Bachelor of Music

University of Newcastle

Undergraduate course details table
Campus Course code Fee type Pattern of
Course start date
Newcastle City Precinct 483450 CSP 3F/EqP 29 Jul 2019
24 Feb 2020


This degree is designed for performers, composers, songwriters, producers and more – including those who just have a love of music but aren’t sure of how to turn that into a career. The degree will explore your full potential and fast-track your career through hands-on study at the renowned Conservatorium of Music located in the heart of the Newcastle CBD. Learn in dedicated creative spaces and develop your skills using cutting-edge technologies. You could find yourself collaborating with national and international artists at the celebrated Harold Lobb Concert Hall, or designing, recording and producing music alongside our industry and community-based partners.

Areas of study: Composition, creative production, music in the creative industries, music research and communication, performance (instrument, voice), songwriting.

Career opportunities: Professional musician, composer, producer, professional in a wide range of music-related fields.

Practical experience: Regular performances at the Conservatorium, as well as popular venues. We also have many active music ensembles and a wide variety of community and professional performance experiences.

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

Fees and charges: Visit the University of Newcastle website for 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. Depending on your specialisation you will either perform on an instrument or present a portfolio of material (such as audio recordings, musical scores, music research) demonstrating your interest and experience in the areas you have chosen.

In the audition application process, you will be formally assessed on your written communication skills and undertake an online music theory test. You should also provide an up-to-date curriculum vitae listing any musical academic achievements and any industry experiences, including paid/unpaid activities and work experience.

The audition (for performance applicants) requires applicants to perform two pieces of music in contrasting styles or genres, 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.

Composers/songwriters and creative production students are required to submit a portfolio of two compositions/songs or sound works displaying contrasting forms or diversity. Creative production applicants should bring recorded examples of their work (eg recordings, soundscapes).

All auditions involve an interview 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.

Online theory test: The online theory test includes basic music theory, rhythmic and pitch perception. Sample tests are available on the website and candidates can make several attempts.

Details of the audition application process, the online theory test and admission criteria can be found at the University of Newcastle website 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).

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: visit the University of Newcastle website.

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: visit the University of Newcastle website.

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: visit the University of Newcastle website.

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. Visit the University of Newcastle website.

Student profile

Visit the University of Newcastle website.

Further information

Visit the University of Newcastle website.

How to apply

Read about how to apply through UAC.

Check UAC application and offer round dates.

Course updates
Courses are added and cancelled throughout the admissions year and course details are subject to change. Check the course search on the UAC website or the My UAC app regularly throughout the 2019–20 admissions period.

Review of programs
The academic content of all programs is subject to routine review. For up-to-date details, visit the University of Newcastle website.

Applicants should note that under the revised Australian Qualifications Framework some programs with honours are four-year programs available with direct entry. Other programs are three-year bachelor degree programs. Meritorious students have the option to apply for an additional one-year end-on honours component after graduation. Check the course descriptions carefully.

ATAR profile table

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2018)
ATAR profile data table
Course code Lowest ATAR (LA) Median ATAR (MA) Highest ATAR (HA) Lowest selection rank (LSR) Median selection rank (MSR) Highest selection rank (HSR)
483450 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A


  1. 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 2019 may be different. If you are unsure about including a course among your preferences, contact the relevant institution.
  2. 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 2015 to 2017) 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 2017 Year 12 students and 2015/16 Year 12 students
    • data relating to an entire year's intake (eg all offers made in 2017 – semesters 1 and 2).
  3. The ATAR values exclude any adjustment factors.
  4. 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.

LA - Lowest ATAR
MA - Median ATAR
HA - Highest ATAR
LSR - Lowest selection rank
LSR - Median selection rank
LSR - Highest selection rank