single degree

Bachelor of Music

A single three year undergraduate degree offered by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

BMUS
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements

The ANU Bachelor of Music nurtures outstanding musical artistry through the intersection of performance, composition and technology. We believe that discovery lies at the heart of both creativity and excellence.  We foster artistry through offering a diversity of musical experiences in an environment that encourages excellence, passion and entrepreneurship.

Our program provides students with a unique 21st Century musical experience which includes classical, jazz and contemporary performance, multimedia composition and audio engineering and recording. 

Students can specialise in one or more of five majors: performance; composition for film and video games, composition, music technology; and musicology.
 

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Employment Opportunities

The Bachelor of Music provides a strong foundation for a career in music. Students graduate with a range of professional skills that are applicable to careers in performance, music education, music advocacy, academic research, music entrepreneurship, and digital media and technology. This is particularly advantageous given that musicians increasingly are required to exercise a wide range of skills including performer, teacher, cultural entrepreneur, arts manager, music technologists and scholar.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of a Bachelor of Music, graduates will be able to:

  1. Understand the practices, languages, forms, materials, technologies and techniques of a broad range of musics;
  2. Demonstrate deep knowledge of and proficiency in one or more areas of musical performance, composition arranging and sound design, musicology, or music technology by applying specialist cognitive and technical skills;
  3. Evaluate and interpret musical ideas and concepts by engaging with relevant research of others, and thinking creatively, critically, ethically, and independently to solve research questions through words and/or creative practice such as performance or composition;
  4. Communicate ideas, problems and arguments to do with music and the arts, through words and/or creative practice such as performance or composition, clearly and coherently in modes suited to a range of audiences; and
  5. Work independently and collaboratively in response to authentic music project demands.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements
Admission to all programs is on a competitive basis. Admission to undergraduate degrees is based on meeting the ATAR requirement or an equivalent rank derived from the following qualifications:

• An Australian year 12 qualification or international equivalent; OR
• A completed Associate Diploma, Associate Degree, AQF Diploma, Diploma, AQF Advanced Diploma, Graduate Certificate or international equivalent; OR
• At least one standard full-time year (1.0 FTE) in a single program of degree level study at an Australian higher education institution or international equivalent; OR
• An approved tertiary preparation course unless subsequent study is undertaken.

Click HERE for further information about domestic admission.


Students who successfully complete one of the below programs will be admitted to the Bachelor of Music:

EMUSI Diploma of Music (offered by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences)  
DP-BD23 Diploma of Music Industry (Sound Production) (CUA50815) (offered by the Canberra Institute of Technology)
DP-BD19 Diploma of Music Industry (Performance) (CUA50815) (offered by the Canberra Institute of Technology)

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ATAR:
80
QLD Band:
10
International Baccalaureate:
28

Prerequisites

Entry to Performance courses is by audition. Applicants undertaking an audition will be expected to have pre-existing musical knowledge such as a competency level equivalent to NSW Music 2 or Music Extension, or AMEB Grade 5 performance, or equivalent qualifications or experience. Applicants wishing to enrol in Performance courses are advised to contact the School to arrange for an audition as soon as possible. E: schoolofmusic@anu.edu.au

Adjustment Factors

ANU offers rank adjustments for a number of adjustment factors, including for high achievement in nationally strategic senior secondary subjects and for recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies. Rank adjustments are applied to Bachelor degree applicants with an ATAR at or above 70. Points are awarded in accordance with the approved schedules, and no more than 10 points (maximum 5 subject/performance-based adjustments, maximum 5 equity-based adjustments and maximum 5 Elite Athlete adjustments) will be awarded. Subject and performance-based adjustments do not apply to programs with a minimum selection rank of 98 or higher. Visit the ANU Adjustment Factors website for further information.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$35,904.00

Scholarships

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Music requires completion of 144 units, of which:

A maximum of 60 units can come from completion of 1000 level courses.

A minimum of 84 units must come from completion of courses from the subject area MUSI Music and courses from any majors listed in the Bachelor of Music.

 

The 144 units must consist of:

A minimum of 24 units from completion of courses on the following list:

MUSI1105 Music Theory & Aural Skills 1

MUSI1106 Music Theory & Aural Skills 2

MUSI2203 Music Theory & Aural Skills 3

MUSI2204 Music Theory & Aural Skills 4

MUSI3319 Music Theory & Aural Skills 5

MUSI3320 Music Theory & Aural Skills 6

 

A minimum of 6 units from completion of courses on the following list, which may be double counted towards one major or minor in which they are listed:

INDG2002 Contemporary Australian Indigenous Music Studies

MUSI1109 Music from 1900 to the Present: A Century of Crisis and Change

MUSI1113 Introduction to Ethnomusicology

MUSI2222 Music in the Long 19th Century: From Classicism to Modernism

MUSI2225 Australian Music Culture Studies

 

6 units from completion of the following compulsory course, which may be double counted towards one major or minor in which it is listed:

          MUSI1110 Introduction to Music Technology

          

48 units from completion of one of the following majors:

Composition for Film and Video Games

Composition

Music Technology

Musicology

Performance

 

A minimum of 48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

Majors

Elective Study

Once you have met the program requirements of your degree, you may have enough electives to complete an additional elective majorminor or specialisation.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units MUSI1101 Music Performance 1 6 units MUSI1110 Introduction to Music Technology 6 units MUSI1105 Music Theory & Aural Skills 1 6 units OR MUSI2203; Music Theory & Aural Skills 3 6 units Elective Course 6 units
MUSI1102 Music Performance 2 6 units Min 6 Units List Course 6 units MUSI1106 Music Theory & Aural Skills 2 6 units OR MUSI2204; Music Theory & Aural Skills 4 6 units Elective Course 6 units
Year 2 48 units MUSI2201 Music Performance 3 6 units MUSI Course 2000/3000 level Course 6 units MUSI2203 Music Theory & Aural Skills 3 6 units OR MUSI3319; Elective Course 6 units
MUSI2202 Music Performance 4 6 units MUSI Course 2000/3000 level Course 6 units MUSI2204 Music Theory & Aural Skills 4 6 units OR MUSI3320; Elective Course 6 units
Year 3 48 units MUSI3301 Music Performance 5 6 units MUSI course 2000/3000 level Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units
MUSI3302 Music Performance 6 6 units MUSI course 2000/3000 level Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units

Single degree

This following information is to be read in conjunction with the program rules that are outlined on the “Study” tab.   Please always make sure that you refer to the program rules for the year that you commenced your program.

Bachelor of Music consists of 144 units. Most courses are worth 6 units each, with 48 units (8 courses) per year being the standard full-time load.

For the Bachelor of Music, a minimum of 14 courses (84 units) must come from completion of courses from the subject area MUSI Music and courses from any majors listed in the Bachelor of Music.

You will need to complete:

  • A minimum of four courses from the Music Theory & Aural Skills list (24 units)
  • A minimum of one course from the designated list which may be double counted towards the major it is listed in (6 units)
  • One compulsory course which may be double counted towards the major it is listed in (6 units)
  • One Major from the designated list of majors (48 units)
  • A minimum of eight electives from across the ANU (48 units)

Please note that you are only permitted to count ten 1000-level courses (60 units) towards your program.

You are advised to complete a Program Plan for the Bachelor of Music. This will help you seek advice on your course choices, ensure you meet the program requirements and give you a plan that you can refer to for the duration of your program.

Double degree

This following information is to be read in conjunction with the program rules that are outlined on the “Study” tab.   Please always make sure that you refer to the program rules for the year that you commenced your program.

Bachelor of Music Double Degree program consists of 96 units. Most courses are worth 6 units each, with 48 units (8 courses) per year being the standard full-time load. During each semester you are likely to take two courses from your Bachelor of Music degree and another two courses from the other half of your double degree – making up a total of four courses per semester.

For the Bachelor of Music, a minimum of 14 courses (84 units) must come from completion of courses from the subject area MUSI Music and courses from any majors listed in the Bachelor of Music.

You will need to complete:

  • A minimum of four courses from the Music Theory & Aural Skills list (24 units)
  • A minimum of one course from the designated list which may be double counted towards the major it is listed in (6 units)
  • One compulsory course which may be double counted towards the major it is listed in (6 units)
  • One Major from the designated list of majors (48 units)
  • Two electives from across the ANU (12 units)

Please note that you are only permitted to count six 1000-level courses (36 units) towards your degree.

You are advised to complete a Program Plan for the Bachelor of Music. This will help you seek advice on your course choices, ensure you meet the program requirements and give you a plan that you can refer to for the duration of your program.

Enrolment Status

While it is possible for domestic students to enrol in fewer than four courses per semester, which is called studying part-time, it will take you longer to finish your program and get your degree. If you are an international student you must always be full-time.

First year students are not permitted to study more than four courses (24 units) per semester.

If you are beginning your program in Semester 1, you should enrol for all your courses for both Semester 1 and Semester 2 (8 courses for full time), so that you can plan your study year.




Important things to keep in mind when choosing your 1000-level courses

When you enrol for the first time you will study ‘1000-level’ courses. These courses have ‘1’ as the first number in their course code, such as ARTS1234. Whilst it is important to take 1000-level courses in your first year (so that you can meet the pre-requisites for later year courses) they also can be taken later in your program.

You can only count a maximum of ten 1000-level courses (60 units) towards your single degree or six 1000-level courses (36 units) towards your Bachelor of Music half of the double degree.

In your first year you need to enrol in:

  • BMUSI list courses
  • Music Theory and Aural Skills courses from the list at the appropriate level
  • The compulsory course:
    • MUSI1110 - Introduction to Music Technology
  • Elective courses for
  • 1000-level courses from the major

Electives

For students in the single degree, your electives (48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU) can be additional courses from your discipline (including the option of a major or minor) or courses from another ANU College.  If you have an interest in another discipline such as management, psychology or mathematics, then you should explore first year courses in these areas. In particular look at the majors and minors in these areas.  These will give you an idea of the first year courses you can study.

If you are interested in undertaking a language and have prior knowledge/experience with that language you may need to undertake a placement test – you should check with the relevant language area for further details.




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