Duration
8 months (2 trimesters)
Locations
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane
Fees
Intake Dates

February, June, September

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This practical diploma will give you a solid understanding of digital audio workstations and analogue consoles, and your choice of electives in Electronic Music Production or Live Event Production.

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.

Put your technical skills into practice by collaborating with other students recording a band using multi-microphone techniques, or overdubbing other instruments to a multi-track recorder, and gain a real headstart securing your dream audio job.

Why Study Audio at JMC?

Australia's leading Audio Engineering Course
Choose electives in Live Events, Studio Production, Sound for Screen and Electronic Music Production
Learn direct from major international producers at regular student masterclasses

Technology & Facilities

We take audio seriously at JMC, with studios full of the best tech in the trade including high-end equipment and recording studios, fitted with 5.1 surround sound and all the latest gear, including:

Consoles: SSL Duality 48 Channel, Avid C24 control surface, Pro Tools HD with Avid HDX conversion

Mics: Neumann U87, FET 47, U89, Royer 121, AKG C414 and many more

Plugins: Full Universal Audio Plugin Suite, Waves Mercury Bundle Outboard: Avalon 2022, Universal Audio 2x610, Empirical Labs Distressors, Manley Vari Mu

Duration

When undertaken full-time, the Diploma of Audio Engineering & Sound Production can be completed in 8 months (2 trimesters).

Upon successful completion of the Diploma qualification, students are eligible to continue their studies into the Bachelor Degree with advanced standing of two trimesters.

Students who have successfully completed 4 trimesters of the Bachelor programme may successfully graduate with an Associate Degree qualification.

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Curriculum

This unit introduces students to the diverse range of careers available in the industry as well as some of the equipment and standard practices in various industry sectors. It introduces professional practice in various settings and identifies the skills required to function within them as well as developing networks for future engagement in industry. The student will also develop the academic skills of research and referencing, independent learning and effective written and oral presentations through specific content and assessment processes. This unit provides grounding for many of the concepts studied in later units.

This unit provides fundamental concepts for digital audio workstation (DAW) operation that will be used throughout the degree. It involves a practical introduction to software-based recording systems with an emphasis on file handling, editing, and arranging using a DAW. You will learn about the fundamental hardware and software components required for digital audio production, as well as the function an audio engineer plays in preparing and completing a mix. This unit covers an introduction to signal processing in the context of plug-in based digital signal processing in the form of equalisation, dynamics processing and time modification effects.

In this unit, the student will apply technical and theoretical recording, digital editing and mixing concepts to a podcast and simple recording project. This unit involves a practical approach to using microphones and digital recording equipment; and will explore the demands of editing voice and working with musicians in the recording studio. The student will apply knowledge learnt in other units to practical situations and reflect upon their work and the work of the group. Both recordings will be mixed in a format suitable for professional distribution.

This unit will discuss the nature and behaviour of sound waves as well as how we may experience and describe them. Students will explore how sound waves may exist acoustically, or be represented as electrical or digital signals and also how they may be generated, captured, stored, reproduced and manipulated by various devices. Human perception of sound is investigated as well as how to protect hearing from damage. This unit will provide the theoretical grounding to the course and support the practical application of these concepts.

This unit introduces the concepts and techniques of contemporary music production. Various technical, artistic and creative concerns are surveyed in context to various contemporary and popular musical styles and genres. Production and sonic characteristics are discussed and analysed, illuminating fundamental principles of music production and their qualities.

In this unit, the student will learn the basics of mixing techniques to achieve release-quality music. Listening and mix evaluation skills will be explored with the technical concepts expected of a professional production. Editing, arrangement, and monitoring use, alongside psychological and psychoacoustic techniques will give the student foundational mixing skills.

This unit builds on the practice and concepts presented in Studio 1 (ASP204). Students will explore live recording and mixing practices in full band or electronic music based projects, in both a controlled studio and live sound context. Practical approaches to recording and mixing, using a combination of digital and analogue recording techniques will be practised. Students will explore areas including; further application of microphone techniques, overdubbing, appropriate instrumentation, and the application of mixing techniques for specific purposes. This unit provides insight into current industry practices from recording a live band to electronic dance music production.

*indicates elective unit

This unit introduces the student to the principles of effective professional work practices by focusing on the knowledge required to safely and effectively set up and operate appropriate audio visual and PA equipment for sound reinforcement systems. Students set up and operate a basic public address or AV system to suit the requirements of both the venue and client. It has a significant practical component and introduces the student to an area of specialisation for their professional practice.

*indicates elective unit

This unit introduces the creative practice of electronic music techniques through software synthesizers, MIDI, arrangement and audio editing via DAW software. The application of various synthesizers and audio manipulation processes are explored including the integration of MIDI. The knowledge gained in this unit will be used extensively in subsequent studio recording projects. Students will familiarize themselves with hardware and software that is commonly used to create electronic music. Students are not required to have prior musical knowledge for this unit; the emphasis is on synthesis and creative audio manipulation.

Student Showcase

Our Lecturers

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’.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

The in-depth practical work gave me an edge in the real world. Lecturers are knowledgeable and experienced with a real passion for the subject matter, making learning much easier.
Aldo Sampaio - Audio Director, Ubisoft Montreal (Canada)
Audio Alumni
Going to JMC, I really loved the community of students and lecturers - everyone was so supportive and passionate about making great music, films and art.
Angie Watson - Recording Engineer, The Brain Recording Studios
Audio Alumni
There is nothing more artistically satisfying than to have your thoughts and ideas come to life in the form of a finished recording or mix
Peter Mulas - Audiologist, Phonak (Hearing Solutions)
Audio Alumni

Are you ready to take the next step toward your career in Audio?

Avid Certification & SIMSR

After a rigorous review of JMC Academy’s facilities and superior technology used in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane’s Audio courses, JMC Academy is also a certified AVID Training location. This recognition allows JMC Academy to offer 100 and 200 level courses in ProTools for introductory and formal ProTools certification.
This certification makes JMC Academy the only provider in Australia to offer 200 level courses in more than one state

Sydney Institute of Music + Sound Research (SIMSR)

In a constantly developing field, it’s important to keep exploring and innovating. That’s why we’ve partnered with the School of Communication at UTS to build The Sydney Institute of Music and Sound Research. SIMSR is dedicated to developing research in various forms of music and sound and exploring the relationship between them and audiovisual media. SIMSR members are active in researching, publishing and presenting on various aspects of music and sound cultures and in supervising postgraduate research, bringing you the latest advances in music + sound.

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.

No, you need not 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.