Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Arts

University of Newcastle

Undergraduate course details table
Campus Course code Fee type Pattern of
Course start date
Newcastle City Precinct 483500 CSP 4F/EqP 20 Jul 2020
22 Feb 2021


The Bachelor of Music degree will prepare you for a career in the music industry, where you will have the opportunity to develop your skills through practical and creative learning experiences in music performance, songwriting and sound production. If you’ve been performing or creating music then studying a music degree at the University of Newcastle is an excellent way to develop your professional skills and progress your pathway into the industry.

When you combine this degree with a Bachelor of Arts, you’ll develop critical thinking and communication skills with the flexibility to choose from a broad range of Arts majors and minors, to match your specific interests. Tailor the program to suit your needs, and graduate with broad practical and theoretical knowledge in the areas you’re most passionate.

The Bachelor of Music component of this degree is delivered from the Newcastle City location. The Bachelor of Arts component of the program is delivered from our Newcastle (Callaghan) campus.

Areas of study: For the full list of study areas refer to 483450 Bachelor of Music and 482010 Bachelor of Arts.

Career opportunities: Artists and repertoire manager, arts/music administrator, composer, DJ, EDM producer, film music composer, freelance or recording session musician, games music designer, music journalist, music producer arranger, music publisher, music researcher, music teacher, musical theatre artist, musicologist, orchestra or band member, performing artist, songwriter, sound designer, sound recordist, voice or vocal coach. Graduates may also pursue careers in music/arts health, including music therapy, public relations and more.

Practical experience: Regular performance opportunities to showcase your work in a variety of venues throughout the Newcastle CBD, including the University Conservatorium. Explore presentation styles, as well as collaboration on projects with peers across performance, songwriting, composition and creative production. Work integrated learning opportunities, work experience or internships are available via electives in the Scoll of Creative Industries.

Honours: Available as an additional year (or part-time equivalent) to meritorious students, as a separate program in either music or arts.

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.

2020 Year 12 applicants should complete their audition before 2 November 2020 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.

Details of the audition application process 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

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Further information

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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 regularly.

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, 2019)
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)
483500 54.20 67.43 90.35 61.20 73.38 95.50


  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 2020 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 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 2018 – 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