Diploma in Music (Commercial Music and Song Writing)
Through practical activities students will develop the creative, technical and professional skills to compose contemporary music, with an emphasis on creating and presenting new original work. These skills are complemented by studies in sound recording and production, music theory, and business, providing the basis for either work in the music industry or further study (with 24 units of credit towards the Bachelor of Music (Popular Music).
Students will have actual industry experiences, through courses such as Contemporary Music in Practice, to build a portfolio of skills that are vital for independent artists, and expected for a career as a creative professional in the entertainment industry. They will also attend presentations by music industry guests with international profiles.
Students learn from staff who research and are active industry professionals who can share their expertise. Graduates build skills that will prepare them for the realities of life as a musician in the entertainment and media industries in the 21st century.
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SATAC Code 316201 Deferment Yes - 2 year Intake February and July Enquiries Future Students team
Alternative entry pathways
SATAC Code: 316201
- Without formal qualifications?
You may be eligible for our special access schemes.
- Other Entry Pathways
CRICOS 097697D Intake February and July
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 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6 TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21 Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50 Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 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
International Qualifications Applicants must have SACE or equivalent and Audition/Interview. Assumed Knowledge Various, pending Area of Specialisation. These include: year 12 Solo performance or AMEB Practical Grade 6-7, or CPM Advancing Step 4, plus year 12 Musicianship or AMEB Grade 5 Theory (or international equivalents); the ability to read music; familiarity with computer systems and software, music software and hardware.
- Without formal qualifications?
Fees and Scholarships
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Annual tuition feesCommonwealth-supported place: $6,650
More information on Student Contribution Amounts.
Annual tuition fees International student place: $30,500
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
Accompanist, Backing Musician, Backup Singer, Band Musician, Music Journalist / Music Critic, Music Producer, Music Technologist, Musician / Singer, Producer, DJ, Professional Podcaster, Recording Artist / Musician, Entertainer, Entertainment Industry, Rock Star, Singer, Singing Teacher, Songwriter, Sound Artist, Hip Hop Artist
Academic Program Rules
The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.
Example Study Plan
Year 1 S1 MUSPMACT 1XXX
Music Technology Foundations
Popular Music Theory 1A
Contemporary Music in Practice 1A
S2 MUSPMACT 1XXX
Popular Music Theory 1B
Contemporary Music in Practice 1B
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Last updated: Monday, 19 Nov 2018