Te Kamakama - Diploma in Music Production and Performance (Level 6)

Take your musical talent and performance skills to the next level and enhance your career opportunities in the music industry with this comprehensive course of study.

We place high value on creating original works. You'll explore new ways of producing and presenting your work through advanced digital media and grow your performance potential in live, studio and media environments.

You'll gain the confidence to express your creativity through advanced music production and performance and effectively promote your music with an understanding of the industry.

You'll produce your own unique album using software like Pro Tools, Logic Pro X, Reason, GarageBand and Sibeilius.

With our SUB recording studios and fully equipped radio station, you’ll be able to write songs, record and produce them, and hear them played on SUB FM 88!

Content Details

Music Production and Studio Production
Develop skills in recording acoustic and electronic sound sources and learn to mix a song to a commercial level. You'll produce, engineer and master an album for an external client within a set budget and timeframe.

Composition Portfolio
Create a portfolio of original compositions which show developed skills of organising sound and the ability to craft musical ideas in accordance with accepted compositional processes. You'll notate, perform and produce a recording of your work.

Global Music Promotion
Create a media-rich portfolio using the Internet and evolving technologies to promote your music.

Visual Media Production
Create a music video which is developed and produced in conjunction with other artistic media. You'll also explore historical and contemporary examples of music videos.

History, Culture and Context of Music
Explore a broad history of western music, including the music of Aotearoa/New Zealand presented in the context of a global picture, identifying key musical works, genres and styles through cultural perspectives.

Performance Studies 2
Apply advanced technical skill, accuracy, musicianship, ensemble awareness and presentation through solo and group performance.

Business Skills for the Creative Industries
Develop skills to manage a business for your creative industry and position yourself in the market. Learn how to promote yourself and explore a range of presentation formats appropriate for marketing your product.

Studio Production
You'll produce, engineer and master an album for an external client within a set budget and timeframe.


Planned intakes*: February
Delivery modes: Full-time
Locations*: Tauranga (Windermere Campus)
Duration: One year

* subject to change. Intakes may vary between locations.

This programme is 34 weeks with classes scheduled for approximately 24 hours per week. You will also be required to undertake self-directed study beyond scheduled class time.

To see full details of the next available intake please visit the application form.

Indicative Fees

2018 domestic students $5,789.00

2018 international students $19,952.00

The fee shown for domestic students is applicable to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. If an international fee is not listed above please refer to the international fees page. All fees are indicative only and subject to change.

You MAY be eligible for a StudyLink Student Loan for your tuition fees.

Find out if your programme qualifies by visiting the Studylink website.

If you also need to pay course related costs, i.e. if outlined in programme costs above, you need to apply separately to StudyLink (up to $1,000/academic year for eligible students). Note course related costs are paid directly into your bank account by StudyLink and you will be required to pay this to Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

Qualifications Gained

Upon successful completion of the programme you will receive:

  • Te Kamakama - Diploma in Music Production & Performance (Level 6)

Career Opportunities

  • Performer
  • Live sound technician or engineer
  • Employment in related creative arts industries
  • Professional musician
  • Songwriter
  • Studio producer
  • Audio engineer
  • Tour management
  • Artist management
  • Self-employed studio operator

Entry Criteria

  • Successful completion of Tioriori - Certificate in Music Production and Performance (Level 5)
  • OR evidence of meeting all learning outcomes of Tioriori - Certificate in Music Production and Performance (Level 5), either through previous formal study or recognised musical industry experience. This evidence will be provided through audition, attestation and a (Level 5) music theory test set by Te Kamakama teaching staff


International applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to show evidence of language competency, issued within the last two years, before being eligible to enrol in any non-English programme. The level of competency required is outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013. And below under the title English Competency.

English Competency

Level 6 certificate or diploma IELTS Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language L4 with the Academic Endorsement or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013.

For domestic applicants for whom English is not their first language, evidence of language competency may be required.