The University of Newcastle, Australia

Admissions - International students

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 apply.

Music application process

Application requirements for your area of study

To apply for a music degree, you will need to provide requirements that display your abilities and interest.

Portfolio requirements

Performance applicants are required to present two pieces demonstrating contrasting styles and genres.

Performance styles

  • The choice of styles can include contemporary, classical, early music, jazz, world music or other styles. Original compositions and improvisations are permitted.
  • A demonstrated expertise and understanding across any of the styles performed is expected by the audition panel.

Instruments and systems

  • You may audition on up to two instruments. Each instrument may require a separately scheduled appointment. Please specify details on the audition application form (section II)
  • Applicants must arrange their own accompaniment. The accompaniment may utilise piano, band, guitar, recorded backing, etc.
  • A sound playback system, standard band set up (amplifiers, vocal PA, drum kit, playback) will be available in the audition room. Electric guitar applicants must supply their own guitar leads.

Audition Duration

  • Performance auditions are generally limited to approximately 20 minutes in duration (including set up time).
  • Please keep this in mind if you are bringing in your own equipment and tuning, with companions to assist in your set-up.

Applicants must present a portfolio of two creative works. Depending on your chosen area of concentration, the requirements are outlined below.

Composition portfolio requirements

Objective: Your composition works should preferably display contrasting forms or diversity. If possible, please accompany any scored compositions with a recording.

Examples: A chamber, orchestral, vocal or solo work, jazz arrangement, a soundscape recording, or multi-track recording exploring texture or timbre.

Songwriting portfolio requirements

Objective: Recordings demonstrating different approaches to song writing. If recordings are not possible, you may perform your songs live at the interview.

Examples: An arrangement, different styles, approaches to production, approaches to words and music, etc.

Format requirements

  • Scores may be provided as PDF, MUS or SIB files
  • Audio files on a USB drive should be in MP3 format

If you choose Creative production (music technology) as the focus your study, the table below outlines the requirements you will need for your application.

Requirements for domestic and international applicants

Portfolio requirements

Applicants must present a portfolio of two creative activities. These should be evidenced with audio or video material.


Material on a USB drive may be provided as MP3, WAV, AIFF, MPG, MOV or similar formats.

Demonstrate interest in creative production

Demonstrate your interest in creative production (music technology) through discussions about:

  • Productions you may have been involved with such as recording sessions, live shows, and other similar undertakings.
  • Creative works such as software compositions, soundscapes, video clips, studio recordings, and others.

Technology requirements

  • Applicants should provide their own computer where specific software is required.
  • Internet access will be available on a computer in the audition room for accessing material.

Portfolio requirements

All applicants must present a portfolio of either:

  • Two examples of their music research or analysis; OR,
  • Write a proposal addressing the reasons they want to do music research.

Please provide printed and electronic copies of your material.

Examples: An essay on some aspect of music, a critical review of a band or musician, publications about music, a concert review, musicology paper, music analysis, written or recorded interview with a musician, etc


  • Scores may be provided as PDF, MUS or SIB files.
  • Audio files on a USB drive should be in MP3 format.

Music audition FAQs

Video auditions can be sent online at any time. If you would like to audition face-to-face (in Newcastle), we encourage you to apply to audition as soon as possible.

Face-to-face auditions will be held on the below dates:


  • Mid-Year: Monday 24thJune 2019 – Tuesday 25th June 2019 (Applications in by Friday 14thJune 2019)
  • Video auditions accepted until 14thJune 2019


  • Monday 28thOctober 2019 – Tuesday 29thOctober  2019 (Application due 18thOctober 2019)
  • Monday 2ndDecember 2019 – Wednesday 4thDecember 2019 (Application due 22ndNovember 2019)
  • Video auditions accepted until 31 January 2020

Audition FAQs - International applicants

Download, complete and submit the relevant audition form following the processes provided on this page.

Video auditions can be sent online at any time.


Video auditions accepted until 14thJune 2019


Video auditions accepted until 31 January 2020

International applicants may only audition ONLINE. This process has two parts:


  • You will need to produce a video of yourself and upload it to the audition portal.
  • The requirements for your audition video will be provided after you submit your audition application form.


  • A short online interview will also be arranged as part of your audition process.
  • During the interview, you can discuss your musical and academic achievements and present your aspirations for the future.

Within a few weeks of your audition you will be notified if you were successful. The results are used for determining pathways for tertiary music study at UoN.

After you submit your audition application you will be sent a link to an online music knowledge test to complete in your own time prior to the audition. The results of the test will help to determine the pathway you may take in first year. A sample test will be available here soon.

No. There is no fee applicable for an audition to study music at the University of Newcastle.

Contact details

Music auditions

Music Audition Coordinator
T: +61 2 4921 8900

Program enquiries

Music Program Advisor
T: +61 2 4921 7229

International admissions

T: +61 2 4921 6595