Calling all aspiring sound engineers, music producers and audiophiles:

 

Dial up the volume, it's time to dive in

 

Your Bachelor of Music (Audio) will speak volumes:

  • Plug into your passion. Once you’ve mastered the foundations of recording and mixing, you’ll choose one of 4 pathways to pursue your purpose:
  1. The professional studio: in our state-of-the-art facilities
  2. Live sound production: on- and off-campus in the fast-paced live music concert scene
  3. Media post-production: sound design for film and game production
  4. The digital studio: synthesis, sampling and electronic music programming
  • Collaborate with other student composers, musicians, performers and actors on recording live concert projects
  • Graduate confident and capable of using the latest software in sound and media production
  • Enjoy top-of-the-line recording facilities with the best digital and vintage analogue production equipment to perfect your technique
  • Thrive in the theory that shapes sound engineering – acoustics, perception of hearing, digital audio, sampling and system design
  • Discover diverse genres and styles through the history and culture of music to expand and enhance your understanding of sound
  • Be taught and mentored by high-calibre audio specialists in a supportive, creative environment. Your lecturers are all active in the national or international music scene – they will teach you the best and latest practices.

Download our Program Guide for course structure and subject details.

Take a tour of the Recording Studios 

 

  1. Major study: Practical, specialised training to develop operational and technical excellence
  2. Academic studies: Train in music theory, hone your ear, expand your knowledge of genres and sounds as well as the business side of the entertainment industry
  3. Ensemble: Collaborate with other composers, musicians and performers and put your skills into practice
  4. Associated studies & electives: Space to sharpen your focus or explore more

Elective units give the flexibility to explore and shape your experience. If an area of specialty is calling, you can answer with electives that sharpen your focus. Or you could go broader across performance, production, management, media and tech subjects.

In fact, you can choose electives from any of AIM’s major study streams, wherever your music musings take you. Popular examples include:

  • Acting: Imagination & the Actor
  • Arranging
  • Artist Management
  • Indian Rhythms
  • Introduction to Entertainment Law
  • Digital Marketing
  • DJ Electronic Music
  • Drum Skills
  • Electronic Music
  • Introduction to Film & Screen
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Foundations of Improvisation
  • Guitar Skills
  • Keyboard Skills
  • Latin Rhythms
  • Live Sound
  • Mixing for Screen
  • Movement for Stage
  • Songwriting
  • And many more …

Audition/Portfolio Requirements

Applicants are required to provide a portfolio of two musical items. This may include any of the following forms of evidence:

  • A live performance (to be performed during the interview)
  • A recorded visual or audio performance
  • A recorded original composition
  • A PDF score of an original composition or arrangement
  • A handwritten score of an original composition or arrangement
  • An audio mix of a musical work

 

Applicants may choose to provide a combination of evidence e.g. a live performance of an existing work and a recording of an original track.

Applicants may be required to attend an interview.

 

NSW Year 12

Applicants must have completed the NSW Higher School Certificate in the last 2 years and completed a minimum of English Standard. Note that any result below a Band 3 in English Standard may require further assessment. 

 

Victorian Year 12

Applicants must have completed an Australian Senior Secondary Year 12 Certificate in the last 2 years; for VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education) Students; Satisfactory completion of the VCE and Units 3 and 4 English. Any of the four VCE English studies  - English, English as an Additional Language, Literature or English Language -satisfies the requirement for English; however, Units 3 and 4 must be completed in sequence and in the same calendar year.

 

VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning): The completion of senior VCAL will be recognized for entry into the Diploma of Music providing the audition requirements are met. Audition requirements are listed below.

 

For all other admissions criteria, please refer to the Admissions Criteria policy available here:

 

For more information on the specific entry and admissions processes relevant to your program of interest and your student status, please follow the links below

Domestic Students

How to Apply

Admissions Criteria

 

International Students

How to Apply

Admissions Criteria

Graduates of the Bachelor of Music (Audio) should be able to: 

  1. Demonstrate a broad range of knowledge with respect to audio and music, with depth in their chosen audio production environment and an applied understanding of theoretical principles in audio engineering. 
  2. Critically review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise audio engineering theory and practice in their chosen audio production environment. 
  3. Demonstrate technical proficiency in their chosen audio production environment. 
  4. Apply critical thinking, creativity and informed judgement to a range of audio production scenarios. 
  5. Communicate clearly, effectively and appropriately as an audio engineer in a diverse range of contexts, circumstances and media. 
  6. Demonstrate initiative and judgement in audio theory and practice. 
  7. Demonstrate initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in audio production theory and practice. 
  8. Adapt technical, critical listening and professional knowledge and skills to a diverse range of professional contexts. 
  9. Demonstrate responsibility and accountability in the application of audio production knowledge and skills for professional practice, through ongoing professional development and when working in collaborations with others. 

 

 


AUDIO STAFF:

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Glen Phimister

  • Leadership

    Academic Lecturer

  • Campus

    Sydney

  • Departments

Glen Phimister started out in the recording industry at Trident Studios in London in the early 70’s. Trident was recognised for, and Glen was privilaged to observe, productions at that time including Queen, Elton John, David Bowie, and Harry Neilson.

In the mid 70’s Glen joined AIR Studios London, which was owned by legendary Beatles producer George Martin. Glen further extended his training under George and many other producers, engineers, and artists at AIR.

Glen then joined EMI Studios 301 in Sydney in the late 70’s as a staff engineer, and became involved with the resurgence of pop music in Australia from that time. Whilst at 301 for some 14 years Glen worked with many formulative and successful artists including INXS, Slim Dusty, Split Enz, Duran Duran, Richard Clapton, John Farnham, Wendy Mathews, Dragon, and Cheetah.

The early 90’s began a period of freelance engineering based in Sydney, which included recordings such as Sydney Olympics 2000, Slim Dusty’s 100th album, ARIA winning Jazz Police, Olivia Newton-John, IOTA, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Home and Away, and many live/location, and ABC recordings.

Glen has been a qualified professional audio educator for several years now, and strives to share his knowledge and experience with students at AIM.