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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
Course duration 3 years full-time
Start month 2014 February
Delivery On campus
  • Kelvin Grove
  • Creative Industries Faculty
Course contact Enquire
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


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

Minimum English language requirements

Students must meet the English proficiency requirements.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

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

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You can complete an IELTS test at our Kelvin Grove campus.

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Additional entry requirements


Successful audition.
Minimum completion of schooling comparable to Australian year 12.

Closing date

There are no closing dates for international applicants. We encourage you to apply as soon as you decide on the course you wish to study, to help you with visa requirements.

Application checklist

Please send the following documents along with your application form (F Form) to QUT. You may post or e-mail your application.

  • All documents requested on the F form
  • Current passport sized photograph
  • A resume or curriculum vitae, no more than 2 pages
  • A YouTube link/DVD of your audition submission and video statement if you are unable to attend the auditions

Please send copies only – documents will not be returned.

Important Information

Audition Information and Preparation

Audition locations and dates

If possible, international applicants are encouraged to attend the auditions as outlined below. Please nominate your preferred date on your application.

All auditions and interviews will be held in Brisbane at the QUT Kelvin Grove campus between Monday 30 September and Friday 4 October, 2013.




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: $11,600 per Study Period (48 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.

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How to apply for Bachelor of Music

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  2. Checked important dates
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements
  4. Checked costs and scholarships
  5. Checked if you're eligible for credit for prior learning
  6. Gathered supporting documents

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