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  • 306JA.1

Bachelor of Contemporary Music Practice

In partnership with the University of Canberra
At a glance

At a glance

Turn your love of music into a career with this degree and develop a broad range of coherent, specialised skills and knowledge that will make you stand out in a competitive, global industry.

JOB PROSPECTS
  • Sound Engineer
  • Composer
  • Musician (Instrumental)
  • Music Professionals
COURSE OUTCOME

306JA.1 Bachelor of Contemporary Music Practice

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Course overview

Course overview

Delivered in partnership with the University of Canberra, this degree will give students a thorough grounding in 21st century contemporary music practice.

You will develop a broad range of coherent skills and knowledge across a variety of areas including music composition, performance, and theory. You will also complete analytical studies of historical, cultural and technological applications in commercial contexts.

With a focus on nurturing and developing a holistic, creative and entrepreneurial approach to music making, you will be prepared with the best chance of success in a highly competitive and global music industry.

Units

If you have completed the one of the below Diplomas you will gain up to a year's credit towards this qualification.

  • CUS50109 Diploma of Music
  • CUS50209 Diploma of Sound Production
  • CUS50309 Diploma of Music Business
  • CUA50815 Diploma of Music Industry (Music Business; Sound Production and Performance)

Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

The below study plan is for new students.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
Year 1 Semester 1
10345
Song Writing Credit Points: 3
9741
Performance: Commercial Music Credit Points: 3
10317
Contemporary Musicianship Credit Points: 3
9701
Creative Life Credit Points: 3
Year 1 Semester 2
10346
Stylistic techniques and Production Credit Points: 3
9706
Introduction to Project Management Credit Points: 3
10349
Music and Emotion Credit Points: 3
9742
Performance: Exploring Originality Credit Points: 3
Year 2 Semester 1
10316
Synthesis and Sampling Credit Points: 3
9702
Creative Project 1 Credit Points: 3
10318
Technology on Stage Credit Points: 3
ELE1M
Open Elective 1/Minor Credit Points: 3
Year 2 Semester 2
10344
Screen Music Credit Points: 3
9703
Creative Project 2 Credit Points: 3
10348
Music Performance: The Showcase Event Credit Points: 3
ELE2M
Open Elective 2/Minor Credit Points: 3
Year 3 Semester 1
9737
Contemporary Musicianship: Harmonic Analysis Credit Points: 3
9700
Creative Career Credit Points: 3
9704
Creative Project 3 Credit Points: 3
ELE3M
Open Elective 3 /Minor Credit Points: 3
Year 3 Semester 2
10347
Screen Music 2 Credit Points: 3
9705
Creative Project 4 Credit Points: 3
9707
Marketing and Innovation Credit Points: 3
ELE4M
Open Elective 4/Minor Unit Credit Points: 3

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

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Ways to study

Ways to study

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University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas will give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

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  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland
Payment options

Payment options

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, get in touch. We're here to help.

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Important Information
Important Information

Important Information


Selection criteria

Domestic Students
The following Selection criteria requirements apply only to Domestic Students

First year entry requirements for this degree are:

  • New students apply direct through QTAC or press the Apply button on this website to apply directly.
  • School leavers must have completed Year 12 or equivalent.
  • Non-school leavers are selected according to eligibility and merit, vocational experience, previous study and personal competencies.
  • If you're under 17 years of age, special enrolment conditions may apply.
  • Please note: An audition is required in addition to your application. TAFE Queensland will invite you to attend an audition after your application has been received.
  • Applicants who have completed Year 12 and have successfully completed CUA30915 Certificate III in Music Industry through TAFE Queensland will not be required to attend an interview or audition.

Second year entry requirements for this degree are:

  • Completion of a relevant Diploma, such as:
    • CUS50109 Diploma of Music
    • CUS50209 Diploma of Sound Production
    • CUS50309 Diploma of Music Business
    • CUA50815 Diploma of Music Industry (Music Business; Sound Production and Performance)
  • These diplomas award a full year's credit towards this degree. You can gain credit for diplomas in other study areas, however the credit arrangement may differ. Call us for information on your credit options.
  • Please note an audition still is required for entry for graduates who have completed the Diploma of Sound Production and a Diploma of Music Business.
  • If you believe you are eligible to apply for second year of this degree, press the Apply button on this website.
  • If you’re under 17 years of age, special enrolment conditions may apply.

Find out more about admissions to this program on the University of Canberra website.

International Students
The following Selection criteria requirements apply only to International Students:

Academic IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score below 5.5

Need to know

Scholarships:

The University of Canberra offer a wide range of undergraduate scholarships to suit different needs, situations and study interests. They have scholarships available in Semester One and Semester Two of each year. Scholarships can be applied for by both new and continuing students up until census date of each semester.

To enquire about or apply for a scholarship, please follow the below link:

http://www.canberra.edu.au/future-students/scholarships-and-financial-support

All students are required to pay a Student Services Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.

Disclaimer

All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

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How to apply

How to apply

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfers


Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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If you have read and understood the student rules, refund policy, understand your fees and payment options, have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) and checked you meet the entry requirements and selection criteria for this course, you're ready to get started.

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas will give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about university pathways
  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland