Diploma in Music

Degree Type Diploma
Duration 1 year full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 316191
CRICOS 094107M

Stomp to your own beat

Love music? Ready to take your passion to the next level?

Our Diploma in Music is a great introduction to the professional music world for students who might not typically gain entry into our bachelor degrees.

What will you do?

Depending on your interests you will:

  • practice song writing and performance
  • dive into sonic arts and sound engineering
  • explore music in media—from film to video gaming
  • learn from research experts and active musicians.

There are three learning streams to choose from:

  • Ensemble Studies
  • Music and Media
  • Popular Music. 

Where could it take you?

If you want to study further, you’ll gain entry into several streams of the Bachelor of Music. You could also start your career in the industry, perhaps as a sound engineer at a local venue or performing your own original music.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Domestic applicants

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    Admissions information

    SATAC Code 316191
    2019 CSP ATAR 65
    2019 CSP IB 24
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Future Students team

    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.
    Assumed Knowledge Various, pending 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.
    Additional Entry Requirements
    All applicants must have :
    - SACE equivalent
    - Musicianship test and interview/audition
    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 compete on the basis of your best GPA.
    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: 316191

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    CRICOS 094107M
    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 SACE or equivalent. Musicianship test & Interview/Audition
    Assumed Knowledge Various, pending 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.
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $6,680

    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.

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Potential careers

    Lyricist, Music Educator, Music Journalist / Music Critic, Music Producer, Music Researcher, Music Video Director, Musical Theatre Performer, Musician / Singer, DJ, Recording Artist / Musician, Entertainer, Entertainment Industry, Rock Star, Songwriter, Sound Artist, Sound Designer, Sound Technician, Sound Engineer, Hip Hop Artist, Vocal Coach, Vocalist, Instrumental Teacher, ...

  • Degree Structure

    Areas of Specialisation

    Popular Music

    Core courses

    ARTS 1007/OL       The Enquiring Mind       (3 units)
    MUSSUPST 1001 Musicianship 1A (3 units)
    MUSSUPST 1002 Musicianship 1B (3 units)

    and courses to the value of 6 units from the following:
    MUSONIC 1000 Music Technology Foundations (3 units)
    MUSONIC 1010 Sound & Media (3 units)
    MUSONIC 1210 Sound Engineering (3 units)
    MUSONIC 1300 Sonic Arts in Practice 1* (3 units)

    *students who take this course must take MUSONIC1000 Music Technology Foundations as a co-requisite.

    Elective Courses

    Courses to the value of 6 units from the following:
    MUSPMACT 1201       Song Writing & Performance 1A       (3 units)
    MUSPMACT 1202 Song Writing & Performance 1B (3 units)

    or courses to the value of 6 units from the following:
    MUSIC 1107 Indigenous Song Writing & Performance A (3 units)
    MUSIC 1108 Indigenous Song Writing & Performance B (3 units)

    and courses to the value of 3 units from the following:
    MUSPMACT 1100 Contemporary Music in Practice 1 (3 units)
    MUSONIC 1220 Sonic Arts (3 units)

    Ensemble Studies

    Core Courses

    ARTS 1007       The Enquiring Mind       (3 units)
    MUSGEN 1201 Music Professional Development 1A
    MUSGEN 1202 Music Professional Development 1B
    MUSSUPST 1001 Musicianship 1A
    MUSSUPST 1002 Musicianship 1B

    Elective Courses

    Students choose 9 units of level I Music electives. 

    Music and Media

    Core Courses

    ARTS 1007       The Enquiring Mind       (3 units)
    MUSSUPST 1001 Musicianship 1A
    MUSSUPST 1002 Musicianship 1B    

    and courses to the value of 6 units from the following:
    MUSONIC 1000 Music Technology Foundations
    MUSONIC 1010 Sound & Media
    MUSONIC 1210 Sound Engineering
    MUSONIC 1300 Sonic Arts in Practice 1

    Elective Courses

    Students choose 9 units of level I Media courses to the value of 9 units.
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Last updated: Wednesday, 16 Oct 2019