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  • 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 creative work.
QTAC course code421512
QUT course code KM32
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 3 years full-time
Start month 2014 February
Deferment 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 Student Business Services (SBS) Admissions:
CRICOS code022140F
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  • 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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QUT's Bachelor of Music has been restructured to prepare aspiring musicians to adapt to the rapidly changing music industry. Students are encouraged to create works across musical boundaries and strike out in bold new directions.

In your first year you will gain a broad set of foundation skills and experience in both the performance and production areas before choosing a specialisation. From your second year you can choose to specialise in performance or production, or combine both.

If production is your passion, you will focus on creating new music using songwriting, studio recording, sequencing, digital processing, and writing for voices with acoustic and electro-acoustic instruments.

If you are interested in performance, you will focus on developing your unique performance style, such as creating new work, using digital technology, and new interpretations of repertoire, as well as gaining further experience performing in a recording studio.

Why choose this course?

QUT's Bachelor of Music degree takes a new approach to music education that aims to create a learning environment that will help you to identify your individual creativity and acquire the skills to realise your vision.

A key element of the course is a weekly series of workshops covering performance, writing and arranging, production, and industry. Experienced practitioners from the music world conduct many of these workshops.

Our teaching staff have professional links with Q Music, the Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR), Arts Queensland, Ellaways Music, Creative Media Warehouse and ITC Software Development.

There is emphasis on creativity and new music and you will be encouraged to explore new connections and different styles and genres of music. Our industry-standard music recording studios will enable you to hone your skills in a professional setting. You will be inspired to collaborate with like-minded people on various projects while finding new ways to create music.

You will experience both live and recording studio environments, whether your focus is as a player or producer, and learn how to use technology to create music, record and 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. Music students have presented live performances in venues such as The Zoo, The HiFi, the Brisbane Powerhouse, Valley Studios and QPAC, as well as at the Brisbane Festival Spiegeltent.

Career outcomes

Graduates work in live sound recording and multimedia environments, as performers, producers, composers, developers of music software and games, DJs and music coaches.

This course can be followed with a graduate-entry teacher education course, which enables you to become a qualified teacher. There are also pathways available for honours and professional or research postgraduate studies.


Download course structures and unit outlines for Bachelor of Music

Your course

Year 1

A foundation program in music concepts will provide you with an overview of contemporary developments in music and sound, along with musicianship skills. You will undertake a foundation program in music and sound production which will develop your skills with music technology and software. An intensive music studio experience will develop your skills in music and sound performance, presentation, and help you identify your creative direction.

Year 2

To develop a unique set of crossover musical skills, you will build on the foundation studies of your first year, and pursue a pathway that best suits your future needs. You will study creative performance, music and sound production, or a combination of the two. They will be accompanied by an intensive project-based study program, mentored by staff and industry professionals, which further develops your focus as an artist or creative producer. You will gain an understanding of the structure of the music industry, current industry issues, and learn how to promote yourself and organise events. You will complement your music studies by taking electives in other disciplines, or specialise further in the music and sound area.

Year 3

You will intensify your creative project work and showcase yourself to industry through a series of public performance and creative production opportunities. You will further your knowledge of the music industry via real-world learning contexts and have the opportunity to undertake projects with other talented creative artists and producers, or in partnership with related organisations. You can continue to engage more broadly with the creative industries by taking electives in other disciplines, or specialise further in the music and sound area.

Entry requirements

Important Information for 2014 applicants

I have listed Music as a preference on my QTAC application

What happens next? 

I have not registered for an audition.

If you have not registered for an audition QUT will not be able to offer you a place in the course.  You may wish to review your QTAC course preferences; they can be added or amended via QTAC’s Current Applicant online service. For more information on changing preferences, you can contact QTAC Information Services on 1300 GO QTAC (1300 467 822) or (07) 3858 1222.

I have registered for an audition.

Thank you for registering for an audition for entry into one of the above courses at QUT. The following information will help you understand what will happen after the audition process.

How do I find out my audition outcome?

Shortly after the 15th of November 2013 QUT will update the preference information within your QTAC application to reflect your audition outcome. You will be able to check this via QTAC’s Current Applicant online service. If you are unsure how to check your preference status there is a helpful video located on this web page. 

What information will I see?

Within your Preferences tab you will see one of the following statuses.

  • Based on the information currently held by QTAC you have satisfied the Minimum Entry Requirements in order to be considered for a place in this course.
  • Based on the information currently held by QTAC you HAVE NOT SATISFIED the Minimum Entry Requirements in order to be considered for a place in this course.

What does this mean?

If you have satisfied the minimum entry requirements for one of the above courses you will then be considered for a place in the course in the 12 December, 2013 QTAC offer round. Depending on course place availability, further offers may be made in the 16 January, 2014 QTAC offer round. As more applicants will meet the minimum entry requirements than available course places, meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee a QTAC offer will be made. Successful applicants will only receive one offer at QTAC, to their highest eligible preference.

If you have not satisfied the minimum entry requirements QUT will not be able to offer you a place in the course.  You may wish to review your QTAC course preferences; they can be added or amended via QTAC’s Current Applicant online service. For more information on changing preferences, you can contact QTAC Information Services on 1300 GO QTAC (1300 467 822) or (07) 3858 1222.


Successful audition and interview 

2014 registrations have closed

Registrations for the 2014 intake were due on the 13 September 2013 and are now closed. If  you had not registered and you are considering applying to study in 2015 we recommend you read the following information as a guide only as it details requirements for entry in 2014 and these may change prior to the 2015 intake.

Application checklist

  1. Apply through QTAC (you must have a valid QTAC number or current QUT ID number* before completing the QUT Online Registration Form)
  2. Complete the QUT Online Registration Form and print the confirmation page
  3. Post or submit the following documentation to the Creative Industries Faculty:
  • Online registration Detailed Confirmation Notice
  • A current passport sized photograph
  • A resume or curriculum vitae, no more than 2 pages
  • A copy of your most recent High School report and/or results of previous Tertiary studies
  • A copy of the QUTPay confirmation page from your online credit card payment for the $55 service charge (PLEASE NOTE: Q-Step, Aboriginal, and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants are exempt from the service fee)

If you have indicated that you cannot attend an audition you must also submit:

  • An audition submission
  • A video statement

Please Note: Registering plus submitting your supporting documentation with QUT is separate and in addition to listing the course as a preference with QTAC*. To successfully apply for entry into this course you are required to do both. The audition process is managed by Creative Industries Faculty; however, all offers for the course will be made through QTAC.

* If you are a current Creative Industries Faculty undergraduate student changing course you must submit an I Form. All offers will be made by QUT Admissions instead of QTAC. 

Service fee

A $55 service fee applies to all applicants, excluding applicants who seeking admission assistance via QUT’s Q-Step and/or Oodgeroo schemes. This payment is to be made via QUTPay and please ensure you print the confirmation page as you will need to attach it to your documentation.

Important information     

Audition Information and Preparation (PDf, 111KB)

Audition locations and dates

All auditions and interviews will be held in Brisbane at the QUT Kelvin Grove campus between Monday 30 September and Friday 4 October, 2013. Your interview and audition will be scheduled when you lodge your online application. Please note that the time and date of your audition cannot be changed except in exceptional circumstances. An email confirming the time and place will be sent to your nominated email address. 

Who do I contact for more information?

Please contact the Creative Industries Faculty by:

Phone: (07) 3138 8114 and press option 5


Delivery details

In person

QUT Creative Industries Faculty
Z6, Level 1 The Hub-foyer delivery slots
Creative Industries Precinct
Musk Avenue
Kelvin Grove, QLD 4059
(opening hours from 8am to 6pm)


QUT Creative Industries Faculty
O Block, B Wing
Victoria Park Road
Kelvin Grove, QLD, 4059

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. All fees are based on current fixed fee prices. We review fees annually.

2014: CSP $3,100 per Study Period (48 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

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

More information on the SSAF

Additional costs

You'll need to pay some costs on top of your course fees.

Additional 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:

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You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments


How to apply for Bachelor of 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. See the Entry requirements tab for due dates for submitting additional entry requirements.

  4. Checked you meet the entry requirements.
  5. 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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