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Sound Production VET Specialisation


This specialisation covers a broad spectrum of disciplines in sound production and operation. Students develop skills and knowledge in the areas of theatre, film, television, radio, concerts, festivals, studio work and trade presentations.

Specific procedures are studied in stage and concert sound, digital sound and sound for the electronic media. The theory and practice of music recording and the creation of special effects for theatre are also studied. Investigation into the new areas of acoustic sculpture and art is encouraged.



Availability & Campus

JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online



Year 1 - VET Full

Live Sound 1
Unit Code Unit Title
CUASOU401Mix live audio
Sound Production
Unit Code Unit Title
BSBCRT501Originate and develop concepts
Sound Industry 1.1
Unit Code Unit Title
CUACMP501Manage copyright arrangements
Unit Code Unit Title
CUAPPR505Establish and maintain safe creative practice

Year 1 - Semester 1

OHS and Whitecard
Unit Code Unit Title
CPCCOHS1001AWork safely in the construction industry
Sound Production and Operations 1.1
Unit Code Unit Title
CUASOU405Record sound
Introduction to Audio Software
Unit Code Unit Title
CUAPOS402Manage media assets
Live Sound 1
Unit Code Unit Title
CUASOU502Manage the operation of stage monitor systems
Theatre Studies
Unit Code Unit Title
CUARES503Analyse cultural history and theory

Year 1 - Semester 2

Ensure Team Effectiveness
Unit Code Unit Title
BSBWOR502Lead and manage team effectiveness
Introduction to Audio Software
Unit Code Unit Title
CUASOU407Edit sound
Sound for Theatre
Unit Code Unit Title
CUASOU406Develop and implement sound plans
CUASOU302Compile and replay audio material
Sound Production and Operations 1.2
Unit Code Unit Title
CUASOU409Mix recorded music
Sound Industry 1.2
Unit Code Unit Title
CUAIND402Provide freelance services
Live Sound 1
Unit Code Unit Title
CUASOU404Manage wireless audio operations

For more detailed unit information for this VET Specialisation take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook

Career Opportunities

Possible future job titles

Sound Recordist, Sound Mixer, Sound Designer

This VET Specialisation can be studied in the following courses


"The highlight of my WAAPA experience was working on shows; they're all student run, so students can 'take it and make it yours'"
Christian Peterson
Christian PetersonWAAPA Sound graduate

That's crucial for transitioning into work outside of WAAPA, where project management and collaborating with other people and departments is a skill everyone needs. The lecturers were awesome and many of them have become colleagues and great friends. Many work in the industry so their knowledge is current and relevant to the work.

I really enjoy the mix of creative and technical work that's involved in sound engineering. Some days I'm behind the console mixing a show, and other days I'm rigging the speakers, making cables and loading trucks. Sound is very subjective and we all respond to it differently; if an audience walks away applauding and happy, then that makes it all worth it.

Luckily, I'm now working with Cirque du Soleil, surrounded by a great team, with people from all around the world!

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