Certificate III in Music Industry (Performance Specialisation)

Course code: CUA30915

This program enables students to apply a broad range of knowledge and skills in varied work contexts in the music industry. The VET courses prepare students for work in the music industry in areas such as performance, critical listening, music management and music promotions.

For more information about the course, download the Information Booklet.
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  • Sample competencies covered in the Units 1 & 2 include:
    • Compose simple songs or musical pieces
    • Develop ensemble skills for playing or singing music
    • Work effectively in the music industry
  • Sample competencies covered in the Units 3 & 4 include:
    • Develop technical skills in performance
    • Develop improvisation skills
    • Prepare for performance

Swinburne Senior Secondary College

Australian College of the Arts Pty Ltd
(For Ashwood High School, Lynall Hall Community School and Swinburne Senior Secondary College)
RTO Number: 0109

Swinburne Senior Secondary College
Units 1 & 2 | Mondays 4.30pm – 8.00pm
Units 3 & 4 | Thursdays 5.00pm – 8.30pm

Part Time / Face to Face

This is a two year course.

Assessment may be a combination of written and online assignments, tests, examinations and practical application projects.

Students are required to have ownership of a musical instrument and evidence that they access private music tutorials on a weekly basis (e.g. letter from their teacher); or for students who do not play musical instruments, but sing; they will also need to provide evidence that they attend professional singing lessons.

80 hours of work placement is strongly recommended.

Contact the VET Coordinator at your Secondary College for specific information regarding your College’s application process. Your VET Coordinator and/or staff from your Secondary College will assist you with planning for your VCE or VCAL certificate and will advise you where a VET Course fits within this plan. They will also give you information about travel arrangements and any costs associated with VET Courses.

For information on the IMVC Application Process please go to About VET Delivered in Schools.

Contact your school to discuss fees for VET Courses.

VCAL: This program contributes to the Industry Specific Skills Strand and may also contribute to the Work Related Skills Strand of VCAL.

VCE: Students who successfully complete Certificate III in Music will be eligible for up to five units of credit towards their VCE: up to three at the Units 1 & 2 level and a Units 3 & 4 sequence.

ATAR: Students wishing to receive an ATAR contribution for the Units 3 & 4 sequence must undertake scored assessment for the purposes of gaining a study score. This study score can contribute directly to the primary four or as a fifth or sixth study.

  • Musician
  • Music Technician
  • Singer
  • Songwriter
  • Stage Producer
  • Director
  • Stage Manger
  • Session Musician
  • Performer
  • Band member
  • Promoter

Students will be allocated to classes to ensure a suitable mix of instrumentalists and vocalists are provided to each group.