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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 Bachelor of Arts (Music) 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 and 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 singer/songwriter. 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.

This course can also be studied as part of the Bachelor of Arts (Music) + Bachelor of Applied Business (Entertainment Management) double degree.

Bachelor Degree

The Bachelor of Arts (Music) balances creative, technical and industry-related skills, with a focus on contemporary music performance and songwriting. The Degree can be completed in six trimesters (two years) of full-time study. Throughout the course, students will:

Throughout the Degree, you will:

  • Craft and produce original songs;
  • Understand and develop performance at a professional level;
  • Work on industry projects alongside other musicians, music producers, and entertainment managers;
  • Record your own music in our studio and produce music videos;
  • Gain exposure to the Australian and international music industries;
  • Develop analytical skills in relation to music, music performance, and critique;
  • Undertake a 60-hour work placement.

FEE-HELP available to eligible students (no upfront fees), learn more at www.collarts.edu.au/faq

Admission and Intake

The Bachelor of Arts (Music) is delivered at the South Melbourne and Fitzroy Campuses and is recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework, accredited until 2023 (CRICOS Code 084558M). For admission criteriaclick here.

Applicants must complete an audition. The audition process will assess musicianship skills and the applicant’s aptitude and understanding of their chosen course of study.

For intake datesduration and links to learn more about FEE-HELP, head to www.collarts.edu.au/faq

Diploma

The Diploma of Arts (Music) balances fundamental creative, technical and industry-related skills, with a focus on contemporary music performance and songwriting. The diploma can be completed in two trimesters of full-time study and you have the opportunity to progress into the Bachelor Degree (subject to academic performance).

Throughout the Diploma, you will:

  • Craft and produce original songs;
  • Understand and develop their performance skills;
  • Collaborate with other musicians, music producers and entertainment managers;
  • Record your own music in our studios;
  • Gain exposure to the Australian and international music industries;
  • Develop fundamental skills in relation to music, music performance and critique.

FEE-HELP available to eligible students (no upfront fees), learn more at www.collarts.edu.au/faq

Admission and Intake

The Diploma of Arts (Music) is delivered at the South Melbourne and Fitzroy Campuses and is recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework, accredited until 2022 (CRICOS Code 088017G). For admission criteriaclick here.

Applicants must complete an audition. The audition process will assess musicianship skills and the applicant’s aptitude and understanding of their chosen course of study.

For intake datesduration and links to learn more about FEE-HELP, head to www.collarts.edu.au/faq

Admissions Requirements
 
ALL APPLICANTS: must complete an audition and interview. The audition and interview process will assess musicianship skills and the applicant’s aptitude and understanding of their chosen course of study.
 
• Performance: As part of the audition process, applicants will perform two contrasting pieces which
demonstrate their ability and style as a performer. These pieces may be performed solo, but the use of
accompanist(s), or a quality backing track, is preferred. Applicants should bring all elements required for their performance (instrument, guitar leads etc) to the audition.
 
• Music Theory: Applicants will be asked to complete a short written music theory test, to assess their
level of understanding. It is not a pass/fail but a means to assess what theory stream applicants will be
placed in upon successful audition.
 
• Interview: The audition will conclude with a short informal interview to discuss an applicant’s experience in the creative industry and areas of interest.
 
Diploma – 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 is no ATAR minimum or subject requirements.
 
Bachelor – 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 is no ATAR minimum or subject requirements.
 
Course Intake Dates: We run 3 intakes throughout the year, February, May, and September. Please see our Course Dates page for more information.
 
How To Apply
 
Non-Year 12 applicants may apply directly on the website, and a Future Student Coordinator 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 Coordinator will be in touch to arrange an interview.

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