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Bachelor of Music (Composition)

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Overview

If you want to become a professional composer and specialise in music for the concert hall, this degree is for you. You will focus on art music and study with internationally regarded composers.

Creating new music is a vital part of studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. The Conservatorium’s composition and music technology staff are some of Australia’s most gifted and widely recognised composers, working across instrumental, vocal, electronic and electroacoustic music. You will learn all facets of musical composition, and we will support you to specialise and create more ambitious work. We offer plenty of opportunities to have your work performed.

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What you'll study

The Bachelor of Music (Composition) offers study in both traditional and electroacoustic music areas, including computer music, digital music and sound art.

In addition, you will complete core studies in analysis, composer performance workshop, composition through improvisation, history and culture, and music skills (aural perception, harmony and analysis, music technology and sound recording).
 

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Sample study plan

Bachelor of Music (Composition)

Year Sem  Unit of study 
1 1 Composition 1 Music skills units Instrumentation & Orchestration This is Music
  2 Composition 2 Music skills units Creative Music Technology or Sound Recording Fundamentals New Music, New Thinking
2 1 Composition 3 Music skills units Comp Techniques: Number & Process Analysis, History and Culture Studies foundation unit or Electroacoustic Music
  2 Composition 4 Music skills units Comp Techniques: Tonality & Process Analysis, History and Culture Studies or Computer Music Fundamentals
3 1 Composition 5 Analysis, History and Culture Studies   Free choice    
  2 Composition 6 Composition elective Analysis History and Culture Studies   Free choice
4 1 Composition 7 Music Specialist Project or ICPU Free choice    
  2 Composition 8 Music Specialist Project or ICPU Free choice    

Assumed knowledge

HSC Music 2 or equivalent notation skills

Applying for honours

Please visit the Bachelor of Music Studies (Honours) course page to apply.

The Bachelor of Music (Composition) Honours is designed to allow students with superior composition ability and potential to extend their knowledge and skill bases.

Candidates will have demonstrated superior composition skills and the capacity to develop and carry out a specialised research project. Honours will provide you with opportunities to:

  • extend your pass degree work and gain excellence in composition and composition-based research in a specific area relevant to your own professional and musical interests and needs
  • develop composition, research and writing skills essential to a level suitable for entry qualification for quality postgraduate programs
  • obtain an extra professional qualification that may assist employment prospects; and work closely with academic staff of the Conservatorium.

Admission criteria

To gain entry, applicants will need:

  1. An Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) or an IB or equivalent
  2. To make a course application to UAC (or direct to USyd for certain international students), and
  3. Submit a portfolio and register for an interview
  4. Refer to the UAC website and the Sydney Conservatorium website for closing application dates


Applicants without an ATAR from the NSW Higher School Certificate may be granted admission on the basis of:

  • A recognised secondary school level qualification (including overseas qualifications)
  • or having successfully undertaken tertiary studies in music at or above Diploma level to the equivalent of at least one year of study
  • or in a special admission category such as mature age entry

Prospective domestic students follow the steps above to make a course application and register an audition.

Prospective international students follow the above steps to make a course application and register an audition. You may also need to fulfil English language requirements where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English.

Current students applying to transfer from the Diploma of Music to a bachelor must apply through UAC - follow the above steps.

Or if you are wanting to change courses, you must register an audition/interview and make a Sydney Student application. Please refer to the website for more information.

Course opportunities

You will receive individual lessons along with studies in:

  • compositional techniques and analysis
  • music technology skills
  • music theory and aural training
  • historical and cultural studies.

You will also have access to diverse electives across the University of Sydney.

Career Pathways

  • Concert music composer
  • Electroacoustic music composer
  • Film/tv composer
  • Arts curator
  • Artistic director
  • Music researcher
  • Composition teacher

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Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course, and the specific units of study in which you enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs


Please note that for some courses there are additional costs in addition to the student contribution. Some of these additional costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protective clothing, and equipment. Please consult the University's web page for more information: https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Undergraduate Students


The tuition fee for international undergraduate students is an indication of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount. For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protective clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through a government approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government. Further information is available from https://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/living-costs/health-insurance.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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