Explore your options

From hip hop to soul, orchestral music to drum and bass, Unitec's contemporary music courses will improve your knowledge of musical techniques and composition. With full access to drop-in computer labs and rehearsal space, you can try out the latest technology and explore different musical styles. 

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

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. 

The varied nature of Unitec’s music courses enables students to develop highly -desirable skills in areas such as self management, teamwork, problem solving, and communication; all of which makes them an attractive prospective for potential employers. Rather than limiting your career prospects, a music degree opens doors to a wide range of careers both within and outside the arts. 

Programmes and study path

Start with a programme that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) - Music4Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options available.Entry into further study in music or related subjects, and career opportunities in the creative industries.February or July
Diploma in Contemporary Music5Full-time for two years or part-time options availableComposer, DJ, Music journalist, Sound or multimedia designer, Musician, Singer/songwriterFebruary


To study music at Unitec, you'll need to demonstrate your musical abilities either with a short performance or by supplying a recording of your work (this doesn't need to be a high-quality recording). Interviews are informal and take place throughout the year.

Find out more about upcoming auditions and interviews