Diploma in Music

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

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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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 Pathway. 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 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). 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 Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Other Entry Pathways
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 316191

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place: $6,680

More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

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

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.

Example Study Plan

Study plans are available on the Faculty of Arts website.

Testimonial

I choose this degree because of my interest in international affairs and economics. Through my internship I hope to find employment in a field that assists developing nations.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 23 Mar 2021