2 years
Study mode
Full-time & Part-time
Tuition fee (entire course)
Foreign students
USD 27,216
NZD 40,780
Other costs
Other costs apply

About this course

The Diploma in Contemporary Music develops your musical and professional strengths, including collaborative performance, creative and cross-disciplinary skills, music fundamentals and techniques, and technology-based and music industry skills. Highlights include:

  • A mix of music labs in a dedicated Mac laboratory, group rehearsal tutorials and taught classes at a convenient, state-of-the-art venue in Waitakere City.
  • Working on band or ensemble performances, composing new music and learning about music production together with your fellow students.
  • Emphasis on developing a broad, genre-inclusive understanding of contemporary performance and recording, and an understanding of the contexts of music and culture in Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • An opportunity to try your hand at a variety of musical styles, from hip-hop, jazz and experimental music to Maori and Pacific music.
  • Lecturers who are well-known and highly regarded in the music industry.
  • Visits from well-known music practitioners - your chance to find out what a career in the music industry is really like.
  • Access to drop-in computer labs and rehearsal space.

Entry Requirements

  • A recognised/relevant qualification.

English Language Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must have achieved a minimum standard of English as demonstrated by a minimum of 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in Reading, 4 in Writing).
  • International Students for whom English is not their First Language
    • Completion of one of the following qualifications:
      • NZ Certificate in English Language (NZCEL) Academic Level 5
      • Graduate Certificate in English as an Additional Language (Unitec Qualification)
    • An overall IELTS band score (Academic Format) of 6.5 with a no band score lower than 6;
    • An overall TOEFL pBT (Paper-based Test) score of  590 (plus essay TWE of 5.5) OR an overall TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test) score of 79 (plus writing score of 21);
    • Level C1 under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR);
    • First Certificate in English (FCE) with a pass at Grade A OR Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) with a score of 58 or higher OR Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a score of 45 or higher  under the Cambridge International standard tests of English as a foreign language;
    • Pearson Test of English (PToE) (Academic) with a score of 58;
    • City & Guilds Internal English for Speakers of Other Languages (IESOL) C1 Expert with a score of 42.