Explore your options

Want to turn your love of music into a career? From reggae to soul, orchestral to electronic, Unitec's contemporary music courses will improve your knowledge of musical techniques and composition. You’ll also get an understanding of the business side of the music industry.

There’s lots of time to experiment too. You’ll work on band or ensemble pieces with your fellow music students, and perform your original works at live concerts.

You’ll also have full access to drop-in computer labs and rehearsal space, to try out the latest technology and explore different musical styles.

You'll be guided by lecturers who are well-known and respected in the music industry. And you’ll be inspired by visits from successful musicians. It's your chance to find out what a career in the music industry is really like.

Programmes and study path

Start with a programme that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
Certificate in Music (Introductory)3Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options availableComposer, DJ, Music journalist, Music teacher, Musician, Performer, Radio producer, Recording engineer, Sound designer/engineerFebruary or July
Diploma in Contemporary Music5Full-time for two years or part-time options availableComposer, DJ, Music journalist, Music teacher , Musician, Recording engineer , Singer/songwriter, Sound or multimedia designerFebruary


To study music at Unitec, you'll need to provide an example of your own music or music-making on tape, CD, video or DVD (this doesn't need to be a high-quality recording) and/or demonstrate your musical abilities during your audition/interview. Interviews take place during late November and early December each year.
Upcoming auditions and interviews