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 common core subjects 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/elective 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
  • content creation for the music industry
  • work placement  

Major in  Performance 

Year 1 

Students will learn the foundational skills needed to apply music theory and ear training to their instrument, and they will explore ‘how music works’ via a weekly lecture series. They will also learn specific instrumental techniques needed for music performance, and the essential performance skills needed to play in ensembles. They will explore different musical genres and get feedback from industry experts. 

Year 2 

In the Major stream of study, students will step towards creative artistry via analysis and interpretation of repertoire. They will receive instrumental lessons, and apply aural and theoretical knowledge to contemporary music repertoire in a weekly music performance workshop. 

Year 3  

Students will conceive and present their own musical projects, and will apply advanced aural comprehension, music theory, instrumental techniques and stagecraft in a workshop environment, which is led by industry experts.  

Students from other major areas are able to join the performance 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 (you can graduate with the Associate Degree in Applied Music after 2 years of full time study) 

Classes take place on weekdays and are delivered face-to-face

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

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Career & Learning Outcomes


Graduates may find work in music performance, composition, studio employment, music education, music therapy (upon further study), broadcasting, and marketing.

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 music subjects)
  • be able to demonstrate aptitude in music performance

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 music performance

All applicants must complete an Audition, Interview and Musicianship Theory Test.

Audition:

You should prepare at least two contrasting works on your chosen instrument or voice. As a guide, AMEB Grade 6 or equivalent is an expected minimum entry level. The program presented should be no more than 10 minutes long and the panel will reserve the right to hear excerpts only.

You will also be asked to demonstrate technical work, attempt a sight-reading exercise and demonstrate improvisation skills. A drum kit, piano, microphone, amplifiers and stereo equipment will be provided, however instruments, leads, drumsticks or accompanists will not be provided. You may bring an accompanying band, but please advise us so that set-up time can be catered for. Alternatively, you may choose to perform solo or with a backing CD.

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.

Musicianship Theory Test:

As part of your audition you will be required to complete a music theory test.

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 two years.

Applicants with recent secondary education 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), and be able to demonstrate aptitude in music performance.

Applicants will need to present an audition, consisting of two contrasting works on their chosen instrument or voice. As a guide, AMEB Grade 6 or equivalent is an expected minimum entry level. The program presented should be no more than 10 minutes long, and the panel will reserve the right to hear excerpts only.

Applicants will also be required to demonstrate technical work, attempt a sight-reading exercise and demonstrate improvisation skills. A drum kit, piano, microphone, amplifiers and stereo equipment will be provided, however instruments, leads, drumsticks or accompanists will not be provided. Applicants may bring an accompanying band, but please advise us so that set-up time can be catered for. Alternatively, applicants may choose to perform solo or with a backing track.

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

 

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.

Applicants with higher education need to provide evidence of relevant academic or music industry experience, and be able to demonstrate the capability to successfully complete the course requirements

Applicants will need to present an audition, consisting of two contrasting works on their chosen instrument or voice. As a guide, AMEB Grade 6 or equivalent is an expected minimum entry level. The program presented should be no more than 10 minutes long, and the panel will reserve the right to hear excerpts only.

Applicants will also be required to demonstrate technical work, attempt a sight-reading exercise and demonstrate improvisation skills. A drum kit, piano, microphone, amplifiers and stereo equipment will be provided, however instruments, leads, drumsticks or accompanists will not be provided. Applicants may bring an accompanying band, but please advise us so that set-up time can be catered for. Alternatively, applicants may choose to perform solo or with a backing track.

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

 

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.

Applicants with VET study need to provide evidence of relevant academic or music industry experience, and be able to demonstrate the capability to successfully complete the course requirements

Applicants will need to present an audition, consisting of two contrasting works on their chosen instrument or voice. As a guide, AMEB Grade 6 or equivalent is an expected minimum entry level. The program presented should be no more than 10 minutes long, and the panel will reserve the right to hear excerpts only.

Applicants will also be required to demonstrate technical work, attempt a sight-reading exercise and demonstrate improvisation skills. A drum kit, piano, microphone, amplifiers and stereo equipment will be provided, however instruments, leads, drumsticks or accompanists will not be provided. Applicants may bring an accompanying band, but please advise us so that set-up time can be catered for. Alternatively, applicants may choose to perform solo or with a backing track.

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

 

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.

Applicants with work and life experience need to provide evidence of relevant academic or music industry experience, and be able to demonstrate the capability to successfully complete the course requirements

Applicants will need to present an audition, consisting of two contrasting works on their chosen instrument or voice. As a guide, AMEB Grade 6 or equivalent is an expected minimum entry level. The program presented should be no more than 10 minutes long, and the panel will reserve the right to hear excerpts only.

Applicants will also be required to demonstrate technical work, attempt a sight-reading exercise and demonstrate improvisation skills. A drum kit, piano, microphone, amplifiers and stereo equipment will be provided, however instruments, leads, drumsticks or accompanists will not be provided. Applicants may bring an accompanying band, but please advise us so that set-up time can be catered for. Alternatively, applicants may choose to perform solo or with a backing track.

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

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:

  • book an audition (includes interview and musicianship test)

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

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Pathways & Accreditation


Successful completion will enable you to apply for further study at other institutions, including postgraduate study in teaching and education.

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


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

Electives availability will be discussed at enrolment.

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

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