Bachelor of Music (Sonic Arts)

Degree Type Bachelor
Duration 3 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 324068
CRICOS 002801F

Innovate in sound

The creation and distribution of music and sound has been transformed by digital technology. It’s accelerated the growth of the arts, entertainment, creative and media industries into huge global enterprises.

Our Bachelor of Music (Sonic Arts) prepares you to play a leading creative role in this exciting landscape.

What will you do?

Sonic Arts incorporates all applications of contemporary technology to sound and music. You will:

  • take courses in composition, studio recording, live performance and digital media
  • have 24/7 access to specialized facilities, including production studios, recording rooms and digital audio laboratories
  • research sound theory and music history
  • collaborate on group performance projects
  • learn from international artists and industry professionals.

You’ll follow your interests across a range of specialised courses and electives in: 

  • sound engineering
  • music production
  • film sound
  • software design
  • computer music composition
  • instrument building
  • computer game audio
  • interactivity
  • sound design.

Where could it take you?

You might invent instruments, write video game soundtracks or develop music software. You could tour the world as a live electronic musician. Perhaps you’ll be a producer, creatively advising, coaching and recording other artists in the studio.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions information

    SATAC Code 324068
    2018 CSP IB 24
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Future Students team

    2018 Admissions Data for school leavers
    ATAR
    (raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
    Lowest ATAR to receive an offer *
    Median ATAR to receive an offer *
    Highest ATAR to receive an offer *
    Selection Rank
    (ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
    Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer *
    Median Selection Rank to receive an offer *
    Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer *
    Minimum eligibility score 65
    Additional criteria considered Audition required
    Selection Criteria
    Recent Secondary Education 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.
    Assumed Knowledge A familiarity with computer systems and software, music software and hardware.
    Additional Entry Requirements
    All Bachelor of Music (Sonic Arts) students applying to the Elder Conservatorium of Music are required to attend an audition/interview.

    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.

    To apply for an audition/interview and for details regarding audition rounds, Musicianship test and the application process, please visit the Elder Conservatorium of Music https://music.adelaide.edu.au/future/auditions/requirements/

    Higher Education Study You must have completed at least six months full time equivalent higher education study (the number of courses and units will vary depending on your prior institution however at the University of Adelaide, this equates to 4 courses / 12 units). 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.
    Vocational Education and Training (VET) study 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.
    Work and life experience You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2019. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2019 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2018 or 2017), 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 2017). 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.
    Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 324068

    Student Profile
    Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2018
    Number of students Percentage of all students
    (A) Higher Education study
    (includes a bridging or enabling course)
    N/A N/A
    (B) Vocational education and training (VET) study N/A N/A
    (C) Work and life experience
    (admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
    N/A N/A
    (D) Recent secondary education:
    • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
      (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
    N/A N/A
    • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
      (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
    N/A N/A
    • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
      (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
    102 85.7%
    International students 17 14.3%
    All students 119 100.0%

    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 6.5 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
    C1 Advanced 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
    Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Philippines 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 Pathway Programs
    Prerequisites
    International Qualifications Applicants must have South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) or equivalent and Audition/Interview & Musicianship test. Please click here for a list of qualifications that are recognised for undergraduate entry
    Assumed Knowledge Advanced practical skills relevant to chosen specialisation
    Additional Entry Requirements
    International students applying to the Elder Conservatorium of Music are required to submit a folio of works, depending on the area of study for which they are applying. The folio will be assessed for musical achievement and potential for study at degree level. Folios must address the criteria specific to the applicant's instrument/area of study. For information regarding audition requirements, please visit the Elder Conservatorium of Music https://music.adelaide.edu.au/future/auditions/requirements/ Applicants who are living in Adelaide may be asked to attend an in-person audition, off-shore auditions may be available in selected locations.

    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $6,575

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $32,000

    Scholarships

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

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  • Careers

    Potential careers

    Music Technologist, Entertainment Industry, Recording Artist / Musician, Broadcaster, Composer, Producer, Sound Engineer, Lyricist, Backing Musician, Music Educator, Music Journalist / Music Critic, Music Producer, Music Therapist, Music Video Director, DJ, Digital Content Creator, Entertainer, Sound Artist, Sound Designer, Sound Technician

  • Study Overseas

    A Study Overseas 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 Study Overseas, 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 available opportunities visit Study Overseas.

    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 exchanges are available for Bachelor of Music students:    

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

    This degree provides the knowledge and skills needed for careers in this diverse and ever-growing field. Sonic Arts incorporates all of the applications of contemporary technology to sound and music. Students are given an indepth understanding of the principles underlying the use of technology, from both theoretical and practical perspectives. After completing a foundation course in music technology, students are offered a wide variety of courses dealing with computer music composition, interactivity, sound design, computer game audio, film sound, instrument building, software design, and sound engineering. Group performance projects and individual research projects are an integral part of the program.

    Academic Program Rules

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

    Example Study Plan

    Indicative study plan
    Year 1 ARTS 1007
    The Enquiring Mind
    MUSONIC 1000
    Music Technology Foundations
    MUSONIC 1210
    Sound Engineering
    MUSONIC 1001
    Music and Sound Fundamentals 1A

    MUSONIC 1010
    Sound and Media
    MUSONIC 1220
    Sonic Arts
    MUSONIC 1300
    Sonic Arts in Practice 1
    MUSONIC 1001
    Music and Sound Fundamentals 1B
    Year 2 Elective Level I
    or II
    MUSONIC 2310
    Computer Music Composition 2
    MUSONIC 2905
    Circuit Bending and Hardward Hacking
    MUSGEN 2001
    From Elvis to YouTube
    Elective Level II MUSONIC 2820
    Sound Design for Film II
    MUSONIC 2300
    Sonic Arts in Practice 2
    MUSGEN 2003
    Music, Media and Contemporary Society
    Year 3 Elective Level III MUSONIC 3720
    Sound Design for Games III
    MUSONIC 3001
    Advanced Sound Engineering 3
    MUSSUPST 3001
    Musicianship 3

    Elective Level III

    MUSONIC 3310
    Computer Music Composition 3
    MUSONIC 330
    Sonic Arts in Practice 3
    MUSONIC 3020
    Interaction Design and the Sonic Arts 3
    Current students, please see the Study Plan Templates
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Last updated: Thursday, 27 Jun 2019