Develop high-level creative, analytical and technical capabilities in your chosen speciality and learn how to apply critical listening, research and thinking skills in the context of music and audio production.

Key elements include recording, mixing, editing and mastering material, using both standard and non-standard sound creation and editing tools and techniques. Learn how to scope, research and complete work to a professional standard.

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Audio Engineering and Production you’ll gain the skills to be an asset in any studio environment or to find success as an independent contractor.

  • Level:
  • Credit Value:
    360 (120 per year)
  • Awards:
    Bachelor of Audio Engineering and Production
  • Location:
    Auckland, Christchurch
  • Method of Study:
    Full time - face to face and blended
  • Holiday Duration:
    7 weeks
  • Teaching Duration:
    34 weeks
  • Total Duration:
    41 weeks - 3 years total (Part time options available)
  • Dates:
    February and July 2018
  • Year 1 $6,928*

    Year 2 $6,188*

    Year 3 from $5,367*

  • International Fee (2018):

    Full fee breakdown click here

* Includes Student Services Fee

Core Elements

Year One 120 credits

All Compulsory; All 15 credits

  • Physics of sound 1
  • Contextual studies 1
  • Applied music and audio production 1
  • Core theory 1
  • Applied audio engineering 1
  • Applied audio engineering & Live Sound 2
  • Applied production 1
  • Applied production 2

Year Two 120 credits

All Compulsory; All 15 credits

  • Physics of sound 2
  • Contextual studies 2
  • Industry Studies
  • Core theory 2
  • Applied Audio Engineering 3
  • Applied Production 3
  • Sound for Visual Media

Streams; choose one

  • Applied Audio Engineering 4
  • Applied Production 4
  • Applied Live Sound
Year Three 120 credits

All Compulsory; All 15 credits apart from Major Project

  • Major Project (60 Credits)
  • Research
  • Contextual Studies 3

Electives; choose two

  • Applied Audio Engineering 5
  • Applied Production 5
  • Research Workplace Practices
  • Radio and Broadcast Production
  • Game Audio

Programme Structure and Workload

The programme is 37.5 hours per week, with teaching hours ranging from 21 hours/week in the first L5 year, to 13.5 hours per week in the third L7 year. It includes a mixture of face to face and blended delivery; in classroom, computer labs and recording studios. There are eight 15-credit courses per teaching year split across two semesters. Electives are available from Year 2 in Applied Live-Sound, Applied Audio Engineering and Applied Production.

Further Study Paths

Graduate Diploma Business and Enterprise

Progression to Masters programmes

Course Components

  • Physics of Sound
  • Contextual Studies
  • Applied Music and Audio Production
  • Live Sound
  • Core Theory
  • Applied Audio Engineering
  • Applied Production
  • Sound for Visual Media
  • Research Studies
  • Major Project

Career Opportunities

  • Professional audio engineer
  • Audio producer in a commercial setting

Other roles include, but are not limited to:

  • Teaching audio engineering (add teaching diploma)
  • Audio-visual installer and operator
  • Digital Audio Workstation operator
  • Studio operator
  • Studio set-up consultant
  • Audio editor
  • Sound designer
  • Electronic music artist
  • Commercial music producer
  • Live sound engineer
  • Audio sales representative
  • Music retail technology expert
  • Acoustic Engineer, Acoustician, Audiologist (via further study)
  • Researcher
  • Manufacturer
  • Journalist
  • Composer
  • Progression into: Masters programme in the arts, PHD
  • Critic

Entry Criteria

  • Applicants must have completed the requirements for University Entrance which includes NCEA Level 3 (or equivalent)
  • Applicants who have Level 2 in Physics and Maths who can provideevidence (in the form of a portfolio of relevant work) that they can successfully complete the programme, may be accepted into Year One at the Programme Leader’s discretion
  • Applicants for whom English is a second language must meet IELTS (or equivalent) Level 6 with no band lower than 5.5

Special notes:

  • Applicants may be required to attend an interview
  • Consideration will be given to applicants aged 20 years or older who do not meet the entry criteria if they can demonstrate a history of work, industry experience, or (in the opinion of the Programme Leader) could successfully complete the programme
  • Consideration will be given to students who progress through other TPP/MAINZ programme pathways (e.g. Foundation Sound and Music L2->Live Sound L4)
  • Preference will be given to applicants with Merit or Excellence passes in Maths, Physics and Music at or above the level specified

Exit Qualification 

Under certain circumstances students may enter level 5 and level 6 as standalone qualifications. Enquire when applying.