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Bachelor of Audio Production

Key information

Level of study:
Bachelor's Degree
Tuition fees:
3 years
Start date: Expected February-2022
Southern Institute of Technology
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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 Bachelor of Audio Production course is for you.

Learn the fundamentals of audio production and then develop skills in a variety of fields, including live sound, recording, producing and post-production.

  • Practical and academic study includes liaising events with local groups, helping to build professional networks.
  • Appreciate being taught and mentored by experienced industry experts.
  • 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.
  • Facilities are of the highest standard, with five recording studios fully equipped with quality equipment, a recording auditorium and a 300-seat professional theatre.
  • Enjoy a close alignment with the SIT's Contemporary Music and Screen Arts programmes, along with the School of Audio Engineering, Byron Bay and AVID Technology.
  • Opportunity for third year Bachelor students to intern at SAE's Byron Bay campus in Australia for twelve weeks.

Career Opportunities

Graduates will be skilled in high quality studio recording and live sound work. They will have skills in business management and career options include: audio work in radio, television, film or the theatre. Further options include acoustic consulting, sound system installation, disc jockey work, record production, music publishing or work in a record company. Specialist audio training provides our graduates with the ability to work in more specialist fields. Graduates from this programme may also choose to enter the audio education industry.

Satisfactory Completion

In order to be awarded the Bachelor of Audio Production, the student will have been credited with all required papers, including the research project, as specified in the degree schedule. The student completing the Bachelor of Audio Production will normally be expected to complete the three year programme (full time equivalent) within five years. The Head of Faculty with the approval and recommendation of the Board of Studies, may allow a student a longer period to complete the programme.

Qualification Pathways

SIT also offers students the opportunity to complete a double degree in the Bachelor of Audio Production and the Bachelor of Contemporary Music after four years full time study. Graduates from this pathway of study will be well rounded musicians and sound engineers, well versed in high quality studio recording and live sound work as well as having skills to pursue a career as a performer, composer or specialised instrumental teacher.

Entry criteria

Students are required to complete international qualifications equivalent to University Entrance - NCEA Level 3

Applicants over 20 years: Mature entry applicants will have achieved the age of 20 by March 1 of the first year of enrolment in the programme, and have provided evidence of relevant prior learning and experience.

Special Admission: An applicant who does not meet academic criteria, may be provisionally admitted to enrol in one or more Year One papers, provided he or she meets the requirements above. Upon successful completion of the papers, the student may apply for special admission or admission by mature entry

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS test - Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5
  • TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score 5 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18)
  • Cambridge English Examination - B2 First or B2 First for schools or C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill.
  • OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
  • NZCEL - a) Expiring Level b) Current: a) Level 4 (Academic) b) Level 4 (Academic)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42
  • Language Cert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill
  • Trinity ISE - ISE II with no less than distinction in any band


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