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 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (18 Jul 2022), Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (18 Jul 2022),
English proficiencyIELTS overall minimum - 6.0, IELTS section minimum - 6.0 Find out more about IELTS.
CRICOS CodeCRICOS code: 106893K
Program Code40309
Selection Rank
New
- (Median SR)
This was the minimum selection rank for recent school leaver offers this year. It may change next year.
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.

Program handbook

Description

The Bachelor of Music and Performing Arts will prepare you for a career in your chosen area of study, where you will have the opportunity to develop your skills as an instrumentalist or singer, composer, songwriter, music producer, tutor, entrepreneur, performer, or in other performing arts related professions. In this degree you gain a solid grounding in music theory, technology, industry, and collaboration, as well as choosing to develop your creative passion and technical skills in areas of focus such as; Performance, Songwriting, and Production. You will also have opportunities to network and develop collaborations with peers across a number of related disciplines.

Music and Performing Arts Majors available:

  • Performance
  • Songwriting and Production
  • Performing Arts

School of Creative Industries (SOCI) Majors available:

  • Animation and Interaction
  • Media Arts Production
  • Creative Arts

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 and Performing Arts Major options (Double Major Pathway B); or one Music and Performing Arts Major and one School of Creative Industries (SOCI) Major (Double Major Pathway C). The most ideal combinations of majors that reflect industry creative practice for Music and Performing Arts graduates are listed below.

Double Major Pathway B combinations:

  • Performance + Songwriting and Production
  • Performance + Performing Arts
  • Songwriting and Production + Performing Arts

Double Major Pathway C combinations:

  • Performance + Media Arts Production
  • Songwriting and Production + Animation and Interaction
  • Performing Arts + Creative Arts

This program can be completed in three years, however students completing either of the Double Major options should be aware that due to course availability the duration of their program may be extended. Students undertaking a Double Major option are advised to consult with their Program Advisor.


Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • Proficiency: You will be able to create, produce, perform and/or research to a professional standard.
  • Adaptability: You will have the ability to function autonomously and collaboratively with others on projects and events, as per the demands of the music and performing arts industry.
  • Digital Fluency: You will be able to effectively integrate digital technology into your music and performing arts practices.
  • Scholarship: You will possess a critical and scholarly appreciation of music and the performing arts and their many aesthetics from a socio-cultural perspective.
  • Professionalism: You will be able to function as a professional in the music and performing arts industry and act as advocate for music communities and professional bodies.

Details

Information correct as at26 Oct 2021 4:20 am
Program code40309
AQF level

Level 7 Bachelor Degree

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
Duration
  • Australian students - 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
  • International students - 3 years full-time.
Selection Rank
LocationSelection RankMedian
Newcastle City PrecinctNew-

This program is new for 2022, there is currently no commencing student profile available.

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    Admission information

    Admission requirements

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

    • the Admission Application (written assessment)
    • the Audition (performance and portfolio)
    • the Interview (oral assessment)

    All candidates must complete all of the below requirements to be eligible to be considered for entry to the Bachelor of Music and Performing Arts:

    1. Lodge an Admission Application - admission information for domestic applicants is available here, and for international applicants here.
    2. Complete and submit your online Audition Application
    3. Audition and Interview (details in Additional Selection Criteria section below)

    Applicants must meet one of the criteria below to meet the Admission Application requirement (step 1 above):

    • Completed Year 12 studies - NSW HSC or equivalent qualification (there is no minimum Selection Rank requirement); or
    • Completed, or partly completed, higher education studies (0.25FTE completed or greater); or
    • TAFE/VET qualification, 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.

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

    Minimum English language proficiency requirements

    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.

    Applicants for this program must satisfy a minimum English Language Proficiency Standard equivalent to an IELTS overall minimum of 6.0 with no subtest result below 6.0.

    Additional selection criteria

    • Auditions - An Audition and interview are required as part of the application process. 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 or artistic achievements, and any industry experiences (including paid and unpaid activities or work experience). Depending on your chosen major you will 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.

    Credit transfer

    If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website for more information on applying for credit.


    Academic requirements for program completion

    Total units required

    240 units

    Program duration

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

    International students studying this program on campus are required to enrol full time to comply with their student visa requirements and complete their study in the standard minimum program duration. International students requiring enrolment advice should review the program plan corresponding to the semester and year of commencement and can contact their Program Advisor at ProgramAdvice@newcastle.edu.au

    Program requirements

    Students must complete 240 units consisting 80 units of Core courses and at least one Music and Performing Arts Major:

    • Performance Major
    • Songwriting and Production
    • Performing Arts

    Students can choose from one of the following structures:

    • Single Major Pathway A: 80 units of Core course, one 80 unit Music and Performing Arts major, and 80 units of Electives; OR
    • Double Major Pathway B: 80 units of Core courses and two 80 unit Music and Performing Arts majors; OR
    • Double Major Pathway C: 80 units of Core courses, one 80 unit Music and Performing Arts major, and one 80 unit School of Creative Industries (SOCI) major.

    School of Creative Industries (SOCI) major options for Double Major Pathway C are:

    • Animation and Interaction
    • Creative Arts
    • Media Arts Production

    Students must ensure that each Major has a minimum of 60 units of unique courses.

    Student must only complete courses that form part of the program and must not complete more than 240 units. Students must not exceed 240 units in order to complete a second major.

    Students must not exceed a maximum of 100 units at the 1000 level.


    Program structure

    Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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    Core Courses

    Complete the following 80 units of core courses.

    CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
    CIND1004Creative Collaborations
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    • Trimester 3 - 2022 (Singapore)
    10 units
    MUSI1705Foundations in Digital Media
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    MUSI1731Sound, Music and Texture
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    CIND2003Strategic Creativity
    • Trimester 3 - 2022 (Singapore)
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    DESN2002Design Thinking and Innovation
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    • Trimester 3 - 2022 (Singapore)
    10 units
    MUSI2701Studio Sessions
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    CIND3000Entrepreneurship
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    • Trimester 2 - 2022 (Singapore)
    10 units
    MUSI3102Researching Australian Music and the Performing Arts
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units

    Music PA Major - Performance

    Students must complete at least one of the Music and Performing Arts majors. Students have the option of completing a second major chosen from either the Music and Performing Arts major options or from the School of Creative Industries (SOCI) major options.

    Directed Courses

    Choose 80 units from the following list to fulfil the requirements of this major including 20 units at 1000 level, 20 units at 2000 level, and 40 units at 3000 level.

    CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
    MUSI1260Introduction to Music Theory
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    MUSI1461Collaborative Music Making 1
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    MUSI1462Collaborative Music Making 2
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    MUSI2161Music Direction and Techniques
    • Winter - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    MUSI2461Collaborative Music Making 3
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    MUSI2462Collaborative Music Making 4
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    MUSI2731Chords, Harmonies and Progressions
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    CIND3003Creative Industries Professional Project
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    • Trimester 3 - 2022 (Singapore)
    • Trimester 1 - 2022 (Singapore)
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    20 units
    MUSI3442Engaging in the Music Industry
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    MUSI3461Creative Practice Lab
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    MUSI3602Music Research Studies
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    MUSI3731Musical Arranging
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units

    Music PA Major - Songwriting and Production

    Students must complete at least one of the Music and Performing Arts majors. Students have the option of completing a second major chosen from either the Music and Performing Arts major options or from the School of Creative Industries (SOCI) major options.

    Directed Courses

    Choose 80 units from the following list to fulfil the requirements of this major including 20 units at 1000 level, 20 units at 2000 level, and 40 units at 3000 level.

    CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
    MUSI1561Creative Music Studio 1
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    MUSI1562Creative Music Studio 2
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    MUSI1901Songwriting
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    MUSI2561Creative Music Studio 3
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    MUSI2702Music Sound and Visual Media
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    MUSI2705Music Recording and Production Techniques
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    MUSI2901Songwriting Studio
    • Winter - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    CIND3003Creative Industries Professional Project
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    • Trimester 3 - 2022 (Singapore)
    • Trimester 1 - 2022 (Singapore)
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    20 units
    CIND3100Sound, Light and Motion
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    MUSI3461Creative Practice Lab
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    MUSI3501Sonic Alchemy: Explorations in Sound and Visualisation
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    MUSI3502Music for Games and VRNot currently offered10 units

    Music PA Major - Performing Arts

    Students must complete at least one of the Music and Performing Arts majors. Students have the option of completing a second major chosen from either the Music and Performing Arts major options or from the School of Creative Industries (SOCI) major options.

    Directed Courses

    Choose 80 units from the following list to fulfil the requirements of this major including 20 units at 1000 level, 20 units at 2000 level, and 40 units at 3000 level.

    CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
    CAPA1001Creative and Performing Arts 1
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    CAPA1030Vocal Fundamentals and Techniques
    • Winter - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    CIND1301StagecraftNot currently offered10 units
    CAPA2001Creative and Performing Arts 2
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    CAPA2410Australian Theatre and Performance
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    CIND2301Performance TechnologiesNot currently offered10 units
    CIND2302Directing WorkshopNot currently offered10 units
    CAPA3001Acting For Camera
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    CAPA3820Writing for Performance
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    CIND3003Creative Industries Professional Project
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    • Trimester 3 - 2022 (Singapore)
    • Trimester 1 - 2022 (Singapore)
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    20 units
    CIND3301Performance EnvironmentsNot currently offered10 units
    MUSI3461Creative Practice Lab
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units

    SOCI Major - Media Arts Production

    Students must complete at least one of the Music and Performing Arts majors. Students have the option of completing a second major chosen from either the Music and Performing Arts major options or from the School of Creative Industries (SOCI) major options.

    Compulsory Courses

    Complete the following 20 units of compulsory courses.

    CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
    CMNS1090Media Storytelling
    • Trimester 1 - 2022 (Singapore)
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    • Winter - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    CMNS1240Mobile Media Making
    • Trimester 3 - 2022 (Singapore)
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    Directed Courses

    Choose 60 units from the directed course list below including 20 units at 2000 level, and 40 units at 3000 level.

    CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
    CMNS2016Social and Interactive Media
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    CMNS2035Screen Production
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    CMNS2080Interactive Art Practice and Production
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    CMNS2130Sound Production
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    CMNS2180Screenwriting
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    CIND3003Creative Industries Professional Project
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    • Trimester 3 - 2022 (Singapore)
    • Trimester 1 - 2022 (Singapore)
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    20 units
    CMNS3160Transmedia Documentary
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    CMNS3440Short Film Production
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    CMNS3560Interactive Media
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    CMNS3620Virtual Drama and DocumentaryNot currently offered10 units

    SOCI Major - Animation and Interaction

    Students must complete at least one of the Music and Performing Arts majors. Students have the option of completing a second major chosen from either the Music and Performing Arts major options or from the School of Creative Industries (SOCI) major options.

    Compulsory Courses

    Complete the following compulsory courses

    CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
    DESN1031Digital Practices in Visual Communication
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    Directed Courses

    Choose 70 units from the directed course list below including minimum 20 units at 2000 level and 40 units at 3000 level.

    CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
    DESN1331Character Design
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    DESN1600Interaction and UX Design Fundamentals
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    DESN1801Animation Thinking
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    DESN2600Designing for Game Play
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    DESN2610Experience Design Studio
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    DESN2801Animation Process
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    DESN2802Animation Production
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    DESN28043D Motion
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    CIND3003Creative Industries Professional Project
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    • Trimester 3 - 2022 (Singapore)
    • Trimester 1 - 2022 (Singapore)
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    20 units
    DESN3600Experimental Interfaces and Tangible Interaction Design
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    DESN3801Animation Studio
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    DESN38023D EnvironmentsNot currently offered10 units
    DESN3803Digital Compositing and Visual Effects
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units

    SOCI Major - Creative Arts

    Students must complete at least one of the Music and Performing Arts majors. Students have the option of completing a second major chosen from either the Music and Performing Arts major options or from the School of Creative Industries (SOCI) major options.

    Compulsory Courses

    Complete the following compulsory courses

    CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
    DESN1031Digital Practices in Visual Communication
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    Directed Courses

    Choose 70 units from the directed course list below including minimum 20 units at 2000 level, and 40 units at 3000 level.

    CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
    AART1500Constructing Images
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    AART1700Foundations in Digital Photography
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    DESN1121Experimental Design Imaging
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    AART2000Australian Contemporary Art in Context
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    AART20013D Prototype to Production
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    CIND2102Extended Reality for Creative Practice
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    DESN2211Visual Narrative
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    AART3000Interdisciplinary Studio
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    AART3320Creative Place Making
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    CIND3003Creative Industries Professional Project
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    • Trimester 3 - 2022 (Singapore)
    • Trimester 1 - 2022 (Singapore)
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    20 units
    CIND3101Manipulating Images
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units

    Additional information

    Through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre, students can access a free suite of NUPrep preparation courses as well as Academic Learning Support.

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.


    International students

    All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.


    Additional support

    AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the College or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

    Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online.

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    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 Open Foundation 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:

    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
    6773

    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 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 (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 (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:

    • 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.
    • Diploma in Engineering
      Complete this program full-time (in one year) or part-time (up to 4 years) to get entry into one of our Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degrees.
    • Undergraduate Certificates
      Complete this program full-time  (in a single semester) or part-time (two semesters) you can gain up to 40 units of credit and receive guaranteed entry into a number of related degree programs.

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    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 requirements below.

    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:

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

    • the Admission Application (written assessment)
    • the Audition (performance and portfolio)
    • the Interview (oral assessment)

    All candidates must complete all of the below requirements to be eligible to be considered for entry to the Bachelor of Music and Performing Arts:

    1. Lodge an Admission Application - admission information for domestic applicants is available here, and for international applicants here.
    2. Complete and submit your online Audition Application
    3. Audition and Interview (details in Additional Selection Criteria section below)

    Applicants must meet one of the criteria below to meet the Admission Application requirement (step 1 above):

    • Completed Year 12 studies - NSW HSC or equivalent qualification (there is no minimum Selection Rank requirement); or
    • Completed, or partly completed, higher education studies (0.25FTE completed or greater); or
    • TAFE/VET qualification, 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.

    For detailed information on the Application, Audition and Interview process please se the Bachelor of Music and Performing Arts 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.

    Applicants for this program must satisfy a minimum English Language Proficiency Standard equivalent to an IELTS overall minimum of 6.0 with no subtest result below 6.0.

    • Auditions - An Audition and interview are required as part of the application process. 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 or artistic achievements, and any industry experiences (including paid and unpaid activities or work experience). Depending on your chosen major you will 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.

    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 and Performing Arts or the Bachelor of Music and Performing Ars/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 and Performing Arts or the Bachelor of Music and Performing arts/Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, additional selection criteria applies.

    Music audition and entry criteria

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