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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 new creative work.
QTAC course code421512
QUT course code KM32
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 3 years full-time
Start month 2015 & 2016 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
  • 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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QUT’s Bachelor of 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 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 choose a combination of both areas.
If production is your passion, you will focus on creating new music and developing skills in songwriting, studio recording, sequencing, digital processing and arranging for acoustic, electric and digital instruments.
If you are interested in performance, you will focus on developing your unique performance style and artistic voice, creating new work, using digital technology, interpreting a range of repertoire, as well as gaining further experience performing in recording studio contexts.

Why choose this course?

QUT’s Bachelor of Music degree offers an innovative learning environment that will help you to identify your individual artistic identity and acquire the creative skills to realise your vision.
A key element of the course is a weekly series of 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, Musiclab, 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 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 develop your own artistic vision.
You will experience both live and recording studio environments, whether your focus is as a performer 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 Bar, Brisbane Powerhouse, The Old Museum and QPAC, as well as at the Brisbane Festival Spiegeltent.

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. 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

You will start by learning about the fundamentals of sound and music technology and how to use them creatively to achieve artistic results. You will also begin to develop an awareness of sound as a storytelling tool. While you do not need to have traditional music skills, you will work alongside Bachelor of Music students, learning how sound is organised musically and about the dynamics of performance and presentation as they apply to sound design.

Year 2

To develop a unique set of ‘crossover’ sound skills you will build on the foundation studies of your first year, having a chance to pursue the pathway that best suits your future needs. You will have options to work in the fields of sound design for visual and interactive media, immersive entertainment and the recording studio.

Year 3

You will deepen your skills in sound design and production, mentored by staff and industry professionals. You will have opportunities to showcase yourself to industry through a series of creative production opportunities. You will learn about both the existing and emerging industry and have the opportunity to undertake practical projects with other talented creative artists and designers both inside and outside the University with real production outcomes.

Entry requirements


Successful audition and interview 

Key Dates

QTAC applications and the QUT Online Registration Form opened on Tuesday 5 August 2014.  Applications for this course closed on closed 12 September 2014.  Requests for applications after this date cannot be considered. Auditions and interviews have also closed.

How do I find out my audition outcome?

Shortly after the 15 November 2014, 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 at 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 this course you will then be considered for a place in the course on 11 December, 2014 QTAC offer round. Depending on course place availability, further offers may be made in the 15 January, 2015 QTAC offer round.

Please note that 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.

Application checklist (Guide for 2016 applicants)

  1. Apply through QTAC.  Current Creative Industries Faculty undergraduate students changing course or major must instead submit an I Form or CM Form as appropriate.
  2. Complete the QUT Online Registration Form.  You must have a valid QTAC number or current QUT student ID number to complete this step.
  3. Pay the non-refundable $55 service fee via QUTPay.  Applicants seeking admission assistance via QUT’s Q-Step and/or Oodgeroo schemes are exempt from the service fee.
  4. Attend your nominated interview

Please Note: Registering 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.  All above steps must be completed to be considered for a place in the course.  The audition process is managed by Creative Industries Faculty.  All offers for the course will be made through QTAC or QUT Student Business Services (for current CIF Undergraduate students only).

Important information     

Music Audition Preparation

Audition locations and dates

Auditions will be conducted from September to October 2015 at M block, Ring Road, QUT Kelvin Grove Campus.  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.    Applicants who live in a remote area and cannot attend an audition can submit an audition submission and video statement when completing the QUT Online Registration Form.

If you do not attend your audition you cannot be considered for a place in the course.


Please contact the Creative Industries Faculty by:

Phone: (07) 3138 8114 and press option 4


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.

Additional Costs

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. Information is available from the Additional course requirements and costs website.

The recent federal budget has proposed a number of changes to the funding of higher education which, if implemented, will impact upon costs to Commonwealth supported students from 1 January 2016. Eligible students will still be able to use HECS-HELP (Higher Education Loan Program) to defer payment. It is important to note that the changes are proposals only, subject to the passage of Commonwealth legislation. QUT will be in a position to consider fees for 2016 and beyond once the legislation has been through the houses of parliament. Proposed changes to tuition fees.

2016: CSP rates will be available from 1 October 2015 (subject to annual review)

2015: 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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