Graduate Diploma of Music

Excelsia College

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 02664K

A one-year course nested within the Master of Music, the Graduate Diploma of Music enables professional and aspiring professional musicians to broaden and deepen their knowledge, skills and applicative capacities in pursuit of advanced musical capabilities and professional understandings in their arenas of music study. The program emphasises increasing familiarity with diverse musical contexts, traditions and works. Students have access to a wide range of performance opportunities as soloists and as members of large and small ensembles; and to salient musical, educational, and technological resources. Contemporary composition studies are conducted by industry leaders in professional recording studios.


  • The course offers two streams - Performance and Contemporary Composition - each of which requires two semesters. The Performance Stream comprises a major study in an instrument or voice, accompanied by the development of postgraduate academic skills related to, and underpinning, performance. Students rehearse, organise and present performances which demonstrate independent creative thought
  • highly-developed interpretative capacities
  • and musical achievement. The Contemporary Composition Stream enables students to develop advanced compositional knowledge and skills, and to apply these to create complex, original, and innovative works in either 'classical' applications or in more commercial applications such as animation, advertising, radio, television and film.


  • Performance
  • Contemporary composition

Standard entry requirements

  • Bachelor degree in music or associated discipline
  • Audition (for performance stream) or portfolio of works (for composition stream)
  • Interview

Study pathways

Credit is awarded for equivalent previous studies. Graduates of this program may articulate into the Master of Music at Excelsia College, or may apply for admission to another Australian Master of Music program.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Macquarie Park Domestic: $15,000
International: $15,000

Fee comments

Campuses: Macquarie Park.

FEE-HELP is available to eligible students.

Further information

Students may commence the course at the beginning of any semester.

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