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 at the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music in the University's City Precinct. Located right next to Civic Park in the heart of the Newcastle CBD, this location puts students in the midst of the town's cultural centre.


The Conservatorium is within easy walking distance of key local features such as the Newcastle Town Hall, Library, Newcastle Regional Art Gallery, Hunter Street Mall and Market Town shopping centre. Most importantly, you will be within easy access of live music venues - from Darby Street, the Civic Theatre, the Honeysuckle foreshore and numerous surrounding galleries and other live venues.

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


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.

CREATIVE Music Production Suite

Our Creative Music Production facility at the University's City Precinct campus is a nucleus for musical technological creativity that attracts students globally.

Improvisation and music production skills are crucial for today's musicians, and all students have the opportunity to develop skills in this area using state of the art music technology facilities, including:

PRODUCTION STUDIOSAudio production, recording, songwriting, film scoring and gaming
 Control room, recording rooms, editing booths and 20 individual workstations equipped with Apple iMac computers, Yamaha audio interfaces and Novation keyboard controllers.

Over 30 digital recording systems including:
- An analog recording studio
- Four mobile recording studios for onsite recording of music performances

  • Customised video conferencing facility allowing students to obtain lessons with music professionals from anywhere in the world
  • Various learning spaces including a seminar room and three rooms equiped with surround sound and a mastering suite
  • An extensive collection of software to accommodate audio production, music notation, music theory, video and visualizations.
  • Integrated ethernet audio network (using IPv6) providing high quality low latency recording from any room in the Conservatorium and from anywhere in the world.
  • Digital ensembles such as creating and performing with MIDI controlled devices or a laptop orchestra are also on offer.

Our cutting-edge recording studios are networkable to our performance and studio spaces including the Harold Lobb Concert Hall, widely regarded as one of the finest acoustic venues in Australia.

UON's Newcastle City Precinct

THE NEWCASTLE CONSERVATORIUM OF MUSIC is within walking distance of most areas of Newcastle or can be reached via multiple bus routes and other public transport options. NEWCASTLE CITY PRECINCT

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

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