Do you want a career in the music industry working as a performer, songwriter, studio musician, producer, composer, band member or music teacher? Then the Diploma of Music Industry, Specialising in Performance is for you.  Box Hill Institute will provide you with the skills and experiences you need to excel in these professions.

Real life industry experiences and facilities include:

  • Access to our studio facility including Sing Sing East.
  • Do real gigs in front of live audiences
  • Industry standard writing and production suites
  • Integrate with our record label on campus, Tremorverse Records
  • Work in a 200+ capacity live venue
  • produce your own creative portfolio
  • Collaborate with sound production students in our world class facilities
  • Be empowered to apply practical and theoretical aspects of music to real creative projects
  • Access to our Analogue Synth Collection
  • Study with like-minded creatives and expand your industry network
  • Learn from industry professionals
  • Music Business training
  • VSL (Vet Student Loan), Govt Subsidised Place, Payment Plan – with no up front fees

National Code CUA50815
Study Areas Music
Study Level Diploma
Study Type Local
Study Mode

FT: 12 months

Course Type Victorian TAFE Course
Campuses Box Hill Campus​​

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Annual Fee
Gov. Subsidised - Standard $8,050.00
Full Tuition Fee $13,570.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities* $155.00
Core Skills Support** $75.00
Annual Material Fees $570.40
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.

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

February and July

FT: 12 months

Box Hill

You must:

  • have successfully completed Year 12 or equivalent, or be a mature age applicant
  • have good written and oral communication skills
  • have good computer skills
  • be at least 17 years of age at the time of course commencement and have a reasonable level of proficiency on a musical instrument (or voice)


To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs the Institute and CAE 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.

Successful completion will enable you to apply for entry into the first year of the Bachelor of Applied Music (Performance or Composition streams). You may also be eligible for some advanced standing (generally one semester worth of credit).

Direct entry

Book an audition: Guitar | Bass | Voice | Drums | Piano | Brass, Woodwind, String and Other

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

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

There are many employment options within the entertainment and performance industry, which include live performance, music media and recording opportunities. 

Career options include:

  • performer
  • songwriter
  • band leader
  • recording artist
  • composer

Semester 2





This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to develop high level improvisation skills.

It applies to musicians who apply skills to compose or vary music 'in the moment' in response to stimuli. They have highly developed skills in aural awareness and in the musical practice of a chosen genre or musical tradition.

All Year





This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to lead a group in ensemble or other musical performance.

It applies to individuals with the responsibility for motivating others to give their best in performance. Individuals apply a range of musicianship and managerial competencies, but are not expected to conduct musical performances.

Last updated: February 22, 2019 12:56pm