Bachelor of Music / Bachelor of Arts

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The Bachelor of Music / Bachelor of Arts (program code 10910) is a Level 7 AQF compliant program.

This combined degree program provides the opportunity for study in both music and arts. Students complete two degree awards over four years of full-time study (or part-time equivalent).

The flexibility of this combined degree allows students to pursue those areas that present the best challenges, the most interest and the greatest enjoyment while studying. Students will have the opportunity to acquire the skills of analysis, research and logic: the skills which form the basis for any successful career as well as acquiring specialised skills in music and preparing students for performance to a professional standard.


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Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/future-students for information on how to gain entry.


Assumed Knowledge (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

Applicants are required to undertake a one hour aural comprehension, listening and theory test designed to ascertain musical knowledge and ability. Some parts of the test basic skills in notation and music theory such as scales and chord recognition. Other parts of the test will be focussed on listening, identifying patterns, textures and differentiating between different approaches to recordings.


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Additional Selection Criteria:

Credit Transfer (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/future-students/non-school-leavers/applying-and-credit


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Students who perform well during the Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Arts degree with a credit average (GPA of 5.0) or greater, may apply for a further year of full-time (or equivalent part-time) study to obtain an Honours degree in either music or arts. The Honours degree allows students to further develop their specific areas of interest.


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Many of our graduates have gone on to have international careers or successful careers nationally and locally.


International Students (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

International students must comply with the University of Newcastle's English language proficiency requirements. All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/students/international/student-support/ to find out more about the support services available to international students.


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Students with disabilities who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonably adjustments are provided in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student¿s responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.


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Psychology Studies Major/Minor: This major/minor is for students with a general interest in Psychology & for those who see Psychology as complementary to their other majors/minors within the Bachelor of Arts. From 2012 it will no longer be accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). Students who commenced the program in 2012 or after & who wish to complete an accredited Psychology program, are advised to apply for admission to the 4 year Bachelor of Psychology program.

Students who already possess knowledge of the French language (eg HSC Continuers or equivalent) are advised to consult with the French Studies Discipline Convenor BEFORE enrolling into the French Studies (Intermediate Sequence).

Students who already possess knowledge of the Japanese language (eg HSC Continuers or equivalent) are advised to consult with the Japanese Studies Discipline Convenor BEFORE enrolling into the Japanese Studies (Intermediate Sequence).

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.


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The Bachelor of Music / Bachelor of Arts combined degree program requires the successful completion of 340 units.

To meet the requirements of the Bachelor of Arts component of this program, students must successfully complete 160 units in accordance with one of the following structures:

1) Double Major Option: One 80 unit Major + A second 80 unit Major

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2) Single Major and Double Minor Option: One 80 unit Major + One 40 unit Minor + A second 40 unit Minor.

Please Note: Your final transcript will not specify completed minors.

REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS WHO COMMENCED IN 2013 OR LATER:

With the exception of the Intermediate Sequence majors, a major must comprise of 80 units of compulsory & directed courses from one area as follows:

  • 20 units at 1000 level (min. 10 units of 1000 level compulsory courses)
  • 20 units at 2000 level (min. 10 units of 2000 level compulsory courses)
  • 40 units at 3000 level (min. 20 units of 3000 level compulsory courses).

With the exception of the Intermediate Sequence minors, a minor must comprise of 40 units of compulsory & directed courses from one area as follows:

  • 20 units at 1000 level (min. 10 units of 1000 level compulsory courses)
  • 20 units at 2000 level (min. 10 units of 2000 level compulsory courses).

French Studies (Intermediate Sequence): Please consult with the French Studies Discipline Convenor before enrolling in this sequence. The major must comprise of 80 units of compulsory & directed courses as follows:

  • 20 units at 2000 level (min. 10 units of 2000 level compulsory courses)
  • 60 units at 3000 level (min. 30 units of 3000 level compulsory courses).

The minor must comprise of 40 units of compulsory & directed courses as follows:

  • 20 units at 2000 level (min. 10 units of 2000 level compulsory courses)
  • FREN3610 French at Advanced Level 1.

Japanese Studies (Intermediate Sequence): Please consult with the Japanese Studies Discipline Convenor before enrolling in this sequence. The major must comprise of 80 units of compulsory & directed courses as follows:

  • 40 units at 2000 level (min. 20 units of 2000 level compulsory courses)
  • 40 units at 3000 level (min. 20 units of 3000 level compulsory courses).

The minor must comprise of 40 units of 2000 level compulsory & directed courses.

To meet the requirements of the Bachelor of Music component of this program you must successfully complete 180 units of Music courses, consisting of 160 units of core courses and 20 units of directed courses as outlined in the Bachelor of Music handbook entry (see Further Information section).

The Program Enrolment Checklists (PECs) in the Further Information section will assist you with enrolment & understanding the requirements & structure of your program.


Transition Arrangements Back to top

The Bachelor of Arts program was externally reviewed in 2011 and as a result, a number of changes have been made to the Bachelor of Arts component of this program. Students who commenced this program in 2005-2012 (inclusive) should refer to the Bachelor of Arts program handbook transition requirements section at the following link: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/program/10435.html

For students who commenced the Bachelor of Music component of this program before 2010:

  • MUSI1700/MUSI2102 will count as directed courses
  • Ensemble Studies courses have been directly replaced by Collaborative Music Making courses
  • Students completing Principle Studies Double Performance will be able to complete their program. See Program Officer for details.

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