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.

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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. 

Careers and outcomes

Careers and 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

Details and units

Your course

To meet the course requirements of the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music), you must complete the following:

  • Two common units (KYB101 and KYB102) – 24 credit points
  • Music major – 168 credit points
  • Complementary studies – 48 credit points from the Situated Creative Practice Extension plus 48 credit points chosen from a minor or unit options (electives). 

Year 1

  • Contemporary developments in music, sound and musicianship skills.
  • Develop skills in music technology and software.
  • Intensive music studio experience.
  • Presentation, music and sound performance.
  • Identify your creative direction.

Year 2

  • Develop unique crossover musical skills.
  • Creative performance and/or music and sound production.
  • Intensive project-based program.
  • Develop your focus as an artist or creative producer.
  • Be mentored by staff and industry professionals.
  • Electives available across other disciplines.

Year 3

  • Public performances and creative production industry showcases
  • Learn to promote yourself and organise events
  • Collaborate on projects with other creative artists, producers and industry organisations
  • Music industry structure and current issues
  • Engage in real-world learning projects
  • Personalise your studies through elective units.

Study overseas

Study overseas while earning credit towards your QUT creative industries degree with one of our worldwide exchange partners.

Overseas study can be for one or two semesters (or during the semester break) and the units you take can be in a creative or non-creative discipline area, depending on how they match with your QUT course. Saving your electives for exchange will allow you the most flexibility.

Your course

To meet the course requirements of the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music), you must complete the following:

  • Two common units (KYB101 and KYB102) – 24 credit points
  • Music major – 168 credit points
  • Complementary studies – 48 credit points from the Situated Creative Practice Extension plus 48 credit points chosen from a minor or unit options (electives). 

Year 1

  • Contemporary developments in music, sound and musicianship skills.
  • Develop skills in music technology and software.
  • Intensive music studio experience.
  • Presentation, music and sound performance.
  • Identify your creative direction.

Year 2

  • Develop unique crossover musical skills.
  • Creative performance and/or music and sound production.
  • Intensive project-based program.
  • Develop your focus as an artist or creative producer.
  • Be mentored by staff and industry professionals.
  • Electives available across other disciplines.

Year 3

  • Public performances and creative production industry showcases
  • Learn to promote yourself and organise events
  • Collaborate on projects with other creative artists, producers and industry organisations
  • Music industry structure and current issues
  • Engage in real-world learning projects
  • Personalise your studies through elective units.

Study overseas

Study overseas while earning credit towards your QUT creative industries degree with one of our worldwide exchange partners.

Overseas study can be for one or two semesters (or during the semester break) and the units you take can be in a creative or non-creative discipline area, depending on how they match with your QUT course. Saving your electives for exchange will allow you the most flexibility.

Requirements

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

Starting uni in 2021?

There are some changes to subjects and the qualifications we’ll consider for entry to QUT from 2021 and beyond. Make sure you’re prepared to apply.

The selection rank is a good indication of the equivalent ATAR.

Find out how these changes might affect you

Course code
KK34
QTAC code
421512
CRICOS code
056185A
Delivery
  • Kelvin Grove
Delivery
  • Kelvin Grove
Duration
3 years full-time
Duration
3 years full-time
Entry
February
Entry
February
Deferment

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course, we assume you have sound knowledge of the subject/s listed below. If you don't have the subject knowledge, you can still apply for the course but we encourage you to undertake bridging studies to gain the knowledge:

  • English, or Literature, or English and Literature Extension, or English as an Additional Language (Units 3 & 4, C)

More about assumed knowledge

Prerequisites

You must successfully complete an audition.

Important dates

  • Tuesday 4 August 2020

QTAC applications, intrafaculty change form, change of major or minor form and the QUT online registration form open.

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.

Please note that the application process for 2021 entry involves pre-recording and/or uploading audition and personal statement videos to submit with your application (via YouTube URL links). No auditions will be conducted in person for this cycle.

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.

As part of the application process, you will be required to submit the following:

  • supporting documentation
  • two audition video YouTube links
  • one personal statement YouTube link.

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.

Supporting documentation

When submitting your online application, you will be required to upload your supporting documentation. This should include:

  • a CV (curriculum vitae) of no more than two pages, which includes your formal and informal learning and experiences in the field of music
  • a copy of your most recent high school report
  • results of any previous tertiary studies
  • evidence of your highest musical achievements.

Please upload your supporting documentation as one combined file only.

Application preparation

Music application preparation (PDF file, 1.1 MB)

Your personal statement video should commence with an explanation of your role in the creation of your audition videos, including how you created them and your aims in creating them.

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

Intrafaculty change applications

Change of major or minor applications

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 defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

More about deferring your offer

Offers we made to school leavers in Semester 1, 2019

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 either in person or by submitting audition materials
  • have completed Australian Year 12, or equivalent qualification.

How to apply

Apply for this course using the international student application form (PDF file, 297.2 KB). Please submit your supporting documents and audition videos (via YouTube links) with your application. 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.

Supporting documentation and audition videos

You must provide:

  • a printed CV (curriculum vitae) of no more than 2 pages which includes your formal and informal learning and experiences in the field of music.

You will also be required to record two audition videos and one personal statement video. These videos should be uploaded to YouTube, and URL links provided with your application.

Application preparation

Music application preparation (PDF file, 1.1 MB)

Your personal statement video should commence with an explanation of your role in the creation of your audition videos, including how you created them and your aims in creating them.

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.

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, 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
Pearson PTE (Academic)
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
58 50 50 50 50
Cambridge English Score
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement. You must provide your 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 no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
6.5 6 6 6 6
TOEFL iBT
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
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.

2021 fees

2021: CSP $10,500 per year full-time (96 credit points) (Subject to the passing of legislation)

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.

2021 fees

2021: $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.

 

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