio, television, film, video, advertising, computer software, multimedia, teaching, and of course, performance.

Students studying this qualification will perform Music within the general community and work on real and simulated industry experiences. Students will be required to work independently (with guidance) on personal music performance skills, and will work in studio environments recording and producing individual projects and in collaboration with others.

Career Opportunities

This course may lead to the following career opportunities:

  • Skilled musicians such as instrumentalists, vocalists, ensemble and solo performers
  • Concert Halls & Venues – administrative and management staff.
  • Radio, Film & Television – music programmers, music directors, music promoters, music video specialists, technical staff, sound track producers, editors and mixers.
  • Advertising – jingle writers, musical directors and music librarians.
  • Music Teaching – schools, higher education and private studios.
  • Music Media – music critics, musicologists and researchers, music journalists and on air presenters.

Study Pathways

This course may be a pathway to further study. Related courses include:

Location, dates and times

Alanvale Campus

  • Next Intake:  4 February to December 2020
  • Duration:  37 weeks

Information Session:

Alanvale Campus Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 11am – 12pm
Room C3.17, C Block, Alanvale Campus, Alanvale Road, Newnham
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Learning Options

This course is delivered flexibly using blend of learning modes, including:

  • Skill sessions – theory/knowledge
  • Specialised workshops with industry practitioners
  • Skill based activities – practical tasks
  • Simulated workroom learning
  • Short projects
  • Recordings

Assessment Process

Assessments are designed to help you demonstrate your skills and knowledge. They allow us to confirm you can perform to the standard required in the workplace, to meet all of the requirements of the course.

Examples of assessments for this course may include;

  • Written and verbal questioning
  • Workplace Documents
  • Written assignments
  • Observations on the job and/or in a simulated assessment environment
  • Projects
  • Presentations
  • Self and peer assessments
  • Role plays

Recognition of Prior Learning

It makes sense that you should be recognised for the things you already know how to do. TasTAFE can assess your skills and knowledge based on your previous education, work history or life experience. This may help you gain your qualification a whole lot faster.

For further details please refer to our Recognition of Prior Learning page.

Fees and Payments

For further fee and payment information visit our Fees and Payment page.

Eligible Diploma and Advanced Diploma students who are unable to pay tuition fees up front are able to defer fees under the VET Student Loans scheme.
Further details are available at our VET Student Loans page.

What will I need to bring?

  • Hearing protection (ear muffs/ear plugs)
  • Note taking resources (pens, paper, etc.)
  • Personal musical instrument in some cases

Essential Requirements

There are no essential entry requirements for this course

Desirable Skills and Attributes

The following skills and attributes will be useful to students studying this course:

  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Computer literacy E.g. Working with MIDI and music software, Social media, word processing software
  • Music performance skills, solo and ensemble


An interview process will be conducted to ensure this is the right course for you.

Student Support

TasTAFE’s enrolment and orientation process provides information about our resources, services and support. Further details relating to Student Support Services are available at our Student Support Services page.


CUA50815 Diploma of Music Industry – Performance.

Qualification Requirements

To achieve a CUA50815 Diploma of Music Industry – Performance, 16 units must be successfully completed.   These include 4 core units and 8 performance units and 4 electives.   Electives are selected based on industry and/or employer consultation.


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