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This course will 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.

Note: 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.

QTAC course code 421512
QUT course code KM32
Course duration 3 years full-time
Start month 2018 February
Delivery On campus
  • Kelvin Grove
  • Creative Industries Faculty
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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.


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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

Minimum English language requirements

We accept English language proficiency scores from a variety of tests. If you completed a test that was not IELTS, check which English language test scores we accept.

You must have taken your test no more than 2 years before your QUT course starts.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
Speaking 6.0
Writing 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall 6.5

Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

We offer English language courses to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

Haven't completed an English language test? We can help!

If you have not completed an English language test, you can sit the IELTS test at our IELTS test centre.

Additional entry requirements


  • Successful audition; and
  • Successful completion of Australian Year 12 or comparable qualification.

Application checklist

Please send the following documents along with your F Form to QUT. Applications submitted after November 30 in any given year may not be assessed in time for commencement of study in Semester 1 of the following year. Please apply as soon as possible. You may post or e-mail your application.

  • All documents requested on the F Form
  • A resume or curriculum vitae, no more than two 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
  • YouTube link/s of your audition submission and video statement if you are unable to attend an audition

Please send copies only – documents will not be returned.

Music audition preparation

Audition locations and dates

International applicants are encouraged to attend an audition as outlined below. Please nominate your preferred date on your application. Applicants who are unable to attend an audition can submit an audition submission and video statement.

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


Please contact the Creative Industries Faculty by:




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.

2018: $28900 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Additional costs

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

Additional course costs

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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