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Bachelor of Music and Performing Arts

The University of Newcastle

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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, songwriting, 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, 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.

Areas of study

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, songwriting and production, stagecraft, writing for performance.

You will have the option to specialise in one or two of the following majors: music performance, songwriting and production, performing arts. Additional major options are available alongside your music major; choose from animation and interaction, creative arts or media arts production.

Career opportunities

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.

Practical experience

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 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).

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.

Admission criteria

Applicants with recent secondary education

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: Music 2, Stage 6 Drama 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 2022 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 the last 2 years) who were selected solely or partly on their ATAR. Note that some institutions further differentiate this information on their websites.
  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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