I am a prospective
student, looking to study at
Newcastle City
Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.3 years full-time.
Mode of deliveryFace to Face
Start datesSemester 1 (22 Feb 2021), Semester 2 (19 Jul 2021), Semester 1 (22 Feb 2021), Semester 2 (19 Jul 2021),
FeesCommonwealth supported places are available.
Find information about indicative course and program fees.
English proficiencyIELTS overall minimum - 6.0, IELTS section minimum - 6.0 Find out more about IELTS.
CRICOS CodeCRICOS code: 0100758
Program Code40206
Selection Rank
TBC (Median SR)
Entry requirements

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.

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.

View the full course list


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

    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.


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    How to apply

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    student, looking to study at
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    Pick your situation from the list below for more information.

    If you are an international student, read the information below before completing an application.

    As someone who recently completed secondary education, either at high school, TAFE or another VET provider, you will generally be considered for entry based on your Selection Rank (SR). Some degrees have additional entry requirements such as auditions or interviews and where required you will find these listed on the relevant degree page.

    Try to choose what you are most interested in and then research some back up options with lower Selection Ranks (SR) to put as your later choices. A good tip is to look at degrees that may have similar first year subjects. This will help you reduce your overall study time if you want to apply to transfer to your degree of choice after the first year. We also recommend choosing one of our free pathway programs as a backup option as your fifth preference on your UAC application. Selection Ranks (SR) requirements for our degrees do change from year to year so only use the Selection Rank (SR) as a guide.

    You should start planning your way into uni from Year 10 onwards. Think about:

    • Using our study areas to narrow down study options based on what you are interested in
    • Come and speak to us at events like Open Day, Schools Visit Day and campus tours
    • Check the Assumed Knowledge and Recommended Studies of the degrees you are interested in
    • If you are a high performer you can get a head start by completing some uni subjects while still at school
    • Sign up to our mailing list for regular updates
    • Have a look at adjustment points and other entry schemes that may give you an extra boost
    • Decide on some back up options like Newstep and other entry pathways if you don't get the required marks
    • See our Application FAQs .
    • Have questions? Ask a student.  We know you must have heaps of questions about university life – what’s needed to get into your degree, where to go for support, what on-campus accommodation is available and of course, where to find the best coffee. Jump on our website to chat to one of our Student Ambassadors.

    Secondary results don’t have a use-by date, so even if you completed high school 20 years ago, these results may be used to apply to the University of Newcastle. You can use your ATAR or equivalent (UAI, TER etc) to apply irrespective of when you completed Year 12.

    It can be complicated to calculate your Selection Rank (SR) based on high school results prior to the introduction of the ATAR in 2009. Contact us at 1300 275 866 and let us do the calculating for you.

    If you don’t think you will meet the Selection Rank (SR) for admission there are other options to get in depending on your situation:

    • Open Foundation
      Complete this one year or six-month program to get a new mark for entry.
    • Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Admission Scheme
      Get entry help by identifying you are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.
    • Elite Athlete Program
      Get adjustment points and support by applying as an elite athlete.
    • Special Tertiary Admissions Test
      Complete this test for a mark for entry into some of our degrees.

    For advice on these other options please contact us by calling 1300 275 866.

    If you studied vocational education and training, the type of qualification, whether or not you completed it, and if it was graded or competency-based will all be taken into consideration to assess your eligibility for admission. TAFE and private providers, as well as some universities, typically offer Certificate III, IV and Diploma Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) awards. Some also offer Advanced Diploma and Associate Degrees.

    For admission purposes, and to ensure fairness and transparency among applicants with different types of qualifications, all assessable qualifications are converted to a selection rank. Selection ranks from different individual qualifications are not combined or added together to form a rank. The highest of the two numbers will be the one used to assess your eligibility for admission. Different selection ranks are assigned to VET courses with graded assessment and competency based (ungraded) assessment. The tables below provide information on how to assess your selection rank based on your AQF qualification.

    TAFE Guaranteed Entry

    Many of our students come to us after completing TAFE studies. You can gain guaranteed entry into many of our 2021 undergraduate programs if you have previously completed an accredited Certificate  IV, Diploma, or Advanced Diploma at TAFE or another registered training organisation (RTO).

    Complete Graded AQF Diploma or AQF Advanced Diploma

    Grade Point Average Rank - AQF Diploma Rank - AQF Advanced Diploma
    6.5+ 95 96.95
    6.25-6.49 93 95.25
    6.00-6.24 90 93
    5.75-5.99 88 91
    5.50-5.74 86 89
    5.25-5.49 83 86
    5.00-5.24 81 83
    4.75-4.99 78 80
    4.00-4.74 75 76

    Complete and Incomplete Ungraded AQF Diploma or AQF Advanced Diploma

    Rank - AQF Advanced Diploma Rank - AQF Diploma
    76 75

    Complete Graded AQF Certificate III or AQF Certificate IV

    Please note: Certificate III qualifications and below are not accepted for the Bachelor of Nursing program.

    Grade Point Average Rank - AQF Certificate III Rank - AQF Certificate IV
    6.5+ 78 90
    6.25-6.49 78 88
    6.00-6.24 77 86
    5.75-5.99 76 84
    5.50-5.74 75 82
    5.25-5.49 73 80
    5.00-5.24 71 78
    4.75-4.99 69 75
    4.00-4.74 67 73

    Complete Ungraded AQF Certificate III and AQF Certificate IV

    Rank - AQF Certificate III Rank - AQF Certificate IV

    Note: Incomplete VET studies must be AQF Diploma level or above and more than 0.2 of a full time student (FTE) to be considered for admission.

    It is probably best to contact our Enquiry Centre on 1300 275 866 to discuss your qualifications and grades. Our team are happy to advise you on your options.

    Your previous qualifications may also make you eligible for credit to your degree. This will cut down on your study time. You can apply for credit before you start. See our credit page for more information.

    If you don’t think you will meet the requirements for admission there are other options to get in depending on your situation:

    If you completed higher education or partial higher education studies your grade point average (GPA) (or Grade Average as a percentage for pathway programs like Newstep, Open Foundation or Yapug) can be converted to a selection rank to be used for admission purposes. To ensure fairness and transparency among applicants with different types of qualifications, all assessable qualifications are converted to a selection rank. The selection rank from this qualification is not added to your ATAR. The highest of the two numbers will be the one used to assess your eligibility for admission.

    If you have completed a degree and want to move onto postgraduate study please see our Postgraduate website.

    Bachelor degree studies

    Min GPA (>0.5FTE*) Selection Rank
    6.5+ 97.30
    6 93.40
    5 86.30
    4 77.65
    3 67.25

    *Your GPA can only be calculated if you have completed at least 20 units of study. A full-time study (FTE) load is usually 80 units per year.

    Completed pathway (also known as enabling or tertiary preparation) programs

    Overall Grade Average Selection Rank
    >97 99.55
    80 84
    70 77
    60 70
    50 65

    If you are currently studying a degree at the University of Newcastle and want to transfer across to another degree, please see our Internal Transfers page for current students for more information.

    If you have completed or are soon to complete an Enabling Pathways program (Newstep, Open Foundation, or Yapug) you can apply with us directly for free for most degrees. Please visit the Your Next Move website for more information.

    If you want to transfer or complete a tertiary preparation program at another university you will need to apply through UAC. Please contact our Enquiry Centre 1300 275 866 for information and advice.

    If you think you may be eligible for credit please visit our credit section.

    If you’re applying on the basis of overseas secondary qualifications, there are some that are considered as equivalent to an Australian Year 12 qualification. Note that equivalence of qualifications alone does not guarantee entry into programs. For admission purposes, and to ensure fairness and transparency among applicants with different types of qualifications, your overseas qualification will be converted to a selection rank so you can be compared to other applicants.

    For advice on your options please contact us by calling 1300 275 866 or visit AskUON.

    If you haven’t completed any formal secondary, VET or higher education studies we offer a range of options to get you on the pathway to your dream degree. Our recommended pathways are:

    Pathway programs (Newstep, Open Foundation and Yapug)

    The University of Newcastle is the largest provider of pathway programs in Australia. If you haven’t studied for a while, or your high school results weren’t what you expected, you can start at university with one of our pathway programs. Our pathway programs offer guaranteed entry to over 40+ University of Newcastle degrees. When you complete this program your Grade Point Average as a percentage can be converted to a selection rank to be used for admission purposes. The programs on offer are:

    • Newstep
      If you are aged 18-20 you can get a second chance for entry by completing our one year Newstep program. We recommend putting this as your fifth UAC preference, or you can apply to us directly.
    • Open Foundation
      Completing our Open Foundation pathway program will award you a new rank to apply to uni.  Finish Open Foundation in just a single semester or take your time - up to 2 years. Flexible study supports you to learn at your own pace, including online, part-time or full-time options.
    • Yapug
      If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student you could complete our one year Yapug pathway program.

    Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

    The Special Tertiary Admissions Test or STAT is an aptitude test, organised through the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), that assesses a range of competencies considered important for successful tertiary study. If you are over 18 and not a current Year 12 student, results from the STAT multiple-choice test can be used for entry into some (but not all) of the degrees offered at the University of Newcastle. Make sure you look into which degrees accept STAT for entry.

    If your qualification is not listed and you are unsure whether you can use it to gain entry please contact us on 1300 275 866 or AskUON.

    If your qualification is not listed and you are unsure whether you can use it to gain entry please contact us on 1300 275 866 or AskUON.

    Non-Award Admission

    If you want to do one or two subjects at the University of Newcastle but not a full degree you can apply for non-award admission. You may want to do this for preliminary work for a higher degree, professional requirements or because of an interest in the area.

    Find out more and apply by visiting Non-Award Admission.

    Cross-Institutional Study

    If you are currently at another university and want to do one or more subjects at the University of Newcastle for credit you can apply for Cross-Institutional Study.

    Find out more and apply by visiting Cross-Institutional Study.

    If you have more than one of the qualifications listed above they may all count towards your application. We are always happy to provide advice and discuss your circumstances so please contact us by calling 1300 275 866 or by submitting a question using AskUON. Otherwise check out our application FAQ.

    Senior secondary school qualification

    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. To check if your qualification is recognised for direct entry into the University of Newcastle, please refer to the entry requirement tables below.

    International Undergraduate Admission Requirements - Asia

    International Undergraduate Admission Requirements - Rest of World

    International Undergraduate Admission Requirements - South Asia

    Post-secondary study

    Further education like diplomas and university study can also be assessed for admission.

    Additional requirements

    Some of our programs have additional requirements like an audition, or portfolio.

    Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy.

    The Australian Government operates a student visa program that enables people who are not Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents to undertake study in Australia. A person who wants to undertake a course of study under the student visa programme must obtain a student visa before they can commence a course of study in Australia. A successful applicant must be both a genuine temporary entrant and a genuine student.

    An applicant who is a genuine temporary entrant will have circumstances that support a genuine intention to temporarily enter and remain in Australia, notwithstanding the potential for this intention to change over time to an intention to utilise lawful means to remain in Australia for an extended period of time or permanently. All Australian education providers must have strategies and arrangements in place to ensure that all students and prospective students meet the requirements with Direction 69 as a condition of admission to the institution.

    When your application for admission is received, the University of Newcastle will assess this against university entrance requirements including: minimum age, English and academic entry requirements. To comply with Australian law your application will also be assessed to check that you are genuinely seeking temporary entry to Australia to study. You may be asked to provide the University of Newcastle with evidence addressing Ministerial Direction 69 as part of finalising your admission. If the University forms the opinion that you are not a Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) it may refuse to assess your application, withdraw an offer of a place, or cancel your confirmation of enrolment.

    The Department of Immigration and Border Protection in Australia will also assess each application for a student visa (subclass 500) against the applicant’s intention to stay temporarily in Australia as a genuine student. The criteria for this assessment are outlined in Ministerial Direction 69. Applicants that don’t satisfy the criteria under Direction 69 will not be granted a student visa.

    For more information, please refer to the following areas of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website:

    Other things to consider

    Make sure you double check the special entry requirements, assumed knowledge or recommended studies for the degree:

    Admission information for Australian students and residents is available here .

    Admission information for international students is available here .

    Selection of applicants will be made on the basis of their Admission application and performance in:

    1. the Audition (performance)
    2. the Interview (oral assessment)
    3. the Application (written assessment)

    All Candidates must complete all of the below requirements to be eligible to be considered for entry to the Bachelor of Music.

    Step 1     Lodge an Admission application* 

    Step 2     Complete and submit your online Audition Application;

    Step 3     Auditions - Applicants can either:

         (1) Audition face-to-face; or

         (2) Audition online (OPEN year-round)

    • Upload your audition video
    • Have an online interview.

    *UAC/International Admissions/Degree Transfer/Direct Admission Application is based on:

    • Completed Year 12 studies - NSW HSC or equivalent qualification - irrespective of age of qualification.  There is no minimum Selection Rank requirement; or
    • Completed or partly completed higher education studies (0.25 FTE completed or greater); or
    • TAFE/VET qualifications, with a minimum of a completed Certificate II (AQF level 2); or
    • Completed recognised enabling program; or 
    • Overseas qualifications equivalent to Australian studies (International); or
    • Post-secondary professional qualifications.

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants apply through UAC and have the opportunity to access the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander entry program, which incorporates an interview process considering personal attributes as well as educational qualifications.

    For detailed information on the Application, Audition and Interview process please see the Bachelor of Music Admissions Page .

    All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

    • Auditions - Audition and Interview - An audition and interview are required as part of the application process. Depending on your chosen major you will also either perform (on an instrument or vocal) or present a portfolio of material (such as audio recordings, musical scores, music research, etc.) demonstrating your interest and experience in the areas you have chosen. All auditions involve an interview where you are able to discuss your musical and academic achievements and present your aspirations for the future. During the interview, you will be formally assessed on your verbal communication skills. In the Audition Application process, you will be formally assessed on your written communication skills. You should also provide an up-to-date curriculum vitae listing any musical academic achievements, any industry experiences including paid/unpaid activities and work experience.

    Music 1 or demonstrated musical experience or qualification equivalent to Music 1 or AMEB (Grade 6 to 8 pass).

    HSC Music 1 or 2 or equivalent.

    You can look at NUPrep for options to brush up on knowledge before you start.

    You should also think about degree add-ons like combined options or a Diploma in Languages. If you would like to learn an additional language alongside your main bachelor degree, then this program is for you. Languages offered include: Australian Sign Language (Auslan), Chinese, French, German and Japanese.

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    Apply to study this degree through Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

    You can select up to five preferences in your UAC application, so have a look around and select some back-up options. Put the degree you are most interested in first.

    Important: If you are interested in studying Music at UON through the Bachelor of Music or the Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, additional selection criteria applies.

    Music audition and entry criteria

    Apply to study in Australia

    Both students and education agents can submit applications online using our Online Direct Admissions tool. This is our preferred way of application. You can save your application after you have started, and come back to it later.

    Important: If you are interested in studying Music at UON through the Bachelor of Music or the Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, additional selection criteria applies.

    Music audition and entry criteria

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