New Zealand Diploma in Music (Level 6)

New Zealand Diploma in Music (Level 6)

Take your musical skills to the next level. Develop your instrument and musicianship skills to a high level. Work together on composing songs, putting on shows, performing at Te Auaha and playing gigs at music venues around Wellington. Build your portfolio while gaining industry experience.

What you will learn

Work together on composing songs, putting on shows, performing at Te Auaha and playing gigs at music venues around Wellington.

  • Learn how to engage your audience and perform music at a professional level
  • Develop your technical playing ability to help you pursue your dream career
  • Learn how to apply music theory so you can read and write music at the next level
  • Build up your own portfolio of musical works

More detail about this qualification

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.
  • Individual practice rooms, equipped with keyboards, stereos and practice amps.
  • Specialist music teaching rooms
  • Keyboard theory lab
  • Music library
  • Student music listening area

Career options

Graduates can work in roles such as:​ 

  • live performer
  • music tuition
  • composing/arranging in a broad range of industry contexts
  • producing live or recorded music

Entry requirements

Domestic

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

International

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

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*International fee displayed is for 1 year of study (equivalent to 120 credits) and does not include insurance and administration (approximately $924 per year of study).

Equipment/material requirements

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

Offering institute

This qualification is offered by Whitireia. 

On 1 September 2022, the operations of Whitireia transferred to the Whitireia and WelTec business division of Te Pūkenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (Te Pūkenga).   As part of this, all existing Whitireia programmes transferred to Te Pūkenga.

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