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
  • 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 MUSI1501 Aural Skills and Music Theory 1 6 units MUSI1110 Introduction to Music Technology 6 units Major Course Elective Course 6 units
MUSI1502 Aural Skills and Music Theory 2 6 units MUSI1109 Music from 1900 to the Present: A Century of Crisis and Change 6 units Major Course Elective Course 6 units
Year 2 48 units MUSI2503 Aural Skills and Music Theory 3 6 units Major Course MUSI2211 Writing about Music 1: Styles and Theories 6 units Elective Course 6 units
MUSI2504 Aural Skills and Music Theory 4 6 units Major Course Elective Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units
Year 3 48 units Major Course Major Course Elective Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units
Major Course Major Course 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
$39,870.00

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.

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Course selection

Enrolling for the first time can seem like a big task. Below, you will find an example enrolment pattern for your first year of study. 

 There are a few items to note:

  • Courses coded in the 1000 range are appropriate for first-year students. We strongly recommend that students new to tertiary study enrol in first-year courses during their first semester. 
  • We recommend you start a CASS Program Plan. This is a way to track how the courses you take fit within the overall structure of your degree and will help you pick your later year courses.
  • The tables below represent only one possible combination. You are welcome to pick and choose from any other 1000-coded course found under the “Study Tab”. 
  • The tables below assume you are new to tertiary study and ineligible for course credit. 
  • A step-by-step guide on how to enrol in courses is available on the Enrol for the First time webpage.

Single degree

Students starting in Semester 1– single degree Bachelor of Music, example

Semester 1

MUSI1501

1000-level for major

MUSI1110

Elective

Semester 2

MUSI1502

1000-level for minor

MUSI1109

Elective

Other first year courses available: to find all other 1000-level courses, refer to the Catalogue of Programs and Courses. You may refine your selection on the right-hand column of the webpage.

Double degree

Students starting in Semester 1– double degree Bachelor of Music, example

Semester 1

MUSI1501

1000-level for major

Course from other degree

Course from other degree

Semester 2

MUSI1502

1000-level for major

Course from other degree

Course from other degree


Study Options

Study Plan

Please refer to the "Study" tab.

Study Options

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Study Plan

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Study Plan

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Study Plan

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Study Options

Year 1 48 units MUSI1501 Aural Skills and Music Theory 1 6 units 1000-level for major MUSI1110 Introduction to Music Technology 6 units Elective
MUSI1502 Aural Skills and Music Theory 2 6 units 1000-level for major MUSI1109 Music from 1900 to the Present: A Century of Crisis and Change 6 units Elective

Study Plan

Please refer to the "Study" tab.

Study Options

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Study Plan

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Study Plan

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Study Options

Year 1 48 units - - - -
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Study Plan

Please refer to the "Study" tab.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units MUSI1501 Aural Skills and Music Theory 1 6 units 1000-level for major Course from other degree Course from other degree
MUSI1502 Aural Skills and Music Theory 2 6 units 1000-level for major Course from other degree Course from other degree

Academic Advice

Course credit

If you have undertaken previous study that is relevant to your current academic program, you can request to receive course credit. For more information and how to apply, see the CASS credit application webpage, or contact the CASS Student Office.

Other important information for new students

Please refer to the New students page. You will find all the information you require to activate your ANU email account, enrol into courses and our O week details.  

 Need help?

If you would like further information or advice regarding your degree, please contact the Student Office. We offer appointments, and you can reach us at students.cass@anu.edu.au.

You can also check out our in person opening hours and location on the CASS Student Office webpage.


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