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The Bachelor of Music and Performing Arts will prepare you for a career in the music and performing arts industries through practical and creative learning experiences in the performing arts, music, song writing, sound production and scenography.
In this degree you gain a solid grounding in theory, technology, industry and collaboration. You will develop your creative passion and technical skills in areas of focus such as performance, songwriting and production, and contemporary theatre performance practices.
Study music and the performing arts from specialists and industry practitioners. Bachelor of Music and Performing Arts graduates become performing artists, theatre makers, musicians, songwriters, composers, creative producers, teaching artists and take on diverse professional roles across the creative industries.
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 and Performing Arts component of this degree is delivered from the Newcastle City location. The majority of the Bachelor of Arts component of the program is delivered from our Newcastle (Callaghan) campus. Some majors and minors are available online.
For Music and Performing Arts: Depending on your chosen majors, acting for camera, creative and performing arts, directing, drama and theatre skills, entering and engaging in the music industry, music performance, music recording and production techniques, music research and communication, music sound and visual media, song writing and production, stagecraft, writing for performance.
For Arts: English and writing, film, French studies, German, global Indigenous studies, history, human geography and the environment, Japanese studies, linguistics, media and cultural studies, politics and international relations, psychology studies, sociology and anthropology. Minors are also available in ancient history, Chinese, education, gender and sexuality studies, information technology, studies of religion, violence studies, writing studies.
A&R manager, artist-in-residence, arts/music administrator, composer, creative consultant, DJ/EDM producer, drama teacher, education manager, event manager, 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, outreach coordinator, performing artist, scenographer, script writer, songwriter, sound designer, sound recordist, technical designer, theatre artist, theatre producer, theatre reviewer, voice actor, voice or vocal coach.
Graduates may also pursue careers in arts health, including music and drama therapy, applied performance in community settings, public relations and more.
Regular performance opportunities on campus and in external venues, plus elective work integrated learning opportunities, work experience and internships.
Available as an additional year (or part-time equivalent) to meritorious students, as a separate program in either music and performing arts or arts.
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).
Performing arts major applicants are required to submit a portfolio demonstrating your skills and experiences in the performing arts (eg examples of original creative arts performance, individual design projects such as lighting and stage designs or promotion and program material, original scripts, production photographs from shows you have been in or worked on).
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) 4985 4500.
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.
Assumed knowledge: Music 1, Stage 5 Drama or demonstrated musical experience or qualification equivalent to Music 1 or AMEB (Grade 6 to 8 pass).
Recommended studies: For Bachelor of Music and Performing Arts: Music 2, Stage 6 Drama or external music studies. For Bachelor of Arts: English Advanced.
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.
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.
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.
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.
View all details of this course on the UON website.
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 2022 may be different. If you are unsure about including a course among your preferences, contact the relevant institution.
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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.