New Zealand Diploma in Music
Level 5

New Zealand Diploma in Music (Level 5)

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  • Locations and dates


    21 February 2022
  • Length

    40 weeks full-time including six weeks of study breaks

  • Total credits


  • Fees


    Compulsory Student Services Fee also applies ($240 for fulltime students).
    Fees listed are for each year of the programme, indicative only and may vary with course selection. View course details for individual fees.

  • National qualification code


Build upon the New Zealand Certificate in Music learning additional skills in

  • composing for commercial and personal projects
  • managing, coordinating and performing at gigs and events
  • sound engineering for live and studio music productions
  • promoting own work through a mix of traditional and online marketing strategies

This diagram [PDF, 537 KB] shows study pathways between the New Zealand Certificate in Music (Level 4), and the New Zealand Diploma Music (Level 5). 

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Recording studios
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Johnny Cash performance theatre

State of the art facilities

You will have the opportunity to organise and perform with fellow students in our Johnny Cash performance theatre

Music students have exclusive use of our recording studios.

Study alongside other creative industries students from Arts, Media, Interior Design and Creative Writing, in our purpose-built Creative Industries building on Nile Street.

What will I learn?

Sound Production

Four courses are designed to prepare you for live and studio sound production.

Build upon MUS401 Sound Production Fundamentals and MUS402 Live and Studio Sound Production Techniques from the first year Certificate programme;

  • In MUS501 Sound Engineering and Production for Contemporary Musicians you will advance your knowledge of audio equipment, methods and techniques and develop practical skills for recorded and live music production.
  • In MUS502 Advanced Live and Studio Sound Production you will use audio equipment, music software, methods and techniques effectively in recorded and live sound production.

Music Studies

Four courses are designed to enable you to learn about music, to write and arrange music and to develop musicianship.

Build upon MUS403 Exploring Music Through Song Writing and MUS404 Music Literacy for Contemporary Musicians from the first year Certificate programme;

  • In MUS503 Composing and Arranging for Contemporary Musicians you will explore different ways of communicating musical ideas and how to use aural, keyboard and song writing skills and musical knowledge effectively for contemporary music practice.
  • In MUS504 Composition and Instrumentation for Contemporary Musicians you will utilise music skills and knowledge to communicate musical ideas effectively in contemporary music practice.

Music Performance

Four courses are designed to enable you to build your technical skills, develop attributes for contemporary music performance, increase your knowledge of cultural and industry contexts, and prepare for your own professional practice as a contemporary musician.

Build upon MUS405 Contemporary Music Performance Contexts and MUS406 Contemporary Music Performance and Industry Practices from the first year Certificate programme;

  • In MUS505 Industry Skills and Professional Performance for Contemporary Musicians, you will develop your music performance skills and knowledge, increase your understanding of contemporary music contexts and styles, and explore aspects of professional music industry practice.
  • In MUS506 Professional Contemporary Music Practice and Performance you will extend your music performance skills and use a range of professional practices associated with a career in the music industry.

Key information for students

Entry requirements

Minimum requirements Learn more

Academic requirements: New Zealand Certificate in Music (Level 4) or equivalent skills and knowledge. English language requirements: All applicants must have a level of English sufficient to be able to study at this level. Those students whose first language is not English should have an international English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall academic score of at least 5.5 (with at least 5 in each band) issued within the last two years, or A qualification considered to be equivalent to the above. Other requirements: All applicants must provide evidence of a reasonable level of music performance and/or music production proficiency, demonstrated by at least one of the following: * Playing a musical instrument * Singing * Composing music * Original music composed/created/produced/performed using electronic or other means * Skills and knowledge used in recording or producing music * Music events management * Music business experience Other requirements for fully online study: Applicants must provide evidence of meeting the requirements for fully online study. Special Entry: In exceptional circumstances an applicant who does not meet the full entry requirements may be granted admission to the programme on the approval of the Head of Department or delegate if he/she is confident of the applicant's ability to successfully undertake the Diploma with a reasonable likelihood of success. Qualifications other than those listed in the Entry Requirements above will need to be assessed for equivalence, and applicants holding these qualifications will need to seek Special Entry permission from the Head of Department.

Detailed requirements

Duration Learn more

1 Year

Tuition fees

Annual Total qualification
Student fees Learn more $6,922 $6,922
Government tuition subsidy Learn more $7,752 $7,752
TOTAL Learn more $14,674 $14,674
Compulsory Student Services Fee
Student loan information Learn more StudyLink

Student success Learn more

Successful course completions 92%

National Graduate Outcomes Learn more

3 years after completion
Median earnings Learn more $27,017
Earnings range Learn more $18,007 - $37,818
In employment Learn more 50%
In further study Learn more 35%
On a benefit Learn more 11%

Note: All KIS information is the most recent available relating to domestic students only. Learn more about Key Information for Students

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