Diploma of Music


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12 months (1 year)


February, May, September


Melbourne, Sydney


Domestic and International
FEE-HELP eligible


Diploma 111594A
CRS 1401304


The Diploma of Music provides excellent, industry-oriented education for performers, composers, music producers and technologists, music scholars and arts & entertainment managers.  

 It is an ideal starting point for school leavers to explore where they fit in today’s music industry, and for mature-age students to update their skills for today’s competitive standards.   

  Students can gain professional, industry-level skills in:  

  • Performance   
  • Composition   
  • Creative Technology (Recording and Audio Engineering Techniques)  
  • Arts Management (Engaging the Creative Mind and Commerce)  
  • Acting   

In just 12 months, you will build your musical literacy and academic skills and walk away with an industry-recognised qualification. You also have the option to transition into any of our Bachelor of Music programs after your Diploma studies.  


All Diploma modules are designed to be flexible. You will have numerous opportunities to develop your existing skills, explore areas that may be new and inspiring, and gain an extensive understanding of the arts and entertainment field.  


The Diploma of Music is a stand-alone tertiary qualification and a direct pathway to the Bachelor of Music degree. All your completed Diploma units are credited, and you can apply to continue your studies as a second-year Bachelor of Music student.  


At the conclusion of your course, you will gain an industry-recognised qualification with multiple career opportunities such as: 

  • Performer 
  • Songwriter 
  • Session Musician 
  • ​​Producer 
  • Mixing Engineer Assistant 
  • FOH Engineering Assistant 
  • Solo Artist 
  • A&R Assistant 
  • Record Label Assistant 

Learn more about how AIM helps you to succeed View Career Opportunities 

To gain entry into the Diploma of Music course, you must provide: 

  • A resume outlining previous music study, and/or practical music experiences and achievements 

And must have achieved ONE of the following:  

  • Satisfactory completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Year 12 Certificate in the last 2 years (such as HSC or VCE*) and satisfy the minimum English language entry of a Band 3 in HSC English Standard (or equivalent)  
  • Satisfactory completion of IB (International Baccalaureate) Diploma qualification in the past 2 years  
  • Satisfactory completion of an AQF VET qualification (Certificate IV and above, or equivalent as assessed by DET)  
  • Satisfactory completion of at least 6 months full-time tertiary study (AQF level 5 or higher)  
  • Be a mature age student (21 years or older)  

 *NOTE: Completion of Senior VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning) does not meet these requirements.  

Need further information? View Entry Requirements Domestic or Entry Requirements International



To reach your potential as a musician, you need to learn from experts. Explore who you will study under.

  • Josh Kyle

    Head of Melbourne Campus

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    Josh Kyle is a highly respected faculty member at AIM’s Melbourne campus. His varied approach to music-making has seen him involved with many different musical experiences and settings. He has released four albums under his own name.

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  • Dr. Gary Holgate

    Head of Learning and Teaching

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    Gary is a highly qualified music academic and a seasoned musician. As an upright and electric bass player, he has performed and recorded with many jazz artists including Kevin Hunt, Grace Knight, Bill Risby, Joy Yates and Dave Macrae, and a guest solo on Plini’s ‘Wombat Astronaut’

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  • Greg Coffin

    Associate Head of Learning and Teaching

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    Greg is well respected as an outstanding educator at tertiary level. He is passionate about supporting students through their musical journey, specialising in first year student studies and teaching piano and commencing theory courses.

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  • Tim Kelly


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    Tim Kelly is a music lover, marketeer, and management specialist.  His journey through the music industry has included stints as a fanzine editor, tour manager, recording artist, independent label co-founder, marketing executive and managing director. He is now a full-time educator specialising in the business of music and entertainment.

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  • Dr. Tim Willis

    Associate Head of Learning and Teaching - Melbourne

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    Tim Willis is an academic and professional musician based in Melbourne. He has been an active contributor to the Melbourne jazz scene since moving from France in 2009 .  Tim obtained his Bachelor of Music from the School of Music at the Australian National University before going on to complete his PhD in Music Performance – Jazz from Monash University’s Zelman Cowen School of Music.  Tim’s band Tim […]

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  • Natalie Carolan

    Academic Lecturer

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    Natalie Carolan’s captivating sound melts into her honest and exquisite songs. 2016 saw the release and launch of Natalie Carolan’s Contemporary Australian singer’s debut album, I Sleep, at Melbourne Recital Centre, and was shortly followed by her ‘all parts beautiful, powerful and vulnerable’ alt/pop EP. The 4-track delight weaving ambient and enticing harmonic backdrops with alluring production and Carolan’s intimate […]

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