VCE VET Music Industry
The VCE VET Music Industry program is drawn from a national training package and offers portable qualifications which are recognised throughout Australia. These qualifications provide students with the knowledge and skills to enhance their employment prospects within the music industry.
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The following qualifications are available in the VCE VET Music Industry program:
CUA20615 Certificate II in Music Industry
Certificate II in Music provides students with the foundation knowledge and skills required for entry into the music industry. Core units of competency in the program include developing and updating industry knowledge, participating in work, health and safety processes and working effectively with others. The elective units in the program allow students to focus on an area of their interest such as performing and composing simple pieces, mixing sound in a broadcasting environment or repairing and maintaining audio equipment.
CUA30915 Certificate III in Music Industry
Music Performance Specialisation: provides students with the opportunity to apply a broad range of knowledge and skills in varied work contexts in the music industry. Depending on the electives chosen, Units 1 and 2 can include making a music demo, composing simple songs or musical pieces and developing ensemble skills. Units 3 and 4 offer scored assessment and include units such as developing improvisation skills, preparing for performance and performing music as part of a group or as a soloist.
- Sound Production Specialisation: provides students with the practical skills and knowledge to record, mix and edit sound sources. Units 1 and 2 of the program can include units such as implementing repairing and maintaining audio equipment, performing basic sound editing and developing music industry knowledge. Units 3 and 4 offer scored assessment and include units such as recording and mixing a basic music demo, operating sound reinforcement systems and installing and disassembling audio equipment.
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Credit in the VCE or VCAL
CUA20615 Certificate II in Music Industry: recognition of up to four units of credit at Units 1 and 2 level.
CUA30915 Certificate III in Music Industry:
Music Performance Specialisation: recognition of two units at Units 1 and 2 level and at least one Units 3 and 4 sequence. Students who are able to undertake further training to complete the Certificate III in Music qualification may be eligible for further credit at Units 3 and 4 level.
Sound Production Specialisation: recognition of two units at Units 1 and 2 level and at least one Units 3 and 4 sequence. Students who are able to undertake further training to complete the Certificate III in Music qualification may be eligible for further credit at Units 3 and 4 level.
Note: The Units 3 and 4 sequences of VCE VET Music Industry are not designed as stand-alone studies. Students are strongly advised against undertaking the Units 3 and 4 sequence without first completing Units 1 and 2.
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Students wishing to receive an ATAR contribution for a certificate III Music Performance or Sound Production specialisation must undertake scored assessment for the purpose of achieving a study score. This study score can contribute directly to the ATAR, either as one of the student's best four studies (the primary four) or as a fifth or sixth study.
Where a student elects not to receive a study score for Music Performance or Sound Production, no contribution to the ATAR will be available.
Students who undertake additional training from certificate III and achieve a further Units 3 and 4 sequence may be eligible for an increment towards their ATAR (10% of the fourth study score in the primary four scaled studies).
The increment is awarded by the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC). Further information can be found on the VTAC website:
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Students wishing to receive a study score for VCE VET Music Industry must undertake scored assessment in the Music Performance or Sound Production specialisation of CUA30915 Certificate III in Music Industry.
Music Performance consists of three coursework tasks worth 50% of the overall study score and an end of year performance examination worth 50% of the overall study score.
Sound Production scored assessment consists of three coursework tasks worth 66% of the overall study score and an end of year written examination worth 34% of the overall study score.
Materials for Scored Assessment
VCE VET Assessment Guide (February 2010): (docx - 774kb)
The VCE VET Assessment Guide is for all VCE VET scored programs and contains background information relating to VCE VET study scores. It contains an overview of study score assessment, the process of integrating study scores with competency based assessment and detailed advice regarding the development and assessment of coursework tasks. This assessment guide also contains generic templates, scoring criteria and other coursework assessment records. Program specific assessment advice for revised VCE VET scored programs is published on each of the webpages for VCE VET programs.
VCE VET Music Industry (Music Performance) Assessment Plan Template and Sample (January 2019): (docx - 96kb)
VCE VET Music Industry (Sound Production) Assessment Plan Template and Sample (January 2019): (docx - 96kb)
- VCE VET Scoring Criteria Sheets: (doc - 158kb)
- VET Coursework Assessment Record (VCAR): (doc - 159kb)
Frameworks for task types are a guide to the four task types in scored VCE VET programs:
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VCE VET Music Industry Program Booklet (January 2019): (docx - 172kb)
VCE VET Music Industry Program Booklet should be read in conjunction with the
CUA Creative Arts and Culture Training Package
VCE VET Program Guide 2018 (January 2018): (docx - 172kb)
The VCE VET Program Guide provides general advice about the VCAA's suite of VCE VET programs. It is to be read in conjunction with the VCE VET Music Industry program booklet.
Program updates and further information
Continuous improvement: During the life of qualification/s there may be occasions when changes are made to reflect feedback from users or to include the latest industry practices. This process is called continuous improvement. When continuous improvement impacts on the VCE VET Music program, advice will be published in the
VCAA Bulletin and notification provided on the VCAA website Please visit the
VCAA Bulletin subscription webpage
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Exams and Assessment Reports