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Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

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Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
  • Semester 2 - 19 Jul 2021
Mode of delivery

Face to Face


3 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
  • Semester 2 - 19 Jul 2021

AUD36,565 (indicative annual fee, 2021)
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English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 6.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 6.0

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3 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Program code: 40206
CRICOS code: 0100758

Study music

Explore your full potential and fast track your music career through practical and creative learning experiences in music, performance, songwriting and sound production.

Music professionals need to be able to perform, write, arrange, and produce music in collaboration with others. If you've been performing or creating music, then studying a music degree at the University of Newcastle is an excellent way to develop your professional skills and progress your pathway into the industry.

Study music and its contexts from music specialists and industry practitioners. Our Bachelor of Music graduates become performing artists, songwriters, composers, producers, teachers and take on diverse professional roles across the creative industries.

Why study with us?

  • Strong employment outcomes with 88% employed within 4 months of graduating (Overall employment rate – Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018).
  • Hands-on training in dedicated creative spaces. Use advanced music technologies within our City Precinct’s cutting-edge facilities.
  • Real-world opportunities to showcase your music skills. Collaborate with industry, attend world-class concerts and build strong networks to help launch your music creation or performance career.
  • Become equipped with skills for a contemporary workforce. Undertake fundamental courses in digital music production, the music industry, music for visual media, and music research that will prepare you for the contemporary and future workforce.
  • Learn from and work with the best: celebrated musicians, music professionals, researchers and industry leaders.
  • Study at The Conservatorium: "the Con" boasts state of the art concert and teaching facilities including recording studies.
  • Creative collaboration: from 2020 get more out of your degree with the opportunity to combine two majors from within the School of Creative Industries & graduate at the forefront of the creative industries with in-demand creative skills across multiple core disciplines.

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What you will study

Your studies in the music degree will enable you to successfully navigate and build your career in the music industry. From 2020 focus your studies by majoring in Performance or Songwriting and Production (or both via a double major).

The University of Newcastle music degree fosters musical collaboration between performers, songwriters and producers. It also encourages engagement in live music performance and studio production through creative project-based assessment. You will have opportunities to showcase your work in a variety of venues and presentation styles, as well as collaborate on projects with peers across performance, songwriting, composition and creative production.

The degree offers a wide range of elective courses in areas suited to your own interests across the School of Creative Industries and the University. Depending on your chosen major/s, examples of what you will study include -

  • Performance (Instrumental/Voice)
  • Songwriting and Production
  • Music Recording and Production Techniques
  • Music Sound and Visual Media
  • Music Teaching and Pedagogy
  • Music Research and Communication
  • Entering and Engaging in the Music Industry

Students have the option of completing a single or a double major in this program. Students completing a double major can choose either a double major from the Music Major options (Double Major Pathway B); or one Music Major and one School of Creative Industries (SOCI) Major (Double Major Pathway C) from the options listed in the handbook.

The most ideal combinations of majors that reflect industry creative practice for Music Graduates are listed below:

Double Major Pathway B

  1. Performance and Songwriting & Production

Double Major Pathway C

  1. Performance and Media Arts Production
  2. Performance and News Media
  3. Songwriting & Production and Animation & Interaction
  4. Performance and Creative Arts

For more information about this degree and our music courses, please refer to the Bachelor of Music program handbook.

Advanced study options

You could consider an additional year of study and complete your Bachelor of Music (Honours) degree. An Honours degree provides graduates with a distinct advantage in a competitive workplace.  The Bachelor of Music (Honours) is also a pre-requisite for Masters and PhD study and it is a recognised enhancement of the Bachelor of Music in teaching and other professional situations.

The Bachelor of Music (Honours) degree is a one year full-time study degree involving completion of 80 units of music courses. The Honours degree is available in various music specialisations as approved by the program convenor. These include (but are not limited to):

  • performance
  • composition
  • music production
  • musicology

Any area you may choose will give you the opportunity to broaden your practical experience and develop research skills, plus the ability to articulate the research component in a practice-based research design. The scope for topics is very wide and embraces all styles of music. All specialisations are required to have a research focus.

The variety of creative and research work undertaken by our Honours students results in a diverse group with opportunity for rewarding interactions and collaboration. Access to staff expertise in a range of music specialisations and the chance to develop projects of your choice, make the Honours year an important stage in musical maturation and professional preparation.

Music (Honours) program handbook


Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

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Career opportunities

Studying the Bachelor of Music at the University of Newcastle prepares you for a career as a professional musician, composer, songwriter, music producer, as well as opens avenues to work in the broader creative industries. In fact, most music professionals have done a Bachelor degree.

The following list provides some examples of positions available to graduates of a Bachelor of Music. Some of these jobs will depend on the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, the combination of other majors and electives studied, while some may require further study.

  • A&R Administrator/Representative
  • Composer/Arranger
  • Conductor/Music Director
  • DJ
  • Film Composer
  • Foley Artist/Sound Effects Editor
  • Game Music Composer/Designer
  • Music Copyist
  • Music Producer/Engineer
  • Music Therapist
  • Musical Theatre Artist
  • Musicologist
  • Performing Artist
  • Private Music Studio Teacher
  • Session Musician
  • Songwriter
  • Sound Recordist
  • Voice or Vocal Coach

Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for graduates with the skills gained upon completion of the Bachelor of Music.

Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.

  • Acoustician
  • Actor
  • Alexander Technique Instructor (Music)
  • Arts Administrator/Manager
  • Arts Critic/Blogger
  • Audiovisual Designer
  • Community Arts Worker
  • Festival/Events Co-ordinator
  • Instrument Craftsman/Builder
  • Lyricist
  • Music Data Analyst
  • Music Journalist
  • Music Librarian
  • Museum/Art Gallery Curator
  • Music Promoter
  • Podcaster
  • Production Director / Manager (Artistic)
  • Sound Technician
  • Stage Manager
  • Tour Director
  • University Lecturer/Academic
  • VR/AR Designer

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    Practical experience

    Practical experience

    When you study the Bachelor of Music at UON, you will have the opportunity to refine your skills through regular performances within the Conservatorium as well as other popular venues. Practical experiences are an integral part of your music degree and as such we provide access to industry level facilities and resources.

    Music ensembles

    We have many active music ensembles involving staff, students and the community. You can be involved in small instrumental and vocal ensembles, bands and orchestras. Ensembles generally rehearse weekly during semester and often give concerts in the Conservatorium Concert Hall as well as at local, national and international venues.

    Community performances

    As well as offering a wide variety of performance experiences within the Bachelor of Music degree, students have the opportunity to work and perform in the community and throughout the region. This includes performances in opera; jazz and popular venues; community events; or the numerous concerts held in Newcastle and greater Hunter Region.