The programme is designed to provide learning experiences that enable students to develop the core knowledge, skills and personal attributes sought by employers and required for entry-level positions in music and entertainment industries.  This programme focuses on developing musicianship, recording and live sound skills and provides a pathway for further study.

The Foundation Sound and Music Programme of Study addresses the recognised need for foundation and bridging programmes for learners with either; existing music and/or audio knowledge and skills but low educational achievement, or interested and educationally capable learners but undeveloped music knowledge or skills. 

The Foundation Sound and Music programme will produce graduates who are able to:

  • Participate as developing musicians, with basic skills in recording and live sound.
  • Engage in higher level pathways through to entry level audio engineering, music performance, live sound and event management.
  • Manage own learning and work effectively in within teams and in the community.
  • Gain a NZ qualification relevant to their level of knowledge, skills, literacy and numeracy.
  • Level:
  • Credit Value:
  • Awards:
    New Zealand Certificate in Study and career Preparation (Level 3), or New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 2), or New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 1)
  • Location:
  • Method of Study:
    Full time
  • Holiday Duration:
    2 weeks
  • Teaching Duration:
    17 weeks
  • Total Duration:
    19 weeks
  • Start Date:
    24 July 2017
  • End Date:
    27 November 2017
  • Dates:
    Feb, July
  • Domestic Fee:
    Please see below
  • Level 1

  • $115

  • Domestic Breakdown
  •   Student Service Fee:
  • Level 2

  • $115

  • Domestic Breakdown
  •   Student Service Fee:
  • Level 3

  • $2,827
  • Domestic Breakdown
  •   Tuition Fee:
  •   Student Service Fee:

Level 1 & 2, 2017 Domestic Fees – No tuition fees. NZQA charges and student services levy may apply.

Limited places available for applicants who already hold a level 1 or level 2 qualification.

Course Components

  • Music knowledge
  • Music skills
  • Sound technology
  • Sound operations
  • MIDI basics
  • Computer studies
  • Learning skills
  • Mathematics

Entry Criteria

  • Applicants must have NCEA Level 1 literacy credits or equivalent.
  • Applicants may also be required to provide alternative evidence of their ability to achieve the programme. This may be in the form of an interview, an audition, a test or a portfolio of work.
  • Applicants for whom English is a second language must meet IELTS (or equivalent) Level 5.5.
  • Be a minimum of 16 years of age

Special Notes

  • Applicants will be required to attend an interview

Foundation Education

People aged under 25 years old are entitled to free education when they enrol on any Level 1 or Level 2 foundation programme. The aim is to ensure that all young people gain the core foundational skills required for success in life and for higher level vocational study, training and employment. Key components of these programmes will include literacy and numeracy development, developing skills to pathway into industry, and the completion of Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications. For more information please click here.