Bachelor of Music

Why study the Bachelor of Music at UNE?

This program specialises in providing students with comprehensive, creatively focused music training in an online environment. Students build their creative music making skills in songwriting, composition, performance and music technology while developing a thorough knowledge of the historical, cultural and theoretical background of music genres via the study of musicology, ethnomusicology and popular music studies. Additionally, the program fosters advanced musical craft skills in aural and harmony. Throughout their degree students produce a creative and/or research portfolio to enable them to showcase their abilities as they transition into professional careers in the creative industries and education sectors. Graduates of the program are independent, skilled musicians who have established their own creative practices and research methodologies. On completion of the degree, pathways to further study include continuing on to honours and graduate research degrees or graduate degrees in education to pursue careers in primary and secondary music teaching.

Graduates who have successfully completed the Bachelor of Music may, on the recommendation of the head of school concerned, continue to an honours year. The honours program shall include advanced coursework and a dissertation.

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Career Opportunities

Students who successfully completed the degree will be independent music practitioners who may begin work as qualified professionals in composition, arranging, performance, music production or private studio teaching. Students can also continue on to a specialised honours degree or on to various courses in education to pursue careers as school music teachers.

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

3 Years Full-time
Up to 10 years Part-time

FEES

CSP
International

2016 ATAR / OP

N/A

2017 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Trimester 1, Off Campus
Trimester 2, Off Campus
Trimester 3, Off Campus

Official Abbreviation BMus
Course Type Undergraduate
Commencing
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 3 Off Campus
Course Duration
  • 3 Years Full-time
  • Up to 10 years Part-time
Fees CSP / International
Total Credit Points 144
How to Apply

All domestic students to UNE apply to study off-campus direct to UNE

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International students apply direct to UNE through UNE International. This course is only available off-campus (distance education).

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Intensive Schools

There are no intensive schools for any of the MUSI units. There may be mandatory intensive schools for some of the other units in this course. See Unit Catalogue for specific requirements.

Entry Requirements

A candidate shall be qualified for admission (see Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Rule and Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Procedures); and

(a) shall complete a satisfactory written personal statement assessed by the discipline within six months prior to the date of enrolment; and

(b) shall have on admission to the degree a performing standard equivalent to Grade 6 of the Australian Music Examinations Board demonstrated via audition or music performance qualifications; and

(c) shall have on admission to the degree a music theory standard equivalent to Grade 4 of the Australian Music Examinations Board demonstrated via music performance qualifications or the successful completion of a music theory test set by the Music Discipline Convenor.

OR

Former or current UNE students may transfer into the Bachelor of Music on the basis of previous Music studies completed as part of a University of New England degree where they have:

(a) completed MUSI121 with a Credit grade or higher; and

(b) completed MUSI101 or MUSI110 or MUSI111 with a Credit grade or higher.

Advanced Standing

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

Academic Colours

Spectrum Green (BCC 100)

Further Information

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These course rules & plans are ONLY to be used if you commenced, transferred or changed versions in the Bachelor of Music in 2017.

Admission to Candidature

A candidate shall be qualified for admission (see Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Rule and the Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Procedures); and
(a) shall complete a satisfactory written personal statement assessed by the discipline within six months prior to the date of enrolment; and
(b) shall have on admission to the degree a performing standard equivalent to Grade 6 of the Australian Music Examinations Board demonstrated via audition or music performance qualifications; and
(c) shall have on admission to the degree a music theory standard equivalent to Grade 4 of the Australian Music Examinations Board demonstrated via music performance qualifications or the successful completion of a music theory test set by the Music Discipline Convenor.

OR

Former or current UNE students may transfer into the Bachelor of Music on the basis of previous Music studies completed as part of a University of New England degree where they have:
(a) completed MUSI121 with a Credit Grade or higher; and
(b) completed MUSI101 or MUSI110 or MUSI111 with a Credit Grade or higher.

Advanced Standing

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

Period of Candidature

The period of candidature shall be:
(a) three years as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to ten years as a part-time candidate.

Course Requirements

To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 144 credit points including not more than 60 credit points at 100-level, at least 36 credit points at 300-level and not more than 12 credit points at 400-level.

Program of Study

Candidates shall complete an approved program of study as outlined in the Course Schedule comprising:

Course Structure Credit Points
Core Units 54 cps
Listed Units 54-90 cps
Elective Units 0-36 cps
Total 144 cps

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Award of Degree

Candidates who meet the course requirements shall be awarded the Bachelor of Music.

Appeals

Candidates are referred to the Academic Assessment Appeals Policy and the Academic Assessment Appeals Procedures.

Course Progression

Candidates are referred to the Course Progression Rule and the Course Progression Procedures.

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism Rule and the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism Procedures.

Course Aims

This course aims to provide students with high-level academic, theoretical and practical skills in music-making and scholarship.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a broad and coherent knowledge of Western music from contemporary, historical, theoretical and practical perspectives;
  2. present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of musical knowledge and ideas via composition and performance practice;
  3. critically evaluate cross-cultural music styles, periods and genres and apply this understanding to Australian, Western and non-Western contexts;
  4. demonstrate a broad and coherent understanding of music technology and its practical application across a variety of musical environments; and
  5. construct a synthesis of different approaches to performance, composition, musicology and music technology through collaborative and individual research tasks while exercising critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence; and show responsibility and accountability for own learning and professional practice.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

This course provides a broad and coherent knowledge of Western and non-Western music, including contemporary, historical, theoretical and practical perspectives. They will also gain a global musical perspective through the critical evaluation of Western and non-Western music and musical cultures.

Communication Skills

Graduates will be able to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of musical knowledge and ideas across a variety of online environments.

Problem Solving

Graduates will solve musical problems with intellectual independence through creative and analytical tasks.

Information Literacy

Graduates will develop information literacy skills relevant to music studies enabling the critical evaluation of sources, values and validity of musical information. Information literacy skills include the ability to employ discipline-specific computer software skills relevant to scholastic and creative practice.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

Graduates will gain an understanding of social responsibility through the study of music and musical practices across a wide range of sociocultural groups and historical periods. They will demonstrate the practice of the highest standards of ethical behaviour through the development of scholastic projects and creative portfolios.

Lifelong Learning

Students develop the creative and cognitive skills necessary for independent, life-long participation in musical thinking, musical cultures and musical practice.

Independence and Collaboration

Graduates will be able to exercise responsibility and accountability for their own learning and professional practice as well as gain experience in collaborative academic tasks and practical creative project development.

How to Apply

Domestic Students

All domestic students to UNE apply to study off-campus direct to UNE

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International Students

International students apply direct to UNE through UNE International. This course is only available off-campus (distance education).

For more information, click here

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