Are you looking for a career in the Music Industry as a composer, orchestrator, sound designer, film and media composer, performer, song writer, music producer or game audio professional? Then Bachelor of Applied Music Composition course is for you. Box Hill Institute will provide you with the skills and experiences you need to excel in these areas.

Real life industry experiences and facilities include:

  • Integrate and collaborate with our Sound, Performance & Business students
  • Be mentored by leading industry experts
  • Work on real films & games
  • Perform your works in our contemporary live venues
  • Become an expert on software such as Logic, Ableton and Max for Live
  • Access to our flagship studio facility, Sing Sing East
  • Access to our internationally renowned Artist in Residence programs
  • On campus record label; Tremorverse Records
  • Learn audio for VR and augmented reality
  • Integrate game compositions with Unity and WWise
  • Access to our analogue synth collection and production/writing suites
  • Study with like-minded creatives and expand your industry network
  • Learn from industry professionals
  • Music Business training
  • Dedicated post production studio

 

The Bachelor of Applied Music: Composition is specifically designed to support emerging composers with a combination of highly trained teachers, extraordinary opportunities and unique experiences that create a bridge to industry.

Students will learn with and be mentored by industry experts in an environment that supports and encourages them to achieve a combination of high level musicianship business acumen and creativity, so they graduate ready to thrive. This is done by integrating real life industry experiences in a supportive atmosphere. This fusion of education and industry is reflected in our teachers that, as well as teaching, currently work as music professionals at the top of their fields.

The Composition students work closely with the Music Business, Production and Performance students to create cross discipline projects in an exciting and talent rich environment. They also all work on Real film and game projects with students from Deakin and Swinburne Universities. This results in projects being already underway and gaining traction when the students graduate. There are many examples of a successful career already beginning while still studying.

Student Quote

“Box Hill Institute was an amazing place to complete my music degree. It provided the students with fantastic facilities and studios, personalised learning, and opportunities to enter and experience the music industry. I feel that Box Hill Institute has equipped me with the skills I need, and the pathways to use them.” Marlon Grunden.

 

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Course admission profile




Course Code BAMC3
VTAC Code Box Hill-5100251382;
CRICOS Code 085407G
Study Areas Music
Study Level Undergraduate
Course Type Bachelor
Campuses Box Hill Campus​​

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Annual Fee
International Fee $18,530.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities* $155.00
Core Skills Support** $75.00
Annual Material Fees No materials fee applies
Retain Course Items*** No fee applies


* Does not apply to VETiS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETiS, International students, Short Courses, Graduate Degrees , or re-enrolling students who re-enrol in the same course.

***Retained Course Items are purchased by the student once prior to commencing. The course items bought by the student become the property of the student. Such items retain a generic application for other purposes outside the student's course of study (e.g. textbooks).

The student tuition & material fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are for 2019 and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. Advertised start dates and delivery locations are subject to viable student numbers. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

You must have:

  • have a folio of compositions to present; This is any combination of presented scores, live performed original songs and produced music files (MP3s, CDs, etc)
  • musicianship test- completion of a supervised musicianship test (will be sent upon receipt of student’s application)
  • interview - you will be asked a series of questions relating to your suitability for the course. You should demonstrate a clear understanding of career goals and an aptitude for the course of study, including any relevant industry experience

A minimum IELTS overall score of 6.0 (Academic) with no band less than 5.5. A minimum TOEFL score of 550 for paper examination; 213 for computer based and 79 for Internet based.

For other accepted tests, please visit the English Language Requirements page.

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Full time: 3 years (classes take place on weekdays)

Mode of delivery is face to face.

You can graduate with the Associate Degree in Applied Music after 2 years of full time study.

Box Hill

Year 12 VTAC applicants must:

  • have successfully completed VCE (or equivalent) with a study score of at least 20 in English (additional consideration will be given for achievement in VCE music subjects)
  • demonstrate aptitude in music composition

Direct entry applicants (Non Year 12) must:

  • be at least 19 years of age by January 1 in the year of commencement.
  • provide evidence of relevant academic or music industry experience and be able to demonstrate the capability to successfully complete the course
  • demonstrate aptitude in music composition

Musicianship test – you will be required to complete a musicianship theory test, with the results determining whether you are required to attend an intensive summer school course during January, before commencing the degree program.

Interview – you will be asked a series of questions relating to your suitability for the course. You are expected to demonstrate a clear understanding of career goals and an aptitude for the course of study, including any relevant industry experience.

You are welcome to present testimonials and extracurricular evidence at this stage, such as AMEB certificates or teacher references. Applicants to the composition stream of the degree are required to present a folio of compositions (i.e. at least one notated score/song and recordings).

 

HIGHER EDUCATION ADMISSIONS CRITERIA

APPLICANTS WITH HIGHER EDUCATION STUDY

Applicants with higher education are those who have completed some or all of a higher education course as their highest level of study since leaving secondary education.  This includes study undertaken by applicants at either non-university higher education providers or university some time ago or recently, such as applicants seeking to transfer to Box Hill Institute from another education provider or applicants changing to a different course at Box Hill Institute.

Please see individual courses for specific entry requirements.

 

APPLICANTS WITH VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING (VET) STUDY

Applicants with VET study are those who have completed some or all of a VET course as their highest level of study since leaving secondary education.  This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider and applicants who have other qualifications such as Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

Please see individual courses for specific entry requirements.

 

APPLICANTS WITH WORK AND LIFE EXPERIENCE

Applicants with work and life experience have left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. applicants who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then.

‘Experience’ could include a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education.  This includes mature age entry, professional experience, community involvement or work experience.  Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped them to prepare for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

Please see individual courses for specific entry requirements.

 

APPLICANTS WITH RECENT SECONDARY EDUCATION

Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is based primarily on completion of Year 12 undertaken at school, TAFE or other VET or higher education provider (this includes both Australian or overseas equivalent) that was completed (or will be) in the current year of with the previous two years.

Please see individual courses for specific entry requirements.

Successful completion will enable you to apply for entry to: 

  • Box Hill Institute’s Master of Music (Contemporary Practice)
  • honours, postgraduate diploma and master’s courses at your chosen university

If you exit after completing 2 years equivalent, you will be eligible to graduate with an Associate Degree. 

Direct entry. See how to apply or contact the international office.

This course is accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and the qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 7 and Box Hill Institute Graduate Attributes.

Graduates will be able to:

  • reflect skills and knowledge of the practices, languages, forms, materials, technologies and techniques in the creative and performing arts discipline of music.
  • review, analyse and consolidate conceptual theories and processes in music creation and practice through integrated creative, critical and reflective thought.
  • utilise cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of the body of knowledge as applicable to music creation and practice.
  • recognise and reflect on social, cultural and ethical issues, and apply local and international perspectives to problem solving practice in the Creative and Performing Arts discipline of Music.
  • interpret, communicate and present ideas, problems and arguments coherently.
  • develop research and evaluate ideas, concepts and processes through creative, critical and reflective thinking and practice.
  • apply relevant skills and knowledge to produce and realise works, artefacts and forms of creative expression.
  • work independently and collaboratively in the creative and performing arts discipline of music in response to project demands.

After completing this course, you may wish to apply for a range of employment opportunities in the music (and related) industries. The range of roles in these industries are many and varied, and may include:

  • composer for film, tv & games
  • sound designer
  • musical director
  • concert music composer
  • writer and arranger
  • producer/programmer/designer of music and multimedia software packages
  • music artist, performer and many more.

Related industries may include recording industry, music publishing, live performance, music retail, advertising, radio, film, video and television, music therapy, music education and music media.

First year – 14 core

Second year – 12 core and 2 electives

3rd year – 12 core and 2 electives

We expect to enrol between 25 and 60 students.

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MUT123 COMPOSITION CONTENT B1: SONGWRITING 1 3.0

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MUT126 COMPOSITION CONTENT A2: FILMSCORING 2 3.0

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MUT124 COMPOSITION CONTENT B2: SONGWRITING 2 3.0

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MUT103 THEORY 1: VOICE LEADING 3.0

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MUT109 KEYBOARD SKILLS 3.0

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MUT107 AURAL 1 3.0

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MUT108 AURAL 2 3.0

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MUT125 COMPOSITION CONTENT A1: FILMSCORING 1 3.0

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MUT104 THEORY 2: DIATONICISM 3.0

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MUT105 HISTORY 1 3.0

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MUT208 AURAL 4 3.0

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MUT203 THEORY 3: JAZZ HARMONY 3.0

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MUT207 AURAL 3 3.0

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MUT205 HISTORY 2 3.0

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MUT204 THEORY 4: ARRANGING 3.0

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MUT206 HISTORY 3 3.0

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MUT307 MUSIC BUSINESS 1 3.0

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MUT305 AESTHETICS AND RESEARCH SEMINAR 1 3.0

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MUT325 COMPOSITION CONTENT A5 3.0

Composition A5: Advanced Film Scoring 1 is the fifth of six film and media subjects designed to advance students’ ability to analyse, evaluate, compose and arrange music for various media. This subject builds on the theoretical knowledge acquired in the previous semesters, but takes a more practical approach to learning composition and scoring techniques in composing music for film. In Advanced Film Scoring 1, students will consolidate and synthesise their knowledge of music scoring techniques by creating music for a range of film projects for in-house and/or external clients. The projects will simulate the film industry and the processes in which composers work with directors and producers. In collaboration with clients, students will create the music from thematic design through to musical arrangement and final recorded soundtrack.

Contact hours are 2 hours each week for 12 weeks.
Prerequisites: Composition Content A4
Assessment: Assessment 1: Concept Exercise 10%
Assessment 2: Motives Exercise 10%
Assessment 3: ‘The Godfather’ Analysis 20%
Assessment 4: ‘The Pact’ Thriller Theme 10%
Assessment 5: Students will compose a soundtrack to a section of a film 50%

MUT303 THEORY 5: CHROMATICISM 3.0

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MUT304 THEORY 6: BEYOND TONALITY 3.0

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MUT308 MUSIC BUSINESS 2 3.0

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MUT323 COMPOSITION CONTENT B5: SOUND DESIGN 1 3.0

Composition B5: Sound Design will introduce students to the history of sound design, various sound design platforms and MIDI orchestration in relation to the production of sound design. This subject will explore industry roles and skills of a contemporary sound designer. Students will be introduced to Foley, diegetic and non-diegetic sounds for film and games, and the affective relationship between sound and image. Students will be required to produce sound designs for moving images within short time frames, thereby emulating real conditions in the film and game audio industries.

Contact hours are 2 hours per week for 12 weeks.
Prerequisites: None
Assessment: Assessment 1: Senior Concert preview – discussion and pre-concert performance demonstrating work toward senior concert 20%
Assessment 2: Senior Concert 50%
Assessment 3: Senior Concert Folio 30%

MUT322 COMPOSITION STUDIES 6 6.0

Composition Studies 6: Senior Concert can be considered to be the capstone experience for composition students at Box Hill Institute. Students will work closely with a faculty mentor, either in small groups or individually, to compose, prepare and present a concert of their own works. The intent of this subject is to bring the previous composition studies subjects together to create a representative folio of works of the graduating student. It is anticipated that senior concerts will be presented during the final weeks of semester, with performances involving collaboration with both performance and audio students.

Contact hours are 4 hours each week for 12 weeks.
Prerequisites: Composition Studies 5
Assessment: 1. Scoring Exercises 30%
2. Scoring Assignment 30%
3. Major Project – collaborative work with Swinburne University film students 40%

MUT326 COMPOSITION CONTENT A6 3.0

Composition A6: Advanced Film Scoring 2

This is the last of six film and media subjects designed to advance students’ ability to analyse, evaluate, compose and arrange music for various media. This subject builds on the theoretical knowledge acquired in the previous semesters, but takes a more practical approach to developing composition and scoring techniques in composing music for media. The concepts introduced in the previous semester will be reinforced and developed through lectures and practical composition exercises.

Contact hours are 2 hours each week for 12 weeks.
Prerequisites: Composition Content A5
Assessment: Assessment 1: Film Scoring Assignment 1 20%
Assessment 2: Film Scoring Assignment 2 20%
Assessment 3: Scoring of a Short Film 60%

MUT324 COMPOSITION CONTENT B6: SOUND DESIGN 2 3.0

Composition B6: Sound Design aims to further develop students’ skills and abilities to compose music and sound design for film and games using appropriate design and composition platforms. Students will further develop their understanding of the history of film, and game sound design and music, methods and techniques of creating sound designs, and the roles and approaches of various film composers and sound designers. They will also explore and use various technologies for composition and sound design, and develop their understanding of affective relationship between sound and image to an advanced level. Students will be required to produce high quality sound designs for moving images within short time frames, thereby emulating real conditions in the film and game audio industries.

Contact hours are 2 hours each week for 12 weeks.
Prerequisites: Composition Content B5
Assessment: Assessment 1: Sound Design Review 20%
Assessment 2: MIDI Composition and Foley Sound Design Assignment 20%
Assessment 3: Final Sound Design Project 60%

MUT306 AESTHETICS AND RESEARCH SEMINAR 2 3.0

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MUT321 COMPOSITION STUDIES 5 6.0

Contemporary Composition Techniques will focus on the applications of compositional developments in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries to the composition of concert music, and film and media scores. The aesthetic differences between composing functional music and concert music will be examined. The focus will be on compositional processes, particularly algorithmic compositional processes as they have been applied to the organisation of various musical parameters, but especially pitch and rhythmic organisation. Complex musical structures of seminal works will be studied and analysed. The concepts of integer notation, pitch-class, interval-class, interval vector, common tone theorems, set symmetry and pitch-class set relationships will be examined. Students will be required to compose works utilising set theory and related theories. The application of mathematics to composition in the works of various composers will be examined. Extended instrumental techniques and unconventional music notations will be examined and utilised in students’ composition assignments. The emancipation of dissonance, instrument exploration, new notations, indeterminacy, microtonality, micropolyphony and stochastics will be studied and applied in students’ works.

Contact hours are 4hrs each week for 12 weeks.
Prerequisites: Composition Studies 4
Assessment: Assessment 1: Composition Assignment 1 – New Sounds and New Notations 30%
Assessment 2: Composition Assignment 2 Exploration od Sound Mass 40%
Assessment 3: Composition Assignment 3 Minimalist work for Disklavier 30%

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MUT151 INSTRUMENTAL STUDIES 1 3.0

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MUT382 STUDIO TEACHING 2 3.0

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BSP119 GAME AUDIO 1 3.0

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BSP110 BEAT CYPHER 1 3.0

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BSP129 GAME AUDIO 2 3.0

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