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Bachelor of Music

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Overview

Our Bachelor of Music offers courses in Contemporary Music, Composition for Creative Industries, Digital Music and MediaImprovised Music, and Musicology. If you are interested in the music of today, this degree is for you.

Our four-year Bachelor of Music allows you to become a broadly educated musician, learning a range of skills in various music and arts-related contexts and professions to prepare you for a career in music.

The courses are structured to give you the flexibility to study music and a range of electives such as art, history or design. We prepare you for a variety of careers, some of which may not even exist yet.

Experience the best of both worlds, with classes at both the Conservatorium of Music, Campus in the central business district, at the University's Camperdown Campus

 

Subject areas

Contemporary Music Practice; Composition for Creative Industries; Digital Music and Media; Improvised Music; Musicology major

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Admission, fees and how to apply

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The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

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What you'll study

Choose from the following courses:

Contemporary Music Practice
You will experience contemporary music production, work with industry professionals, learn from music historians, and rub shoulders with some of the country’s best student musicians. This course also gives you the opportunity to discover inventive approaches to writing and performing music, all while learning to study, interpret, and perform the music of others in innovative and new ways.

Composition for Creative Industries
Do you dream of composing music in the creative industries? Do you want to score and arrange music for film, television and online? If so, this is the program for you. Learn from Australia’s most gifted and widely recognised composers, working across instrumental, vocal, electronic and electroacoustic music.

Digital Music and Media
Are you interested in computer-based and interactive musical creativity? If you love writing music for online games and creating music for new media and technologies, this program is ideal. Our studios offer the very latest in music technology.

Improvised Music
This program focuses on learning how to improvise in a broad range of musical environments. Learn from some of the most highly regarded improvised music practitioners in Australia. You will be supported to engage with and develop a unique musical language through improvisation.

Musicology major
Musicologists are interested in how music is made, why people listen to music and how music is heard in particular ways. This major is the perfect choice if you are interested in the history of music, how music is constructed, or the ways it is understood and used by people around the world.

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Sample study plans

Bachelor of Music (Contemporary Music Practice)

Year Sem  Unit of study 
1 1 Contemporary Music Practice 1 Music skills units Sounds, Screens, Speakers: Music and Media This is Music*
  2 Contemporary Music Practice 2 Music skills units The Studio for Songwriters Analysis, History and Culture Studies
2 1 Contemporary Music Practice 3 Music skills units Contemporary Music Studies/Popular Music electives Free choice  
  2 Contemporary Music Practice 4 Analysis, History and Culture Studies   Contemporary Music Studies/Popular Music electives Free choice  
3 1 Contemporary Music Practice 5 Contemporary Music Studies/Popular Music electives Free choice (x2) – Performance or
Ensemble (6 cp each)
 
  2 Contemporary Music Practice 6 Contemporary Music Studies/Popular Music electives Free choice (x2) – Performance or
Ensemble (6 cp each)
 
4 1 Contemporary Music Practice 7 Music Specialist Project or ICPU Free choice    
  2 Contemporary Music Practice 8 Music Specialist Project or ICPU Free choice    


Bachelor of Music (Composition for Creative Industries)

Year Sem  Unit of study 
1 1 Composition for Creative Industries 1 Music skills units Music Notation & Publishing This is Music
  2 Composition for Creative Industries 2
Music skills units
Analysis, History and Culture Studies
Music Technology
2 1 Composition for Creative Industries 3
Instrumentation & Orchestration
Music skills units
Free choice elective
  2 Composition for Creative Industries 4 Scoring and Arranging for the Screen Analysis, History and Culture Studies   Free choice  
3 1 Composition Studies Analysis, History and Culture Studies Performance unit Free choice  
  2 Composition studies Performance unit Music Business Skills Free choice
4 1 Composition for Creative Industries 5 Music Specialist Project or ICPU Free choice    
  2 Composition for Creative Industries 6 Music Specialist Project or ICPU Free choice    


Bachelor of Music (Digital Music and Media)

Year Sem  Unit of study 
1 1 Foundations of Digital Music and Media
Music skills units
Sound Recording Fundamentals
Creative Music Technology
This is Music*
  2 Digital Music Composition 1 Music skills units Analysis, History and Culture Studies    
2 1 Digital Music Composition 2 Music skills units Electroacoustic Music Free choice  
  2 Digital Music Composition 3 Advanced Digital Music Techniques Computer Music Fundamentals Free choice  
3 1 Composition Studies Analysis, History and Culture Studies Performance or Ensemble unit Free choice  
  2 Composition Studies Performance or Ensemble unit Free choice    
4 1 Advanced Digital Composition Music Specialist Project or ICPU Free choice    
  2 Advanced Digital Composition Music Specialist Project or ICPU Free choice    


Bachelor of Music (Improvised Music)

Year Sem  Unit of study 
1 1 Improvised Music 1
Music skills units
Improvised Music Ensemble 1
Technology skills
This is Music*
  2 Improvised Music 2
Music skills units
Improvised Music Ensemble 2
Analysis, History and Culture Studies
Performance or Ensemble unit
2 1 Improvised Music 3
Music skills units
Improvised Music Ensemble 3
Analysis, History and Culture Studies
Performance or Ensemble unit
  2 Improvised Music 4 Music Technology Improvised Music Ensemble 4 Free choice  
3 1 Improvised Music 5 Improvised Music Ensemble 5 Analysis, History and Culture Studies Free choice
  2 Improvised Music 6 Improvised Music Ensemble 6 Free choice    
4 1 Improvised Music 7 Improvised Music Ensemble 7 Music Specialist Project or ICPU Free choice
  2 Improvised Music 8 Improvised Music Ensemble 8 Music Specialist Project or ICPU Free choice

Assumed knowledge

HSC Music 1 or equivalent.

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 audition or 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

Sydney Conservatorium of Music provides places you in a vibrant community of dedicated staff, researchers and talented students to support your education in Musicology.

  • take elective units offered in a variety of topics including early music, contemporary art music, popular music, and the music of Indigenous peoples
  • learn from researchers in a wide range of areas including historical musicology, ethnomusicology, music analysis, psychology of music, popular music studies and more
  • join an active academic community with producing innovative research and publications in musicology
  • the Sydney Conservatorium regularly organises national and international conferences, sharing musicological expertise to the broader community
  • participate in a wide range of performance ensembles from choir to wind orchestra, guitar ensemble, Balinese gamelan or Chinese music ensemble
  • take a second major in subjects across the university.

Career Pathways

  • Arts administrator
  • Composer
  • Contemporary musician
  • Digital music composer and performer
  • Event producer
  • Festival or venue manager
  • Improvising musician
  • Interactive music designer
  • Jazz musician
  • Music journalist
  • Music producer
  • Music researcher
  • Singer/songwriter
  • Sound installation designer

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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.

To help you understand common terms that we use at the University, we offer an online glossary.