Information on this page is for international students

Intakes: 
2018: February and July
Duration: 
3 years
Location: 
Fees: 
2018: A$10,800 per semester

We are currently accepting applications for this course

Overview

Explore your love of music with a Bachelor of Music at VU, and prepare for a range of exciting careers.

This course focuses on popular and contemporary music, including international perspectives. You’ll develop your music knowledge, technical fluency, and creativity. Through practice, cultural analysis and critical listening, you’ll discover an inspiring variety of musical styles.

Areas of study include:

  • music performance
  • music theory
  • song writing and arranging
  • popular music culture and history
  • music technology.

You’ll have access to cutting-edge music technology and our commercial recording facilities at Kindred Studios. You’ll also gain practical experience through collaborative projects with students, industry professionals, and community organisations.

All students should be able to read music notation. If you’ve studied music performance, or worked as a musician, you may be eligible for advanced standing, and credits towards your degree.

Audition & interview for Bachelor of Music

Auditions and interviews are required when you apply for this course. To register your interest phone +61 3 9919 6196 or email music@vu.edu.au.

International applicants can audition and interview via online video.

If you'd like more information about the course, contact course coordinators Robert Bell on +61 3 9919 2359 or robert.bell@vu.edu.au or Greg Aronson on +61 3 9919 2368 or greg.aronson@vu.edu.au.

Kindred Studios

Our music students study alongside music and media industry professionals in our unique industry-based location at Kindred Studios in Yarraville, just a 5 minute walk from Footscray Nicholson campus.

In 2016 Kindred Studios was listed as one of the top ten co-working spaces in the world by Lonely Planet.

Performance spaces, rehearsal rooms, recording studios and computer labs are fitted out with quality instruments, sound gear, and the latest computers and software.

Music booking agency

Students studying this course can get performing opportunities through the VU Music Booking Agency.

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Careers

The Bachelor of Music prepares you for a wide range of career options within the music industry. You could pursue a career as one of the following:

  • music performance artist
  • instrumental music or music theory teacher
  • composer, songwriter or arranger
  • musical director or band leader
  • music administrator
  • sound artist
  • music producer
  • accompanist.

Following this music course, you can prepare to become a secondary music teacher with our Masters of Teaching (Secondary), or other postgraduate study at VU. Some graduates of this course go on to study music therapy.

Salaries

Music professionals earn an average of A$51,000 (JobOutlook).

If you continue with your study with our Master of Teaching to become a secondary-school music teacher, you could earn around A$78,000 (JobOutlook). 

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Music students will be required to complete 288 credit points (equivalent to 24 units) in total consisting of:

  • 48 credit points (equivalent to 4 units) College Core studies;
  • 192 credit points (equivalent to 16 units) Professional Core studies including 24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) of Capstone studies;
  • 48 credit points (equivalent to 4 units) of Minor studies from the list below.

First Year Core Units

Year 2

Plus

24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) from Minor studies listed

Year 3

Plus

Capstone Units

Plus

24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) from Minor studies listed

Minors

We've changed the way we teach our courses, so that you experience a first year like no other - focused on you and your success.

From 2018, the first-year of this bachelor degree* will see units delivered one at a time, in four-week blocks. This means you won't have to juggle the deadlines and demands of studying multiple units at once. Instead you'll complete one unit before moving on to the next.

All units will be conducted in small class sizes with three face-to-face sessions per week. This means you will get more one-on-one time with your teachers.

You will have access to different learning and teaching methods including:

  • online
  • educator-led delivery
  • tutorials
  • group work
  • laboratory and practical work (where it applies).

You will have access to additional activities designed to extend and improve your skills. These activities foster the skills you need to be an adaptable, resilient, confident and competent learner and employee.

Find out more about our First Year Model.

* Melbourne-based campuses only

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Devise, compose, transform and analyse musical works by employing theory, practice and research in the fields of music performance, music theory, music technology, music culture and music cognition;  
  2. Conceptualise and adapt their knowledge and skills to implement new and emerging technologies and practices in music;  
  3. Reflect on their knowledge and interpersonal skills to network with other professionals, and negotiate their own roles as professionals, in the music industry;  
  4. Contextualise music practice in relation to other creative arts disciplines, and adapt to the diversity of fields required for music practitioners;  
  5. Integrate technical skills and craft in music with the creative, cultural, technological and entrepreneurial acumen required for successful participation and employment in the music industry; and  
  6. Exhibit academic skills in independent research, critical analysis, reading, note-taking and collection and organisation of resource materials, including the presentation of oral and written material, and online and digital media resources.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • TAFE: Successful completion of a cognate (similar discipline) Australian Diploma or Advanced Diploma (or equivalent) will be granted advanced standing of a maximum 96 credit points (Diploma) or 144 credit points (Advanced Diploma). OR Successful completion of a non-cognate (not similar) Australian (or equivalent) Diploma or Advanced Diploma will be granted advanced standing on a case by case basis.
  • Year 12: Successful completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in any other English.
  • International: Successful completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including at least one of the following subjects: Music OR Successful completion of an Australian Diploma or Advanced Diploma (or equivalent) PLUS IELTS (or equivalent): Overall score of 6 with no band less than 6.0 Completion of a secondary school qualification equivalent to Australia's Year 12 or VCE, including equivalent studies in music. IELTS minimum 6.0 (no band less than 6) or equivalent.
  • Mature: Applicants with relevant work, education and/or community experience will be considered for admission to the course.

English language requirements

Find out if you meet the entry requirements, including English language and academic requirements.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

If you have completed any of the following course(s), you will be guaranteed a place in this degree. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

How to apply

We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

International students can apply directly to Victoria University using our online application system, or apply through an education agent.

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If you have questions about your application, you can:

Information and fees listed above are for non-resident students. Fees are accurate at the time of viewing and will be subject to annual increases. Some courses require students to purchase equipment or clothing that they will need in the course. These equipment or clothing costs are not included in the course fees listed above and we recommend that you confirm these costs with the relevant college.

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