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Diploma of Music

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Overview

Our Diploma of Music offers programs in Composition, Contemporary Music, Historical Performance and non-western instruments, Classical Performance and Jazz Studies.

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 degrees.

Subject areas

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

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Admission, fees and how to apply

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What you'll 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.

Units of Study

Applying for admission

To gain entry, applicants will need:

  1. An Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)
  2. Make a course application for a Bachelor degree to UAC, and
  3. Register an audition or interview

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


The Diploma of Music is offered to certain candidates after applying and auditioning for a Bachelor course.

Special admission may be granted to candidates solely interested in the Diploma, such as mature age students, those seeking study to complement work, refresh and update skills. To apply for special admission, please email the following material to con.apply@sydney.edu.au  

  1. resume
  2. secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents)
  3. tertiary or approved preparation program qualification/s
  4. music study/qualifications
  5. proof of identity (copy of birth certificate or passport or driver’s license)
  6. brief message on why you would like to study the Diploma of Music and what you hope to gain out of the course

Assumed knowledge

HSC Music 1 or equivalent music skills.

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 the Bachelor of Music. These degrees provide admission to a range of Sydney Conservatorium 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 such as:

  • artist agent
  • arts administrator
  • chamber/orchestral musician
  • orchestra manager
  • concert manager
  • concert soloist
  • contemporary musician
  • ethnomusicologist
  • event producer
  • festival or venue manager
  • jazz musician
  • music producer
  • musicologist
  • piano accompanist
  • private studio 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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