New Zealand Diploma in Music (Level 5)

Learn about performance and recorded music production, through instrument studies and other practical applications to develop competent skills and knowledge, within a creative environment.

This programme will prepare you for a career in the commercial music industry, including performance and recorded music production.


What you will learn

  • Learn to read and write music to an advanced level
  • Apply composition, arranging and lyric writing techniques to create a variety of music
  • Learn to perform music competently and creatively to engage an audience
  • Develop your technical ability on a musical instrument(s)
  • Create music and sound recordings in our state of the art facilities

Music programmes are taught in facilities that include: 

  • Recording studios
  • Digi labs with Apple computers
  • Music production suites
  • Performance room equipped with lighting, PA, projector and large screen and performance equipment.
  • Fully equipped band rehearsal rooms.
  • Fully equipped DJ booths
  • Individual practice rooms, equipped with keyboards, stereos and practice amps.
  • Specialist music teaching rooms
  • Keyboard theory lab
  • Music library
  • Student music listening area


Graduates can work in roles such as:​

  • composing for personal repertoire
  • organising personal group or gig
  • assisting in the production of live or recorded music
  • music/media business occupations

Entry criteria


NCEA level 2 or equivalent qualification/work experience AND evidence of ability based on an audition. 


IELTS 5.5 with no band score lower than 5.0 (or equivalent) and academic requirements. 

Equipment/material requirements

Own instrument unless a vocalist. Optional but recommended: laptop computer and multimedia software.