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.
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.
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
I am a:
SATAC Code 316191 Deferment Yes - 2 year Intake February and July Enquiries Future Students team
2020 Admissions Data for school leavers
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Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer N/A Median Selection Rank to receive an offer N/A Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer N/A Minimum eligibility score N/A Additional criteria considered Audition required 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 RequirementsAll 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 2021. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2021 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2020 or 2019), 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 2019). 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 PathwaysSATAC Code: 316191
CRICOS 094107M Intake February and July
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 RequirementsMore 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
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.
Additional Entry RequirementsInternational 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.
Fees and Scholarships
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
I am a:
Indicative annual tuition feesCommonwealth-supported place: $7,950
More information on Student Contribution Amounts.
Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units) International student place: $35,000
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
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, ...
Areas of Specialisation
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 CoursesCourses 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)
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 CoursesStudents choose 9 units of level I Music electives.
Music and Media
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 CoursesStudents choose 9 units of level I Media courses to the value of 9 units.
Example Study PlanStudy plans are available on the Faculty of Arts website.
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Last updated: Saturday, 21 Nov 2020