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Summary
Bachelor of Creative Arts Specialisation Music (BCAR)

OP/Rank
16/66

Study Mode
  • On-campus

Start
  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)*

Number of Units
  • 24 units

Duration
  • 3 years or part-time equivalent

Campus
  • Toowoomba
  • Springfield

*Music is only available part-time in Semester 2.
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Program Information Set

Most innovative music degree in Australia

Apply and audition to study USQ's Bachelor of Creative Arts (Music), which is increasingly recognised as one of the most innovative in Australia. We understand that 21st century musicians must be flexible, resilient, creative, collaborative and adaptable. You will undertake a holistic program of learning, which values musical diversity and integrated theory with practice and music technology.

You will learn within an exciting and collaborative environment alongside industry professionals. You may also combine disciplines within creative arts or other areas of study. You will need to submit an application and audition to study USQ's Bachelor of Creative Arts (Music).

Practical experience

Our students have many opportunities to perform publicly in our Arts Theatre and in larger projects. You can also explore your own interests through tailored projects.

At USQ music, we have a fantastic culture of collaboration between staff and students where you can learn from music professionals within a supportive environment. Performer, song-writer, composer, arranger, ensemble musician teacher or scholar – take the opportunity to see music in a new way.

Other majors for the Bachelor of Creative Arts: Film, Television and RadioTheatre and Visual Arts

Students in the Bachelor of Creative Arts have the opportunity to study a 16 unit extended major. 

The following eight-unit Creative Arts majors can be combined with a 16 unit extended major as a second major:

  • Film, Television, and Radio (8 unit Major)
  • Theatre Practice (8 unit Major)
  • Theatre Theory (8 unit Major)
  • Visual Arts Practice (8 unit Major)
  • Visual Arts Theory (8 unit Major)

With approval, students are able to take one major or minor/elective study from other undergraduate programs offered by USQ.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 1
Discipline Foundation 7
Discipline Extension 8
Second Major 8
Total 24
Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 1
Discipline Foundation 7
Discipline Extension 8
Minor sequence 4
Minor sequence  4
Total 24
Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 1
Discipline Foundation 7
Discipline Extension 8
Minor sequence 4
Electives  4
Total 24
Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

How much will it cost?

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this program are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported AUD 6684
Domestic full fee paying AUD 21600

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2020 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

16/66
OP/Rank
This is the 2019 adjusted OP / Rank for this program.

The lowest OP/unadjusted Rank* to which an offer was made is 20/59. OP/Ranks based upon all offers made in Semester 1, 2019.

Entry requirements for Semester 3, 2019

Subject pre-requisite: English (4 SA) and Music (4, SA) or equivalent.

If you apply to study the Music major, you must attend an audition and/or interview and bring: 

  • a passport-sized photo of themselves
  • a school exit statement or evidence of previous education standard achieved
  • Music applicants will need to provide their own accompanying tracks on MP3 or an iPod. Whilst it is advantageous to have studied high school music or for AMEB practical and/or theory/musicianship exams, if you have not undertaken such studies are not precluded from applying.
  • Instrumental and Vocal applicants must attend an audition and interview and present two contrasting items.
  • All applicants are to present a written statement (500 words) addressing the following: a musical experience which has inspired, motivated or moved you. It might be a performance or concert you attended, or participated in, or it might be music of a particular artist or work. The submission should be typed and signed by you, with a statement which certifies that the work is your own. Please present your submission at interview.

It is a requirement that Queensland-based students hold a current positive notice indicating that they are deemed suitable for working with children and young people whilst studying the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Music). Further information about the Blue Card or Exemption Card suitability process is available from the Blue Card Services.

Entry requirements for Semester 1, 2020

To study this degree we assume you have sound knowledge in:

  • English
  • Music

We assume that your knowledge is equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA). Find out more about assumed knowledge.

If you apply to study the Music major, you must attend an audition and/or interview and bring:

  • a passport-sized photo of themselves
  • a school exit statement or evidence of previous education standard achieved
  • Music applicants will need to provide their own accompanying tracks on MP3 or an iPod. Whilst it is advantageous to have studied high school music or for AMEB practical and/or theory/musicianship exams, if you have not undertaken such studies are not precluded from applying.
  • Instrumental and Vocal applicants must attend an audition and interview and present two contrasting items.
  • All applicants are to present a written statement (500 words) addressing the following: a musical experience which has inspired, motivated or moved you. It might be a performance or concert you attended, or participated in, or it might be music of a particular artist or work. The submission should be typed and signed by you, with a statement which certifies that the work is your own. Please present your submission at interview.

It is a requirement that Queensland-based students hold a current positive notice indicating that they are deemed suitable for working with children and young people whilst studying the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Music). Further information about the Blue Card or Exemption Card suitability process is available from the Blue Card Services.

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Admission pathways

A number of other pathways are also available if you haven't been able to study previously or don't meet the requirements for entry into your program of interest.

*Further admission information

An adjusted Selection Rank is the result of combining additional ranks through special entry schemes for admission.

Special entry schemes for admissions may help you get into the program of your choice by increasing your Selection Rank, through the allocation of additional ranks in certain circumstances.

An adjusted Selection Rank is the result of combining additional ranks with a student's OP/Selection Rank. An unadjusted Selection Rank is the student's Selection Rank without any rank adjustments.

USQ is committed to greater admissions transparency. Learn more about the education and work experience, as well as average OP/Ranks for this programs' student cohort for Semester 1, 2019.


How to apply

  • Apply via QTAC (Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre) if you:
    1. have never studied with USQ before, or
    2. are a Year 12 student, or
    3. want to transfer to USQ from another university.

Please note down the QTAC codes below to complete your application.

  • Alternatively, you may be able to apply directly to USQ if you:
    1. are a current or previous USQ student returning to study with complete or incomplete qualifications (excluding Head Start students), or
    2. have recently graduated from TAFE.

Audition/interview

To study the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Music) you will need to attend an audition and/or interview in addition to your QTAC or direct entry application. Further information on the audition/interview process is available within the entry requirements.

To register for an audition or interview at USQ please complete the USQ Online Audition Form.

QTAC codes

Mode Codes
Toowoomba 909151

Closing dates

Applying directly to USQ:

  • Semester 3, 2019 - applications close Friday 29 November, with semester 3 commencing on Monday 18 November 2019.
  • Semester 1, 2020 - applications close Friday 6 March, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 24 February 2020.
  • Semester 2, 2020 - applications close Friday 17 July (QTAC) and 24 July (direct), with semester 2 commencing on Monday 13 July 2020.

If you are applying via QTAC, you will need to check the QTAC closing dates.

Semester 3 intake is for online study mode only.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.