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Bachelor of Music Production

SHOWCASE YOUR VOICE IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY
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Bachelor of Music Production
Domestic Fees
$36,372 NZD
  • Year One (Level 5)
    Administration Fee: $500.00 (one-off fee)
    Tuition Fee: $11,481
  • Year Two (Level 6)
    Tuition Fee: $12,191
  • Year Two (Level 7)
    Tuition Fee: $12,200

Domestic Students Only*

Programme fees may be paid by Student Loan. Fees must be paid annually, prior to the commencement of study.

This programme receives funding from TEC and is NZQA approved, therefore is eligible for the ‘Fees Free’ scheme.  To determine your eligibility, visit feesfree.govt.nz

For any queries regarding payment please contact: [email protected]

Fess Free
Bachelor of Music Production
International Fees
$76,152 NZD
  • Year One (Level 5)
    Administration Fee: $500.00 (one-off fee)
    Tuition Fee: $24,694
  • Year Two (Level 6)
    Tuition Fee: $25,473
  • Year Two (Level 7)
    Tuition Fee: $25,485

Fees must be paid annually, prior to the commencement of study.

For any queries regarding payment please contact: [email protected]

Duration(s)
Full time: 3 years

Bachelor

Bachelor of Music Production
Course Durations
Full time: 3 years

Bachelor

Start Date(s)
February 2023
Bachelor of Music Production
Start Dates
Auckland
  • February 2023

Entry Requirements
Bachelor of Music Production
Domestic Entry Requirements
A copy of the student's valid photo ID must be provided.
For Level 7 Degree programmes, candidates are required to have gained a minimum of NCEA Level 3 or equivalent.
Special Admission Domestic applicants aged 20 years or above who have not met the General Admission or entry requirements for a programme but whose skills, education or work experience indicate that they have a reasonable chance of success may be eligible for Special Admission. Special admission will be granted at the discretion of the Academic Manager or designated nominee. Such applicants may be required to successfully complete a foundation, bridging or tertiary introduction programme as a condition of entry into higher level programmes.
Provisional Admission Domestic applicants aged under 20 years who have not met the general academic admission and entry criteria for a programme but who can demonstrate a reasonable chance of success through other educational attainment and/or work or life experience may be eligible for provisional entry at the discretion of the Academic Manager. Provisional entry places restrictions on re-enrolment to be lifted if the applicant’s performance is deemed satisfactory by the Academic Manager.
Selection Process Where there are more applicants than the number of places available a selection process may be applied. An offer of place in a diploma or degree programme would be extended to applicants who meet the entry criteria and demonstrate the potential to successfully complete the programme on the basis of:
A portfolio of work that represents the applicant’s level of achievement.
An interview.
Curriculum vitae (optional).
Applicants who submit a formal application to enrol in the programme, and who meet the entry criteria would be invited to submit a portfolio of work and participate in an interview. The purpose of the interview is to assess the applicants’ suitability for the programme. It will determine whether an applicant is offered a place in the programme, and if so, at what level of the programme the applicant will be offered a place. Applicants would be welcome to enlist whānau support.
Cross Crediting Cross crediting is at the discretion of the Academic Manager and will be applied in circumstances where a student is transitioning from one programme to another. To ensure the currency of learning, cross crediting of courses will be automatic for any courses undertaken within fives years of the cross crediting.
Application process for RPL or credit transfer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or credit transfer applies to circumstances where a learner can demonstrate relevant and current knowledge gained through prior learning and/ or a learner is requesting credits to be transferred from a qualification with comparable outcomes.
Applicants who believe they meet the criteria for RPL or credit transfer should complete the application form and attach relevant certified documentation including official academic records and/or evidence of learning outcomes being met through previous work/life experience. An interview may also be conducted with the Academic Manager. Each application will be assessed by relevant academic staff.
An applicant must be a minimum of 17 years at the start date of the programme. Applicants aged less than 18 years old must apply with parental/guardian consent.
All students are given the tutorial and pastoral support needed to satisfactorily engage with the academic and technical demands of the programme, and in particular students entering with the minimum qualification of NCEA Level 2.
All entry is at the discretion of the Academic Manager.
Bachelor of Music Production
International Entry Requirements
International students seeking admission to SAE must be at least 18 years of age at the time of application.
A copy of the student's valid passport must be provided.
Completion of the equivalent of NCEA Level 3 or University Entrance qualification.
English Language Requirements International students who are not native English speakers need to provide additional evidence of language skills and complete one of the following:
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS): A band score of 6 or higher (only the Academic Test is accepted), OR
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): A score of 550 or higher (paper based test), 60 or higher (internet based test)
Selection Process Where there are more applicants than the number of places available a selection process may be applied. An offer of place in a diploma or degree programme would be extended to applicants who meet the entry criteria and demonstrate the potential to successfully complete the programme on the basis of:
- A portfolio of work that represents the applicant’s level of achievement.
- An interview.
- Curriculum vitae (optional).
Applicants who submit a formal application to enrol in the programme, and who meet the entry criteria would be invited to submit a portfolio of work and participate in an interview. The purpose of the interview is to assess the applicants’ suitability for the programme. It will determine whether an applicant is offered a place in the programme, and if so, at what level of the programme the applicant will be offered a place. Applicants would be welcome to enlist whānau support.
All entry is at the discretion of the Academic Manager.

SHOWCASE YOUR VOICE IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY

This Music Production Course Covers

Performance Recording Techniques Learning and understanding music genres Music Production Practice and Techniques Principles of sound, music and audio technology

Course Structure

The Bachelor of Music Production is broken up into three distinct levels, each designed to develop different skills.
Level 5
Credit Points: 30
This 36-week course provides a platform for engagement with transferable skills via collaborative client projects which may include contracted roles within projects of more advanced student groups. With a key focus on employability in Aotearoa/New Zealand students engage with professional practice situated in the holistic ideals of Te Ao Maori. Students conduct peer review via the Transferable Skills Matrix in an effort to foster and develop employability skills.
Credit Points: 15
This project introduces students to an essential range of music production tools and techniques with a central focus on House music and related genre families. Composition, production and mixing techniques are discussed and explored, with practical outcomes being the production of two music projects using Ableton Live software.
Students will be creating musical compositions based on personal research into the genre of House music. Research and critique skills will be developed and assessed leading towards a final creative output.
Credit Points: 15
This project furthers the concept of genre families with a focus on Hip Hop. Composition and production techniques common to sub-genres of Hip Hop are discussed and explored, with practical outcomes. Students will be creating musical compositions based on personal research into the genre of Hip Hop music. Research and critique skills will be developed and assessed leading towards a final creative output.
Credit Points: 15
This project furthers the concept of genre families with a focus on Downtempo. Composition and production techniques common to sub-genres of Downtempo are discussed and explored, with practical outcomes. Students will be creating musical compositions based on personal research into the genre of Downtempo music. Research and critique skills will be developed and assessed leading towards a final creative output.

Credit Points: 15
This project requires the student to deliver a recorded composition that offers a recombination of elements which could include compositional techniques, instruments, media, production techniques and traditions, language and location. Includes a reflective blog that discusses the elements recombined, their technological and/or historical backdrop and the techniques used to achieve the hybrid.
Credit Points: 15
This project requires students to identify a key practitioner and explore their innovative practice as a contribution to the music production community. Students develop an audio production that emulates the qualities of the identified practice. Additionally, this course requires students to write an essay and deliver a seminar presentation to reflect the engagement with historical traditions and the implications in a contemporary setting
Credit Points: 15
Requires groups to produce a suite of outputs that display an individualised integration of production techniques acquired over the previous courses. Includes a reflective blog on the multiple ways such integration occurs and the effectiveness of such.
Level 6
Credit Points: 30
This 36-week course provides a platform for engagement with transferable skills via Work-Integrated Learning and collaborative client projects which may include contracted roles within projects of more advanced student groups. Students will accumulate 40 hours of Work-Integrated Learning via professional industry placement. Students and WIL clients conduct peer review via the Transferable Skills Framework in an effort to foster and develop employability skills.
Credit Points: 15
ReCreate/ReCompose, otherwise known as Akaaka, further explores the concept of genres through the creation and manipulation of musical material. This course will introduce you to the MIDI programming and remixing techniques. Using various MIDI programming and music production skills you will recreate and recompose a song of your choice and create your own assets to achieve multiple stylistic outcomes. The sonic outputs will be subject to peer analysis and critique and discussed in terms of technical proficiency, sonic attributes and genre implications. Experiential learning and reflection will be the basis of the project- based learning experience.
Credit Points: 15
In CC602 Zeitgeist students will examine the relationship between social and technological context and creative outputs. Students will choose a heritage screen or sonic product to explore and reflect upon its cultural/historical backdrop. Students will compose/produce a replica to meet the genre and/or stylistic characteristics of the original, and give consideration for how that product can be re-contextualised in a modern era.
Credit Points: 15
Students engage with the history of Aotearoa New Zealand music and its current industry. Examining multiple genres and relevant practice, students will create a music production that either artistically or critically responds to a cultural aspect of an Aotearoa New Zealand music aesthetic. This is a collaborative project co-taught with MP703, the students of which will assign production roles, deadlines and deliverables.
Credit Points: 15
Identify a current published writer/producer in the context of Futurist- Anarchist. Explore and reflect upon their most impactful work. Produce a screen or sonic output displaying a range of avant-garde compositional and production techniques. Create a reflective blog discussing the tools and techniques developed and applied.
Credit Points: 15
Given the need for practitioners to have a global view and an appreciation of wider cultural practice, MP605 provides an opportunity for students to not only express their personal culture but also to gain insight into cultures less familiar to them. A contemporary World Music project: students research and reflect upon representation of culture in international audio-visual works and relevant industry practices by region. Students produce an audio/visual output offering insight into previously unfamiliar cultural practice. Reflective content is included within the work.

Credit Points: 15
Students provide technical production crew support for those enrolled in Level 7 interdisciplinary collaborative course CC705 Fundamental Project Production. Students enrolled in CC606 will pitch for the various production roles on offer and under Facilitator supervision, Level 7 students will assign production roles and together groups will develop and deliver approved creative research-informed sonic-screen projects. The key focus is effective engagement with assigned responsibilities, deadlines and deliverables in a group dynamic.
Level 7
Credit Points: 30
This 36-week course provides a platform for engagement with transferable skills via Work-Integrated Learning and collaborative client projects which will include assigning roles to and evaluating the performance of less advanced student groups. Students will accumulate 40 hours of Work-Integrated Learning via professional industry placement. Students and WIL clients conduct peer review via the Transferable Skills Framework in an effort to foster and develop employability skills.

Tuakana-Teina project
Level 7 and 5 students are partnered in an informal facilitated mentor programme. The Tuakana (mentor) provides leadership and assistance for the Teina (mentee) and includes the mentee in the culture and community of the Level 7 projects.
Credit Points: 15
To engage with and critically reflect upon the unique cultural landscape of Aotearoa and to personally reflect upon its values and meaning. Visits to places of cultural significance and engagement with local iwi will underpin facilitated studio sessions. Students will collaboratively produce an audio-visual product to holistically represent and reflect chosen aspects of this.
Credit Points: 15
In a specialisation relating to music production, students nominate a topic for further study and conduct supervised research through collaborative creative practice. This framework will be used to develop a project proposal. The project proposal will outline a creative project that they will undertake in the second half of the course.
Credit Points: 15
Students engage with the history of Aotearoa New Zealand music and its current industry. Examining style and genre students will create a music production that either artistically or critically responds to a cultural aspect of Aotearoa New Zealand music aesthetic. This is a collaborative project co-taught with MP603, the students of which will be assigned production roles, deadlines and deliverables. In this course students will be developing and overseeing the creation of a musical compilation (EP) that responds to a cultural aspect of an Aotearoa New Zealand music aesthetic. Level 7 students will be guiding the level 6 students to produce content that aligns with the vision for the musical compilation.
Credit Points: 15
In this design phase that informs CC705 Fundamental Project Production, students collaboratively develop and pitch multiple sonic-screen project briefs viable for delivery within the CC705 timeframe. Peer review, critique, reflection and industry practitioners pitch sessions inform the final project focus, technologies, methodologies and delivery modes. The scope of the project should be finely tuned with creative and production duties defined and assigned.
Credit Points: 30
A single trimester interdisciplinary collaborative course for Level 7 Screen, Audio and Music Production students, with production crew support from Level 6 students enrolled in CC606 Production Profile. Under Facilitator supervision, groups develop and deliver approved creative research-informed sonic-screen projects. The key focus is the assignment, management and review of project partner work responsibilities, deadlines and deliverables. A key driver is the critical engagement with the context of interdisciplinary research by creative practice, as opposed to the duration of work
NZQA Course Codes
NZQA Level 5 Bachelor (3 Trimesters) NZQA Level 6 Bachelor (3 Trimesters) NZQA Level 7 Bachelor (3 Trimesters)
New Zealand Qualifications Authority
NZQA Level 7 This is an NZQA accredited programme of study that leads to the Level 7 NZ Bachelor of Music Production.

What jobs will this course lead me into?

  • Studio Composer
  • Music Producer
  • Music and Sound Designer
  • Live Music Performer
  • Commercial Music Composer
  • Musician
  • Songwriter
  • Music Promoter

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