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 major 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 Music Production 

Year 1 

In Semester 1, students will explore the foundation elements of what a music producer does, how they do it, and why, through a series of workshops discussing the evolution of the music industry and the role of the music producer within it. Students will use to foundational tools and techniques for DAW (computer) based music production focusing on the Ableton Live software package. Students will engage in activities including like developing original demos, creating beat tapes, and engaging with professional music producers. 

Students will also ask “What can DJing teach us about music production?. To answer this question, students will learn foundational and practical skills for DJing on contemporary hardware with two goals in mind: to develop a practical skill that can lead to professional work; and to develop live performance skills and stage confidence. Students will also investigate the artform of the Remix to illuminate and explore concepts of genre, style, and aesthetics. Students will engage in activities including developing and performing live mashups and DJ sets, as well as analysing remixes and producing their own. 

In Semester 2, students will be guided through the process of producing a full-scale original track by engaging in activities such as analysing the production values of their favourite tracks; experimenting with a range of software-based production techniques; workshopping the development of your original track; and learning how to mix your track and make it ready for online distribution. 

Students will investigate the use of MIDI controllers, live audio inputs, and music production software for live performance. The reason for this is two-fold: to build upon the performance skills developed in Semester 1; to promote the live performance of original productions; and to help students access musical ideas in the production studio by increasing their ability to collaborate and jam in real time.  

Year 2 

In Semester 1, students will concentrate on the production of songs. Songs are poems or other words set to music or meant to be sung. Students will engage with activities exploring advanced methods for vocal recording and production; scrutinise the implications of copyright law when producing with other songwriters; and analyse and apply methods for translating and transforming a song through its production. 

In Semester 2, students will engage with ideas and methods for leading creative collaborations. Students will work with song writing, performance, and audio students to write, produce, and perform an original and collaboratively created track. 

Year 3 

In Semester 1, students will explore their individual artistic voice by writing, producing and mixing the music for their own original EP. This process will include collaboration with co-writers, performers, and audio engineers, as well as workshopping the original productions of others. 

Finally, in Semester 2 students will self-release their own original EP. Through this process they will learn self-sufficient methods for independent commercial release of their music. This includes fine-tuningtheir use of advanced software-based mixing and mastering skills, as well as developing and managing press and assets for the presentation and promotion of their original work. 

Students from other major areas are able to join the Music Production 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 or part time equivalent

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 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:

  • music engineer 
  • DJ 
  • electronic music producer
  • music producer 
  • sound designer for game audio 
  • sound designer for film, TV and animation 
  • film composer 
  • beat maker 
  • game audio composer 
  • sound recordist 
  • film mixer 
  • live sound engineering 
  • theatre engineer 
  • foley artist 
  • documentary composer

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 successfully completed VCE (or equivalent) with a study score of at least 20 in English (additional consideration will be given for achievement in VCE Sound 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
  • demonstrate an aptitude in sound production

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
  • Vocational Education and Training (VET) Study
  • work and life experience
  • 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 2 years.

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 Sound Production/music subjects)
  • be able to demonstrate aptitude in sound production
  • have successfully completed an individual face-to-face selection interview of approximately 20 minutes. The selection interview will be a verbal assessment of your aptitude for Sound Production through a series of questions which include analysing your experience and 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.

Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) Study

Applicants who have completed a VET course of study in sound 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 Sound Production / music subjects)
  • be able to demonstrate aptitude in Sound Production
  • successfully completed an individual face-to-face selection interview of approximately 20 minutes. The selection interview will be a verbal assessment of your aptitude for Sound production through a series of questions which include analysing your experience and 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.

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 sound 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 Sound Production / music subjects)
  • be able to demonstrate aptitude in sound production
  • have successfully completed an individual face-to-face selection interview of approximately 20 minutes.  The selection interview will be a verbal assessment of your aptitude for Sound production through a series of questions which include analysing your experience and 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

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 Sound Production / music subjects)
  • be able to demonstrate aptitude in sound production
  • have successfully completed an individual face-to-face selection interview of approximately 20 minutes. The selection interview will be a verbal assessment of your aptitude for Sound production through a series of questions which include analysing your experience and 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

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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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


Course structure:

  • 6 common core units
  • 8 major units
  • 12 elective units

Exit points

  • Associate degree in Music Industry is and exit point after two years of full time study.
  • Diploma in Music Industry is an exit point after 1 year of full time study.
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