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Bachelor of Music

USC’s Bachelor of Music is your ticket to a sustainable career in the modern music industry. Taught by award-winning industry professionals and recording artists, this degree builds your creative, technical, performance and entrepreneurial skills to prepare you for a dynamic future.

In this program you will:

  • Hone your songwriting and performance craft under the guidance of leading industry practitioners, including ARIA award-winning artists
  • Develop your music production and sound design skills by managing recording sessions in USC’s custom-built recording and editing studios
  • Learn about all aspects of the modern music economy, including music management, intellectual property management, public relations, agency operations and more

Location

CRICOS code

106002F

Duration

3 years 3 years Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.
Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.

Indicative fees

Indicative 2022 fees ($AUD)

A$11,320 CSP
CSP
A$24,400 / A$73,200 Annual fee / Estimated total fee
Annual fee / Estimated total fee

QTAC code

011401

Start

  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2

Start
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
Delivery mode
  • Blended Learning
Total courses
24
Total units
288
Duration
3 years 3 years
CRICOS code
106002F
UniSC program code
AR318
Program structure
Introductory courses (7) 84 units

BUS105 Marketing Essentials
CMN101 Introduction to Creative Entrepreneurship
CMN107 Communication for the Creative Professional
MUS100 Intro to Songwriting and Production
MUS101 Intro to Songwriting and Performance
MUS102 Performance 1
MUS103 Production 1

Developing courses (9) 108 units

BCI200 The Business of Creativity
BCI201 Critical Theory and Creative Practice
CMN204 Social Media: Content Curation and Creation
DES205 The Photography Professional
MUS200 Performance 2
MUS201 Music and Pop Culture
MUS202 Music and Sound for Screen
MUS203 Songwriting 2
SCS290 Understanding Cultural Diversity

Graduate courses (5) 60 units

BCI302 Work Integrated Learning Project
MUS300 Music Video on Location
MUS301 Performance 3
MUS303 Production 3
TSM315 Running Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (M.I.C.E) industry events

Elective courses (3) 36 units

Select a total of 36 units from the undergraduate elective course options.

Study sequences

This study sequence reflects the current program structure. Continuing students must follow their commencing structure, which can be found in the previous student handbooks.

Student profile

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Entry requirements

For entry into most USC undergraduate degree programs, you need to have completed a minimum level of education similar to successful completion of Australian Year 12 with good grades.

Further studies, for example, a semester or more at college or university, can also be considered for entry and may give you credit transfer towards a degree.

Some examples of upper secondary qualifications and a guide to the minimum grades that USC will consider are listed here. These are minimum requirements and do not guarantee entry. Some programs may require higher grades. Alternative qualifications may also be considered on a case by case basis.

If your qualification (grouped by country) is not listed, send the qualification transcripts with your application form to the International Office for assessment.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you also need to meet the minimum English language requirements for your chosen program. If you do not meet the minimum requirements, you may like to enrol in one of our English Language Programs.

Additional entry information

Students will be required to submit a digital portfolio of work for entry into the Bachelor of Music. This portfolio will include 3 creative works of either original or covered music. The digital submission can contain video, audio, or written work.

Recommended prior study
It is recommended students have a basic musical knowledge to a level of a Year 12 music program.
Program requirements
Program requirements

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 288 units as outlined in the Program Structure
  • Complete no more than 10 introductory level (100 coded) courses
Program notes
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses) and following the recommended study sequence.
  • The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified.
  • It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates.
  • Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods which may include essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations.
  • As part of your USC program, you may apply to Study Overseas to undertake courses with an overseas higher education provider.
  • Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa.
  • Refer to the Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses.

Career opportunities

  • Composer
  • Music entrepreneur
  • Music events/promotion officer
  • Music producer
  • Music publisher
  • Performer
  • Record label operator
  • Recording artist
  • Songwriter
  • Sound designer
  • Studio/sound engineer
  • Touring manager

CSP estimate
A$11,320
Annual tuition fee ($AUD, 2022)
A$24,400
Estimated total tuition fee ($AUD, 2022)
A$73,200

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth supported places are substantially subsidised by the Australian Government so that students only pay 'student contribution" amounts. The student contribution amount will vary depending on the course you are studying and how much funding the Government provides.

If you accept a Commonwealth supported place you are a Commonwealth supported student. As a Commonwealth supported student you must make a contribution towards the cost of your education (unless you are enrolled in Enabling or Tertiary Preparation Pathway courses) with the majority of the cost met by the Commonwealth Government.

Commonwealth supported places are only available to domestic students. As a domestic student you are entitled to a Commonwealth supported place in an eligible program if you:

  • meet the citizenship and residency requirements
  • complete an electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCAF)
  • meet the University's entry requirements for your chosen program.

Fee-paying places

A fee-paying place is not covered by any government subsidy, and you are required to pay the full cost of the courses you are studying.

If you accept a fee-paying place, you can defer the cost of your studies via a FEE-HELP loan. Eligibility for a FEE-HELP loan is the same as for a Commonwealth-supported place. You must:

  • meet the citizenship and residency requirements
  • complete an electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCAF)
  • meet the University's entry requirements for your chosen program.

International fee-paying places

Estimated total tuition fees are based on 2022 rates and the minimum number of courses required within the programs standard duration.

Annual tuition fees are based on 2022 rates and the equivalent full-time student load as per the recommended study sequence in the relevant program.

Actual fees payable are based on the actual enrolment load in a teaching period (excluding Study Abroad and Postgraduate Qualifying Pathway).

All prices quoted are in Australian Dollars (A$).

Domestic applicants apply for admission through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC). Some applicants may be eligible to apply direct to USC if they meet certain criteria.

Find out about how to apply and key application closing dates.

No matter what kind of future you’re looking for, you can find it at USC. Our programs offer the choice and flexibility you need to get started on any career goal.

Visit How to apply for simple steps to submit your international student application and start your USC experience today.

Need help with submitting your application?

USC has appointed representatives to assist you with submitting your application and provide information about the steps you need to complete to begin your studies. You can contact a USC Representative in your area.

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QTAC code

Location QTAC code
Sunshine Coast 011401
Hands-on experience with a major industry project
Learn from award-winning artists, designers and researchers on staff
State of the art Creative Industries precinct
New Music student Ella Mathison
Ella Mathison Student

Student story

While songwriting is my passion and will most likely be my favourite class in this degree, I am incredibly excited for the business and marketing courses, which I’m hoping will set me up with the skills necessary to build my own brand.”