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Bachelor of Music Major Music Practice

Bachelor of Music Major Music Practice (BMUC)

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • Online
  • On-campus
Campus
  • Springfield
Duration
  • 3 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
Start date
  • February
  • July

Overview

  • Throughout study at USQ, you will tailor your skills to meet the diverse and evolving requirements of the independent, contemporary musician.
  • The Music Practice major will see you explore individual and collaborative music making, live and digital performance, as well as songwriting, composition and musical arrangement.
  • By focussing on readily available technologies, we enable graduates to develop a sustainable DIY practice to navigate the increasing pace of change and disruption in creative industries, and to produce innovative music practices.

Further study

Upon successful completion of this degree, you can go on to study the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours).

This degree is offered from February (Semester 1), 2021.

Career outcomes

  • USQ’s Bachelor of Music can prepare you for careers as a performer, singer-songwriter, studio or classroom music teacher, music studio owner/operator, commercial songwriter, or music journalist.

Entry requirements

Find the entry requirements most relevant to you.

  • Have achieved a minimum ATAR score of 58.90, or equivalent qualification.
  • Attend an audition/interview (see details below).

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

  • English (Units 3 and 4, C)

We assume that your knowledge is equivalent to a grade C or higher in Units 3 and 4 at Year 12 high school level. Find out more about assumed knowledge.

Note: 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 Music. Further information about the Blue Card or Exemption Card suitability process is available from the Blue Card Services.

Special entry schemes for admissions may increase your Rank, through the allocation of additional points in certain circumstances, such as educational disadvantage where you live, and subjects you passed. 

Tafe (VET) qualification

If you have completed a qualification from a TAFE or qualified private provider, you may be able to use these qualifications to meet USQ's entry requirements.

Work and life experience

You may be able to use your work experience and other adjustment factors to increase your selection rank and meet USQ's entry requirements.

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.

Audition / interview information

On-campus applicants must attend an audition and interview and perform two contrasting pieces. Applicants for online study will submit a video recording of their performances and attend a phone / Skype interview.

Applicants will also need to provide:

  • A school exit statement, or evidence of previous education standard achieved.
  • Their own accompanying tracks on MP3 or an iPod if required.
  • A written statement (500 words) addressing a musical experience which has inspired, motivated or moved you. It might be a performance or concert you attended or participated in, or 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.
  • Applicants are not required to have undertaken high school music, or Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) practical/theory, or musicianship exams.

For registration and audition tips, please see our Auditions and interviews page.

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.

Pathways

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

If you identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent you may be eligible to enter the Indigenous Higher Education (IHEPP) program.

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 24 units. Most courses (similar to ‘subjects’) are valued at 1 unit. To study full-time you would usually complete 4 units per semester.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 4
12-unit Music Practice major 12
1 x second 8-unit major*
or 2 x 4-unit minors
or 1 x 4-unit minor plus 4 x elective courses
8
Total 24

*The second 8-unit major can be chosen from any approved 8-unit major in another discipline in the School of Creative Arts (e.g. Visual Art, TV/Radio, Film Production, Theatre, Digital Media etc. providing all entry requirements are met) or from an another major outside of the creative arts in consultation and with approval from the degree director.

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

Other requirements

While studying this degree, you will need to supply your own musical instrument (if applicable).

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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 your first year of study (8 units) in this degree are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported

The Federal Government contributes to the cost of your course and you need to pay a student contribution.

AUD 7700
Domestic full fee paying

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

AUD 22720

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.

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. Find out if you are eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP.

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

Scholarships

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

How to apply

Apply via QTAC

Apply via QTAC (Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre) if you:

  • have never studied with USQ before, or
  • are a Year 12 student, or
  • want to transfer to USQ from another university.
Mode QTAC Codes
Online 909995
Springfield 929991

Copy your QTAC code and continue through to the QTAC website to complete your application.

Apply through QTAC

If you are applying via QTAC, please check the QTAC closing dates.

Apply directly to USQ

You may be able to apply directly to USQ if you:

  • are a current or previous USQ student returning to study with complete or incomplete qualifications (excluding Head Start students), or
  • have recently graduated from TAFE.
This degree is offered from February (Semester 1), 2021.

The closing dates for applying directly to USQ are:

  • Semester 1, 2021 - applications close Monday 22 February, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 22 February, 2021.
  • Semester 2, 2021 - applications close Monday 12 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 12 July, 2021.

More information on applying key dates is available.

Further information

Discover further information on applying to study at USQ that is relevant to you.

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