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  • ARB403

Bachelor of Creative Industries (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 hands-on degree and develop a broad range of coherent, specialised skills and knowledge that will make you stand out in this competitive, global industry.

JOB PROSPECTS
  • Sound Engineer
  • Composer
  • Music Producer
  • Musician
  • Music Teacher
COURSE OUTCOME

ARB403 Bachelor of Creative Industries (Contemporary Music Practice)

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Course overview

Course overview

Turn your love of music into a career and develop a broad range of coherent, specialised skills and knowledge that will make you stand out in this competitive, global industry. Delivered in partnership with the University of Canberra, this degree will give you a thorough grounding in 21st century contemporary music practice.

The creative arts industry plays an important role in Australia's economy. According to the Australian Government's MySkills service, it contributes over $10 billion to the our economy and employs nearly 100,000 people. With the emergence of new technologies and wide range of job prospects available it's an exciting industry to be a part of.

In this course you'll develop a broad range of coherent skills and knowledge across a variety of areas including music composition, performance, technology and theory. You'll also have the opportunity to collaborate with film makers, musicians, visual artists, actors, and other teams across the broad creative industries spectrum, working on real projects to combine university thinking with hands-on learning.

With a focus on nurturing and developing a holistic, creative and entrepreneurial approach to music making, you'll be prepared with the best chance of success in the 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:

  • CUA50815 Diploma of Music Industry (Sound Production)
  • CUA50815 Diploma of Music Industry (Performance)
  • CUA50815 Diploma of Music Industry (Music Business)

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
11601
Songwriting and Production 1 - Level 2 Credit points: 3
11591
Professional Orientation (Creative Industries and Digital Design) - Level 1 Credit points: 3
9741
Music Performance and Pedagogy - Level 1 Credit points: 3
-
Open Elective Credit points: 6
Year 1 Semester 2
11595
The Big Picture - Level 2 Credit points: 3
9742
Music Performance and Originality - Level 1 Credit points: 3
11602
Songwriting and Production 2 - Level 2 Credit points: 3
-
Open Elective Credit points: 3
Year 2 Semester 1
11596
Creativity and Culture: Truth and Ideation - Level 2 Credit points: 3
11593
Creative Practice 1 - Level 2 Credit points: 3
10344
Music for Media - Level 2 Credit points: 3
-
Open Elective Credit points: 3
Year 2 Semester 2
11017
Professional Practice 1: Work Integrated Learning - Level 2 Credit points: 3
10316
Synthesis and Sampling - Level 2 Credit points: 3
-
Open Elective Credit points: 3
-
Open Elective Credit points: 3
Year 3 Semester 1
11018
Professional Practice 2: Work Integrated Learning - Level 3 Credit points: 3
10318
Technology on Stage - Level 2 Credit points: 3
-
Open Elective Credit points: 3
-
Open Elective Credit points: 3
Year 3 Semester 2
11592
Professional Evidence (Creative Industries and Digital Design) - Level 3 Credit points: 3
10347
Cinematic Music - Level 3 Credit points: 3
11594
Creative Practice 2 - Level 3 Credit points: 3
-
Open Elective Credit points: 3
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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 may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

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  • James Cook University
  • Southern Cross University
  • 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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This may be the full fee for the course, or the student contribution amount if you are eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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Important Information
Important Information

Important Information


Selection criteria

This degree is available through direct entry via the University of Canberra website.

  • Completion of Year 12 is required.
  • Instrumental proficiency is recommended by is no a requirement.
  • Music notation reading ability is not a requirement.

Entry is based on one of the following:

  • a live or online audition

OR

  • a written personal reference from your Year 12 high school music teacher with accompanying academic statement

OR

  • a professional resume (for mature age applicants only)

OR

  • at least one year of full-time tertiary study (direct entry into 2nd year - academic transcript required)

OR

  • at least 1 completed unit in an approved university-level music degree (direct entry into 1st year - academic transcript required)

Placement

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is embedded within this degree.

Resources required

Your own musical equipment and essential music backline gear is required. Computer hardware and software is provided on campus.

It is recommended that students have access to a reliable internet connection to access the University of Canberra’s online learning system Canvas, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for students to use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

Need to know

The Standard Bachelor of Creative Industries (Music) is a 3-year study plan best suited to individuals who are dedicated to music, but also understand the convergent nature of the industry. As such, the degree includes up to 8 elective units in a choice of areas including game design, acting, media, visual arts, design and fashion. 

With the Diploma/Degree study plan, the dual award of Diploma plus Degree offers a nurturing first year experience in music performance, sound production or music business.

Articulation:

  • TAFE Queensland Certificate 3 in a related discipline to gain entry in the first year.
  • Any one-year TAFE Queensland diploma (or equivalent) can articulate with 24 credit point transfer, which equates to one year full time study (or 8 units).
  • 24 credit point transfer, which equates to one year full time study (or 8 units), from any other degree program.

Student Services and Amenities Fee:
You will be required to pay a 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 enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.

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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 may 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