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Diploma of Music

A single one year undergraduate award offered by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
Admission requirements
  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
Admission requirements

Program Requirements

The Diploma of Music requires the completion of 48 units, which must consist of:

42 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

ANUC1101 Professional Communication
ANUC1104 Introduction to Social Psychology
ANUC1107 Logic and Critical Thinking
ANUC1111 Music Performance 1
ANUC1112 Music Performance 2
ANUC1113 Digital Culture: Being Human in the Information Age
ANUC1119 Music from 1900 to the Present: A Century of Crisis and Change

6 units from completion of a course from the following list:

ANUC1135 Music Theory & Aural Skills 1
ANUC1136 Music Theory & Aural Skills 2
ANUC1137 Music Theory & Aural Skills 3

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 ANUC1111 Music Performance 1 6 units ANUC1135 Music Theory & Aural Skills 1 6 units OR ANUC1137; ANUC1101 Professional Communication 6 units ANUC1113 Digital Culture: Being Human in the Information Age 6 units
ANUC1112 Music Performance 2 6 units ANUC1119 Music from 1900 to the Present: A Century of Crisis and Change 6 units ANUC1104 Analysing the Social World: An Introduction to Social Psychology 6 units ANUC1107 Logic and Critical Thinking 6 units

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Diploma of Music is based on meeting the ATAR 70 requirement or an equivalent rank derived from the following qualifications:

•    An Australian year 12 qualification or international equivalent; OR
•    An approved tertiary preparation course unless subsequent study is undertaken; OR
•    Relevant work experience may be considered in determining eligibility.
•    Students must have a pass in performance at Grade 5 level of the Australian Music Examinations Board or equivalent, or pass an audition held by the ANU School of Music.

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Students who meet the ATAR entry requirement for Bachelor level study are not eligible to enrol in the Diploma of Music

Adjustment Factors

Bonus points do not apply to this program.

Domestic students who have experienced significant difficulty accessing education leading to an ATAR (or an ATAR at 70 or above) may be eligible for alternative entry pathways and should contact ANU Admissions directly. For further details see

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

For more information see:

Annual indicative fee for international students

For further information on International Tuition Fees see:


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.

The ANU Diploma of Music is an exciting new pathway into the Bachelor of Music. This program is delivered by ANU College (CRICOS Code 01682E) a business of Study Group Australia, on behalf of ANU. Your transcript and testamur will be issued by the Australian National University.

Students successfully completing the Diploma will be admitted to the Bachelor of Music program.  Students successfully completing the Diploma with no more than one fail or incomplete grade and a GPA of 5.0 will receive 48 units of credit status when they progress into the Bachelor of Music. The transition from the Diploma to the Bachelor will allow students to complete their Bachelor of Music with a major in Performance, Music Technology or Musicology after only two additional years of study.

Enrolment in other programs and majors is permitted, however students may be required to complete additional requisite courses to meet program rules. Note that enrolment in the flexible double degree is not available. Note also that further performance courses are available only to students who enroll in the Bachelor of Music.

Students aspiring to study at ANU, and those the University seeks to reach, sometimes do not meet the minimum entry requirements. This may be due to restricted educational opportunity, geographic location, cultural or socio-economic expectations or restrictions, lack of choice, or personal factors such as individual or family circumstances that affect success. Other students may be very close to ANU entry requirements, but miss out on entry by a small margin. These students will benefit from a high support entry pathway to ANU.

The aim of the Diploma of Music is to provide an opportunity for high quality and aspiring students to access ANU and to succeed in degree programs on completion. If you aspire to join the Bachelor of Music but do not meet the ANU admission requirements, this program may provide you with an alternative pathway to your future at the ANU.

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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. Identify problems relevant to music and to the arts, identify theories and find secondary sources relevant to those problems, propose solutions based on theory and the evaluation of those sources, and communicate those solutions through a variety of media including music performance;
  2. Debate key issues relating to music and society;
  3. Prepare academic texts that demonstrate appropriate academic practice in attribution and referencing; and
  4. Evaluate and report on their own musical and academic output.

Further Information

Students will sit a placement test to determine which of the Music Theory and Aural Skills courses they will enrol in.
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