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Bachelor of Music Major Music Practice

Bachelor of Music Major Music Practice (BMUC)
CRICOS: 103179E

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • Online
  • On-campus
Campus
  • Springfield
Duration
  • 3 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
Start
  • Feb, Jul

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).

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

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 Australian Year 12 high school level. Find out more about assumed knowledge.

  • Attend an audition/interview (see details below).

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.

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.

Audition and 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. Please note that you will need to apply for your degree before registering to audition.

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.

Pathways

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

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).

Other majors

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
External/Online

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

AUD 26880
On-campus

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

AUD 26880

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2021. 

Student services and amenities fees

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

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

Complete your online application directly to USQ.

CRICOS: 103179E

USQ accepts applications all year. Semester start dates are:

  • Semester 1, 2021 - Monday 22 February, 2021
  • Semester 2, 2021 - Monday 12 July, 2021

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