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Program Code 11379
Graduate Level Postgraduate
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From 2015 this program is available to continuing students only.

The Graduate Certificate in Music Technology is a coursework program designed to provide students with relevant theoretical and practical knowledge of the latest advances in Music Technology while allowing scope for specialisation and the development of professional skills as used throughout the industry. The program is ideally suited to music teachers, performing musicians, composers and sound engineers - anyone working seriously in the music business.

Why study with us?

The University of Newcastle recognises the important role technology plays in the life of a modern, creative-thinking musician.  Technical and creative skills are fostered to produce graduates that are outstanding in their field and able to apply themselves to a variety of situations.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program are often music educators, performing musicians, composers, arrangers, publishers, producers, etc. Employment opportunities exist within and without the field of creative arts.

Study a Language

All domestic students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.

International students cannot enrol concurrently in the Diploma in Languages alongside their primary program unless they can complete both programs within the duration of their primary program CoE. For more information please contact the ESOS Student Compliance Unit

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Please visit for information on how to gain entry.

Relevant academic qualifications from a recognised tertiary institution (for example, an undergraduate or postgraduate degree) and/or relevant and proven professional experience in music, music technology, film/multimedia, music education or equivalent field as considered appropriate. (This may include experience gained through paid and/or voluntary work.)

Students who have sufficient Admission Points to enter at the Graduate Certificate level (but have insufficient points to directly enter at the Masters level) will be eligible to enter the Master of Music Technology program upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Music Technology providing a Grade Point Average of 5.0 (i.e. credit) is achieved. Please note the postgraduate offering within the School of Creative Arts are currently being revised, the final intake into the Graduate Certificate in Music Technology and the Master of Music Technology will be in Trimester 3, 2014.

Assumed Knowledge

Students must be able to operate computing equipment at an elementary level.

Students must also possess an understanding of key areas of music. This may include:

  • a rudimentary understanding of music theory
  • basic score reading
  • common musical terminology
  • musical aural perception

Further information is available from the Program Convenor.

Credit Transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, go to and click on ‘How to Apply for Credit’.



International Students

International students must comply with the University of Newcastle’s English language proficiency requirements. All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit to find out more about the support services available to international students.

This program provides international students with the opportunity to study and work from their home country while studying with the University.

Special Needs

Students with disabilities who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonably adjustments are provided in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student’s responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit for more information.

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.

Requirements and Structure

The program requires the successful completion of a total of 40 units. Students may undertake 20 units each trimester over two trimesters but may undertake a single course per trimester if they wish. The program requires the successful completion of the core course and three directed courses. The courses must be chosen with at least one course taken from each Group A and B. Students are encouraged to customise the program as as to be relevant to their particular occupation or interest.

The program is studied via online learning and is supported by e-mail and the Internet. Refer to course descriptions for further information.

Course Information

Code Name Availability Units
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
MTEC6700 Applications of Music Technology
To be completed in first trimester of study.
Not currently offered 10 units
Directed Courses
Code Name Availability Units
Choose 10 units from Group A Directed Courses (minimum), with Group A & B courses to total 30 units.
MTEC6701 MIDI and Sequencing Techniques Trimester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
MTEC6702 Advanced Musical Scoring Techniques Trimester 3 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
MTEC6703 Studio Sound Techniques Trimester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
MTEC6704 Live Sound Techniques Trimester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
Choose 10 units from Group B Directed Courses (minimum), with Group A & B courses to total 30 units.
MTEC6705 Music and Digital Media Trimester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
MTEC6706 Computer Assisted Instruction in Music Trimester 3 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
MTEC6707 Music and the Internet Trimester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
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