About the course

About the course

The Bachelor of Music Industry program is the most flexible and innovative music program in Australia. The program is designed to support emerging music professionals across all areas of the industry to work collaboratively, think innovatively and create their own pathway into industry.  

Students choose one of the six pillars of the music industry as their major. These are: business, composition, music production, performance, song writing, and audio production.  Students then tailor the remaining 50% of their course by choosing from a pool of over sixty subjects. Students can add either two minors, a minor and electives, or just electives to their major study area.  

In addition to the majors and electives, all students undertake a combined common core in the first two years of the program.  This common core focuses on understanding the music industry, looking at the music industry from different perspectives (innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship) and looking at how to prepare themselves for the future of the music industry.   

The combination of the common core, majors and minor/electives units prepares the student to undertake their industry mentored capstone project providing them with the perfect transition to the music industry.  

Areas of elective and minor study include:  

  • film and media composition  
  • performance 
  • music business 
  • business innovation  
  • advanced performance
  • songwriting 
  • collaborative songwriting 
  • sound production
  • professional sound
  • game audio
  • beat cypher
  • music production
  • innovation in music creation
  • creating content for the music industry
  • work placement 

Major in Audio 

Year 1 

In semester 1 students will explore foundational studio recording and mixing techniques and apply these skills in industry focused recording projects. Students will also develop a foundational knowledge of the fundamentals of audio theory. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of recording, mixing and audio theory principles in theoretical and practical projects. Students will also learn how to setup and operate PA systems, mix live audio, operate analogue live mixing equipment, understand the processes of recording mixing and editing sound for TV and Film productions, and use Pro Tools to create sound designs. 

In semester 2 students continue to develop techniques in audio production specifically for multitrack studio recordings. Students continue to develop skills in audio mixing techniques within Pro Tools and develop the ability to plan and manage studio recordings with live musicians. Students will also continue to develop theoretical knowledge and applied techniques for live sound and post-production. Students are introduced to a wider range of industry standard sound reinforcement equipment and processes which may include digital mixers, crossover systems, wireless microphones and mixing to cues. Students are required to make informed choices and demonstrate creative and technical processes used in post-production to record Foley, automated dialogue replacement (ADR) and voice overs in a variety of practical applications.  

Year 2 

In semester 1 students will develop advanced skills in producing and recording music in a large recording studio setting. Students will analyse the creative role of the producer and begin to apply creative techniques to a production workflow.  Students continue to analyse and apply advanced recording and mixing techniques such as incorporating outboard effects, advanced gain structure, advanced mic positioning, multitrack recording techniques for various ensembles and advanced analogue and digital mixing techniques. Students will work collaboratively on projects and develop an understanding of different roles within a recording studio environment.  

In semester 2 students continue to develop their ability to coordinate larger multitrack recording, mixing and mastering sessions. Students will analyse and apply extended techniques in mixing and production as they further develop more independence and creativity and develop their own aesthetic style. Students have the opportunity to apply skills and knowledge in a practical, industry type setting.  

Year 3 

In semester 1 students develop their professional sound production techniques, progressing toward a career as an audio engineer, mixer or studio producer. In consultation with their teacher, students plan a self-devised recording project and collaborate on various ensemble recordings. Students will research production aesthetics and implement production styles on a recording.  

In semester 2 students focus on consolidating their professional recording, producing and mixing skills and combine these with advanced creative and aesthetic concepts to allow students to apply artistic and technical judgement to a self-devised project. Students will develop advanced critical listening skills through a series of mastering workshops. Students will demonstrate they can operate as creative audio professionals in the music industry by delivering a final product of complex ensemble music that they have recorded, produced, mixed and mastered.  

Students from other major areas are able to join the audio cohort as one of their minor study areas.  

Real-life industry experiences and facilities include: 

  • access to our studio facilities including Sing Sing East 
  • Licensed 200+ on-campus music venue.  
  • industry standard writing and production suites 
  • access to our internationally renowned Artist in Residence programs 
  • on campus record label Tremorverse Record 
  • perform in a 200+ capacity live venue 
  • produce your own creative portfolio 
  • choose from a range of electives to broaden your expertise 
  • collaborate with audio, composition and music business students in our world-class facilities 
  • be empowered to apply practical and theoretical aspects of music to real creative projects 
  • access to our Analogue Synth Collection 
  • study with like-minded creatives and expand your industry network 
  • learn from industry professionals 
  • music business training 
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Intake Dates & Course Length


February

Full time: 3 years

Part time: Flexible

Delivery is face-to-face with classes scheduled on weekdays.

For information regarding dates such as enrolment, orientation and study breaks please visit the Academic Calendars page

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Career & Learning Outcomes


After successful completion 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:

  • recording band artist
  • studio session musician
  • writer and arranger
  • record producer
  • studio engineer
  • production manager
  • producer/programmer/designer of music and multimedia software packages
  • production crew member (and many more!)

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

Box Hill Institute is an Avid Learning Partner that provides access to the official Avid curriculum and Certification exams, dedicated program staff, and co-marketing resources to support implementation of Avid training products.

Knowledge  
Graduates will be able to: 

  • draw upon a broad and coherent body of knowledge with depth in the principles and concepts underlying practices, languages, forms, materials, technologies, craft, and techniques in the music industry. 

Skills 
Graduates will be able to: 

  • review, analyse and consolidate conceptual theories and processes relevant to the music industry and related practice through integrated creative, critical and reflective thought 
  • utilise cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of a body of knowledge as applicable to creative, technical and business elements of the music industry. 
  • demonstrate critical engagement with social, cultural and ethical issues, and apply local and international perspectives to problem solving in the wider music industries. 
  • produce, evaluate, communicate and present ideas, problems and arguments coherently and independently

Application of Knowledge and Skills 
Graduates will be able to: 

  • develop research and evaluate ideas, concepts and processes through creative, critical and reflective thinking and practice. 
  • demonstrate intellectual honesty and a respect for ethical values in both creative and academic work. 
  • apply relevant professional skills and knowledge to produce and realise projects, published / performed works, artefacts in various media, and presentations in creative, technical and business contexts.
  • work independently and collaboratively in the technical, business and/or creative areas of the music industry in response to project demands. 
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Entry Requirements


Year 12 VTAC applicants must have:

  • 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 Audio Production / music subjects)
  • be able to demonstrate aptitude in audio production

Direct entry applicants (Non-Year 12) must:

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

All applicants must complete an Interview and present a Portfolio.

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.

Portfolio:

The portfolio can contain any combination of the following: recorded pieces, demo tracks, recommendations, testimonials, statement of results, compositions and any other supporting evidence you believe is relevant to the application.

See below for further information for:

  • applicants with recent secondary education
  • applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) Study
  • applicants with work and life experience
  • applicants with Higher Education study

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 or within the previous two years.

You can apply to study with us through VTAC and must also:

  • 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 Audio Production / music subjects)
  • be able to demonstrate aptitude in audio production
  • have successfully completed the Interview, Musicianship Theory Test and presented a Portfolio

Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) Study

Applicants who have completed a VET course of study in Audio Production or similar at a public TAFE or other VET provider either recently or some time ago are welcome to apply. Applicants seeking to enrol at Box Hill Institute after completing VET study at another education provider or applicants changing to a different course at Box Hill Institute can apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL). All applications for RPL are assessed on an individual basis and are granted for subjects where the content and learning outcomes has been demonstrated through your completion of subjects in your prior course.

You can apply to study with us through direct entry and must also:

  • 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 Audio Production / music subjects)
  • be able to demonstrate aptitude in audio production
  • have successfully completed the Interview, Musicianship Theory Test and presented a Portfolio

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 Audio Production.

You can apply to study with us through direct entry and must also:

  • 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 Audio Production/music subjects)
  • be able to demonstrate aptitude in audio production
  • have successfully completed the Interview, Musicianship Theory Test and presented a Portfolio

Applicants with Higher Education study

Applicants who have completed some of a higher education course, either at non-university higher education providers or university some time ago or recently, are welcome to apply. Applicants seeking to transfer to Box Hill Institute from another education provider or applicants changing to a different course at Box Hill Institute can apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL). All applications for RPL are assessed on an individual basis and are granted for subjects where the content and learning outcomes has been demonstrated through your completion of subjects in your prior course.

You can apply to study with us through direct entry and must also:

  • 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 Audio Production / music subjects)
  • be able to demonstrate aptitude in Audio Production
  • have successfully completed the Interview, Musicianship Theory Test and presented a Portfolio

PRE-TRAINING REVIEW

To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs, Box Hill Institute will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment.

A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.

Applying


VTAC application and direct entry available

Applicants completing secondary education (Year 12) or equivalent must: 

All other applicants must:

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

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Pathways & Accreditation


After successful completion of this course, you may wish to apply for entry into a wide range of postgraduate courses.

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.

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Fees & Finance Options


Full Fee
Tuition Fee$56,938
Service Fee$513
Core Skills Support Fee$83
Material Fee$0
Retain Course Items$0
Total Course Estimate$57,534
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$18,489

Retain Course Items are purchased once by the student prior to commencing. Those items then become the property of the student. Fees listed are at 2021 rates and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. The student tuition fees listed are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

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Course Structure


  • First year - 12 subjects
  • Second year - 10 subjects plus 2 electives
  • Third year - 10 subjects plus 2 electives

Electives availability will be discussed at enrolment.

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