The University of Newcastle, Australia

Admissions and Audition Information

If you are interested in studying Music at The University of Newcastle, through the Bachelor of Music or the Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Arts degrees, additional selection criteria apply.

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)

Music application process

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 a Direct online applications for current students

Current University of Newcastle 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 or International Admissions. There is no cost to submit your application.

Current Domestic Student - Apply for domestic student degree transfer

Current International Student - Apply for international student degree transfer

Students currently completing a University of Newcastle Enabling program (Yapug, Open Foundation or Newstep) can apply direct to the University. There is no cost to submit this application.

Current Enabling Students - Apply for direct admission

Step 2: Complete and submit your online Audition Application;

Step 3: Auditions - Applicants can either:

  • Audition face-to-face - refer below for updated schedule and details; or
  • Audition online (OPEN year-round)

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 Admissions application

Step 2: Complete and submit your online Audition Application;

Step 3: Auditions - Applicants can either:

  • Audition face-to-face - refer below for updated schedule and details; or
  • Audition online (OPEN year-round)

Additional Information for 2020 HSC Students

Students completing their HSC studies in 2020 should review the 2021 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 application as early as possible.

Audition information

Video auditions can be sent online at any time. Face to face auditions for 2021 will be replaced with live Zoom video conference auditions.

  • Face-to-face auditions: not available
  • Live Zoom Video Conference Auditions -
    • Early Round Monday 26 October – Tuesday 27 October
    • Main Round Monday 30 November – Wednesday 2 December
  • Video auditions accepted until 5 February 2021
  • Domestic Applicants must list the Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Music/ Bachelor of Arts as a UAC preference before midnight 7 February in order to be considered for Semester 1 2021 admission. For Semester 1 2021, the University of Newcastle will be making offers to Domestic applicants through UAC from August Round 1 (13 August 2020) through until February Round 2 (11 February 2021).
  • International Applicants must apply through International Admissions before 31 January 2021 in order to be considered for Semester 1 2021 admission.

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.

The Performance Major audition requires applicants to perform two contrasting pieces of music in any style or genre, providing their own accompaniment or audio backing where necessary. Each piece should be between 3-5 minutes in duration. For face-to-face auditions, a sound playback system, (amplifiers, vocal PA, drum kit, playback) will be available in the audition room. Applicants may also audition as part of a band or ensemble, however, each applicant must complete a separate online audition application.

The Songwriting and Production Major audition requires applicants to present a portfolio of 2 creative works. The creative works may be in any musical style and could include examples of your songwriting, compositions, remixes, sound production and recording projects. Your portfolio can be presented as example recordings, scores or lyrics or performed live. For face-to-face auditions, a sound playback system, (amplifiers, vocal PA, drum kit, playback) will be available in the audition room.

To audition for the Songwriting and Production and Performance Double Major Pathway applicants should present 1 creative work and 1 performance.

Music audition FAQs

Will I receive the results of my audition?

Applicants who are successful in the audition will then be notified if their admission application is successful in the next available offer round for which they are eligible: UAC; Enabling Direct Admissions; Domestic Degree Transfers; International Degree Transfers or International Admissions.

Is there any fee to apply to audition?

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

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

Applicants who do not apply for admission (UAC; Enabling Direct Admissions; Domestic Degree Transfers; International Degree Transfers or International Admissions); or who do not submit an online Audition Application; or who do not complete the online written assessment; or who do not complete an audition and interview will be ineligible for consideration for admission.

Contact details

Music Audition Coordinator

T: +61 2 49854500

E: MusicAuditions@newcastle.edu.au

Program enquiries

Music Program Advisor

T: +61 2 4921 5000

E: ProgramAdvice@newcastle.edu.au

Domestic admissions

T: +61 2 4921 5000

E: Admissions@newcastle.edu.au

International admissions

T: +61 2 4921 6236 (Option 2)

E: IA@newcastle.edu.au

ASK UON

T: 1300 ASK UON

T: +61 2 4921 5000

E: askuon@newcastle.edu.au