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Bachelor of Creative Arts Specialisation Music

Bachelor of Creative Arts Specialisation Music (BCAR)
CRICOS: 085003E

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • On-campus
  • Springfield
  • Toowoomba
  • 3 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
Start date
  • February
  • July
  • November
Note: The Music major is only available to study part-time in the July (Semester 2) and November (Semester 3) intakes. The November intake (Semester 3) is only offered via online study.


  • Our Bachelor of Creative Arts (Music) is increasingly recognised as one of the most innovative in Australia.
  • Undertake a holistic program of learning, which values musical diversity and integrated theory with practice and music technology.
  • Learn within an exciting and collaborative environment alongside industry professionals.
  • You may also combine disciplines within creative arts or other areas of study.
  • Our students have many opportunities to perform publicly in our Arts Theatre.
  • You can also explore your own interests through tailored projects. Recent examples include recording a worship EP for independent release and composing the score for the annual Shakespeare in the Park Festival.

Career outcomes

  • As a graduate you can become a performer, song-writer, composer, arranger, ensemble musician teacher or scholar, and take the opportunity to see music in a new way.
  • Your career prospects will vary depending on your area of specialisation, including opportunities in music production, performance, multimedia, recording studios, education, music business, musical composition, and sound design.

Entry requirements

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. Find your country's level of qualification below and minimum entry requirements for this degree.

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.

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide to the grades you need to apply for this degree. If your country is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility. 

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree 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.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

If you have previously studied in your home country, you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.


If you don't meet the entry requirements, we have pathway options available to you.

Degree structure

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

The following 8-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.

Option 1

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 1
Discipline foundation courses 7
Discipline extension courses 8
Second major 8
Total 24

Option 2

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 1
Discipline foundation courses 7
Discipline extension courses 8
Minor sequence 4
Minor sequence 4
Total 24

Option 3

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 1
Discipline foundation courses 7
Discipline extension courses 8
Minor sequence 4
Electives 4
Total 24

Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for international students' first year of study (8 units) in this degree:

Study Mode Cost

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 22880

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 25600

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2020. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.


At USQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Complete your online application directly to USQ.

CRICOS: 085003E


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

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

USQ accepts applications all year. Semester start dates are:

  • Semester 1, 2020 - Monday 24 February 2020
  • Semester 2, 2020 - Monday 13 July 2020
  • Semester 3, 2020 - Monday 16 November 2020.

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