Graduate Diploma in Contemporary Music

Graduate Diploma in Contemporary Music

Graduate degree
12 months
Processing time: 30 days
Application fee: NZ$50
Intakes: 11 February to 8 November 2019
International tuition: NZ$17,000

Program overview

Graduate Diploma students will acquire critical thinking and independent learning skills, along with in depth knowledge in contemporary music and will enhance their professional skills in this selected area or staircase to postgraduate study.

Study options

Study options
This program can be done
On campus



  • PTE
Entry is open to degree graduates, however those who are able to demonstrate equivalent practical, professional or educational experience of an appropriate kind, may be granted admission. In addition, all applicants must gain approval from the Programme Manager regarding paper selection, and any applicable pre requisite requirements. Where the requisite knowledge or skill does not exist to allow direct entry into a Level 6 or 7 paper, some Level 5 study may be required in addition to the credit requirements. Additional Criteria The following requirements apply to applicants in all admissions categories. All applicants are required to attend a live audition, or to provide a high quality CD or provide links to an audition performance on a shared platform such as Youtube or Dropbox. Once an application is received, applicants will be sent details regarding audition material. Applicants are required to provide two confidential references from people who are able to affirm that the applicant is of good character and reputation. Language Requirements Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate of at least 80 percent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, are required to provide evidence of having passed an NZQA approved English Proficiency Assessment, or one of the following tests of English language competence in accordance with the NZQA rules below: IELTS test – Academic score of 6, with no band score lower than 5.5 TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) – Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE) TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) – Score of 60 (with a writing score of 20) University of Cambridge English Examinations – FCE, or FCE for schools, or CAE, or CPE with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill NZCEL – Level 4 with the Academic endorsement Pearson Test of English (Academic) – PtoE (Academic) score of 50 City and Guilds IESOL – B2 Communicator with a score of 66

Career opportunities

Graduates can apply, to an advanced level, the theoretical and practical skills required to create, play or sing contemporary music in an industry setting. They can apply knowledge of musical concepts, principles and techniques to identify chords, scales and modes, in order to provide solutions for creative issues and problems associated with soloing on their instrument. Students can demonstrate critical thinking and independent learning skills, along with an in-depth knowledge of contemporary music. This programme leads students towards employment in the entertainment industry, as well as on to postgraduate study in related fields.

Campus location

Invercargill , New Zealand

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