STUDY MUSIC PERFORMANCE

AVAILABLE TO STUDY ON-CAMPUS, ONLINE, OR BLENDED

 

If you dream of a career as a Songwriter, Recording Artist, Session Musician, or if you want to work as a Music Director, Composer, Music Teacher or Music Arranger, this course is for you.

The Music Performance degree balances creative, technical and industry-related skills, with a focus on contemporary music performance and songwriting.

Working closely with our ARIA award-winning teaching staff plus a wide range of industry professionals, you will extensively develop your ability in solo and collaborative music performance, music analysis, songwriting and technical musicianship.

Music Performance students choose one area of specialisation: vocal, instrumental or songwriting. All students are mentored in this specialisation by industry experts and also receive a one-on-one weekly lesson in their main instrument. You will also work alongside students from other courses to gain a well-rounded understanding of processes involved in the music industry.

Collarts offers students a variety of real-life industry experiences so that they are career-ready when they graduate. Through our industry partnerships, students have opportunities to partake in a variety of real-world business experiences, gaining access to industry connections.

Students will graduate with a well-rounded understanding of music performance and songwriting, both in Australia and overseas.

OPPORTUNITIES & EXPERIENCES

 

Gain an in-depth understanding of music performance, analysis, and songwriting

Craft and produce original songs

Understand and develop performance at a professional level

Work on industry-focused projects

Get real life experience through regular performances and recordings

Develop analytical skills in relation to music and music performance

Learn from industry experts and collaborate with students from other creative courses

Record your own music in our studios

Record an EP or take part in Industry Placement 

Study on-campus, online, or blended, with access to all of Collarts’ campus facilities

No ATAR requirement and no individual subject or score requirements

Complete your bachelor degree in two years instead of the standard three

→  FEE-HELP available to eligible students (no upfront fees)

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INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIPS

  • UNIFY Gathering
  • Groovin-The-Moo-2020
  • Peel-Street-Festival
  • A-Hitch-To-The-Sticks
  • Falls-Festival

"I've found that the best thing about studying music is being surrounded by a group of people who are all incredibly passionate about music and are all eager to learn and improve their skills. It’s been wonderfully beneficial."

GABRIELLE PARKER

Music Performance Graduate

Music Performance student singing

"I think that being surrounded by creatives and people that are passionate about what they do, it reinforces your passion and also momentum."

NICOLAS DUQUEMIN

Music Performance Graduate

Head of Music, Jesse Hooper, helping out a student mix

"Collarts has given me so many opportunities. Studying here let me meet all the people in my band and showed me so many techniques I can apply to my own style."

JOHNNY COSTIN

Music Performance Student

Music Performance student performing onstage whipping hair back

"Collarts has helped me put my professional musicianship into further practice. Now that I'm doing a lot of session work in the industry, I'm grateful for my Collarts experience."

RILEY CATHERALL

Music Performance Graduate

Student performing with guitar

"Collarts gave me that sense of community that I was missing. It filled that hole in my chest and since then, I’ve made real connections with people. They’re now my friends in my band and the people I live with."

DAMIELOU SHAVILLE

Music Performance Graduate

Damielou looking away from the camera
BACHELOR

BACHELOR OF ARTS (MUSIC)

 

The Bachelor of Arts (Music) balances creative, technical and industry-related skills, with a focus on contemporary music performance and songwriting. 

The Bachelor degree can be completed in six trimesters (2 years) of full-time study or part-time equivalent. 

 

THROUGHOUT THE DEGREE, YOU WILL

 

Gain an in-depth understanding of music performance, analysis, and songwriting

Craft and produce original songs

Understand and develop performance at a professional level

Work on industry-focused projects

Get real life experience through regular performances and recordings

Develop analytical skills in relation to music and music performance

Learn from industry experts and collaborate with students from other creative courses

Record your own music in our studios

Record an EP or take part in Industry Placement 

Study on-campus, online, or blended, with access to all of Collarts’ campus facilities

No ATAR requirement and no individual subject or score requirements

Complete your bachelor degree in two years instead of the standard three

→ FEE-HELP available to eligible students (no upfront fees), to learn more click here

 

The Bachelor, Diploma, and Double Degree of Arts (Music) are recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework, accredited through CRICOS; CRICOS Code: 084558M,088017G & 096472G.

DIPLOMA

DIPLOMA OF ARTS (MUSIC)

 

The Diploma of Arts (Music) balances creative, technical and industry-related skills, with a focus on contemporary music performance and songwriting. 

The diploma can be completed in two trimesters (8 months) of full-time study or part-time equivalent, where you will have the opportunity to progress into the Bachelor Degree or Double Degree (subject to academic performance).

 

THROUGHOUT THE DIPLOMA, YOU WILL

 

Gain a fundamental understanding of music performance, analysis, and songwriting

Craft and produce original songs

Understand and develop performance at a professional level

Work on industry-focused projects

Get real life experience through regular performances and recordings 

Develop fundamental analytical skills in relation to music and music performance

Learn from industry experts and collaborate with students from other creative courses

Record your own music in our studios

Study on-campus, online, or blended, with access to all of Collarts’ campus facilities

No ATAR requirement and no individual subject or score requirements

Complete your bachelor degree in two years instead of the standard three

→ FEE-HELP available to eligible students (no upfront fees), to learn more click here

 

The Bachelor, Diploma, and Double Degree of Arts (Music) are recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework, accredited through CRICOS; CRICOS Code: 084558M,088017G & 096472G.

DOUBLE DEGREE

DOUBLE DEGREE: BACHELOR OF ARTS (MUSIC) & BACHELOR OF APPLIED BUSINESS (ENTERTAINMENT MANAGEMENT)

 

If you dream of a career as a Songwriter, Recording Artist, Music Director, Artist Manager, Tour Manager, Event Manager, Festival Organiser, Booker or Venue Manager, this course is for you.

The Double Degree: Bachelor of Arts (Music) & Bachelor of Applied Business (Entertainment Management) course is perfect for people who want to develop their ability in solo and collaborative music performance, music analysis, songwriting, technical musicianship, whilst also learning about the recording, business, and management side of the music industry.

The Double degree can be completed in three years full-time study or part-time equivalent.

 

THROUGHOUT THE DOUBLE DEGREE, YOU WILL

 

Gain an in-depth understanding of music performance, analysis, and songwriting

Craft and produce original songs

Understand and develop performance at a professional level

Work on industry-focused projects

Get real life experience through regular performances and recordings

Develop analytical skills in relation to music and music performance

Learn from industry experts and collaborate with students from other creative courses

Record your own music in our studios

Record an EP or take part in Industry Placement 

Manage, promote and produce live events

Gain knowledge and experience in artist and tour management

Develop an in-depth understanding of publicity, marketing and the media

Collaborate on industry projects with students from other courses

Get valuable insight into the entertainment industry from experienced teachers, and access career pathways through our industry partnerships, events and placements

Study on-campus, online, or blended, with access to all of Collarts’ campus facilities

No ATAR requirement and no individual subject or score requirements

Complete your two bachelor degrees in three years full-time or part-time equivalent 

→ FEE-HELP available to eligible students (no upfront fees), to learn more click here

 

TAILOR YOUR DOUBLE DEGREE & INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE 

 

Your first and second year of study will follow the Music Performance course matrix. In your third year, you will have the opportunity to select and tailor the following Entertainment Management study streams: Management, Marketing, or Applied Entrepreneurship. Click here to view the Entertainment Management course matrix. 

 

The Bachelor, Diploma, and Double Degree of Arts (Music) are recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework, accredited through CRICOS; CRICOS Code: 084558M,088017G & 096472G.

ELIGIBILITY & ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

 

→ Applicants will need to audition with two contrasting, contemporary pieces or 2 original songs

Applicants will need to take part in a written music theory evaluation

Applicants will need to attend an admissions interview. You will be asked questions about your experience, background, and interest in the course and/or industry

 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

 

DIPLOMA APPLICANTS

Applicants are required to successfully complete VCAL, VCE, IB, or state/international Year 12 equivalent. If students have not completed the year 12 requirements, they must be at least 20 years of age

The Diploma can be used as a pathway into the Bachelor degree

There are no ATAR minimum or subject requirements

 

BACHELOR APPLICANTS

Applicants are required to successfully complete VCE, IB, or state/international Year 12 equivalent

VCAL students are not eligible for the Bachelor until they have successfully completed the diploma

If students have not completed the year 12 requirements, they must be at least 20 years of age

There are no ATAR minimum or subject requirements

 

WORK & LIFE EXPERIENCE APPLICANTS

If none of the above qualifications have successfully been completed, applicants must be 20 years of age or older with 2 years of work experience to apply

 

HOW TO APPLY

 

Non-Year 12 applicants may apply directly on the website, and a Future Student Advisor will be in touch to arrange an interview

Year 12 applicants must apply through VTAC. VTAC opens in August each year. Place the appropriate Collarts course into one of your preferences and a Future Student Advisor will be in touch to arrange an interview

KEY INFORMATION

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Start Dates
February, May, and September
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Number of Units
8 in Diploma
24 in Bachelor
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Duration
Diploma 8 Months
Bachelor 2 Years
Or Part-Time Equivalent
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Study Mode
On-Campus, Online, or Blended
Student Support
Free Access to Wellbeing & Academic Support
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Industry Experience
Record an EP or Take Part in Industry Placement
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FEE-HELP
Available
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Transparent Fees
$2,430 per unit
International Fees
International Fees
Available

Course structure

Delivery Mode - On-Campus, Online, Blended
FIRST YEAR TECHNIQUES & STYLES ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE MUSIC HISTORY & ANALYSIS HARMONY & AURAL STUDIES INDUSTRY AWARENESS
Trimester 1 Introduction to Music Technology* Foundations 1 The Materials of Music Chart Writing Critical Thinking
Trimester 2 Songwriting Skills* Foundations 2 Western Music Harmony Critical Survey
Trimester 3 Improvisation* Music Direction 1 Popular Music 1850 - 1950 Counterpoint Entertainment Industry Practices + Elective 1
SECOND YEAR TECHNIQUES & STYLES ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE MUSIC HISTORY & ANALYSIS HARMONY & AURAL STUDIES INDUSTRY AWARENESS
Trimester 1 Music Styles* Music Direction 2 Contemporary Music 1950 - Present Arranging for Ensembles Audio Production Concepts + Elective 2
Trimester 2 Pre-Production* Professional Presentation 1 Global Music Studio Arranging Group Project + Elective 3
Trimester 3 Self Directed Project* Professional Presentation 2 Australian Music Writing for the Screen Professional Portfolio or Industry Placement

OUR CAMPUSEs

Wellington St Campus

208 Wellington St, Collingwood VIC 3066

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George St Campus

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Cromwell St Campus

67/69 Cromwell St, Collingwood VIC 3066

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Brunswick St Campus

209 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065

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