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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
  • Academic plan BMUSI
  • Post Nominal
  • CRICOS code 073990G
  • UAC code
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Music
  • Academic contact
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
  • Academic plan BMUSI
  • Post Nominal
  • CRICOS code 073990G
  • UAC code
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Music
  • Academic contact

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:

12 units from completion of courses on the following compulsory courses:

MUSI1501 Aural Skills and Music Theory 1

MUSI1502 Aural Skills and Music Theory 2

 

12 units from completion of courses on the following list:

MUSI2503 Aural Skills and Music Theory 3

MUSI2504 Aural Skills and Music Theory 4

MUSI2507 Advanced Jazz Studies 1

MUSI2508 Advanced Jazz Studies 2

 

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

 

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

MUSI1110 Introduction to Music Technology

MUSI2211 Writing about Music 1: Styles and Theories

 

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

Minors

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 MUSI1105 Music Theory & Aural Skills 1 6 units MUSI1110 Introduction to Music Technology 6 units Elective Course 6 units
MUSI1102 Music Performance 2 6 units MUSI1106 Music Theory & Aural Skills 2 6 units Min 6 Units List Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units
Year 2 48 units MUSI2201 Music Performance 3 6 units MUSI2203 Music Theory & Aural Skills 3 6 units MUSI Course 2000/3000 level Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units
MUSI2202 Music Performance 4 6 units MUSI2204 Music Theory & Aural Skills 4 6 units MUSI Course 2000/3000 level Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units
Year 3 48 units MUSI3301 Music Performance 5 6 units MUSI3319 Music Theory & Aural Skills 5 6 units OR MUSI3322; Elective Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units
MUSI3302 Music Performance 6 6 units MUSI3320 Music Theory & Aural Skills 6 6 units OR MUSI3323; Elective Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units

Admission Requirements

At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not guarantee entry into the program.

In line with the university's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors.

The University reserves the right to alter or discontinue its programs and change admission requirements as needed.

 

Domestic applicants

Before applying for a program, you should review the general information about domestic undergraduate admission to ANU programs and how to apply, and the program-specific information below.

  • Applicants with recent secondary education are assessed on:
    • completion of Australian Year 12 or equivalent, and the minimum Selection Rank (from their academic qualifications, plus any adjustment factors) requirement for this program; and
    • co-curricular or service requirement (applies to applicants who complete secondary education in the year prior to commencing at ANU); and
    • English language proficiency; and
    • any program-specific requirements listed below.
  • Applicants with higher education study are assessed on:
    • previous higher education studies; or secondary education results if completed less than one full-time equivalent year (1.0 FTE) of a degree; or the result from a bridging or preparatory course; and
    • English language proficiency; and
    • any program-specific requirements listed below.
  • Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are assessed on:
    • previously completed VET qualifications at AQF level 5 or higher (i.e. a Diploma or above); or secondary education results if the VET qualification is not completed; and
    • English language proficiency; and
    • any program-specific requirements listed below.
  • Applicants with work and life experience are assessed on:

 

International applicants

Applicants who complete a recognised secondary/senior secondary/post-secondary/tertiary sequence of study will be assessed on the basis of an equivalent selection rank that is calculated upon application. A list of commonly observed international qualifications and corresponding admission requirements can be found here. Applicants must also meet any program specific requirements that are listed below.

Diversity factors & English language proficiency 

As Australia's national university, ANU is global representative of Australian research and education. ANU endeavours to recruit and maintain a diverse and deliberate student cohort representative not only of Australia, but the world. In order to achieve these outcomes, competitive ranking of applicants may be adjusted to ensure access to ANU is a reality for brilliant students from countries across the globe. If required, competitive ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency.

Further information is available for English Language Requirements for Admission 

 

Additional requirement

Entry to Performance courses is by audition. 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

 

Pathways

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) - disestablished in 2020

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)

ATAR:
80
International Baccalaureate:
29

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 equivalent qualifications or experience. 

Adjustment Factors

Adjustment factors are additional points added to an applicant's Selection Rank (for example an applicant's ATAR). ANU offers adjustment factors based on performance and equity principles, such as for high achievement in nationally strategic senior secondary subjects and for recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies. 

Selection Rank adjustments are granted in accordance with the approved schedules, and no more than 15 (maximum 5 subject/performance-based adjustment factors and maximum 10 equity-based adjustment factors) can be awarded. 

You may be considered for adjustment factors if you have:

  • applied for an eligible ANU Bachelor degree program
  • undertaken Australian Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate
  • achieved an ATAR or equivalent at or above 70
  • not previously attempted tertiary study.

Please 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
$39,793.00

For further information on International Tuition Fees see: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments/international-tuition-fees

Fee Information

All students are required to pay the Services and amenities fee (SA Fee)

The annual indicative fee provides an estimate of the program tuition fees for international students and domestic students (where applicable). The annual indicative fee for a program is based on the standard full-time enrolment load of 48 units per year (unless the program duration is less than 48 units). Fees for courses vary by discipline meaning that the fees for a program can vary depending on the courses selected. Course fees are reviewed on an annual basis and typically will increase from year to year. The tuition fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and the courses selected and are subject to increase during the period of study.

For further information on Fees and Payment please see: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments

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.

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

ANU ranks among the world's very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world.

We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life.

Learning Outcomes

  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.

Inherent Requirements

Information on inherent requirement is currently not available for this program.

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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