University of Newcastle

Bachelor of Music and Performing Arts

University of Newcastle

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00109J

This program is for those with the interest in, and ability for, a career in music and the creative and performing arts. The program offers an exciting future within the rapidly evolving creative arts industries. Enhance your skills, discover new opportunities, and fast track your creative career through practical and creative learning.Practitioners in the creative and performing arts industry need to be highly collaborative, combining a variety of technical skills in creative thinking, design, music, performance, production and writing. At the University of Newcastle, you’ll learn from leading industry specialists and practitioners to develop your professional skills and networks as you transition into your career.Study the context of music and the creative and performing arts and their unique value to society at large. Our Bachelor of Music and Performing Arts degree prepares graduates to become performance artists, songwriters, composers, directors, producers, scenographers theatre experience makers and teachers, enabling them to take on diverse professional roles across the creative industries.


  • Students complete 240 units (typically 80 units per year for 3 years or equivalent), comprising of 80 units of Core Music and Performing Arts Courses
  • one 80 units Music and Performing Arts major and 80 units of Electives. Students can choose to ocomplete a second 80 units major in place of the 80 units of Electives.Music and Performing Arts Majors available: Performance Songwriting and Production Performing ArtsSchool of Creative Industries (SOCI) Majors available: Animation and Interaction Media Arts Production Creative ArtsStudents have the option of completing a single or a double major in this program. Students completing a double major can choose either a double major from the Music and Performing Arts Major options
  • or one Music and Performing Arts Major and one School of Creative Industries Major. Students have opportunities to showcase their work in a variety of venues and presentation styles. Final examinations can include a public recital or presentation.


  • Performance (instrumental/voice)
  • Song writing
  • Composition
  • Creative production
  • Music research and communication
  • Performing Arts

Standard entry requirements

  • Completed Year 12 or equivalent (No minimum ATAR requirement)
  • Written application
  • An audition and interview .

Study pathways

Credit may be available for previous study. Students wishing to become high school music teachers can apply for entry to the Master of Teaching following the Bachelor of Music degree. Honours is available as an additional year to meritorious students.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Newcastle City Precinct International: $112,922 Yes

Fee comments

Campuses: Newcastle City Precinct.

Fees are indicative and subject to variation. Overall program fee may vary based on course selection.

Further information

With some additional study, graduates can also undertake careers as arts administrators, public relations officers, librarians in music resources, business managers for orchestras or marketing and public relations staff in the theatre.

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