University of Newcastle

Bachelor of Music and Performing Arts / Bachelor of Arts

University of Newcastle

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

This combined program provides students with an opportunity to undertake concurrent study and complete two awards in four years of full-time study (or equivalent). The Music and Performing Arts program is for those with the interest in, and ability for, a career as a professional musician, performance artist or in a music/performing arts-related field. During the program students undertake a required sequence of practical and academic courses. The Arts program enables you to study what you are passionate about in life, and to gather skills that will prepare for the work place and a wide variety of careers. You have the flexibility to choose from a broad range of majors and minors, taught face to face, online, and on different campuses. You can tailor your program to match your specific interests, including pursuing themes and disciplines, gaining work experience, engaging with industry, and completing research projects.


  • The Bachelor of Music and Performing Arts / Bachelor of Arts combined program is a 320 unit program (usually 80 units per year over 4 years)
  • comprising of 80 units of Core Music and Performing Arts Courses, 30 units of Core Arts courses, one 80 units Music and Performing Arts major, one 80 units Arts major and one of the following options: one 40 unit Arts minor and 10 units of Electives
  • OR 50 units of Electives. Students have opportunities to showcase their work in a variety of venues and presentation styles. Final examinations can include a public recital or presentation.


  • Music includes: Performance (voice/instrumental)
  • Song writing
  • Composition
  • Creative production
  • Music research and communication
  • Performing Arts. Arts Majors include:- Global Indigenous Studies
  • Performing Arts
  • English and Writing
  • Film, Media and Cultural Studies
  • French Studies
  • German
  • History
  • Human Geography and the Environment
  • Japanese Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Psychology Studies
  • Sociology and Anthropology. Arts Minors are available in:- Ancient History
  • Chinese, Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Information Technology
  • Studies of Religion
  • Violence Studies
  • Writing Studies.

Standard entry requirements

  • Year 12 or equivalent
  • Music (AMEB 6-8) or minimum HSC Music 1 or Drama or equivalent
  • An audition and interview

Study pathways

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

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Callaghan International: $144,798
  • ATAR: 62
Newcastle City Precinct International: $144,798
  • ATAR: 62

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