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Bachelor of Music

The University of Newcastle

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Explore your full potential and fast track your music career through a music degree at the University of Newcastle. The Bachelor of Music will prepare you for a career in the music industry through practical and creative learning experiences in music, performance, songwriting and sound production. 

In this degree you gain a solid grounding in music theory, technology, industry and collaboration as well as choosing to develop your creative passion and technical skills in areas of focus such as performance, songwriting and production. Study music and its contexts from music specialists and industry practitioners. Bachelor of Music graduates become performing artists, songwriters, composers, producers, teachers and take on diverse professional roles across the creative industries.

Areas of study

Depending on your chosen major/s, you’ll study entering and engaging in the music industry, music recording and production techniques, music research and communication, music sound and visual media, music teaching and pedagogy, performance (instrumental/voice), songwriting and production.

You will have the option to specialise in one or two of the following majors: Music Performance, Songwriting and Production. Additional major options are available alongside your music major; choose from Animation and Interaction, Creative Arts, Media Arts Production or News Media.

Career opportunities

Artists and repertoire administrator/representative, composer/arranger, DJ, film/game music composer, music producer/engineer, musical theatre artist, musicologist, performing artist, private music studio teacher, session musician, songwriter, sound recordist, voice or vocal coach.

Practical experience

The University of Newcastle music degree fosters musical collaboration between performers, songwriters and producers. It also encourages engagement in live music performance and studio production through creative project-based assessment. You will have the opportunities to showcase your work in a variety of venues and presentation styles, as well as collaborate on projects with peers across performance, songwriting, composition and creative production.


Available as an additional year (or part-time eqv) to students based on merit.

Fees and charges

Refer to University of Newcastle current fee information.

Essential requirements for admission

Audition/portfolio and interview: As well as submitting a UAC application and meeting the University's minimum academic entry requirement, applicants are required to apply directly to the University for an audition and interview.

2021 Year 12 applicants should complete their audition before 31 October 2021 to be considered for an offer under the Schools Recommendation Scheme.

If you cannot attend in person, auditions and interviews can be arranged via video. Depending on your choice of music major you can perform and/or present a songwriting and production portfolio (eg audio recordings, remixes, songs, lyrics, scores) demonstrating your interest and experience in the music major you have chosen. You should also provide an up-to-date curriculum vitae listing any musical achievements and any industry experiences, including paid/unpaid activities and work experience.

The Performance Major audition requires applicants to perform two pieces of music, providing their own accompaniment or audio backing where necessary. Applicants may also audition as part of a band or ensemble in any style or genre.

Songwriting and Production Major applicants are required to submit a portfolio of creative works (eg audio recordings, remixes, songs, lyrics, scores).

All auditions involve an interview (in person or via video) where you are able to discuss your musical and academic achievements and present your aspirations for the future. During the interview, you will be formally assessed on your verbal communication skills.

Refer to details of the audition application process and admission criteria or call (02) 4921 8900.

Applicants must undertake all components of the audition process and meet the University minimum academic entry requirement in order to be considered for an offer. If you do not undertake the audition/interview, you will not be eligible for an offer.

Admission criteria

Applicants with recent secondary education

Assumed knowledge: Music 1 or demonstrated musical experience or qualification equivalent to Music 1 or AMEB (Grade 6 to 8 pass).

Recommended studies: Music 2 or external music studies.

Applicants with higher education study

If you completed higher education or partial higher education studies your grade point average can be converted to a selection rank to be used for admission purposes.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

If you studied vocational education and training, the type of qualification, whether or not you completed it, and if it was graded or competency-based, will all be taken into consideration to assess your eligibility for admission.

Applicants with work and life experience

If you haven't completed any formal secondary, VET or higher education studies we offer a range of options to get you on the pathway to your dream degree.

Explore University of Newcastle entry options.

Advanced standing

If you have already successfully undertaken relevant study at another higher education institution or from the TAFE/VET sector, you may be granted credit on enrolment in a program. This is in addition to using that study to help determine your rank and eligibility to enter a program at the University of Newcastle.

Further information

View all details of this course on the UON website.

ATAR profile

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2021)

Use all ATAR profile data as a guide only; it provides a broad overview of the ATARs and selection ranks of previous Year 12 students admitted into that course. ATARs and selection ranks required for entry in 2020 may be different. If you are unsure about including a course among your preferences, contact the relevant institution.

  1. This ATAR profile table is in line with Commonwealth Government transparency requirements. It is based on offers to recent school leavers (ie completed Year 12 in 2016 to 2018) who were selected solely or partly on their ATAR. Note that some institutions further differentiate this information on their websites by publishing:
    • separate data for 2018 Year 12 students and 2016/17 Year 12 students
    • data relating to an entire year's intake (eg all offers made in 2019 – semesters 1 and 2).
  2. The ATAR values exclude any adjustment factors.
  3. The selection ranks include the ATAR and any adjustment factors.


– = data is not available.
<5 = less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.
N/A = no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.
NC = new course
NP = Not provided by institution
NR = No reportable profile
NS = No Semester 1 offers
NN = Unavailable (other)
NO = Entry on other criteria

Student profile

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