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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 2016 February

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 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 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.

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 and 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 develop your individual artistic identity and acquire the creative skills to realise your vision.
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. Our industry-standard recording studios will enable you to hone your skills in a professional setting. 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 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.
* 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


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

Entry requirements


Successful audition

Key Dates

Applications for this course closed on Friday 11 September, 2015.  Applications submitted after the closing date will not be considered.

Auditions will be held in Brisbane: 28 - 30 September, 2015.

Audition locations and dates

Auditions will be conducted between Monday 28 and Wednesday 30 September 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.    

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

Music Audition Preparation

Audition preparation information is available here.

How do I find out about my audition outcome? 

Shortly after 16 November 2015, 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're unsure about how to check your preference status,  there is a helpful video located on the QTAC web page.

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 satisfy the minimum entry requirements for this course you will be considered for a place in the course.

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 from 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.


For queries 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:

View all scholarships

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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