The University of Newcastle, Australia
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Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
  • Semester 2 - 3 August 2020
Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Duration

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

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
  • Semester 2 - 3 August 2020
Fees

AUD34,825 (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

3 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Program code: 40206
CRICOS code: 0100758

Program handbook

Description

The Bachelor of Music degree will prepare you for a career in the music industry 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 or in other music 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 and Songwriting and Production. As a student in the School of Creative Industries, you will have opportunities to network and develop collaborations with peers across a number of related disciplines.

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

Double Major Pathway B

  • Performance and Songwriting and Production

Double Major Pathway C

  • Performance and Media Production
  • Songwriting and Production and Animation

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 regarding their academic program.


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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Details

Information correct as at29 Oct 2020 2:14 pm
Program code40206
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 PrecinctNANA

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.
Term typeSemesters
Fees
  • International students - AUD34,825 (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
Relevant University rules and policies
CRICOS Code0100758

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Admission information

Admission requirements

Admission information for Australian students and residents is available here .

Admission information for international students is available here .

Selection of applicants will be made on the basis of their Admission 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.

Step 1     Lodge an Admission application* 

Step 2     Complete and submit your online Audition Application;

Step 3     Auditions - Applicants can either:

     (1) Audition face-to-face; or

     (2) Audition online (OPEN year-round)

  • Upload your audition video
  • Have an online interview.

*UAC/International Admissions/Degree Transfer/Direct Admission Application is based on:

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

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 Bachelor of Music 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 chosen major 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

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

This program requires the successful completion of 240 units. 

Students must complete 80 units of Core Courses and a choice of one of the following:

  • Single Major Pathway A – One 80 unit Music major (20 units at 1000 level, 20 units at 2000 level, and 40 units at 3000 level); and 80 units of Electives  or
  • Double Major Pathway B – One 80 unit Music major (20 units at 1000 level, 20 units at 2000 level, and 40 units at 3000 level); and a second 80 unit Music Major (20 units at 1000 level, 20 units at 2000 level, 40 units at 3000 level). Students undertaking the Double Major Pathway B, can only choose MUSI3203 Professional Project (20 units) in one major; or
  • Double Major Pathway C - One 80 unit Music Major (20 units at 1000 level, 20 units at 2000 level, and 40 units at 3000 level); and a second 80 unit School of Creative Industries Major (with at least 40 units at 3000 level)

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

Students must not exceed 240 units in order to complete a second Major.

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

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


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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Music Core Courses

Complete the following 80 units of core courses.

CodeTitleTerm / Location 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
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
MUSI3102Researching Australian Music
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI3442Engaging in the Music IndustryNot currently offered10 units

Music Major - Performance

Students must complete at least one of the Music Majors. Students have the option of completing a second Major, chosen from either the Music Major options or from the School of Creative Industries (SOCI) Major options.

Directed Courses

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

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
MUSI1150Popular Music Performance
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI1260Introduction to Music Theory
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI1461Collaborative Music Making 1
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI1462Collaborative Music Making 2
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI2150Funk and Fusion Performance
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI2161Music Direction and Techniques
  • Winter - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI2461Collaborative Music Making 3
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI2462Collaborative Music Making 4
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI2731Chords, Harmonies and Progressions
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI3150Jazz Performance
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI3203Professional Project
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
20 units
MUSI3602Music Research Studies
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI3731Musical Arranging
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI3822Teaching and PedagogyNot currently offered10 units

Music Major - Songwriting and Production

Students must complete at least one of the Music Majors. Students have the option of completing a second Major, chosen from either the Music Major options or from the School of Creative Industries (SOCI) Major options.

Directed Courses

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

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
CMNS1240Mobile Media Making
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
MUSI1561Creative Music Studio 1
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI1562Creative Music Studio 2
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI1901Songwriting
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
CMNS2016Social and Interactive Media
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Central Coast)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Singapore)
10 units
MUSI2561Creative Music Studio 3
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI2562Creative Music Studio 4
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI2701Sound Studio SessionsNot currently offered10 units
MUSI2901Songwriting StudioNot currently offered10 units
CMNS3560Scripting for Interactivity
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS3600Sound for Interactive MediaNot currently offered10 units
MUSI3203Professional Project
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
20 units
MUSI3501Sonic Alchemy: Explorations in Sound and VisualisationNot currently offered10 units
MUSI3502Music for Games and VRNot currently offered10 units

SOCI Major - Animation

Students must complete at least one of the Music Majors. Students have the option of completing a second Major, chosen from either the Music Major options or from the School of Creative Industries (SOCI) Major options.

Compulsory Courses

Complete the following compulsory courses

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
DESN1801Animation Thinking
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
DESN2801Animation Process
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
DESN2802Animation Production
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
Single Major Compulsory Course

Students undertaking Double Major Pathway C must choose DESN3920

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
DESN3910Professional Creative Portfolio – Single
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
20 units
Double Major Compulsory Course

Students undertaking Double Major Pathway C must choose

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
DESN3920Professional Creative Portfolio – DoubleNot currently offered20 units
Directed Courses

Choose 30 units from the following directed course list. At least 20 units must be taken at the 3000 Level.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
CMNS1230Foundations of Media Production
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (Singapore)
10 units
DESN1200Design Drawing Foundations
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
DESN1331Character Design
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
DESN2803Designing for 3D
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
DESN28043D Motion
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
DESN3411Creative Studio Placement
  • Summer 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
DESN3730Visual Storytelling in Transmedia Practice
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
DESN3801TV AnimationNot currently offered10 units
DESN38023D EnvironmentsNot currently offered10 units
DESN3803Digital Compositing and ImagingNot currently offered10 units

SOCI Major - Media Production

Students must complete at least one of the Music Majors. Students have the option of completing a second Major, chosen from either the Music 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
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS1240Mobile Media Making
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
Directed Courses

Choose 60 units from the following directed course list; 20 units at 2000 level and 40 units at 3000 level.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
CMNS2005Cinematography
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS2035Television
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS2130Sound Production
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS2180Screenwriting
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS2400Radio Production
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS3150Podcasting
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS3160Documentary
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS3440Short Film Production
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS3450Media Project
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
20 units
CMNS3600Sound for Interactive MediaNot currently offered10 units

Electives

Complete 80 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them.

80 units

Honours

Students who perform well during the Bachelor of Music 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. The Bachelor of Music (Honours) degree allows students to further develop their specific areas of interest.


Additional information

Additional Information (Prospective Students)

All students can access free academic skills and support provided by Academic Learning Support through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre.

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.