The University of Newcastle, Australia

Music Major

Study a major in Music for Creative Industries at UON

Explore the creative use and entrepreneurial application of technology through music and sound.

Study a major in music at UON to learn about methods, techniques and styles relevant to music production, as well as the complexities of the contemporary industry. You will study a variety of music genres, and learn key principles and theory to inform your practice.

The Music major fuses entrepreneurial and creative applications of music technologies. The courses you will study range from creative-based learning through the use of digital technologies, to interactive and participatory experiences that acknowledge the social aspects of music.

What jobs can you get with a major in music?

Bachelor of Creative Industries Music students develop in-demand skills applicable to a variety of careers in industry in areas such as new media, sound engineering, production and post-production.

This major explores diverse experiences necessary for professions within today's evolving music industry landscape.

Industry networks and collaborations

A major in music within this degree provides you with the ability to network, collaborate, and explore industry opportunities. Our music graduates from this degree not only develop practical skills, experience and creative output, they also gain industry connections and know-how.

Suitable for arts and communications students with:

  • An interest in learning more about the techniques, processes and styles relevant to music production.
  • Goals to work in the music industry or a related field.
  • A commitment to developing their creative skills for application in the music industry or related career pathway.

What do you learn in a music major?

When you study a major in music, as part of a Bachelor of Creative Industries, you will develop your creative skills in music production, as well as learn about the complexities of the music industry. You will study courses in:

  • Music Industry: In your first year you will study courses about the music industry. You’ll learn about income streams, components of the industry, and the differences between working in digital and live music.
  • Creativity and Performance: The core of your study will focus on the production process from creation to dissemination. You’ll learn about the various stakeholders at each stage of the production process, their role and impact upon your work as a musician.
  • Music Specialties: From second year students will be able to specialise their studies around particular aspects of music production. You can study courses in producing music for film soundtracks, sound engineering, music research and digital production techniques.

For details on program structure, please refer to the Bachelor of Creative Industries handbook.

Creative music project

In your third year of study, you will have the opportunity to apply your learning through a major creative project in real-world settings. Depending on the resources and skills involved, the practical experience project is open and dynamic, and can be in any part of the music industry.

Your practical experience project also gives you the opportunity to work and collaborate with both peers and industry networks.

State-of-the-art facilities

You will undertake most of your music studies in our City campus at the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music, using cutting-edge equipment and production facilities.

Which degrees include this major?

The Bachelor of Creative Industries and any associated degree program allow you to study a major in music:

Bachelor of Creative Industries
Bachelor of Creative Industries/Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship