Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Music

The University of Adelaide

The combined degree Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Music comprises the requirements of the Bachelor of Music plus selected Arts courses. It enables students to pursue a broad range of interests in music and the arts in a self-designed, integrated academic program. The study of foreign languages is of particular significance to vocalists and musicologists, while history or anthropology may be of particular interest to an ethnomusicologist. All prospective students applying to the Elder Conservatorium of Music are required to attend an audition/interview for each area of specialisation, regardless of the number or type of music programs they are applying for. The audition/interview will assess each applicant's current skill level and potential for future studies and offers will be made on the basis of the audition/interview score, academic achievement and the musicianship test. The Musicianship test aims to assess the applicant's general level of musicianship, which involves the ability to identify and recognise musical concepts within aural, written and theoretical contexts. The test comprises: aural questions covering rhythm, tonality, melody and harmony; score interpretation questions about a given short piano extract; theoretical questions such as keys, major and minor scales, intervals and chords. For details regarding the audition rounds and the application process, please visit the Elder Conservatorium of Music.

Course Fee:

International: $160,000

Entry Requirements:

SACE with four Stage 2 subjects including at least three 20 credit Tertiary Admissions Subjects and a further 20 credit points from recognised studies (or Yr 12 equivalent); or Certificate IV or equivalent; audition or interview


This program involves 120 units of study, normally taken full time over five years. First year studies focus on music courses, specialising in Classical Performance, Jazz Performance, Composition, Music Education, Musicology, Performance and Pedagogy, Popular Music and Creative Technologies or Sonic Arts. The remaining four years combine courses from the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Music programs.

Subjects you can Study:

Anthropology; Asian Studies; Chinese Studies; Classics; Criminology; English; French Studies; Gender Studies; Geography, Environment and Population; German Studies; History; Indigenous Knowledges and Society; Indonesian Studies; International Development; Italian Studies; Japanese Studies; Linguistics; Modern Greek Studies; Philosophy; Politics and International Studies; Sociology; Spanish Studies.

Further information:

Selections are made from a combination of the applicant's audition score/academic background/aural theory test score.

Accepts International Students:


Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
North Terrace No info Yes Full time 5 years
North Terrace No info Yes Part time 10 years

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