Bachelor of Creative Technology (Audio Engineering & Sound Production)

  • 2 Years (6 trimesters)
  • Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane

  • Undergraduate

Gain the core skills you need to pursue a career in the audio industry, have the chance to collaborate with your peers, build your portfolio and practical experience, and be mentored by well-connected industry professionals in Australia's leading, award-winning audio engineering course.
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Diploma of Audio Engineering & Sound Production

  • 8 months (2 trimesters)
  • Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane

  • Undergraduate

This practical diploma will give you a solid understanding of digital audio workstations and analogue consoles, and choose from the Electronic Music Production or Live Event Production electives. Kick-off your studies and learn all about software-based synths with an emphasis on editing, arranging and mixing. Master mixing consoles and signal processors, and record, overdub and mix a band in the studio.
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Our Lecturers

Glenn Ferguson

Head of Audio Engineering & Sound Production (Sydney)

Glenn commenced lecturing at JMC Academy in 1996 and has held the position of Department Head since 2006. This experience, coupled with 20 years of industry experience and academic accomplishment has made Glenn a master specialist in his field. Having worked in a variety of recording situations, from world class SSL equipped studios, to temporary setups in farmhouses, schools and garages, Glenn has built a broad repertoire of skills.

Glenn has recorded a variety of acts from rock bands to jazz artists; Welsh choirs to brass bands. He also has extensive location recording experience including gigs at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney Town Hall, Newcastle Town Hall, Enmore Theatre and Cessnock Town Hall to name a few. Personally inspired by Rick Rubin, Glenn encourages his students to develop their own unique ‘sound’ to ensure they establish a competitive, sustainable career in the industry.

Glenn Ferguson

Head of Audio Engineering & Sound Production (Sydney)

Glenn commenced lecturing at JMC Academy in 1996 and has held the position of Department Head since 2006. This experience, coupled with 20 years of industry experience and academic accomplishment has made Glenn a master specialist in his field. Having worked in a variety of recording situations, from world class SSL equipped studios, to temporary setups in farmhouses, schools and garages, Glenn has built a broad repertoire of skills.

Glenn has recorded a variety of acts from rock bands to jazz artists; Welsh choirs to brass bands. He also has extensive location recording experience including gigs at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney Town Hall, Newcastle Town Hall, Enmore Theatre and Cessnock Town Hall to name a few. Personally inspired by Rick Rubin, Glenn encourages his students to develop their own unique ‘sound’ to ensure they establish a competitive, sustainable career in the industry.

Daniel Bodnarcuk

Head of Audio Engineering & Sound Production (Melbourne)

A musician, composer and sound engineer, Daniel is the owner and operator of boutique record label, Singplay. Daniel's ongoing body of work includes compositions, performances and engineered material for local and international release, featured on iTunes, Radio and Film.

Daniel’s teaching philosophy is centered on establishing a bond between Education and Industry. Daniel is an AMEB trained musician, holding a degree in Audio Engineering and Sound Production, and is currently studying his Masters of Education.

Daniel Bodnarcuk

Head of Audio Engineering & Sound Production (Melbourne)

A musician, composer and sound engineer, Daniel is the owner and operator of boutique record label, Singplay. Daniel's ongoing body of work includes compositions, performances and engineered material for local and international release, featured on iTunes, Radio and Film.

Daniel’s teaching philosophy is centered on establishing a bond between Education and Industry. Daniel is an AMEB trained musician, holding a degree in Audio Engineering and Sound Production, and is currently studying his Masters of Education.

Daniel Spirovski

Head of Audio Engineering & Sound Production (Brisbane)

While completing his performance degree in Jazz on Tenor Saxophone, Daniel developed his skill in music production and recording. For close to 20 years, he has been working as a professional musician performing locally and internationally in corporate and original bands. He is also a composer, music director, recording session musician, and multi-instrumentalist (saxophone, keyboards, and bass guitar).

Since 2008, he has worked as an independent music producer, live sound, and mix engineer and produced a large body of work across many genres. Daniel has traveled and performed on saxophone extensively with the Chicago-based Gospel group, Light of Love (backing vocalists for Paul Simon and Toto) in the US and in Australia. He was their Production Manager for a Live Recording in Stavanger, Norway.

Daniel has worked for Education QLD and Brisbane City Council music program initiatives and was the USQ Summerschool Music Program Co-ordinator for five years.

He started at JMC academy as a sessional music lecturer in 2013 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in Music where he coordinated the Ensemble Program, Music Technology, and Production units as well as lecturing and mentoring in Songwriting. He has represented JMC internationally on trips to India, Nepal, and Indonesia.

In 2020 Daniel was promoted to the role of Head of Audio in Brisbane.

Daniel Spirovski

Head of Audio Engineering & Sound Production (Brisbane)

While completing his performance degree in Jazz on Tenor Saxophone, Daniel developed his skill in music production and recording. For close to 20 years, he has been working as a professional musician performing locally and internationally in corporate and original bands. He is also a composer, music director, recording session musician, and multi-instrumentalist (saxophone, keyboards, and bass guitar).

Since 2008, he has worked as an independent music producer, live sound, and mix engineer and produced a large body of work across many genres. Daniel has traveled and performed on saxophone extensively with the Chicago-based Gospel group, Light of Love (backing vocalists for Paul Simon and Toto) in the US and in Australia. He was their Production Manager for a Live Recording in Stavanger, Norway.

Daniel has worked for Education QLD and Brisbane City Council music program initiatives and was the USQ Summerschool Music Program Co-ordinator for five years.

He started at JMC academy as a sessional music lecturer in 2013 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in Music where he coordinated the Ensemble Program, Music Technology, and Production units as well as lecturing and mentoring in Songwriting. He has represented JMC internationally on trips to India, Nepal, and Indonesia.

In 2020 Daniel was promoted to the role of Head of Audio in Brisbane.

Beau Sherrard

Senior Audio Lecturer

Formerly an in-house engineer at Q Studios (Rhinoceros Recordings), Beau Sherrard is a sound engineer with over 20 years of studio and teaching experience. Beau has worked with numerous artists including INXS, Grinspoon, The Living End, Mick Hart, Steve Smyth, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Jack Thompson, Grün, No Apologies, Jungle Fever and the cast of the Lion King. He has designed and teaches numerous units in spatial audio, recording, mixing, mastering and music production.

Beau Sherrard

Senior Audio Lecturer

Formerly an in-house engineer at Q Studios (Rhinoceros Recordings), Beau Sherrard is a sound engineer with over 20 years of studio and teaching experience. Beau has worked with numerous artists including INXS, Grinspoon, The Living End, Mick Hart, Steve Smyth, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Jack Thompson, Grün, No Apologies, Jungle Fever and the cast of the Lion King. He has designed and teaches numerous units in spatial audio, recording, mixing, mastering and music production.

David Lauritsen

Senior Audio Lecturer

David is both an audio engineer and a musician, notably performing at the Big Day Out in 2014, and authoring The Handbook for the Serious Guitarist, which is available to read at all JMC Libraries!

David's early career as an audio engineer involved freelancing at various music studios around Melbourne before falling in love with location recording and post-production audio for Film and Television, working on 80 short films in the first 2 years as well as documentaries, advertisements, TV series and feature films.

David is still involved at Black Pearl Studios and is often found recording on film sets.

David Lauritsen

Senior Audio Lecturer

David is both an audio engineer and a musician, notably performing at the Big Day Out in 2014, and authoring The Handbook for the Serious Guitarist, which is available to read at all JMC Libraries!

David's early career as an audio engineer involved freelancing at various music studios around Melbourne before falling in love with location recording and post-production audio for Film and Television, working on 80 short films in the first 2 years as well as documentaries, advertisements, TV series and feature films.

David is still involved at Black Pearl Studios and is often found recording on film sets.

Thomas Combes

Senior Lecturer, Audio

Music has been a passion of Thomas' since he picked up his first guitar at the tender age of 10. Fast forward 17 years and Tom’s phenomenal finger-style playing, subtle tone and seasoned musical taste push the boundaries of what is possible on an acoustic guitar. His unique style of playing incorporates finger picking with simultaneous percussion on the soundboard to create a detailed wall of sound.

Tom has toured nationally as an in-demand session player, played on the main stage of several music festivals and has had his signature guitar playing recorded on several albums. These accomplishments have been complemented with his in-depth Audio Engineering and Production knowledge obtained through his degree in the Bachelor of Popular Music at Griffith.

Tom now resides in Brisbane where he lectures Audio classes and teaches guitar at JMC Academy.

Thomas Combes

Senior Lecturer, Audio

Music has been a passion of Thomas' since he picked up his first guitar at the tender age of 10. Fast forward 17 years and Tom’s phenomenal finger-style playing, subtle tone and seasoned musical taste push the boundaries of what is possible on an acoustic guitar. His unique style of playing incorporates finger picking with simultaneous percussion on the soundboard to create a detailed wall of sound.

Tom has toured nationally as an in-demand session player, played on the main stage of several music festivals and has had his signature guitar playing recorded on several albums. These accomplishments have been complemented with his in-depth Audio Engineering and Production knowledge obtained through his degree in the Bachelor of Popular Music at Griffith.

Tom now resides in Brisbane where he lectures Audio classes and teaches guitar at JMC Academy.

Paul McKercher

Audio Lecturer

Credited with five Aria Awards and hundreds of releases, the Sonic signatures of clarity, power, punch and musicality are the defining qualities of Paul's work. He understands musicians and can tap into the essence of their artistic vision while making the recording process transparent, enjoyable, even transcendent.

Over the course of an extensive career in music production, Paul’s inclusive approach and versatility has led to successful collaborations with artists from multiple genres.

He has a deep technical knowledge and is a multi-instrumentalist with formal training in music (AMEB grade 7) and the recording arts, working at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for a decade taking the role of Triple J live music producer for three years.

Bringing a critical approach to studio practice and an empathic ear to music production, Paul has written articles, spoken at industry conferences, podcasts and lectured extensively in music production.

Paul McKercher

Audio Lecturer

Credited with five Aria Awards and hundreds of releases, the Sonic signatures of clarity, power, punch and musicality are the defining qualities of Paul's work. He understands musicians and can tap into the essence of their artistic vision while making the recording process transparent, enjoyable, even transcendent.

Over the course of an extensive career in music production, Paul’s inclusive approach and versatility has led to successful collaborations with artists from multiple genres.

He has a deep technical knowledge and is a multi-instrumentalist with formal training in music (AMEB grade 7) and the recording arts, working at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for a decade taking the role of Triple J live music producer for three years.

Bringing a critical approach to studio practice and an empathic ear to music production, Paul has written articles, spoken at industry conferences, podcasts and lectured extensively in music production.

Nick Franklin

Audio Lecturer

Nick is a music producer and recording engineer that owns and operates Rolodex Sound in Sydney, Aus. Nick's career in audio engineering and sound production began working under industry veteran mastering engineer Rick O'Neil at the southern hemisphere's largest mastering studio Turtlerock Mastering.

Nick then went on to become house engineer at Linear Recording where he worked with artists such as Peking Duk, Daniel Johns (Silverchair), Miley Cyrus, Client Liaison and Deep Sea Arcade.

Nick now produces, mixes and masters in a freelance capacity and develops emerging artists and bands.

Nick Franklin

Audio Lecturer

Nick is a music producer and recording engineer that owns and operates Rolodex Sound in Sydney, Aus. Nick's career in audio engineering and sound production began working under industry veteran mastering engineer Rick O'Neil at the southern hemisphere's largest mastering studio Turtlerock Mastering.

Nick then went on to become house engineer at Linear Recording where he worked with artists such as Peking Duk, Daniel Johns (Silverchair), Miley Cyrus, Client Liaison and Deep Sea Arcade.

Nick now produces, mixes and masters in a freelance capacity and develops emerging artists and bands.

Steve James

Audio Lecturer

Steve is a UK /Australian Producer, Recording and Mixing Engineer Brisbane based He has worked with a variety of Local and internationally renowned artists such as The Rutles , Toyah ,The Jam,The SexPistols, The Screaming Jets, The Angels and Cold Chisel and the Screaming Jets. He has all worked in other various projects including the song ”Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life” from the Movie The Life of Brian by Monty Python as well as originally producing the children series “Teletubbies”. This has led him to be nominated for a Grammy award as well as winning ARIA’s for ‘Producer of the Year’ and ‘Engineer of the Year’.

Steve James

Audio Lecturer

Steve is a UK /Australian Producer, Recording and Mixing Engineer Brisbane based He has worked with a variety of Local and internationally renowned artists such as The Rutles , Toyah ,The Jam,The SexPistols, The Screaming Jets, The Angels and Cold Chisel and the Screaming Jets. He has all worked in other various projects including the song ”Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life” from the Movie The Life of Brian by Monty Python as well as originally producing the children series “Teletubbies”. This has led him to be nominated for a Grammy award as well as winning ARIA’s for ‘Producer of the Year’ and ‘Engineer of the Year’.

Dan Sugars

Music & Audio Lecturer

Dan has been involved in the Creative Industries since 2004, turning his childhood passion for music performance into a rewarding and diverse professional career.

He is a professional music producer, sound engineer and composer, and spends most of his time producing music for game developers and recording artists. He also plays drums for the rock band Go Van Go.
Some of his recent work has achieved nominations for various songwriting awards, national radio play and international licensing contracts.

Dan Sugars

Music & Audio Lecturer

Dan has been involved in the Creative Industries since 2004, turning his childhood passion for music performance into a rewarding and diverse professional career.

He is a professional music producer, sound engineer and composer, and spends most of his time producing music for game developers and recording artists. He also plays drums for the rock band Go Van Go.
Some of his recent work has achieved nominations for various songwriting awards, national radio play and international licensing contracts.

FAQs

This depends on where you would like to focus your career. Do you want to be a performer, composer, songwriter or learn about the technical aspects of sound, recording and mixing techniques? In JMC's music courses there are units on how to produce your own music which might be worth considering. If you want to know all there is about audio - including how to produce all kinds of music and sound then this is the course for you. Being a musician is an added bonus for this course as the knowledge and skills you have as a musician can be applied to production. Having said that, you don’t need to be a musician to study this course, as basic music theory is included in the curriculum.

No, our courses are hands on and practical. Students are required to attend classes to receive ongoing mentorship, learn new skills and work with the equipment provided. We do encourage our students to use online study resources, however our courses would not be as immersive as they are without the practical component.

You do not need to provide any samples. However, you are welcome to provide samples of work. This may include any recordings you’ve done - whether that be live, studio or in your room, screen shots of any ProTools sessions or examples of any technical experience you've had including PA setup, session setup, helping out at live music events, at school or otherwise. Although not necessary, experience such as this demonstrates your keen interest in pursuing audio as a career.

Yes. The JMC Academy is registered and regulated by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) which is Australia’s independent national regulator of the higher education sector, both public and private.