Diploma in Music (Commercial Music and Song Writing)

Degree Type Diploma
Duration 1 year full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 316201
CRICOS 097697D

Fast-track your career in music  

Do you want to perform as an artist? Or write and produce behind the scenes? There’s so much more to the music industry than the voices we hear on the radio and the stars on stage.

Commercial music professionals are business and software savvy. They’re creative, innovative and always ready to collaborate.

What will you do?

Our Diploma in Music (Commercial Music and Song Writing) prepares you for the entertainment and media industries of the 21st century. You will:

  • develop song writing and composition skills in a variety of contemporary music genres
  • take courses in sound recording and production, music theory, and business
  • create and present original work
  • get real industry experience
  • attend presentations by music guests with international profiles and learn from active professionals.

If you want to study further you’ll also collect 24 units of credit towards the Bachelor of Music (Popular Music).

Where could it take you?

Our music graduates go on to all sorts of exciting careers. You could be performing to thousands on the festival circuit, or a lyricist on a song writing team for your favourite artist. You might sell original beats and instrumental tracks for games and films. Perhaps you’ll guide and record emerging artists in the studio.

  • Entry Requirements

    For those who are based in Adelaide, we will be offering a blended delivery mode that combines face-to-face with remote learning in as many courses as possible, taking into consideration social distancing and hygiene. All lectures will continue to be delivered online for the remainder of the year, with some exceptions.

    For our students who are studying offshore for the remainder of the 2020 Academic Year, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely. 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.

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    Admissions information

    SATAC Code 316201
    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
    - interview/audition
    Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 316201

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    CRICOS 097697D
    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
    Pearson Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    C1 Advanced 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
    More Information
    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 SACE or equivalent and Audition/Interview.
    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.
    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://arts.adelaide.edu.au/music/study/auditions 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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    Indicative annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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    Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units) 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, Backing Musician, Backup Singer, Band Musician, Music Journalist / Music Critic, Music Producer, Music Technologist, Musician / Singer, Producer, DJ, Professional Podcaster, Recording Artist / Musician, Entertainer, Entertainment Industry, Rock Star, Singer, Singing Teacher, Songwriter, Sound Artist, Hip Hop Artist

  • Degree Structure

    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.
  • Related Degrees

  • Further Information

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Last updated: Sunday, 26 Apr 2020