Bachelor of Applied Music - Composition

Box Hill Institute

This program incorporates studies in film music, game audio, composition techniques, sequencing, MIDI, media technologies, sound design, electronic music, instrumentation and orchestration and song-writing. Students will collaborate with filmmakers and game designers to produce film scores and music for computer games, to industry standard. Core subjects include: studies in music technology; music business; jazz harmony; traditional theory; music history; keyboard studies; aural training; aesthetics; and world music. Students can choose from a wide range of performance and audio production electives and take advantage of opportunities to perform in bands, ensembles and choral ensembles. Upon completion of this course students will be able to compose music for films, corporate videos, commercials, computer games, sound installations, concert music and songs.

Course Fee:

Australian: $46,002
International: $53,460

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 applicants: VCE or equivalent; study score of 20 in English; aptitude in music composition; competence as an instrumentalist or singer. Non-Year 12 applicants: 21 years of age or more by January 1; relevant academic or music industry experience; capability to successfully complete the course; aptitude in music composition; competence as an instrumentalist or singer.


First Year: 14 subjects; Second Year: 12 subjects plus 2 electives; Third Year: 12 subjects plus 2 electives. Electives availability will be discussed at enrolment as not all electives are available each year.

Subjects you can Study:

Music composition

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 02411J

Related Careers:

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Box Hill No info No Full time 3 years
Box Hill No info No Part time 6 years

At Box Hill Institute, you’re not just a number. Our smaller class sizes mean you’ll get the support you need to succeed in your studies. We keep our higher education courses practical, with a strong focus on job skills to ensure graduates have the abilities that employers require in their particular industry. When you study with us, it’s not just about the journey. We want you to graduate with genuine job opportunities. That’s why eight in 10 Box Hill Institute graduates are employed or pursuing further study within six months of graduating*.

We focus on future proofing our students’ careers by offering higher education qualifications and pathways in exciting growth areas like cyber security, aviation and 3D manufacturing. Our teachers are all expert practitioners with relevant experience and careers in their teaching areas. They bring a wealth of knowledge about their industry, the realities of various career paths and the areas you need to focus on to succeed.

We offer a substantial range of higher education study areas, including:

  • music (applied business, composition, audio production, performance, sound production)
  • commerce (accounting and international business) 
  • community services
  • fashion (fashion and fashion merchandising)
  • early childhood (education and care)
  • hospitality management
  • library and information management
  • science and biotechnology (biosecurity, and science and biotechnology)
  • computer systems.

At Box Hill Institute, you’ll gain industry connections and have work placement opportunities while you study. Many of our undergraduate courses are aligned to career paths that have been defined by the industry sectors we work with, so the courses are relevant and industry-specific. 

Studying with us means that you’ll have access to some of the most state-of-the-art facilities in the country — from our high-tech recording studios to our working restaurant, where chefs Guy Grossi, George Calombaris and Curtis Stone trained. We operate a Nursing Skills Centre of Excellence, the Pets on Elgar veterinary training centre, information technology labs and our $41 million Integrated Technology Hub — the first of its kind. Our Lilydale Lakeside Campus operates a Tech School, an e-learning centre, a business incubator, a childcare centre, conference facilities, and accommodation. Soon it will open an Edutainment Centre.

Other campus facilities include cafeterias, student lounges, childcare services and libraries. We offer a number of student services, including employment assistance, counselling and a disability liaison service, and support for Indigenous students. We also offer specific literacy and numeracy support to provide eligible students with help to complete their course. This support focuses on workplace reading, writing, numeracy (maths) and communication skills. It is flexible and provides support in classrooms and/or in group tutorials, and with online activities.

Study a degree that will take you places. Contact us at Box Hill Institute today. You can call 1300 BOX HILL or visit

*Source: NCVER 2016

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