Are you looking for a career in the Music Industry as a producer, engineer, musician, composer, sound engineer, electronic music artist, film or game audio sound designer, audio technician? Then the Bachelor of Applied Music Audio Production is for you.

Real life industry experiences and facilities include:

  • Learn in one of the best equipped studios and spaces in Australia, including Sing Sing East
  • Access to our internationally renowned Artist in Residence programs
  • Become an expert on software such as Pro Tools, Ableton and Max for Live
  • Post Production Studio for film, gaming and multi-media mixing and recording
  • Learn Audio for VR and Augmented Reality and Surround Sound Film Mixing Techniques
  • Collaborate with independent record label on campus Tremorverse Records
  • Work in a 200+ capacity live venue
  • Creative collaborations with performers, composers, filmmakers and game designers
  • Record, mix and produce your own portfolio
  • Access to our Analogue Synth Collection
  • Study with like-minded creatives and expand your industry network
  • Learn from industry professionals
  • Expanding skills through researching the latest production and technology
  • Production and writing suites

 

The Bachelor of Applied Music: Audio Production is specifically designed to support emerging Sound Technicians, Music Producers and Content Creators. It’s ideal for artists that play an instrument and who wants to expand on their musical skills, along with becoming an expert in studio production and electronic music production.

Students will be mentored by experts in an environment that supports and encourages them to achieve industry ready skills, so they graduate ready to have a successful and sustainable career in the Music Industry. This is done by integrating real life industry experiences in a supportive atmosphere with a combination of highly trained teachers, extraordinary opportunities and unique experiences that create a bridge to industry.

With access to the best recording and production facilities in music education, the sound production students work closely with the Performers, Music Business, Composition and Film students to create cross discipline projects in an exciting and talent rich environment. This results in projects being already underway and gaining traction when the students graduate. There are many examples of a successful career already beginning while still studying.

Studet Quote

“What I’ve loved about studying at Box Hill is the ability to expand on my musical skills as well as being able to master the recording studio and create electronic music. It’s also been great to be able to play with the performers as part of my study” Jacob Minarelli.

Course admission profile




Course Code BAMA3
VTAC Code Box Hill-5100251392;
CRICOS Code 085408F
Study Areas Music
Study Level Undergraduate
Course Type Bachelor
Campuses Box Hill Campus​​

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Annual Fee
International Fee $18,530.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities* $155.00
Core Skills Support** $75.00
Annual Material Fees No materials fee applies
Retain Course Items*** No fee applies


* Does not apply to VETiS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETiS, International students, Short Courses, Graduate Degrees , or re-enrolling students who re-enrol in the same course.

***Retained Course Items are purchased by the student once prior to commencing. The course items bought by the student become the property of the student. Such items retain a generic application for other purposes outside the student's course of study (e.g. textbooks).

Annual student tuition & material fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are for 2019 and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. Advertised start dates and delivery locations are subject to viable student numbers. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

You must have:

  • a folio of recordings (ie. a CD or DVD of audio recordings, mixes, re-mixes and/or other examples of audio related material that shows evidence of interest and aptitude in this area)
  • Musicianship test- completion of a supervised musicianship test (will be sent upon receipt of student’s application).
  • Interview - you will be asked a series of questions relating to your suitability for the course. You should demonstrate a clear understanding of career goals and an aptitude for the course of study, including any relevant industry experience.

A minimum IELTS overall score of 6.0 (Academic) with no band less than 5.5. A minimum TOEFL score of 550 for paper examination; 213 for computer based and 79 for Internet based.

For other accepted tests, please visit the English Language Requirements page.

February and July

Full time: 3 years (classes take place on weekdays)

Mode of delivery is face to face.

You can graduate with the Associate Degree in Applied Music after 2 years of study. 

Box Hill

Year 12 VTAC applicants must:

  • have successfully completed VCE (or equivalent) with a study score of at least 20 in English
  • demonstrate aptitude in audio production
  • demonstrate competence as an instrumentalist or singer

Direct entry applicants (Non Year 12) must:

  • be at least 19 years of age by January 1 in the year of commencement of study
  • provide evidence of relevant academic or music industry experience
  • demonstrate aptitude in audio production
  • demonstrate competence as an instrumentalist or singer

Musicianship test – you will be required to complete a musicianship theory test following your interview. Applicants who do not meet the entry level musicianship theory test but meet all other entry requirements may be invited to attend a Summer School intensive course during December.

Interview – you will be asked a series of questions relating to your suitability for the course. You should demonstrate a clear understanding of career goals and an aptitude for the course of study, including any relevant industry experience.

You are welcome to present testimonials and extracurricular evidence at this stage, such as AMEB certificates and teacher references. Applicants to the audio production stream of the degree are required to present a folio of recordings You can also include a CD or DVD of audio recordings, mixes, re-mixes and/or other examples of audio related material that shows evidence of interest in this area.

 

HIGHER EDUCATION ADMISSIONS CRITERIA

Applicants with Higher Education study

Applicants with higher education are those who have completed some or all of a higher education course as their highest level of study since leaving secondary education.  This includes study undertaken by applicants at either non-university higher education providers or university some time ago or recently, such as applicants seeking to transfer to Box Hill Institute from another education provider or applicants changing to a different course at Box Hill Institute.

Please see individual courses for specific entry requirements.

 

Applicants with Vocational Education And Training (VET) Study

Applicants with VET study are those who have completed some or all of a VET course as their highest level of study since leaving secondary education.  This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider and applicants who have other qualifications such as Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

Please see individual courses for specific entry requirements.

 

Applicants with work and life experience

Applicants with work and life experience have left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. applicants who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then.

‘Experience’ could include a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education.  This includes mature age entry, professional experience, community involvement or work experience.  Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped them to prepare for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

Please see individual courses for specific entry requirements.

 

Applicants with recent secondary education

Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is based primarily on completion of Year 12 undertaken at school, TAFE or other VET or higher education provider (this includes both Australian or overseas equivalent) that was completed (or will be) in the current year of with the previous two years.

Please see individual courses for specific entry requirements.

After successful completion of this course, you may wish to apply for entry into a wide range of postgraduate courses.

Direct entry. See how to apply or contact the international office.

This course is accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and the qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 7 and Box Hill Institute Graduate Attributes.

Graduates will be able to:

  • reflect skills and knowledge of the practices, languages, forms, materials, technologies and techniques in the creative and performing arts discipline of music
  • review, analyse and consolidate conceptual theories and processes in music creation and practice through integrated creative, critical and reflective thought
  • utilise cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of the body of knowledge as applicable to music creation and practice
  • recognise and reflect on social, cultural and ethical issues, and apply local and international perspectives to problem solving practice in the Creative and Performing Arts discipline of Music
  • interpret, communicate and present ideas, problems and arguments coherently
  • develop research and evaluate ideas, concepts and processes through creative, critical and reflective thinking and practice
  • apply relevant skills and knowledge to produce and realise works, artefacts and forms of creative expression
  • work independently and collaboratively in the creative and performing arts discipline of music in response to project demands

After successful completion you may wish to apply for a range of employment opportunities in the music (and related) industries. The range of roles in these industries are many and varied, and may include:

  • recording band artist
  • studio session musician
  • writer and arranger
  • record producer
  • studio engineer
  • production manager
  • producer/programmer/designer of music and multimedia software packages
  • production crew member (and many more!)

Industries may include recording industry, music publishing, live performance, music retail, advertising, radio, film, video and television, music therapy, music education and music media.

Box Hill Institute is an Avid Learning Partner that provides access to the official Avid curriculum and Certification exams, dedicated program staff, and co-marketing resources to support implementation of Avid training products.

  • First year – 12 subjects
  • Second Year – 10 subjects plus 2 electives
  • Third Year – 10 subjects plus 2 electives

Electives availability will be discussed at enrolment.

We expect to enrol between 25 and 60 students.

Year 1 Core

Code

Title

Points

MUT141 FORUM 1 3.0

The weekly forum provides an opportunity for students to interact with their peers, as well as other students
from the department in an open and flexible format. Industry Partakers and Professionals present perform and
discuss their work, experience and industry involvement with students on a weekly basis.
This gives the class opportunities to become encouraged in their endeavours and gain real-life industry
knowledge to apply to their own learning and growth in music and sound related fields. Invited industry
personnel will be engaging with students in discussions and questionnaires to add to their expanding skills and
knowledge of sound and music. Students will be required to review these sessions to demonstration an
understanding of roles, concepts and application of different areas of the industry.

Contact hours are 2 hours per week for 12 weeks.
Prerequisites: None
Assessment: Cumulative assessment: 8 x Review of the Forum (online delivery 200 words) 100% (8.3% each)

MUT142 FORUM 2 3.0

The weekly forum provides an opportunity for students to interact with their peers, as well as other students
from the department in an open and flexible format. Industry Partakers and Professionals present perform and
discuss their work, experience and industry involvement with students on a weekly basis.

This gives the class opportunities to become encouraged in their endeavours and gain real-life industry
knowledge to apply to their own learning and growth in music and sound related fields. Invited industry
personnel will be engaging with students in discussions and questionnaires to add to their expanding skills and
knowledge of sound and music. Students will be required to review these sessions to demonstration an
understanding of roles, concepts and application of different areas of the industry.

Contact hours are 2 hours each week for 12 weeks.

Prerequisite: MUT141

Assessment 1 - Cumulative assessment: 6 x Review of the
Forum (online delivery 200 words) 70%
Assessment 2 - Self reflection. 600 word reflection on how
students approach to their own craft has changed over the course of the semester. 30%

Prerequisites:
Assessment:

BSP111 STUDIO TECHNIQUES 1 6.0

Studio Techniques 1 is the first of six units designed to develop advanced techniques in audio production specifically for studio purposes. This subject develops introductory recording principles and current DAW (digital audio workstation) protocols. Students develop a thorough knowledge of the fundamentals of audio theory. Students also develop the skills to analyse and evaluate these elements in a practical, supervised studio environment.

Contact are 2 hours studio, 1 hour production lecture, 2 hours lab each week for 12 weeks.

Prerequisites: Nil
Assessment: Assessment 1: Editing and mixing tasks & Pro Tools 101 30%
Assessment 2: Studio Recording Tasks 40%
Assessment 3: Audio Theory Exam 30%

BSP121 STUDIO TECHNIQUES 2 6.0

Studio Techniques 2 is the second of six units designed to develop advanced techniques in audio production specifically for studio production. The focus of this subject is to have students complete an entire multi-track recording incorporating some post production techniques and create a digital stereo mix. Students continue to develop skills in a studio environment, and develop the ability to plan and manage studio recordings with live musicians. Students will increase their knowledge of audio theory.

Contact hours are 2 hours studio, 1 hour production lecture,
2 hours lab each week for 12 weeks.

Prerequisites: BSP111 Studio Techniques 1
Assessment: Assessment 1: Polar Pattern Recording task 10%
Assessment 2: Multi-track recording task 20%
Assessment 3: Mixing tasks 30%
Assessment 4: Pro Tools 110 exam 10%
Assessment 5: Audio Theory Exam 30%

BSP113 MUSIC PRODUCTION 1 6.0

Music production 1 introduces students to essential computer music knowledge. Students learn introductory music theory concepts including chords, progressions and scales. This knowledge is applied to skills and techniques being learned on digital audio workstations. This subject also explores the development of electronic and electroacoustic music, including principal practitioners, production, technologies, and influences. Students learn a variety of philosophies and genres within electroacoustic music. They learn to recognise different artists and their works. Topics include, MIDI theory, digital audio work station set up, drum programming, instrument design, using insert effects, sampling, Musique Concrete, Elektronische Musik and synthesis. Assessments include musical projects, presentations and exams.

Contact hours are 2 hour sequencing class, 2 hour electronic production lecture each week for 12 weeks.

Prerequisites: Nil
Assessment:
Assessment 1: Individual class presentations 20%
Assessment 2: Music Production assessment 30%
Assessment 3: Music Theory Test 20%
Assessment 4: Listening and Written exam 30%

BSP123 MUSIC PRODUCTION 2 6.0

Music Production 2 extends the knowledge of diatonic theory incorporating arrangement and counterpoint techniques. Students are introduced to the principles of MIDI orchestration, and applied synthesis. Students demonstrate an ability to integrate orchestration and synthesis techniques by composing music using appropriate DAW software. In practical exercises students write, arrange and sequence string parts, create sampler instruments and customize synthesizer presets. This subject also explores the development of digital electronic music, including principal practitioners, production, technologies, and influences. Students learn to recognise different artists and their works. Computers, Digital Signal Processing, algorithmic composition, synthesis methods, and mass consumer electronic music devices are examined to reveal their impact on the development of electronic music.

Contact hours are 2 hour sequencing class and 2 hour electronic production lecture each week for 12 weeks.

Prerequisites: BSP113 - Music Production 1
Assessment: Assessment 1: Series of Orchestration tasks in Ableton 25%
Assessment 2: Complete a series of sampling and synthesis tasks 25%
Assessment 3: Create an 8-bit song 20%
Assessment 4: Listening and Written exam 30%

Year 2 Core

Code

Title

Points

BSP131 STUDIO TECHNIQUES 3 6.0

Studio Techniques 3 is the third of six units designed to develop advanced sound production techniques. Students continue to analyse and evaluate advanced recording techniques such as outboard effects, advanced gain structure and advanced mic positioning. In order to move beyond elementary recording processes, students analyse and apply extended techniques required for mixing and production, working within new roles. Students work collaboratively on projects, and develop an understanding of different roles within a recording studio environment. They also begin to analyse the creative role of the producer.

Contact hours are 3 hours studio(includes 1 hour production lecture), 2 hours lab each week for 12 weeks.

Prerequisites: BSP121 Studio techniques 2
Assessment: Assessment 1: Pre Production Planning documents 15%
Assessment 2: Studio recording sessions 25%
Assessment 3: Recording Techniques Exam 20%
Assessment 4: Production analysis and mixing tasks 40%

BSP141 STUDIO TECHNIQUES 4 6.0

Studio Techniques 4 is the fourth of six units designed to develop advanced sound production techniques. Students continue to develop advanced recording and post-production techniques, including mastering. Students continue to analyse and apply extended techniques required for mixing and production as they further develop more independence and musical control within the craft, developing their own aesthetic and creative ability.

Contact hours are 3 hours studio(includes 1 hour production lecture), 2 hours lab each week for 12 weeks.

Prerequisites: BSP131 Studio techniques 3
Assessment: Assessment 1: Create a drum and percussion sample library 15%
Assessment 2: Analyse sound recordings tasks 35%
Assessment 3: Pro Tools 201 exam 10%
Assessment 4: Class tasks and remix with self reflection and peer review 40%

BSP133 MUSIC PRODUCTION 3 6.0

Electronic music production 3: Students appraise existing synthesises methods, using this knowledge to create their own detailed evolving instruments as used most commonly in Electronic Dance Music. Students analyse sonic qualities of full or partially synthesized instruments and develop techniques for replicating and extending on these sounds. Students learn to record and create their own sample libraries. Students demonstrate advanced sequencing techniques by using automation and MIDI control to evolve these sounds over time. Students learn advanced effects techniques including dynamic, frequency and time based effects.
Students are introduced to programming computer music. This involves creating control systems, graphical interfaces, and exploring concepts of artificial intelligence. In practical exercises, students create musical patches and musical control devices using appropriate software such as Max/MSP.

Contact hours are 2 hour sequencing class (instrument design)and 2 hour programming (Max)each week for 12 weeks.

Prerequisites: BSP123 - Music Production 2
Assessment: Assessment 1: Electronic Music Analysis Presentation 20%
Assessment 2: Electronic Music Composition 30%
Assessment 3: Synth and Audio Effects In Max Assessment 20%
Assessment 4: Presentation on Major Assessment in Max 30%

BSP143 MUSIC PRODUCTION 4 6.0

In Music Production 4, students develop and apply advanced audio editing techniques, more advanced synthesis, including analogue synthesis, and advanced sound control mechanisms. They combine critical listening skills and advanced mixing techniques, combined with all the techniques they have learned in previous electronic music production classes to create a substantial musical work.
Students are introduced to the principles of the physics of sound and psychoacoustics. Students analyse sounds aurally and visually through appropriate computer software applications. This subject explores the structural components of sound waves, sound visualisation and graphing systems, and sound manipulation techniques. In practical exercises, students use basic sound waves to synthesise complex sounds, sample, and create effects using appropriate computer music programming software.

Contact hours are: 2 hour sequencing class (advanced FX processes) and 2 hour programming each week for 12 weeks.

Prerequisites: BSP133 - Music Production 3
Assessment: Assessment 1: Presentation of electronic music works in progress 10%
Assessment 2: Substantial electronic music composition 40%
Assessment 3: Various Max patches 50%

Year 3 Core

Code

Title

Points

BSP151 STUDIO TECHNIQUES 5 6.0

Studio Techniques 5 is the fifth of six units designed to develop advanced sound production techniques, progressing toward a career as an audio engineer, mixer or producer. In consultation with their teacher, students plan a large self-devised audio project. The project is conducted over the whole year, with a negotiated progress point that needs to be reached by week 12, where they present the work they have completed so far. Students are highly encouraged to collaborate with students from the Bachelor of Applied Music in order to complete this project.
Students attend a forum series that incorporates Q&A style talks with a range of artists from different areas of sound production. These are designed to help, challenge, inform and focus students on opportunities and approaches within the industry. Students will also use this forum to critically discuss their work with their peers.

Contact hours are 3 hours project(studio), 1 hour forum/lecture, each week for 12 weeks.

Prerequisites: BSP141 Studio techniques 4
Assessment: Assessment 1: Presentation of planned recording project 40%
Assessment 2: Presentation of Major Project Pro Tools session and rough mixes 40%
Assessment 3: Pro Tools 210M exam 20%

BSP161 STUDIO TECHNIQUES 6 6.0

Studio Techniques 6 is designed as the culmination of six semesters progress toward a career as a sound engineer, mixer or producer. Students work on the continuation of the studio techniques 5, self-devised project. Semester two enables students to be mentored and challenged to advance their projects through the recording, production, mixing and mastering stages, demonstrating an advanced understanding of techniques combined with their own aesthetic. Students deliver a final product, which they will be credited with as recorder, mixer and masterer.
Students continue with their forum series that incorporates Q&A style talks with a range of artists from different areas of sound production. These are designed to help, challenge, inform and focus students on opportunities and approaches within the industry. Students also use this forum to critically discuss their work with their peers.

Contact hours are 3 hours project(studio),1 hours forum/lecture
(Produce a finished EP/Product) each week for 12 weeks.

Prerequisites: BSP151 Studio techniques 5
Assessment: Assessment 1: Major project mixing plan document 15%
Assessment 2: Mastering document and presentation 20%
Assessment 3: Delivery of final project and presentation 65%

BSP153 MUSIC PRODUCTION 5 6.0

Music Production 5 equips students with a thorough understanding of the processes and applications of audio design for use in live performance, installation, composition, sound design and production. Emphasis is placed on the interactive possibilities of music through the use of external controllers and sensors. Students learn to use and map a number of instruments and sensors (e.g. Wii controllers, Leap Motion, Arduino, Teabox) that measure light, pressure, heat, velocity, button states and other properties of the environment surrounding the computer. Students are introduced to the methods of using motion capture in creative music practice. In a number of advanced exercises, students use and map a number of instruments and sensors connected to computers. Students apply methods of motion capture to use in creative music projects.

Contact hours are 2 hours MAX class and 2 hours Project development each week for 12 weeks.

Prerequisites: BSP143 - Music Production 4
Assessment: Assessment 1: Build Electronic to acoustic patches 40%
Assessment 2: Build Sensor Application patches 40%
Assessment 3: Performance or Installation Project proposal 20%

BSP163 MUSIC PRODUCTION 6 6.0

Music Production 6 refines the students understanding of the processes and applications of audio design for use in live performance, installations, composition, sound design and production. Emphasis is placed on the interactive possibilities of music through the use of external controllers and sensors. Throughout the semester, students carry out a large interactive project, showcasing the knowledge and skills developed over three years of instruction.

Contact hours are 2 hours MAX class, 2 hours Electronic music - interactive showcase each week for 12 weeks.

Prerequisites: BSP153 - Music Production 5
Assessment: Assessment 1: Major Creative Project, first progress report and demonstration 15%
Assessment 2: Major Creative Project, second progress report and demonstration 20%
Assessment 3: Major Project Delivery with written reflection 65%


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