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Course information set

  • 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.
QTAC course code421512
QUT course code KK34
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 3 years full-time
Start month 2019 February
Note: 5pm Friday 14 September 2018: QTAC applications, I forms, change of major/second major/minor request forms and the QUT acting online registration form close.

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

Delivery On campus
  • Kelvin Grove
  • Creative Industries Faculty
Course contact
CRICOS code 056185A
  • 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 and Music Producer
  • Sound Designer
  • Sound/Audio Engineer

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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.

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.

Why choose this course?

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.

Our teaching staff have professional 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.

The degree features an emphasis on creativity and original music, and you will be encouraged to explore new connections with different styles and genres. You will hone your skills in a professional setting - our Skyline Studios are state-of-the-art facilities that enable industry-standard music writing, recording and production. You will be inspired by collaborating with like-minded people on various projects while finding new ways to develop your own artistic vision.

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. As the course progresses, you will be given opportunities to launch your career through public performances in Brisbane’s live music venues like The Zoo, Brisbane Powerhouse, The Old Museum and QPAC, as well as at the Brisbane Festival Spiegeltent. You can also participate in our Independent Music Project which focuses on artist development and music-related research.

Career outcomes

Graduates work in a broad range of live, recording and multimedia environments as performers, producers, composers, developers of music software and games, DJs and private instrumental music teachers.

This course can be followed with a graduate-entry teacher education course which enables you to become a qualified teacher. Entry to graduate-entry teacher education courses usually requires you to nominate a two different teaching areas, so you may need to have studied a range of units in a different subject area to the main focus of your degree. Find out more about our education courses.

There are also pathways available for professional or research postgraduate studies.


Download course structures and unit outlines for Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music)

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). The Situated Creative Practice Extension comprises KYB301 Situated Creative Practice 1; plus 24 credit points from the Situated Creative Practice Options list (a maximum of one elective can be chosen from this list).

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.

Entry requirements

Course information set


Successful audition

Key dates

Thursday 2 August 2018: QTAC applications, I Forms, CM Forms and the QUT Online Registration Form open.

5pm Friday 14 September 2018: QTAC applications, I Forms, CM Forms and the QUT Online Registration Form close*. Requests for applications and registrations after this date will not be considered.

*Applications must be finalised and submitted by 5pm Friday 14 September 2018. Please ensure you allow adequate time to complete each stage of your application before application closing time.

How to Apply – Domestic Applicants

To successfully apply for entry into this course you are required to complete the steps below;

Step 1:  Apply through QTAC. Current Creative Industries Faculty (CIF) undergraduate students changing course or major must instead submit an I Form or CM Form as appropriate.

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. This step includes the requirement to pay the non-refundable $70 application service fee via QUTPay. Applicants seeking admission assistance via QTAC’s Educational Access Scheme and/or QUT’s Oodgeroo Centralised Assessment Selection Program are exempt from the fee. Your application is complete once you reach the confirmation notice screen and receive your confirmation email.

Step 3a: Attend your nominated audition and bring your supporting documents with you; or

Step3b: Applicants unable to attend an audition can submit an audition and personal statement video as part of the QUT Online Registration Form process. Please refer to the Music audition preparation document for details of what to include in your submission and email supporting documents to by 5pm Friday 21 September 2018.

 Supporting Documents

  • Printed QUT Online Registration Form confirmation notice or email
  • Printed resume or curriculum vitae, no more than 2 pages outlining both formal and informal learning and experiences in the field of Music
  • If presenting recorded pieces, written notes explaining your role in the creation, how you created and your aims in creating the recorded piece/s

 Audition preparation

Music audition preparation

Audition location and dates

Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an audition as below. Audition times are selected as part of the QUT Online Registration Form process. The time and date of your audition cannot be changed except in exceptional circumstances.

If you do not attend your nominated audition or submit your audition and personal statement via video you cannot be considered for a place in the course.

Brisbane: Tuesday 25, Wednesday 26 or Thursday 27 September 2018

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, the selection panel is unable to provide feedback to applicants.


Please contact the Creative Industries Faculty by:

Phone: +61 7 3138 8114




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

Course fees

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

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.

2019: CSP $6,700 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You may need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.

HECS-HELP: loans to help you pay your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan.

Find out if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan

Scholarships and financial support

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

These scholarships are available for this course:

View all undergraduate scholarships

You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments.


How to apply for Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music)

You apply through QTAC for all our undergraduate courses.

Are you ready to submit your application?

You're ready if you've:

  1. Found all the courses you want to apply for - you can apply for up to 6.
  2. Checked important dates.
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements.
  4. Checked your course costs and if you're eligible for financial support.

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

Important: Make a note of the QTAC code for this course (421512) because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

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After you've submitted your application to QTAC

If you've studied before or if you have at least two years' work experience, you may want to apply for credit for prior learning.


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