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Bachelor of Music (Popular Music and Creative Technologies)

Degree Type Bachelor

Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 324067
324761

CRICOS 002801F

The Bachelor of Music provides the intensive professional training required for employment in today’s music industry. It provides a challenging and stimulating learning environment that nurtures highly skilled, flexible and industry-ready graduates.

The Popular Music and Creative Technologies program responds to the current demands of the contemporary music industry and equips students with the knowledge and skills to excel as music professionals. The focus of the program is on the use of cutting edge digital technologies in song writing and production, underpinned by practical studies in ensemble performance.

Through mentorship in small groups, students are given the opportunity to achieve their potential in an environment that fosters creativity and collaboration, while enabling the development of a unique style of composition. Students will also be exposed to up-to-the minute research in contemporary music history and analysis, develop a range of music literacy skills, and engage with emerging technologies, giving them the edge in adapting to the dynamic nature of the contemporary music industry.

  • Entry Requirements

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    I am a:

    Domestic applicants

    Not a domestic applicant?

    Apply through SATAC www.satac.edu.au
    2016 CSP ATAR 65
    2016 CSP IB 24
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    Deferment? Yes - 2 year
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Year 12 applicants
    You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You must also undertake an audition/interview including an aural/theory test. You compete for a place based on your audition score. Your year 12 Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) is used in the case of a tie-breaker. This program may not be deferred.
    Assumed Knowledge

    A familiarity with computer systems and software, music software and hardware.

    Alternative entry pathways
    • Higher Education applicants
      You must have completed at least half a year full time equivalent higher education study. A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You must also undertake an audition/interview including an aural/theory test. You compete for a place based on your audition score. Your best GPA is used in the case of a tie-breaker. This program may not be deferred.
    • VET applicants
      You must have completed an AQF Certificate IV or above from a Registered Training Organisation. You must also undertake an audition/interview including an aural/theory test. You compete for a place based on your audition score. Further ranking according to the level of TAFE award is undertaken in the case of a tie-breaker. This program may not be deferred.
    • Special Entry applicants
      You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2017. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2017 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2016 or 2015), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2015). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    • Without formal qualifications?
      You may be eligible for our special access schemes.
    • Other Entry Pathways
    Additional Entry Requirements
    All prospective students applying to the Elder Conservatorium of Music are required to attend an audition/interview for each area of specialisation, regardless of the number or type of music programs they are applying for. The audition/interview will assess each applicant's current skill level and potential for future studies and offers will be made on the basis of the audition/interview score, academic achievement and the musicianship test.

    The Musicianship test aims to assess the applicant's general level of musicianship, which involves the ability to identify and recognise musical concepts within aural, written and theoretical contexts.

    The test comprises:
    > aural questions covering rhythm, tonality, melody and harmony
    > score interpretation questions about a given short piano extract
    > theoretical questions such as keys, major and minor scales, intervals and chords.

    For details regarding the audition rounds and the application process, please visit the Elder Conservatorium of Music (https://music.adelaide.edu.au/future/apply/auditions/).
    How to Apply
    Apply through SATAC: www.satac.edu.au

    International applicants

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    CRICOS 002801F
    Intake February and July
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6 Reading 5.5 Listening 5.5 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 60 Reading 8 Listening 8 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 50 Reading 42 Listening 42 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 169 Reading 162 Listening 162 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Secondary School Qualifications International ATAR 70
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 25
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 9
    United Entrance Certificate (UEC) 25
    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 6
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 65
    ISC & CBSE [India] 60%
    ISBE [India] 70%
    SAT [US] 1120
    Abitur 3.7
    Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 2.2
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 7.5
    STPM or Matrikulasi 2.67
    The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 70
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 339
    Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Phillipines or Taiwan may be eligible to apply for a Pre-University Pathway to prepare for or gain entry into the University's undergraduate academic programs. For additional information see Admissions Information - Academic Requirements
    Prerequisites
    International Qualifications Music Theory/Practice
    Assumed Knowledge Advanced practical skills relevant to chosen specialisation
    Additional Entry Requirements
    Entry to all music programs is subject to satisfactory academic achievement and audition. Please provide the details of the specialisation for which you are auditioning when you apply. Applicants for instrumental or vocal places are required to prepare contrasting works, with a total duration of 10 - 15 minutes. A recording (preferably in DVD format) must be submitted to the International Office. The recording must be clearly labelled with the applicant's name and instrumental specialisation, and accompanied by a letter of verification (preferably from a teacher) stating that the recording is a true representation of the applicant's performance. A list of pieces studied over the past 2 years is also required. The audition will be assessed for music achievement and potential for study at degree level. Applicants who are living in Adelaide may be asked to attend a live audition.

    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Domestic applicants

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $6,375

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $29,000

    Scholarships

    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    The Bachelor of Music (Popular Music and Creative Technologies) provides you with skills to suit a wide variety of employment opportunities in the music industry, including: musician, composer, songwriter, producer, sound engineer, DJ, music critic, administrator, music researcher, music journalist or broadcaster.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Potential careers

    Music Journalist / Music Critic, Broadcaster, Producer, Sound Engineer, Band Musician, Composer, Entertainment Industry, Recording Artist / Musician, Singer, Musician, Musician / Singer

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

    Study Abroad and Exchange

    It is recommended that you take any global study in year 2 of your degree. If you are studying a language (at beginners’ level) as a major or minor, it is recommended you take your global study in year 3 of your degree. Contact arts@adelaide.edu.au to receive further information and advice.

    There are many universities to choose from, however specific exhanges are available for Bachelor of Music students:    

    > Simpson College (US)
    > University of Canterbury (NZ)
    > McGill University (Canada)
    > University of Southampton (UK)
  • Degree Structure

    Students are develop a range of music literacy skills and engage with emerging technologies. Students will develop production skills in industry standard facilities (rehearsal and recording studios); students also undertake regular performances of their work. In the final semester of the program, students undertake a capstone course, which incorporates industry mentorship and business coaching for independent musicians, the creation of a digital identity and presence for students' work and graduation recital of students' original music.

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

     

    Example Study Plan

    Study Plans can be found on the Faculty of Arts website.
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Last updated: Thursday, 18 May 2017

 

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