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Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music)

Create new music from first year. Experience live and recording studio environments. Choose creative technologies, music performance and recording or composing for media.
Australia and New Zealand International
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Campus
Kelvin Grove
Campus
Kelvin Grove
Duration
3 years full-time
3 years full-time
Entry
February
February
QTAC code
421512
CRICOS
056185A

Highlights

  • Study current issues in music and sound practice.
  • Develop practical skills in music and sound production.
  • Gain experience and contacts in your industry through professional industry placements and projects.
  • Choose independent study options where you can design and implement new creative work.

Highlights

  • Study current issues in music and sound practice.
  • Develop practical skills in music and sound production.
  • Gain experience and contacts in your industry through professional industry placements and projects.
  • Choose independent study options where you can design and implement new creative work.

Why choose this course?

The music industry is riding a digital wave of change. These are exciting times for anyone who wants to strike out in new directions. And QUT’s music degree helps you to prepare for these evolving opportunities. This course offers an innovative learning environment that will help you develop your individual artistic identity and acquire the creative skills to realise your vision in the contemporary music scene.

A key element of the course is a series of regular workshops that address principles of performance, writing and arranging, production and the music industry. Experienced industry practitioners conduct many of these workshops.

You will experience both live and recording studio environments, and hone your skills in a professional setting. Our Skyline Studios are state-of-the-art. You will also learn how to use technology to create music, record and distribute your works, and market your talent.  You will be inspired by collaborating with like-minded people on various projects while finding new ways to develop your own artistic vision.

We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and creative styles via an audition.

Real-world learning

You will experience both live and recording studio environments, whether your focus is as a performer or producer. You will learn how to use technology to create and record music, distribute your works, and market your talent. 

You will be mentored by internationally renowned industry professionals in production and performance applications. Your teaching staff are high-level creative practitioners with national and international industry links with Q Music, the Australian Independent Record Labels Association, APRA/ AMCOS, Arts Queensland, Creative Media Warehouse, ITC Software Development, MGM Distribution, Island Music,
Sony, Music Sales and many more.

You will have the opportunity to participate in music projects that focus on artist development and music-related research, and launch your career through public performances in Brisbane’s live music venues such as The Zoo, The Foundry, Brisbane Powerhouse, The Old Museum and QPAC, as well as at Brisbane Festival.

What to expect

You’ll be creating new music from your first year. This is before choosing pathways, such as creative technologies, performing and recording new music, or composing for media. The course can lead you into music industry professions such as management or promotion, and social engagement.

Our music degree prepares aspiring musicians for the rapidly changing music industry. Students are encouraged to create works across musical boundaries and strike out in new directions.  

In your final year you’ll work on transdisciplinary industry-connected projects with students from other study areas in the performing arts. You can also participate in music projects which focus on artist development and music-related research.

Customise your degree

If production is your passion, you will focus on creating new music and developing skills in songwriting, studio recording, sequencing, digital processing and writing for acoustic, electric and digital instruments.

If you are interested in performance, you’ll focus on developing your unique performance style and artistic voice, creating new work, using digital technology and developing new interpretations of your repertoire, as well as gaining further experience performing in recording studio and live contexts.

If your passion is making music for film, television, animation, games or any other transdisciplinary media environment, you’ll have opportunities to work with students in those disciplines.

If you wish to become a primary or secondary school dance teacher you have some options.  You can complete your dance studies first and then follow with a Master of Teaching in early childhood, primary or secondary education.*  Or you can now undertake a double degree in secondary education at the same time as your music degree. 

*Check entry requirements for the Master of Teaching for specific teaching areas. 

Career outcomes

Career outcomes

This course can lead you into music industry professions such as performing, management or promotion, and social engagement. Graduates work in an eclectic range of live, recording and multimedia environments as performers, producers, composers, developers of music software and games, DJs and private instrumental music teachers.

Many find national and international success, including Ball Park Music, Cub Sport, The Belligerents, drummers Grant Collins and Pete Skelton, and film composer Michael Edwards.

You can also pursue a career as a qualified school music teacher (with completion of a double degree with secondary education or a Master of Teaching course).

Possible careers

  • Band Leader
  • Composer
  • Conductor
  • D.J
  • Digital Composer
  • Educator
  • Film Composer
  • Media Industry Specialist
  • Multimedia Designer
  • Music Agent/Manager
  • Music Publisher
  • Music Sampler
  • Music Teacher
  • Music Technologist
  • Musical Director
  • Musician
  • Post-production specialist
  • Recording Engineer
  • Song Writer
  • Sound Designer
  • Sound and Music Producer
  • Sound/Audio Engineer

Requirements

Selection is based on additional entry requirements only. Please refer to Requirements.
Additional entry requirements
Yes
Additional entry requirements
Yes

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Course code
KK34
QTAC code
421512
CRICOS code
056185A
Campus
  • Kelvin Grove
Campus
  • Kelvin Grove
Duration
3 years full-time
Duration
3 years full-time
Entry
February
5pm Friday 14 September 2018: QTAC applications, I forms, change of major/second major/minor request forms and the QUT online registration form close.
Entry
February
Deferment

You can't defer your offer in this course. You must start in the semester you apply for.

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course we assume you have sound knowledge in these areas:

  • English

We assume that you have knowledge equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA).

More about assumed knowledge

Prerequisites

You must successfully complete an audition.

Important dates

Thursday 2 August 2018
QTAC applications, intrafaculty change form, change of major or minor form and the QUT online registration form open.
5pm Friday 14 September 2018
All applications and application forms close. Requests for applications and registrations after this date will not be considered. Make sure you allow adequate time to complete each stage of your application before application closing time.

How to apply

Step 1

Apply through QTAC. Current Creative Industries Faculty (CIF) undergraduate students changing course or major must instead submit an intrafaculty change form or change of major or minor form.

Step 2

Complete the QUT online registration form. You must have a valid QTAC number or current QUT student ID number to complete this step.

You must pay the non-refundable $70 application service fee via QUTPay. If you're applying via the Educational Access Scheme or the Centralised Assessment Selection Program, you are exempt from the fee.

Your application is complete once you reach the confirmation notice screen and receive your confirmation email.

Step 3

Attend your nominated audition and bring your supporting documents with you. You can nominate your audition time as part of the online registration form.

If you're not able to attend an audition, you can submit your audition and personal statement video as part of the online registration form.  If you select this option, you'll need to email your supporting documents to ci@qut.edu.au by 5pm on Friday 21 September 2018.

Supporting documentation

Make sure you have:

  • a printed copy of your registration form confirmation notice or email
  • a printed CV of no more than 2 pages, outlining both formal and informal learning and experiences in the field of music
  • written notes explaining your role in the creation of any recorded pieces you're presenting, including how you created it and your aims in creating it.

Audition preparation

Music audition preparation (PDF file, 177.8 KB)

Audition location and dates

We encourage you to attend one of the available audition times, which you can select through the online registration form. The time and date of your interview cannot be changed except in exceptional circumstances.

If you don't attend an audition, or submit your audition and personal statement via video, you won't be considered for a place in the course.

Brisbane auditions

Date
Tuesday 25 September 2018
Wednesday 26 September 2018
Thursday 27 September 2018
Location
Z9, Creative Industries Precinct, cnr of Kelvin Grove Rd & Musk Avenue, QUT Kelvin Grove Campus

Audition feedback

Due to the large number of applications received, we can't provide feedback to applicants.

I need more information

Contact the Creative Industries Faculty for more information on our audition process. You can get in touch by emailing ci@qut.edu.au or calling 3138 8114.

When do I find out the outcome?

QTAC applications

Before the November offer round, we will update the preference information within your QTAC application to reflect your outcome. You'll be able to check this via QTAC’s application services.

What information will I see on QTAC?

Within your preferences tab you will see one of the following statuses under the satisfied column:

  • Met: You have met the minimum entry requirements to be considered for a place in this course
  • Not met: You have not met the minimum entry requirements to be considered for a place in this course. You may want to review your QTAC course preferences.

Meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee a QTAC offer for this course, as there are usually more eligible applicants than places available in the program. Most offers will be made in the November offer round. Further offers may be made in later offer rounds.

Intrafaculty change applications

Admissions will notify you of your outcome by email, sent to your QUT student email address from December.

Change of major or minor applications

The Creative Industries Faculty will notify you of your outcome by email, sent to your QUT student email address from late November.

Advanced standing

If you have prior studies or work experience, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit). You can apply for advanced standing once you've been accepted to QUT. If you're in your first semester of study, you must apply for advanced standing within 10 days of receiving your offer.

More about advanced standing

Deferment

You can't defer your offer in this course. You must start in the semester you apply for.

More about deferring your offer

Offers we made to school leavers in Semester 1, 2018

421512 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music)

Admission was based on additional entry requirements only.

You can find out more about your fellow students’ backgrounds with this course’s student profile.

Minimum academic requirements

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide to the grades you need to apply for this course.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

Prerequisites

You must successfully:

  • perform an audition
  • have completed Australian Year 12, or equivalent qualification.

How to apply

We encourage you to apply as soon as possible. Applications submitted after November 30 may not be assessed in time to start study in Semester 1 of the following year.

Apply for this course using the international student application form (PDF file, 258.2 KB).

Nominate an audition date when you complete the form. If you can't attend an audition in Brisbane, submit your application form along with your recorded audition material, personal statement video and your supporting documents.

Supporting documentation

You must provide written notes explaining your role in the creation of any recorded pieces you're presenting, including how you created it and your aims in creating it. Either bring this to your audition, or submit it along with your application form.

If you're attending an audition, you must bring:

  • confirmation of your audition time, date and location
  • a printed CV of no more than 2 pages, outlining both formal and informal learning and experiences in the field of music.

Audition preparation

Music audition preparation (PDF file, 177.8 KB)

Audition location and dates

We encourage you to attend one of the available audition times, which you can nominate when you complete the application form.

If you don't attend an audition, or submit your audition and personal statement video, you won't be considered for a place in the course.

Brisbane auditions

Date
Tuesday 25 September 2018
Wednesday 26 September 2018
Thursday 27 September 2018
Location
Z9, Creative Industries Precinct, cnr of Kelvin Grove Rd & Musk Avenue, QUT Kelvin Grove Campus

Audition feedback

Due to the large number of applications received, we can't provide feedback to applicants.

I need more information

Contact the Creative Industries Faculty for more information on our audition process. You can get in touch by emailing ci@qut.edu.au or calling 3138 8114.

When do I find out my audition outcome?

International Admissions will notify you of your outcome by email from mid-November.

Minimum English language requirements

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide on meeting QUT’s English language requirements.

Your scores and prior qualifications in English-speaking countries are considered. Approved English-speaking countries are Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, United States of America and Wales.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

We accept English language proficiency scores from the following tests.

English Test Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
Cambridge Advanced English Score
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT. You must provide your Cambridge English Candidate ID and Candidate Secret Number, these are printed on your Cambridge English Confirmation of Entry.
176 169 169 169 169
IELTS Academic
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
6.5 6 6 6 6
Pearson PTE (Academic)
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT. Please assign your test to QUT in your Pearson profile.
58 50 50 50 50
TOEFL iBT
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
79 16 16 21 18

Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

We offer English language programs to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

Haven't completed an English language test? We can help!

If you have not completed an English language test, you can sit the IELTS test at our IELTS test centre

Fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2020 fees

2020 CSP $6,700 per year full-time (96 credit points)

Additional Costs

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. Find out more about additional course requirements and costs.

2020 fees

2020: $31,200 per year full-time (96 credit points)

Additional Costs

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. Find out more about additional course requirements and costs.

 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Find out more about undergraduate course fees

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Scholarships

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

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Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship (Academic)

A scholarship for future undergraduate students who want to study in any faculty.

Scholarship eligibility
Academic performance

Creative Industries International Scholarship

We offer merit-based scholarships for high-achieving international students who have accepted their offer and been admitted into an undergraduate course.

Scholarship eligibility
Academic performance

Equity scholarships scheme

A scholarship for low-income students studying in any faculty.

Scholarship eligibility
Struggling financially

Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship (Elite Athlete)

A scholarship for future and current undergraduate students who want to study in any faculty.

Scholarship eligibility
Sporting excellence

Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship (Creative Industries)

A scholarship for high-achieving undergraduate students who want to study in Creative Industries.

Scholarship eligibility

Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship (Elite Visual and Performing Arts)

A scholarship for future undergraduate students studying in the performing arts and creative industries.

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