Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00124K

This program equips students with the artistic knowledge, musicianship, technical fluency, creativity, critical listening and analytical skills for the music, creative arts and music education industries. The focus of the course is on popular and contemporary music with an international perspective. Students study 14 Professional Core music units across the areas of practical performance, music theory, listening skills, arranging, music technology and music history. Students also undertake four foundation academic units, and in their final year undertake a year-long graduating project of their choice, taken as two consecutive units. In addition, students may undertake their choice of a breadth minor sequence in popular music studies, music cognition + psychology, visual art, digital media, or creative writing. The course will qualify students for a range of potential career options beyond that of professional performers. Students are able to apply their studies in preparation for a career in music through a range of Learning in the Workplace and Community assessments and projects. Popular western music, jazz, electronic music, and non-western 'world' music are explored through practice, theory, cultural analysis and critical listening. Cutting-edge music technology underpins units that explore songwriting and arranging techniques. Music cognition is a rapidly emerging field of study that will be explored in the context of developing students' listening skills and musicianship.


288 credit points consisting of 240 credit points of core studies including 2 units of Capstone studies and 4 units of Minor studies.


  • Music practical
  • Music techniques
  • Music theory
  • Popular music history
  • Technology of music and audio

Standard entry requirements

Successful completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL.

Study pathways

VET applicants will be considered and pathways are available from a range of VET courses.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Footscray Park International: $75,000 Yes
  • Full-time : 3 years
  • Part-time : 6 years

Further information

Upon completion of this course, there are opportunities to continue further study for a career in secondary music teaching by undertaking a Masters of Teaching. There are also opportunities to undertake further study in Honours and postgraduate study. Students interested in preparing for further study in Music Therapy will be assisted with meeting eligibility requirements.

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