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Diploma in Music

Offered by: Malaysian Institute of Art (MIA)
Exam BodyInternal Diploma Malaysia
Course Duration6 semesters + internship
Part Time/Full TimeFull Time
Fees (International Student)36600/Course
FacultyMusic Dept.
Conducted entirely in MalaysiaYes
Awarding CountryMalaysia
Level of StudyDiploma Level
Field of StudyAudio-visual Techniques & Media Production
Course Description
Desire to be a renowned musician one day?
Music students will have the opportunity to express creative skills and talents in voice, composition and various musical instruments.
This course provides students the exposure in both Western classical and Eastern aspects of music as well as an in-depth understanding of theory and principles of music. The curriculum also covers the study of Computer Music and Music Business. The study and appreciation of ethnic music also forms part of the curriculum. The incorporation of local cultural contents in music composition and a higher level of musical craft performances are encouraged.



Our course offerings are tailored to respond to the needs of the changing music industry and greater sophistication of the educational market. This comprehensive programme is aimed at steering and fine-tuning the currency and relevancy of the course curriculum to respond to the demands of connoisseurs, music enthusiasts and budding musicians.

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Principal Study 1
  • Second Study 1
  • Aural Skills & Ear Training 1
  • Music Theory
  • Baroque Music History
  • Introduction to Computer Music
  • English
  • Malaysian Studies 2 or Bahasa Malayu Komunikasi 1

Semester 2

  • Principal Study 2
  • Second Study 2
  • Aural Skills & Ear Training 2
  • Classical Music History
  • Performance Ensemble 1
  • Introduction to Harmony
  • World Music
  • Keyboard Harmony
  • Writing Skills or Bahasa Kebangsaan A

Year 2

Semester 3

  • Communication Ethics 1
  • Principal Study 3
  • Second Study 3
  • Aural Skills & Ear Training 1
  • Romantic Music History
  • Performance Ensemble 2
  • Harmony & Counterpoint 1
  • Traditional Music of Malaysia

Semester 4

  • Community Project
  • Principal Study 4
  • Second Study 4
  • Aural Skills & Ear Training 4
  • 20th Century Music History
  • Performance Ensemble 3
  • Harmony & Counterpoint 2
  • Music Business
  • Arranging 1

Year 3

Semester 5

  • Principal Study 5
  • Second Study 5
  • Conducting Techniques
  • Instruction  Methods 
  • Arranging 2
  • Performance Ensemble 4
  • Musical Form & Analysis 1

Semester 6

  • Principal Study 6 – Recital Performance 
  • Second Study 6
  • Musical Form & Analysis 2
  • Intellectual Property Protection
  • Performance Ensemble 5
  • Orchestration
  • Practical Training
Entry Requirements

SPM with minimum 3 credits in any subjects and passes in Bahasa Malaysia and Sejarah; or

UEC with minimum 3 Grade B in any subjects; or

O-Level with minimum 3 Grade C in any subjects; or

Any other equivalent qualification recognized by the Malaysian government; AND

Grade 5 in practical and theory for piano (A.B.R.S.M. certificate or equivalent); or

Grade 4 in practical and theory for other musical instruments (A.B.R.S.M. certificate or equivalent); or

Pass audition arranged by MIA.

Intake Months

Jan, June, Sept

Career Prospects
  • Music Director
  • Instrumental Conductor
  • Music Teacher & Instructor
  • Music Consultant
  • Concert Band Instructor
  • Music Producer
  • Instrumentalist
  • Performer
  • Choral Conductor

All fees are in RM (Ringgit Malaysia) currency unless stated otherwise.

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