Bachelor of Music / Bachelor of Arts

Why combined?


Our Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Arts students complete two degrees over four years of full time study (or part time equivalent), enjoying the opportunity to study their chosen areas of music and humanities. LEARN MORE


The combined degree programs offered by the University of Newcastle allow you to graduate with two degrees in less time than it would take to complete them separately. 

Combined degrees are designed to offer an increased breadth of learning, recognising the multidisciplinary nature of today's working environments. 

When you choose to study a combined degree you will increase your career options, skills and knowledge; enhancing your academic and professional qualities and making you more desirable to employers. You will have added variety in your studies and satisfy more than one of your interests.

There are some special requirements with combined degrees. Students must undertake a program of study that incorporates the requirements for each individual degree.


You will undertake most of your classes at the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music, enjoying industry-level facilities, technologies and resources. Our students also benefit from our strong community, alumni and industry networks.

Students studying music will be based primarily in Newcastle Conservatorium in the university's City Precinct. Located right next to Civic Park in the heart of the Newcastle CBD this location puts students within easy walking distance of such key located features as Town Hall, Newcastle Library, Newcastle Regional Art Gallery, Hunter Street Mall, Market Town shopping centre, as well as the social life and, most importantly, live music venues of Darby Street, the Civic Theatre, the Honeysuckle foreshore and the numerous surrounding galleries and live venues.

Music students enjoy access to the City Precinct library which houses a specialist collection focusing on classical European and Australian contemporary music as well as over 32,000 musical scores and collections in music therapy and ethnomusicology.

Creative Music Production Suite

After a $750,000 renovation in 2011, our Creative Music Production facility has become a nucleus for musical technological creativity that attracts students globally. It contains a lab (20 music workstations), control room, recording room, editing booths, a seminar room plus an analog recording studio. It has over thirty digital recording systems including four mobile recording studios (for onsite-recording of music performances), three rooms equipped with surround sound and a mastering suite. 

A key feature of the new area is a customised video conferencing facility allowing students to obtain lessons with music professionals from anywhere in the world. The facility also includes an integrated ethernet audio network providing high quality low latency recording from any room in the Conservatorium and from anywhere in the world (over the internet using IPv6).

We also believe improvisation, creativity working with technology are important musicianship skills for today's musicians. Digital ensembles such as creating and performing with MIDI controlled devices or a laptop orchestra are also on offer. Music production skills are crucial to the modern musician, and all students have the opportunity to develop skills in this area. The Creative Music Production facility at the University of Newcastle Conservatorium boasts state of the art music technology facilities.


The Harold Lobb Concert Hall is a premier facility, which is in constant demand for concerts by local, interstate and international artists as it is regarded as one of the finest acoustic venues in Australia . This 400 seat concert hall is also available for University staff and students, as well as members of the public to hire for private functions. Additionally, our creative production, recording and computer labs are available for all types of classes.

As well as providing lessons in classical music performance, we open our doors to all styles of music. You can often hear rock, jazz, pop, folk and electronic sounds emanating from our buildings.

City Precinct

The Conservatorium is within walking distance of most areas of Newcastle or can be reached in a few minutes from Civic Train Station or by multiple bus routes. Click here for transport options.

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Campus Security can be contacted from the blue security phones in the foyer and on the ground floor or for emergency calls on (02) 492 15888. A uniformed security guard patrols the city precinct of the University between 3:00pm and 11:00pm and can be reached on 0400 243 022.

For detailed information regarding the Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Arts combined degree program, please refer to the handbook.

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