NZ Diploma in Music

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NZ Diploma in Music

The New Zealand Diploma in Music (Level 5) is a one year, full-time music qualification that develops musicianship and music performance skills. Students are given opportunities to experience all aspects of music including assisting in the annual Vision College tour to schools and other performance events, developing and strengthening their musical knowledge and being prepared for the Bachelor of Music Degree. The programme is unique because it is taught within a Christian environment.

All applicants for this programme need to be able to play an instrument or sing and will receive one-on-one tuition that will take their skills to a more advanced level. Papers are delivered over one year, except for The Music Industry, History of Popular Music, Music Production and Technology, and Songwriting which are one semester. Instrument and/or Voice majors receive individual tuition. All other papers (including Songwriting Majors from Y2 onwards) are in class or group contexts.

The New Zealand Diploma in Music is the first year of the Bachelor of Music. Completion of the New Zealand Diploma in Music gives students entry to the second year of the Bachelor of Music. Students can either exit the qualification at this point and achieve the New Zealand Diploma in Music (Level 5) or continue to the Bachelor of Music.

Click HERE to download the Application Booklet. This will give you a clear understanding of all of the required documents and the process to follow to enable you to enrol.

Available Campuses: Hamilton

Upcoming Intakes

21 Feb 2022


Domestic Fees

International Fees *

Fees listed are indicative only and may vary with course selection. Exact fees can be confirmed when you enquire or apply.
* International learners are required to pay additional costs to attend one of our courses or programmes. These additional costs include medical and travel insurance cover.

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  • Fundamentals of Music
    An introduction to the language of music through the development of theory and aural skills, students will gain a solid understanding of music fundamentals while building their own musical language and vocabulary.
  • History of Popular Music
    Learn about the great artists from the 1950s to the present and how popular music has developed, what characterises each decade, the progression of sub-genres, and the emerging British artists in the North American market (amongst many other topics).
  • Songwriting
  • An introduction to songwriting and arranging. It doesn’t matter if you are new to songwriting or not, you will learn how to brainstorm ideas, how to express your ideas effectively in words and music, develop strategies for overcoming a writer’s block, and you will find new ways to engage your audience by developing a musical conversation within your arrangement.
  • Music Production and Technology
    Gain practical knowledge of working within the studio environment using a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). You will become familiar with the principles and practices of audio engineering, the DAW environment and the creative production techniques necessary to meet the challenges of changing technology.
  • The Music Industry
    Develop knowledge and skills to understand and adapt to the music industry’s current and emerging environment, including New Zealand's unique bi-cultural society. Study interviews from working musicians in the local music industry, inform your practice and develop your career path, learn about trends and how we need to be adaptable to today’s social climate, and how to put together a music CV that you can use when employment opportunities come your way.
  • The Project
    Gain practical skills in planning, budgeting, marketing and recording a music-based event. The Project Management course takes students every step of putting an event together, which also includes rehearsing for and playing at the event, and also going into the studio to edit their work in post-production. In doing so, students gain an understanding of this in real-time which combines all of the knowledge gained from the other papers in the course. The Project is a group-based paper but each student will be assessed individually.
  • Instrument or Vocal Stream
    Develop proficiency on an instrument or voice, as well as performance skills which are required of today’s professionals. Students also receive one-on-one tuition (for your major stream) on a weekly basis that covers technical and rudimentary work, understanding theoretical concepts, performance, and self-analysis.

NZ Diploma in Music (Level 5)

  • For students aged 17+.
  • NCEA Level 2 is required for students aged 16-19 (NCEA is not required for students 20+).
  • Have received some music training in an instrument or voice.
  • Students will be required to produce two referee reports, and complete a pre-audition form.
  • Be interviewed and auditioned.

Provisional Entry:

  • Provisional Entry may be granted to domestic applicants who do not meet the criteria above, but present evidence of ability to succeed and are able to show they are well prepared to study the programme.

International Students

  • International students must be at least 18 years old.
  • International students for whom English is a second language must have an IELTS Academic score of 6.0 with no individual band lower than 5.5, or a recognized equivalent test.

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Our Music programmes require you to bring your own device (BYOD) for study at Vision College.
Below are the minimum specifications required for this programme, anything less than this will not open the programmes required.

Windows 10 Operating System (from January 2020 any Windows version less than 10 will not be able to connect to the ATC New Zealand wireless network)
Intel Celeron
4GB of memory
320GB+ Hard Drive or 128GB+ Solid State Drive
Across our programmes we use Microsoft Windows based applications.

Career Opportunities

Musician - Kaiwhakatangitangi

Musicians write, arrange, conduct, and perform musical compositions.

Sound Technician - Kaihangarau Oro

Sound technicians record and mix sound for radio, film, television and other media.

Private Teacher/​Tutor - Kaiako Whaiaro

Private teachers/tutors teach a specific skill or subject to individuals or small groups of children or adults.

Frequently Asked Questions

Vision offers a great opportunity to combine your love of music with the desire to use your music for God. Study Music in a positive learning environment where Christian values are acknowledged and upheld. 

No you don’t. We will teach and review theory skills from the start when you study music at Vision College.

We can look at your results and the information about each paper you have completed and we may be able to award an RPL (Recognition of Prior learning) for you to continue your study in our programme.

Studying for a qualification is a serious commitment, like a full-time job, so any work should be part-time and not interfere with your classes or study.

No, we have a computer lab available for students however you may want to have your own device/laptop so you can work where and when you like.

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