Bachelor of Music (Advanced)

Degree Type Bachelor
Duration 3 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 334671
CRICOS 097522E

Take your music further

Want to become a master of your art? Committed to a career in music? High-achieving? The Bachelor of Music (Advanced) is a distinctive degree for passionate students who want to excel.

What will you do?

Our advanced music degree creates a unique environment where you can thrive creatively and reach your full potential. You will:

  • benefit from more intensive, one-on-one tuition
  • access special opportunities for higher-level study through masterclasses and professional placements
  • take advanced classes in your specialisation
  • become a member of a small but distinctive community within the wider University.

You’ll focus your abilities in one of following specialisations: 

  • Performance (Classical or Jazz or Voice)
  • Creative Arts (Composition or Popular Music or Sonic Arts)
  • Research Studies (Musicology or Music Education/Pedagogy)

Note: You must maintain a GPA of 5.0 or you’ll be required to transfer to the Bachelor of Music.

Where could it take you?

Your advanced professional training will give you significant employment advantages in the music industry. You could secure a place in a world-class symphony orchestra. You might perform internationally as an influential jazz virtuoso, or win an Academy Award for Best Score as a film composer. Perhaps you’ll discover an entirely new genre of music.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions information

    SATAC Code 334671
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Future Students team

    2019 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 N/A
    Additional criteria considered Audition required
    Selection Criteria
    Recent Secondary Education Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, however if you completed your secondary education more than two years ago, you may still be able to be considered on the basis of your secondary schooling. 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.
    Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    Prerequisites Applicants to the Bachelor of Music (Advanced) with majors in Performance (Classical or Jazz or Voice) or Creative Arts (Popular Music or Sonic Arts)

    Must have:

    - audition/interview with a minimum score of 90 or above
    - South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) or equivalent
    - musicianship test.


    Applicants to the Bachelor of Music (Advanced) with majors in Creative Arts (Composition) or Research Studies (Musicology or Music Education & Pedagogy)

    Must have:

    - ATAR of 95 or equivalent / GPA of 5.5
    - audition/interview
    - musicianship test.
    Additional Entry Requirements
    All Bachelor of Music (Advanced) 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.
    Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    Work and life experience To be eligible to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as as pathway for entry, you must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2020. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2020 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2019 or 2018), 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 2018). 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: 334671

    Student Profile
    Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2019
    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)
    18 90.0%
    International students <5 N/A
    All students 20 100.0%

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    CRICOS 097522E
    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
    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
    Secondary School Qualifications Selection Rank (International) 95
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 37
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 23
    United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 5
    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 13
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 90
    British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Canada) 6.4
    Alberta High School Diploma (Canada) 96
    ISC & CBSE [India] 90%
    ISBE [India] 95%
    SAT [US] 1520
    Abitur 1.6
    Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 3.7
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 9.5
    STPM or Matrikulasi 3.55
    Kuwait General School Secondary Certificate 88
    The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 88
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 430
    ANU Foundation Studies 81
    Monash Foundation Year 82.5
    Trinity College Foundation Studies Program 86
    UNSW Foundation Year 8.5
    University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program 8.0
    Western Australia University Foundation Studies Program 77
    University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program 6.0
    Non-Go8 Foundation Score 88
    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
    Australian Year 12 Applicants to the Bachelor of Music (Advanced) with majors in Performance (Classical or Jazz or Voice) or Creative Arts (Popular Music or Sonic Arts)

    Must have:

    - audition/interview with a minimum score of 90 or above
    - South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) or equivalent
    - musicianship test.


    Applicants to the Bachelor of Music (Advanced) with majors in Creative Arts (Composition) or Research Studies (Musicology or Music Education & Pedagogy)

    Must have:

    - ATAR of 95 or equivalent / GPA of 5.5
    - audition/interview
    - musicianship test.
    International Qualifications Applicants to the Bachelor of Music (Advanced) with majors in:

    • Performance - Classical
    • Performance - Jazz
    • Performance - Classical Voice
    • Creative Arts - Sonic Arts
    • Creative Arts - Popular Music
    Must have:

    • audition/Interview with a minimum score of 90 or above
    • South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) or equivalent
    • musicianship test
    Applicants to the Bachelor of Music (Advanced) with majors in:

    • Creative Arts - Composition
    • Research Studies - Music Education
    • Research Studies - Musicology
    Must have:

    • ATAR of 95 (or equivalent) / GPA of 5.5
    • audition/interview
    • musicianship test
    Please click here for a list of qualifications that are recognised for undergraduate entry.
    Assumed Knowledge 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.
    • Performance applicants must provide a list of pieces studied over the past two years.
    Additional Entry Requirements
    International students applying to the Elder Conservatorium of Music are required to submit a recorded audition. Auditions 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.

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  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $33,500

    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

    Accompanist, Art Director, Arts Administrator, Band Musician, Music Journalist / Music Critic, Music Technologist, Music Tutor, Musical Theatre Performer, Musician / Singer, Musicologist, Chamber Musician, Opera Singer, Composer, Conductor, Production Assistant, Recording Artist / Musician, Research and Education, Singer, Instrumentalist

  • 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 Study Overseas opportunities available visit 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 exchanges are available for Bachelor of Music students:     

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

    Academic Program Rules

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

    Example Study Plan

    Year 1 S1 MUSCOMP 1010
    Composition Advanced 1A

    MUSCOMP 1100
    Orchestration 1
    MUSSUPST 1001
    Musicianship 1A
    ARTS 1007
    The Enquiring Mind
    S2 MUSCOMP 1011
    Composition Advanced 1B
    MUSONIC 1000
    Music Technology Foundations
    MUSSUPST 1002
    Musicianship 1B
    Broadening Elective
    Year 2 S1 MUSCOMP 2010
    Composition Advanced 2A
    MUSCOMP 2101
    Music Analysis 2
    MUSSUPST 2001
    Musicianship 2A
    MUSSUPST 2000
    Music Advanced Minor Project

    S2 MUSCOMP 2011
    Composition Advanced 2B
    MUSCOMP 2100
    Orchestration 2
    MUSSUPST 2002
    Musicianship 2B
    Broadening Elective
    Year 3 S1 MUSCOMP 3010
    Composition Advanced 3A

    MUSCOMP 3100
    Orchestration 3
    MUSSUPST 3001
    Musicianship 3

    Broadening Elective 

    S2 MUSCOMP 3011
    Composition Advanced 3B
    MUSCOMP 3101
    Music Analysis 3
    MUSSUPST 3000
    Music Advanced Major Project
                                                                6 Units
    Find the full list of student plans on the Faculty of Arts website.
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Last updated: Thursday, 29 Aug 2019