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Diploma of Music

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Overview

Studying the Diploma of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music will provide you with vocational training in music skills at a high level if you are aspiring to a professional career in music performance. It is also a great pathway to our internationally regarded Bachelor of Music degree.

The diploma is completed in two years of full-time study. In addition to weekly classes/lessons in your principal study area, you will complete three semesters of music skills, some analysis and music history studies as well as either performance, contemporary studies or composition options depending on your principal study area.

Principal Study Areas

Composition; Contemporary Music Practice; Historical Performance; Jazz Performance; Non-orchestral Instrument Performance; Orchestral Instrument Performance; Voice (classical) Performance

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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What you'll study

You will study up to 24 credit points in your principal study area, and a further 24 credit points of complementary studies to your specialisation. The course combines 18 credit points in Music Skills and 12 credit points in Analysis, History and Culture studies. You will have 18 remaining credit points in elective units. Please refer to the Conservatorium of Music online Handbook for guidance of units of study selection.

Units of Study

Assumed knowledge

HSC Music 1 or Music 2, or equivalent music skills.

Admission requirement

Admission to this course is on the basis of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), tertiary study or an approved preparation program. English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. Special admission pathways are open for domestic mature aged applicants who do not possess a school leaving qualification, educationally disadvantaged applicants and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Applicants are ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking.

Details of admission policies are found in the Coursework Rule. In addition, admission to this course requires the applicant to attend an audition in the proposed instrument or voice or submit a portfolio of work. The results of this process will form part of the ranking of applicants.

Course opportunities

All students at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music participate in masterclasses with visiting artists, public recitals and performances in world class venues. Students may participate in international performance tours each year and may undertake exchange study at an overseas university as an integral part of their course.

Future study options

Eligible candidates may proceed to the Bachelor of Music (Performance), Bachelor of Music (Composition), Bachelor of Music (Music Education) or Bachelor of Music. These degrees provide for admission to a range of Sydney postgraduate and graduate entry coursework and research programs.

Graduate opportunities

Graduates of the Diploma of Music are broadly educated musicians able to apply their knowledge, skills and attitudes creatively and flexibly in a variety of music and music-related professions.

  • artist agent
  • arts administrator
  • audio engineer
  • chamber/orchestral musician
  • composer
  • concert manager
  • concert soloist
  • conductor
  • contemporary musician
  • digital music composer
  • ethnomusicologist
  • event producer
  • festival or venue manager
  • film score composer
  • interactive music designer
  • jazz musician
  • music journalist
  • music producer
  • musicologist
  • opera singer
  • orchestra manager
  • piano accompanist
  • private studio teacher
  • school music teacher

Career information for UAC

Examples include artist agent, arts administrator,  audio engineer, chamber/orchestral musician, composer, concert manager, concert soloist, conductor, contemporary musician, digital music composer, ethnomusicologist, event producer, festival or venue manager, film score composer,  interactive music designer, jazz musician, music journalist, music producer, musicologist, opera singer, orchestra manager, piano accompanist, private studio teacher, school music 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


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. 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, protected 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 an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. 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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