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Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
  • Semester 2 - 20 Jul 2020
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
  • Semester 2 - 20 Jul 2020
Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 10 years maximum.

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
  • Semester 2 - 20 Jul 2020
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
  • Semester 2 - 20 Jul 2020
Fees

AUD32,775 (indicative annual fee, 2020)
Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units) Find out more about fees

English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 6.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 6.0

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Duration

4 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

UON program code: 40207
CRICOS code: 0100762

Currently enrolled, continuing students looking for the previous version of this program should refer back to the: Bachelor of Music / Bachelor of Arts (pre 2020)

For additional information about this degree you can refer to the pages for the corresponding single degrees:
Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Arts

Program handbook

Description

This combined degree program provides scope for study in both Music and the Arts. Students complete two degree awards over four years of full time study (or part time equivalent). 

The flexibility of this combined degree allows you:

  • to develop skills 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 or Songwriting and Production, and 
  • to gather skills that will prepare you for the work place and a wide variety of careers, with the flexibility to choose from a broad range of Arts majors and minors, to match your specific interests, including pursuing themes and disciplines, gaining work experience, engaging with industry, and completing research projects.

Students will complete a major in Music and a major in Arts, with the option to complete an Arts minor or complement their degree with elective choices.


Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • A broad and coherent body of knowledge, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines as a basis for independent lifelong learning
  • Cognitive skills to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge
  • Cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge with depth in some areas
  • Cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence
  • Communication skills to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas
  • Demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills with initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice and/or scholarship
  • Demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills to adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts
  • Demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills with responsibility and accountability for own learning and professional practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters
  • Musicality: You will be able to create, produce, perform and/or research to a professional standard
  • Knowledge: The capacity to research, analyse, and apply knowledge from disciplinary and multidisciplinary perspectives within the Bachelor of Arts.
  • Communication: The developed capacity to communicate effectively across written, oral, visual, and digital forms
  • Adaptability: You will have the ability to function autonomously and collaboratively with others on projects and events, as per the demands of the music industry
  • Digital Fluency: You will be able to effectively integrate digital technology into your everyday music practices
  • Critical thinking and research skills: The ability to identify high-quality information and critically analyse it as a user, researcher and producer, with a focus on well-reasoned argumentation.
  • Intercultural competence: The ability to engage with a range of diverse perspectives from which knowledge, beliefs, and values are developed and maintained from the local to the global, regional, and global levels
  • Scholarship: You will possess a critical and scholarly appreciation of music and its many aesthetics from a socio-cultural perspective
  • Professionalism: You will be able to function as a professional in the music industry and act as advocate for music communities and professional bodies
  • Work readiness: A demonstrated capacity to engage in teamwork, initiative, problem solving, ethical decision-making, and to manage projects.

Details

Information correct as at15 Dec 2019 3:14 PM
Program code40207
AQF level

Level 7 Bachelor Degree

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
Duration
  • Australian students - 4 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
  • International students - 4 years full-time.
Selection Rank
LocationSelection RankMedian

This program is new for 2020, there is currently no commencing student profile available.

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Assumed knowledgeMusic 1 or demonstrated musical experience or qualification equivalent to Music 1 or AMEB (Grade 6 to 8 pass)
Recommended studiesHSC Music 1 or 2 or equivalent, HSC English Advanced or equivalent, Mathematics for those anticipating studying the Psychology Studies Major
Term typeSemesters
Fees
  • International students - AUD32,775 (indicative annual fee, 2020)
    Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units) Find out more about fees
Managing faculty
  1. Faculty of Education and Arts
Contributing schools
  1. School of Creative Industries
  2. School of Humanities and Social Science
Relevant University rules and policies
CRICOS Code0100762

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Admission information

Admission requirements

Admission information for Australian students and residents is available here.

Admission information for international is available here.

During the admission process adjustment factors may be applied to your Selection Rank.  Please visit our website to see if you are eligible.

Selection of applicants will be made on the basis of their UAC/International Admissions/Internal Transfer 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/Bachelor of Arts.

Step 1     Lodge an application* 

Step 2     Lodge a completed Audition Application Form 

Refer to the Auditions FAQs for updated audition schedule dates and details.

  • Domestic Audition Application Form, or
  • International Audition Application Form

Step 3     Complete the online music knowledge test and online written assessment. Details will be sent to you after step 2.

Step 4     Auditions - Applicants can either:

     (1) Audition face-to-face - refer to FAQs for updated schedule and details; or

     (2) Audition online (OPEN year-round)

  • Upload your audition video
  • Have an online interview.

Applicants who do not apply through UAC/International Admissions/Internal transfer or who do not submit a completed Audition Application Form or who do not complete the online music knowledge test and online written assessment or who do not complete an audition and interview will be ineligible for consideration for admission.

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 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.

Additional selection criteria

  • Auditions - Audition and Interview - An audition and interview are required as part of the application process. Depending on your specialisation 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.

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

320 units

Program duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 10 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

This program requires the successful completion of 320 units.

Students must complete 

  • 80 units of Core B Music courses and 30 units of Core B Arts course and:
  • One 80 unit Music Major with at least 20 units at 1000 level, 20 units at 2000 level, and 40 units at 3000 level; and one of the following:
  1. Single Arts Major Pathway A – one 80 unit Arts Major and one 40 unit Arts Minor and 10 units of Electives (at 2000 or 3000 level); or
  2. Single Arts Major Pathway B – one 80 unit Arts Major and 50 units of Electives (with at least 20 units at the 2000 or 3000 level)

Students must only complete courses that form part of the program.

B Arts Majors:

Major (excluding the Education Major) A major must comprise of 80 units of compulsory and or directed courses from one area as follows:

  • A minimum of 10 units at 1000 level. French Studies (Intermediate Sequence) and Japanese Studies (Intermediate Sequence) are excluded from this rule.
  • A minimum of 40 units at 3000 level

Education Major

This major must comprise of 80 units of directed courses as follows:

  • A minimum of 10 units at 1000 level
  • A minimum of 40 units selected from the 3000 and 4000 level courses

Minor

A minor must comprise of 40 units of compulsory and or directed courses from one area as follows:

  • A minimum of 10 units at 1000 level
  • At least 20 units at 2000 or 3000 level

All students, please note:

  1. Each course can only be counted once towards a major/minor or elective
  2. When you have successfully completed your program, your transcript and testamur will specify completed major/s but will not specify completed minors
  3. Full-time enrolment (80 units per year) will enable program completion in 4 yrs. Students may enrol in less per year but completion will take proportionately longer.

Psychology Studies Major/Minor:

The Psychology major/minor is for students with a general interest in Psychology. Since 2012 it has not been accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

Languages:

Students who already possess knowledge of the French language (eg HSC Continuers or equivalent) are advised to consult with the French Studies Discipline Convenor before enrolling into the French Studies (Intermediate Sequence).

Students who already possess knowledge of the Japanese language (eg HSC Continuers or equivalent) are advised to consult with the Japanese Studies Discipline Convenor before enrolling


Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on what you will study. Please refer to the program plan for the year that you commenced or transitioned into this program.

Additional documents


Transition arrangements

The Bachelor of Music program was amended for 2020 implementation.  Students who transfer from Bachelor of Music [40045] or Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Arts [40048 or 40120] into Bachelor of Music [40206] or Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Arts [40207], should refer to the B Music Course Credit Equivalency document in the Additional Documents section.


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 Core courses.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
HASS1000BA Futures
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
MUSI1705Foundations in Digital Music and Media
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI1731Sound, Music and Texture
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI1732The Rhythms of Music
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
HASS2000BA Practice
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
MUSI2441Entering the Music Industry
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI2702Music Sound and Visual Media
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI2705Music Recording and Production Techniques
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
HASS3000BA Project
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
MUSI3102Researching Australian Music
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI3442Engaging in the Music IndustryNot currently offered10 units

Honours

Students who perform well during the Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Arts degree with a credit average (GPA of 5.0) or greater, may apply for a further year of full-time (or equivalent part-time) study to obtain an Honours degree in either music or arts. The Honours degree allows students to further develop their specific areas of interest.


Additional information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

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 Faculty 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.