Bachelor of Music (Sonic Arts)

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

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Domestic applicants

Admissions information

SATAC Code 324068
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
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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 Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
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://arts.adelaide.edu.au/music/study/auditions

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 Pathway. 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 Pathway. 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 Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Other Entry Pathways
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 324068

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%

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place: $6,745

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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

Sound Production, 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

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

Study plans are available on the Faculty of Arts website.

Testimonial

I chose Sonic Arts because I wanted to do a music degree that strengthens the bond between musicianship and technology, without necessarily being confined to one instrument. My time at uni has involved learning about a broad range of musical topics from tremendously experienced lecturers who teach students at a very personal level. I've had to learn completely foreign topics and apply them creatively, which is a push in the right direction; one that I may not have had without university.

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Last updated: Sunday, 26 Apr 2020