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Bachelor of Audio Engineering and Production

Key information

Level of study:
Bachelor's Degree
Tuition fees:
3 years
Start date: Expected July-2020
MAINZ Auckland Campus
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Course details


Course Outline

In a rapidly changing technological sector which includes film, TV and game audio, this applied degree has been designed to equip graduates with the necessary skills to work in the music and audio related industries in NZ and overseas. It combines a core of applied, industry relevant technical skills with a creative arts-based critical approach that will help graduates succeed, as well as covering the essentials of business and marketing.

This programme will interest applicants with Music, DJing, Electronic Music Production, TV/Film sound, Radio, Live-sound or other audio-based interests or backgrounds. There are pathways into this degree from other lower level MAINZ courses such as: NZ Certificate in Foundation Skills, NZ Certificate in Entertainment and Event Technology (Lighting and Live Sound), and NZ Certificate in DJ and Electronic Music Production.

Career Opportunities

Current diploma graduates can gain entry level positions, but this degree aims to give students entry at a higher level with increased responsibility to add immediate value to the workforce. Many audio practitioners make a living on a freelance basis and they are more attractive as contractors with the skill set which a degree provides. Employers in the audio industry who are seeking full-time and/or contract staff want these people to be able to think critically; solve problems; and find solutions as well as being current in a competitive and exacting market.

Positions graduates may undertake on completion of this course could include: Professional audio engineer, Audio producer in a commercial setting.

Other roles include, but are not limited to: Teaching audio engineering (add teaching diploma), Audio-visual installer and operator, Digital Audio Workstation operator, Studio operator, Studio set-up consultant, Audio editor, Sound designer, Electronic music artist, Commercial music producer, Live sound engineer, Audio sales representative, Music retail technology expert, Acoustic Engineer, Acoustician, Audiologist (via further study), Progression into: Masters programme in the arts, PHD

Satisfactory Completion: To successfully complete and be awarded the Bachelor of Audio Engineering and Production students must complete the prescribed programme of study and attain a minimum of 360 credits.

Graduates will be able to: Record, mix and master a broad range of music and audio, and related material to a professional standard. Use standard and non-standard sound-creation, editing techniques and tools to manipulate sounds and create a broad range of music and audio and related material to a professional standard. Operate standard equipment and technology to a professional level of proficiency. Make high level creative and technical decisions based on listening analysis, research and critical thinking skills. Work independently to initiate and develop a plan to bring a project to a conclusion. Complete a creative project to meet client expectations. Lead a team to produce a professional recording. Successfully apply professional business and self-promotional skills particularly for self-employment. Demonstrate the practice and theory of advanced problem-solving skills in technical and creative contexts.

Entry criteria

Applicants are required to have Equivalent qualification to New Zealand Year 13, or University Entrance, Preference will be given to applicants who have achieved Merit or Excellence in Physics, Mathematics, and Music.

Mature Applicant

Consideration will be given to applicants aged 20 years or older who do not meet the entry criteria if they can demonstrate a history of work, industry experience which in the opinion of the Programme Manager exhibits a likelihood of success in the programme of study.

Consideration will be given to students who progress through other TPP/MAINZ/SIT programme pathways (e.g. Foundation Sound and Music).

Applicants may be required to attend an interview or provide a portfolio of audio related work.

English Language Requirements

  • Certificate of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA), or
  • 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)
  • University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations – FCE or FCE for schools or CAE, or CPE with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill. OET at Grade C in all sub-tests
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) – PToE (Academic score of 50)
  • City and Guilds IESOL – B2 Communicator with a score of 66
  • Language Cert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS


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