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Diploma in Audio Production

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Level of study:
Tuition fees:
10 months
Start date: 23-August-2021
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This qualification is for individuals who wish to develop their experience and practice in audio engineering and production. It provides the music industry with people who have a range of audio engineering skills to produce complex audio recordings and sound-related works. Graduates can contribute to the cultural, social and economic life of Aotearoa New Zealand.


To equip students with early-to-intermediate industry-led skills and knowledge in audio engineering and production. To facilitate the development of self-reflective creative practice, underpinned by transferable skills.


This is an NZQA accredited programme of study that leads to the Level 5 NZ Diploma in Audio Engineering and Production.


  • Analogue and digital console theory and practice
  • Multi-track recording
  • Audio technologies and protocols
  • Microphone theory and techniques
  • Signal processing and effects
  • Mixing techniques
  • Signal flow
  • Sound system setup and tuning
  • Monitoring systems
  • Wireless systems
  • Workplace safety


  • Recording engineer
  • Mixing engineer
  • Mastering engineer
  • Music producer
  • Beat maker
  • Live performance
  • DJ
  • Post-production engineer
  • Location recorder
  • Control room designer
  • Sound designer
  • Foley recorder (SFX)
  • Foley post sync dialogue engineer
  • Technician
  • Front of house sound
  • Monitor engineer
  • Studio manager
  • System installation
  • System designer
  • Technician
  • Hire manager
  • Station manager
  • Programme director
  • Radio presenter

Entry criteria

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age at the time of application.

Completion of the equivalent of NCEA Level 3 or University Entrance qualification.

English Language Requirements

International students who are not native English speakers need to provide additional evidence of language skills and complete one of the following:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): A band score of 6 or higher (only the Academic Test is accepted), OR
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): A score of 550 or higher (paper based test), 60 or higher (internet based test)

All entry is at the discretion of the Academic Manager.


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