About the course

About the course

This is Australia's first recognised music qualification designed for the modern hip hop artist.

If you want to produce, manage and develop your own career, study hip hop production, songwriting, business and performance in this intensive one year diploma. 

This course is taught by some of Australia's leading hip hop artist's, including: Nfa Jones (ARIA winner, 1200 techniques, House of Beige), Dave Norris aka. Dizz1 (Roots Manuva, Aloe Blacc), Syrene Favero aka Creamy Spies (House of Beige, Remi, Sampa the Great), Rob Tremlett aka Mantra (JJJ album of the week, Promoe, Drapht, Urthboy and Illy).

You will study a combination of music management, hip hop production, songwriting and performance techniques that will come together in the completion of professional recordings of your work mixed to industry standard, performed and released.

Also included in the curriculum will be the completion of a video clip for at least one of these songs, live performance of your productions and the development of the necessary industry skills to market the product that you have created.

Over 27 weeks in our world-class venue, recording studios and production suites, and under the guidance of our industry-experienced teachers you will be mentored through the process of making and releasing your own music that will help kick start your hip hop career.

You will study:


  • discussing and applying song-writing and production techniques
  • lyric writing
  • developing techniques for producing, recording, and mixing music using industry standard software such as Ableton Live, Logic Pro and Pro Tools
  • recording and editing your own music videos

Developing Your Performance

  • rehearsing music for performance
  • setting up and incorporating technology into your performance
  • developing your stage show


  • managing and promotion of artists and their/your career
  • managing distribution of product
  • launching your own recorded product
  • marketing and publicity
  • copyright and publishing
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Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

February and July

Full time: 9-12 months

For information regarding dates such as enrolment, orientation and study breaks please visit the Academic Calendars page

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Career Outcomes

After you complete this course, you can apply for roles such as:

  • performer
  • manager
  • publicist
  • programmer
  • song writer
  • artist
  • producer
  • engineer
  • venue booker
  • studio assistant
  • A&R
  • publisher
  • label manager
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Entry Requirements

You must have:

  • completed VCE or equivalent or
  • be a mature age applicant or
  • have a Certificate IV in Music

To apply, you will need to prepare a folio that includes a combination of some of the following: a bio, press release, reviews, body of work (daw files, mp3's, sound cloud, YouTube etc.) or a live demonstration. Please note, you do not need to supply all, what we are looking for is evidence of your abilities.

Applicants who are unable to meet the entry requirements can complete an intensive preparation program and then enter the Diploma.


To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs, Box Hill Institute will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment.

A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.


Direct entry. You will need to:

  1. book an interview
  2. attend your interview, where you will be discussing your skills and passion for hip hop music, as well as an introduction to the requirements of the program. We suggest that you bring supporting evidence of your work and profile.  This can include press shots, a bio, examples of your music (MP3, YouTube, SoundCloud etc.).


Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

Pathways & Accreditation

After successful completion you will gain credit when applying into all of the Box Hill Institute music degree programs. This includes Music Business, Sound Production, Performance and Composition.

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 5

Fees & Finance Options

This training is provided to eligible individuals with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Fee
Gov. Subsidised - Standard $6,552.00
Full Tuition Fee $11,232.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities*$155.00
Core Skills Support**$75.00
Annual Material Fees$483.60
Retain Course Items***No fee applies
* Does not apply to VETDSS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETDSS, 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.
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