Bachelor of Music (Popular Music)

Degree Type Bachelor
Duration 3 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 334161
CRICOS 002801F

Inspire as a contemporary performing artist

Want to be a leader in contemporary music? To have unmatched insight? Want to shake up the industry?

Studying popular music is about valuing your passion and pushing boundaries. 

What will you do?

Our Popular Music degree equips you with the knowledge and skills needed to excel as a creative professional. You will:

  • Develop your own unique identity, presence and style as a song writer
  • explore cutting-edge technologies for music production
  • have 24/7 access to rehearsal and recording studios to develop your work
  • collaborate in song writing and performance classes
  • receive mentorship and business coaching from industry professionals
  • research and analyse contemporary music
  • showcase your original music through regular performances.

You can also expand your skills by studying electives outside music. A range of options are available in Arts, Business, Science or Media.

Where could it take you?

Our graduates go on to all sorts of exciting music careers. You could take to the stage, or work behind the scenes at major festivals. You might be a producer, coaching other artists in the studio. Perhaps you’ll write songs for pop stars or spend your work hours at concerts as a music journalist.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions information

    SATAC Code 334161
    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.
    Additional Entry Requirements
    All Bachelor of Music (Popular Music) 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.
    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. 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). You must also undertake an audition/interview including an aural/theory test. You compete for a place based on your audition score. Your STAT rank 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.
    Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 334161

    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)
    115 92.0%
    International students 10 8.0%
    All students 125 100.0%

    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
    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
    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 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.

    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $6,745

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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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

    Career Readiness

    Popular Music graduates are well equipped for a wide variety of careers in the music industry, with likely roles including:

    • musician
    • composer
    • songwriter
    • producer
    • sound engineer
    • DJ
    • music critic
    • music 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, Music Teacher, Music Technologist, Music Tutor, Musician, Musician / Singer, Composer, Lyricist, Backing Musician, Backup Singer, Band Musician, Music Coordinator, Music Educator, Music Festival Director, Music Producer, DJ, Recording Artist / Musician, Entertainer, Entertainment Industry, Rock Star, Hip Hop Artist, Vocalist ...

  • Degree Structure

    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
    MUSPOP 1201
    Song Writing and Performance 1A
    MUSONIC 1000
    Music Technology Foundations
    MUSPOP 1003
    Contemporary Musicianship 1A
    MUSPMACT 1100
    Contemporary Music in Practice 1
    MUSPOP 1202
    Song Writing and Performance 1B
    MUSONIC 1210
    Sound Engineering
    MUSPOP 1004
    Contemporary Musicianship 1B
    Year 2 Elective Level I
    or II
    MUSPOP 2201
    Song Writing and Performance 2A
    Elective Level II MUSGEN 2001
    From Elvis to YouTube
    MUSONIC 2610
    Sound Engineering Live
    MUSPOP 2202
    Song Writing and Performance 2B
    MUSGEN 2003
    Music, Media & Contemporary Society
    MUSPOP 2100
    Contemporary Music in Practice 2
    Year 3 MUSONIC 3030
    Music 2.0
    MUSPOP 3201
    Song Writing and Performance 3
    Elective Level III MUSSUPST 3001
    Musicianship 3
    Elective Level III Elective Level III MUSPOP 3100
    Contemporary Music in Practice 3
    6
    units
    Current students, please see the Study Plan Templates
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Last updated: Saturday, 21 Sep 2019