Bachelor of Music (Popular Music)

Inspire as a contemporary performing artist

Want to be a leader in contemporary music? To have unmatched insight? Want to shake up the industry?

Studying popular music is about valuing your passion and pushing boundaries. 

What will you do?

Our Popular Music degree equips you with the knowledge and skills needed to excel as a creative professional. You will:

  • Develop your own unique identity, presence and style as a song writer
  • explore cutting-edge technologies for music production
  • have 24/7 access to rehearsal and recording studios to develop your work
  • collaborate in song writing and performance classes
  • receive mentorship and business coaching from industry professionals
  • research and analyse contemporary music
  • showcase your original music through regular performances.

You can also expand your skills by studying electives outside music. A range of options are available in Arts, Business, Science or Media.

Where could it take you?

Our graduates go on to all sorts of exciting music careers. You could take to the stage, or work behind the scenes at major festivals. You might be a producer, coaching other artists in the studio. Perhaps you’ll write songs for pop stars or spend your work hours at concerts as a music journalist.


  • Be part of the evolution of music
  • Craft your identify, presence and style as a song writer
  • Study at Australia's most distinguished tertiary music school

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 334161
Deferment No
Intake February and July
Enquiries Future Students team

2021 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.
Additional Entry Requirements
All Bachelor of Music (Popular Music) 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 2022. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2022 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2021 or 2020), 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 2020). 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: 334161

Student Profile
Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2021
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)
82 88.2%
International students 11 11.8%
All students 93 100.0%

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
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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

Career Readiness

Popular Music graduates are well equipped for a wide variety of careers in the music industry, with likely roles including:

• musician
• composer
• songwriter
• producer
• sound engineer
• DJ
• music critic
• music administrator
• music researcher
• music journalist or broadcaster.

The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

Potential careers

Music Journalist / Music Critic, Music Teacher, Music Technologist, Music Tutor, Musician, Musician / Singer, Composer, Lyricist, Backing Musician, Backup Singer, Band Musician, Music Coordinator, Music Educator, Music Festival Director, Music Producer, DJ, Recording Artist / Musician, Entertainer, Entertainment Industry, Rock Star, Hip Hop Artist, Vocalist ...

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.

Further Study

Testimonial

We get 24/7 access to multiple studios, rehearsal and recording spaces. We work with lecturers and musicians that have excellent experience within the music industry.

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Last updated: Wednesday, 20 Oct 2021