Australian Institute of Music

Australian Institute of Music

The Australian Institute of Music (AIM) is Australia's only private music school totally dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in music. We're not an arts college or a design school: music rules our world. We've been teaching – and playing – for over 50 years, and in that time we've helped thousands of students to follow their musical ambitions through our giant campuses in the heart of Melbourne and Sydney.

We've created star performers, hit songwriters and record label executives, and propelled countless students into successful, long-running musical and music business careers. And most importantly, nurtured talented people just like you, helping them to take their craft and their passion to the highest level.

We're uncompromisingly creative, contemporary and progressive in our outlook. This means we can give you an outstanding choice of musical and arts and entertainment management degrees of the highest academic quality – with both bachelor degrees and masters programs. We also offer a welcoming, inspiring environment in which you can find your place in the musical world, collaborate with like-minded people, and really thrive.

Our AIM Sydney campus is centrally located in the CBD, one block from Central Station. After undergoing a multi million dollar renovation in 2019, the campus features music production studios, ensemble rehearsal rooms, individual private lesson studios and world class performance venues.

We're the most passionate music lovers you've ever likely to meet, and we're inspired every day by the chance to pass on that passion to people just like you – that's why we put music first in everything we do.

So if you're the kind of person who can't imagine a life without music; who always hung around the music room after school; who stays up late to practice or unlock a complex new chord structure; who's always in the front row at gigs; who worships players and performers; or who's endlessly fascinated with the magic and mystery of how music is created, manipulated, recorded and performed – we're the music school for you.

How to apply

Application for admission should be made directly to AIM. Visit the AIM website for more information about AIM’s application process.

Student profile

Refer to Course Specific Admission Information on the AIM website.

Admission criteria

Applicants with recent secondary education
Australian Year 12 students (and applicants under 21 years)

Applicants under 21 years of age must provide evidence of at least one of the following:

  • satisfactory completion of the HSC (Higher School Certificate) including a minimum of English Standard in the last two years. Note that any result below a Band 3 in English Standard may require further assessment.
  • satisfactory completion of the IB (International Baccalaureate) diploma qualification in the past 2 years
  • satisfactory completion of an AQF VET qualification (Certificate IV and above, or equivalent as assessed by DET)
  • satisfactory completion of at least six months full-time tertiary study (AQF level 5 or higher).
Applicants with work and life experience

Applicants who are over the age of 21 at the time of application are entitled to mature age consideration.

Mature age applicants may obtain entry by meeting the undergraduate requirements for applicants under the age of 21 or by performing to a satisfactory level in an audition and/or digital portfolio and/or interview.

For applicants who do not meet the above criteria, admission may be granted by the Director of Academic Affairs or nominee based on a documented assessment of the applicant's overall ability to undertake the program of study and to achieve the course learning outcomes.

For more information, contact the Australian Institute of Music.

Bachelor of Music – Audition | Digital Portfolio | Interview Requirements

Applicants for the Bachelor of Music (all streams) are required to provide a portfolio of two musical items submitted using one or two of the following formats (at least one format should be appropriate to the specialisation for which you are applying):

  • live audition
  • recorded visual or audio performance
  • recorded original composition
  • PDF score of an original composition or arrangement
  • handwritten score of an original composition or arrangement
  • audio mix of a musical work.

You may also be asked to attend a short interview.

Bachelor of Entertainment Management – Digital Portfolio | Interview Requirements

Applicants for the Bachelor of Entertainment Management are required to provide a digital portfolio of your business and/or entertainment and/or music and/or any other relevant experience that will support your application.

You may also be asked to attend a short interview.

Applicants for the Bachelor of Entertainment Management who are under the age of 21 and have already achieved the Guaranteed ATAR / Clearly-In ATAR (65.00 or higher) may choose to submit a digital portfolio (mentioned above) to accompany their ATAR certificate, however this is not required.

Early applications

Intakes occur each year in February, May and September.

Applications can be submitted up to 12 months prior to your chosen start date, which means that you can complete the application process at a time that works for you.

Current Year 12 students can submit their application and potentially receive a conditional offer to study with AIM before their Year 12 exams. Conditional offers require the student to provide evidence of successful completion of HSC Year 12 (or equivalent) as stated in the admission criteria upon receiving their results at the end of the year.

English language proficiency

Domestic students under 21 years must satisfy minimum English requirements as stated in the admission criteria.

International students (all ages) must demonstrate their English language proficiency by achieving an overall IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent), with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual category (or equivalent). Students who have successfully completed study within countries listed in AIM's Admissions Policy may be exempt from this requirement. Contact AIM to discuss your personal circumstances further.

For more information about English language requirements refer to AIM's Policies and Procedures.

Special consideration

Special consideration may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Contact AIM directly to discuss your individual circumstances.

Enrolment

Acceptance of offer

Applicants who meet the entry requirements will receive a Letter of Offer detailing acceptance and enrolment information.

Deferment

Students are able to defer their offer to study at AIM for up to 12 months from the date of their audition / digital portfolio submission / interview. Chat to our Student Recruitment team for further information about your specific circumstances.

Fees and charges

Students have the choice of three payment options, billed each study period during their course:

  • payment of all of the tuition fees using the Government's FEE-HELP Loan Scheme (see FEE-HELP overview and eligibility information below)
  • payment of part of the tuition fees through FEE-HELP, with the remainder of the tuition fees paid upfront
  • payment of all of the tuition fees upfront.

Australian Institute of Music fees

Financial assistance

FEE-HELP

All Australian citizens studying at AIM are eligible to access the Government's loan scheme FEE-HELP via StudyAssist. Similar to HECS-HELP, FEE-HELP is a Commonwealth loan given to eligible fee-paying students to help pay for part or all of their tuition fees.

New Zealand Special Category Visa (SCV) holders and Permanent Humanitarian Visa holders who meet residency requirements may also be eligible for FEE-HELP.

For more FEE-HELP information, visit the Study Assist website.

Centrelink

AIM is recognised as a Higher Education Provider (HEP) by the Australian Commonwealth Government. As such, Australian citizens studying our undergraduate programs at a full-time study load may be eligible for financial assistance through Centrelink.

To discuss your personal circumstances and eligibility, contact Centrelink.

Scholarships

As part of the Australian Institute of Music's 50th anniversary, the Institute will be offering a number of exciting new scholarships available to new students and alumni.

Our Scholarship Program encompasses a range of awards available to both domestic and international students at an undergraduate and postgraduate level, with the intention of celebrating the talent, diversity, and leadership within AIM's communities and supporting access to AIM's courses. To be eligible for selection, you must have been offered a place at AIM.

AIM Scholarship Program

Student and campus services

Student support services

Our Student Life Advisors are always available to support you – whether you need help with academic matters, something personal or you’re feeling overwhelmed for any reason.

We also host regular workshops, presentations and support programs, such as:

  • Academic Support Sessions for individuals and groups
  • Digital Support Sessions, including Logic, Musescore and Sibelius
  • Library Support Sessions, including research, referencing and citations
  • Life Skills & Wellbeing Workshops for personal development and life/work/study success
  • English Language Support Sessions for international students
  • Equal Opportunity Access Programs (EOAP), including reasonable adjustments
  • One-on-one mentoring and counselling referrals through AIM's partnership with the Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP).

Find out more about support services available to AIM students.

Campus life

Our centrally-located campuses in both Sydney and Melbourne include cutting-edge recording studios and music production suites stocked with recording and production software, mixing decks, microphones and more. Our range of equipment encompasses both digital and analogue consoles, suitable for band recording and mixing. Audio workstations are complemented by a comprehensive set of studio microphones – Shure, AKG, Rode, Audio Technica amongst others. Recording capacity includes full instrument set-up and includes Yamaha grand pianos.

AIM students have uncapped access to our rehearsal rooms and production suites, and can even bring external artists on-campus.

Each campus features:

  • main headline concert auditorium and performance venues
  • music ensemble rooms equipped with keyboards, pianos, guitar and bass amps, drum kits and mixing decks – with all backlines supported
  • private rehearsal rooms for one-on-one instrumental practice equipped with upright or grand pianos
  • teaching rooms with grand pianos, full drum kits, amplifiers and other equipment
  • private and group production suites equipped with the latest digital audio workstation software including Logic Pro X, Ableton Live and Pro Tools
  • lecture rooms and dance studios
  • student library with digital research capabilities, plus music and recording equipment for loan.

Access more information about AIM campuses.

Courses available

Undergraduate

Location

Sydney
1 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010

Melbourne
120 King Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

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