Certificate III Program in Electronic Music Production

TAFE SA Code: CP00265

Incorporating: Certificate III in Music (Creation and Composition) (CUA30920)


Do you want to learn Ableton Live and produce your own music? Forge your own path in the music industry and showcase your sound to the world?
This course covers all facets of Electronic Music Production and provides a solid grounding in audio engineering principles and give you the skills in Ableton Live Software, beat creation, synthesizers, sampling, live performance, music industry, mixing & mastering. You’ll gain experience and expertise by studying under the supervision and guidance of industry professionals with access to industry standard equipment and studios.

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9 months 

Part Time

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Course Admission Requirements

  • No course admission requirements, however, students wishing to access subsidised training will be required to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course
If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.

Total Fees for the 9 month course

This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. The eligibility check below is an indication only and does not confirm your eligibility status. Eligibility verification will take place during the enrolment process and may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

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Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

    • Reading, writing and numeracy skills are assessed using the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA). This assessment is used to determine whether you will be required to undertake additional support units alongside your qualification or undertake a pathway course before commencing your chosen qualification. If you receive an offer, more information will be provided at your enrolment session.
    • This course is delivered on Mondays from 9am - 4pm.
  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    This qualification reflects the role of individuals who apply a broad range of competencies in a varied work context in the music industry, using some discretion and judgement and relevant theoretical knowledge. Job role titles may include: Music Producer; Electronic Performer/Recording Artist; Remixer; Sound Effects Production.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Skills Covered

    Certificate III Program in Electronic Music Production
    Key study areas include Ableton Live, drum programming with Ableton Live DrumRacks, creating basslines and melodies, time-stretching and Ableton Live warping, Reverb, Delay & Modulation Effects, EQ, editing and musical arrangement. You will also cover the basics of copyright, Workplace Health & Safety (WHS) and music promotion, distribution and contracts. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 3 core units and 8 elective units.


    Successful completion of this course provides you with the following qualifications:

    Qualification TAFE SA Code National Code
    Certificate III in Music (Creation and Composition) TP01209 CUA30920

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2021 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply knowledge of style and genre to music industry practice 40
    Contribute to health and safety of self and others 20
    Implement copyright arrangements 20
    Work effectively in the music industry 35


    Name Nominal Hours
    Compose simple songs or musical pieces 35
    Develop simple musical pieces using electronic media 35
    Develop technical skills in performance 20
    Experiment with techniques to produce wood objects 50
    Incorporate music technology into performance 35
    Make a music demo 40
    Perform basic sound editing 30
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