The University of Newcastle, Australia

Admissions - Australian students

If you are interested in studying Music at UON through the Bachelor of Music or the Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Arts degree, additional selection criteria apply.

Video auditions can be sent online at any time. If you would like to audition face-to-face, 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 24th June 2019 – Tuesday 25th June 2019 (Applications in by Friday 14thJune 2019)
  • Video auditions accepted until 14thJune 2019
  • For Semester 2 2019, the University of Newcastle will be making offers through UAC from May Round 2 (May 16 2019) through until July Round 2 (July 25 2019).


  • Early Round: Monday 28th October 2019 – Tuesday 29th October  2019 (Application due 18thOctober 2019)
  • Main Round: Monday 2nd December 2019 – Wednesday 4th December 2019 (Application due 22ndNovember 2019)
  • Video auditions accepted until 31 January 2020


Students completing their HSC studies in 2019 should review the 2020 admission dates available here. The University of Newcastle will be making offers through UAC under the School Recommendation Scheme in November Round 1. The majority of offers to HSC students will be made in December Round 2.

To ensure that you are considered for these two major offer rounds, please submit your audition as early as possible.

For more details, please refer to the Music audition FAQs below.

Music application process

Direct online applications for current students

Current UON students* who wish to transfer into either the Bachelor of Music or the Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Arts double degree can apply directly through the University instead of applying through UAC*. There is no cost to submit your application.

Apply for direct transfer

*Applications via UAC and UON International Admissions (IA) only apply for applicants who are currently not enrolled at the University of Newcastle.

Domestic applicants

Music applicants are now able to apply and audition online. The table below outlines the application process for domestic and international applicants.

Step 1

Register and apply through UAC*

Step 2

Submit your audition form - domestic (100KB, PDF) to UON. Refer to the Auditions FAQs for updated audition schedule dates and details.

Step 3

Complete the online music knowledge test. Details will be sent to you after step 2.

Step 4

Domestic 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.

For more details: Audition FAQs

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.

Face-to-face auditions

Face-to-face performances may include in part, a short masterclass or interaction with staff member(s), providing valuable feedback to applicants

Duo or group auditions
  • If you have friends who also wish to audition (perhaps members of the same group/ensemble), you may audition together.
  • The length of the audition will be adjusted accordingly.
  • A separate Audition Application Form must be completed by each applicant.

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, and accompanied by people 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

Music applicants at the University of Newcastle can audition face-to-face or online.

Online video auditions are open all year round. Face-to-face music auditions are scheduled to align with early round, main round and later round applications. Please refer to the FAQs section below for audition dates and details.

Audition FAQs - Domestic applicants

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

Music audition form - domestic (100KB, PDF)

Contact details

Music auditions

Music Audition Coordinator
T: +61 2 4921 8900

Program enquiries

Music Program Advisor
T: +61 2 4921 5000

International admissions

T: +61 2 4913 8300