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This course has been discontinued and is expected to be replaced with the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music) in 2018, subject to final university approval.


  • 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

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 HiQ:
CRICOS code 022140F
  • 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 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?

QUT’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music) 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 such as The Zoo, The HiFi Bar, 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*. There are also pathways available for professional or research postgraduate studies.

* Entry to graduate-entry teacher education courses usually requires that you have studied a range of units in a different subject area to the main focus of your degree. This forms the basis of your second teaching area. Check the entry requirements for specific teaching courses at

■ In 2018, this course will be offered as a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music), subject to university approval. This course was previously offered as the Bachelor of Music.


Download course structures and unit outlines for Bachelor of Music

Your course

Year 1

  • overview of contemporary developments in music, sounds and musicianship skills
  • develop your skills in music technology and software
  • intensive music studio experience
  • progress your skills in presentation, music and sound performance
  • identify your creative direction

Year 2

  • develop a unique set of crossover musical skills
  • study creative performance and/or music and sound production
  • undertake an 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

  • showcase yourself to industry with public performances and creative production opportunities
  • learn how to promote yourself and organise events
  • collaborate on projects with other creative artists, producers and industry organisations
  • understand the structure of the music industry and current issues
  • engage in real-world learning projects like Indie 100 (visit
  • personalise your studies through elective units

Study overseas

Study overseas while gaining 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. For more information, visit QUT student exchange.

Entry requirements


Successful audition

Key dates

*Applications must be finalised and submitted by this time. Allow at least 30 minutes to complete the QTAC application, I Form or CM Form, and a further 30 minutes to complete the QUT Music Online Registration Form. Applicants unable to attend an audition should allow at least one week to complete an audition and personal statement video.

Checklist for 2018 QTAC applicants and current Creative Industries Faculty (CIF) undergraduate students

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 Music 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 3:  Attend your nominated audition and bring your supporting documents with you. Applicants unable to attend an audition must email supporting documents to by 5pm Friday 22 September 2017.

Note: Registering with QUT is separate and in addition to listing the course as a preference with QTAC or submitting and an I Form or CM Form as appropriate. 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.

Supporting document checklist

  • Printed QUT Music Online Registration Form confirmation notice or email
  • Printed copy of your most recent High School report and/or results of previous Tertiary studies
  • Printed resume or curriculum vitae, no more than 2 pages
  • Evidence of your highest musical qualification (e.g. AMEB theory examination results, review of performances, etc.)
  • 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

Audition location and dates

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

Applicants unable to attend an audition can submit an audition and personal statement video as part of the QUT Music Online Registration Form process. Refer to the Music Audition Preparation document for details of what to include in your submission.

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

Brisbane: Tuesday 26, Wednesday 27 or Thursday 28 September 2017

Z9, Creative Industries Precinct, crn 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. The audition process is managed by CIF. All offers for the course will be made through QTAC or QUT Student Business Services for current CIF undergraduate students only.


Please contact the Creative Industries Faculty by:


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.

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.


2018: CSP $6500 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.

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.

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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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