Courses & Units

Diploma of Music F2W

Hobart

Introduction

The Diploma of Music comprises one-year full time study. The award is designed for students who are interested in pursuing greater understanding and knowledge of the discipline of music. Its structure allows students to improve skills in either one or more broad areas of interest: ensemble skills, music history, music literacy skills, audio design and music technology.
The award permits a year of dedicated pre-Bachelor of Music study, for students wishing to improve their performance/composition and musical literacy skills for entry into the BMus.

Summary

Course Name Diploma of Music
Course Abbreviation DipMus
Course Duration 1 Years
Maximum time to complete (Part-time) 3 Years
CRICOS code
Responsible Faculty Faculty of Arts

Intake

Locations

Location Semesters
Hobart Semester 1, Semester 2, Summer school, Winter school (early), Spring school

Objectives

The Diploma is designed for students who are interested in broadening and/or deepening their understanding of the music discipline and developing knowledge, skills and techniques in either one or more areas of interest: ensemble skills, music history, music literacy skills, audio design and music technology.

The course aims to provide students with the opportunity to gain experiences and awareness of the discipline of music and its place in modern society. The structure of the award provides students with choices designed to improve their skills in one or more areas of interest, i.e. ensemble skills, composition, music history, music literacy skills, audio design and music technology.

Prerequisites

Applicants are expected to meet the normal requirements set by the University.

International students need the standard UTAS English language requirements for undergraduate entry.

Special Requirements for Ensemble enrolment:

Applicants wishing to undertake ensemble units (FCE units) are required to undertake an audition and interview - students prepare approximately 5 minutes of music (excerpts) for the ensemble audition. Applicants should advise the Conservatorium office the ensemble for which they wish to audition. The audition will be scheduled, usually in the first week of semester and the student will be informed at that time whether enrolment in the unit will be approved. Ensembles are dependent on a balanced group, for some ensembles if the instrument quota is already full with returning student applicants will be informed that ensemble is not auditioning. Auditions for new students usually occur every semester.

Students wishing to undertake a Music Technology major: submit a folio of at least three recent compositions and then attend an interview. Applicants are encouraged, strongly, to include recent CD recordings of the works submitted in the folio. Students also undertake a written placement examination, scheduled at the time of the interview. Through interview, the audition panel will assess the applicant's musical background and career aspirations. Members of the staff from the Conservatorium will comprise the interview panel.

BMus Preparation: audition required

Performance students: prepare fifteen minutes of music to show the applicant's skill and musical tastes. Students also undertake a written placement examination, scheduled at the time of the audition.

Composition students: submit a folio of at least three recent compositions. Applicants are encouraged, strongly, to include recent CD recordings of the works submitted in the folio. Students also undertake a written placement examination, scheduled at the time of the
audition.

Through interview, the audition panel will assess the applicant's musical background and career aspirations. Members of the staff from the Conservatorium will comprise the audition and interview panel.

After the audition/interview process and the entrance exam has been completed, a report is written by the Chair of the audition panel. The Head of School (or designate) and the course coordinator then review the audition report to determine each candidate's suitability for the course.

If you've previously undertaken study overseas, please review our list of equivalent qualifications.

Please note: international students should refer to the General Admission Requirements page for information regarding entry requirements.

Credit Transfer and Articulation

This is an amendment to an existing course: all students currently enrolled in the Diploma in Music Performance will complete their study under the new title without interruption or inconvenience.

Students who complete the Diploma of Music may articulate with full credit into the Associate Degree in Music Studies, or the Bachelor of Musical Arts1, if the Diploma has not been taken concurrently with that award.

Students who complete the Diploma of Music and enter the Bachelor of Music, may, dependent upon their specialisation in the BMus, have credit of up to 75%, if the Diploma has not been taken concurrently with that degree.

Students who are pursuing concurrent study in both the Diploma and either a bachelor or postgraduate degree, could receive credit to the maximum value of 25% (2x12.5%) toward the main degree*, subject to successfully passing units in the Diploma; unless otherwise stated by the coordinator of the relevant degree (undergraduate or postgraduate).

* Provided that the discipline taken in the Diploma is the same or similar as the discipline pursuing in the
main Bachelor or Postgraduate degree; as determined by the course coordinator.

To complete The Diploma of Music will need to undertake 100% study comprising:

  • a minimum of 25% units at level 100, up to a maximum of 100%;
  • a maximum of 50% units at level 200
  • a maximum of 50% units at level 300

Units are to be selected from those available within the Bachelor of Musical Arts schedule.

Students in the Diploma are not required to complete a major or minor; Majors and/or minors are available for those who do so desire

  • Possible Majors: Ensemble Skills, Music History, Music Technology, Music Literacy Skills
  • Possible minors: Ensemble Skills, Music History, Music Technology, Music Literacy Skills, Audio Design

The award also permits students to undertake one year of study, specialising in developing skills to enable successful audition into the Bachelor of Music program:

Possible Specialisation: BMus Preparation

Course Structure

Possible Majors Schedule

Possible Minors Schedule

BMus Preparation

  • Introductory (Core units)
  • FCP110Foundation Practical StudyDetails

    Provides a course of vocal, instrumental or compositional study, covering both technique and repertoire. Composition students will be guided in the development of an individual style of composition in a variety of musical genres. A program of study will be…

    Credit Points: 25

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  • FCP105Practical StudyDetails

    This unit is the second of two units aimed at providing an intensive course of study in music performance, designed to build your technical skills and musical expression. A wide range of styles and idioms will be included. Regular, detailed…

    Credit Points: 25

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  • FCG101Music Skills ADetails

    Music Skills A introduces students to the study of the fundamental materials of tonal music and music literacy through the study of notation and reading skills. Students will develop fluency in reading music notation, through written and performance-based exercises. They…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • FCG102Music Skills BDetails

    Music Skills B continues study of the fundamental materials of tonal music and music literacy through the study of notation and reading skills. Students will demonstrate fluency in music notation and reading, through written and performance-based exercises. Students will demonstrate…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • AND
  • Two of the following:
  • FCF110Foundation AudioDetails

    Introduces the essential concepts of audio design as they relate to live and recorded music. Students develop an understanding of signal path, microphone selection and placement, attenuation and gain structure, leads and basic wiring, integrated and component PA systems, crossovers…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    Availability

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  • FCH101Popular Music & CultureDetails

    This unit surveys role of music in popular culture through a consideration of musical style and cultural function, covering genres of popular music from the mid nineteenth century to mid-twentieth century. Musical genres will be studied where possible from the…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • FCH102Music & HistoryDetails

    This unit focuses on music and its relationship with culture, power and religion in Europe from the fifteenth century to the end of the nineteenth century. The unit also aims to provide students with opportunities to improve important written communication…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    Availability

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  • FCB116Rock RevolutionDetails

    Provides a survey of the development of major styles and contributions of major figures to popular music from the 1950s to the present day, focusing on the social context of musical styles and the relationship between the music and its…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • *Or students may choose 25% of music electives from the units offered in the Diploma Schedule

Degree Electives

Students may choose their Degree electives from the units listed in the major/minor schedules, as well as the following
*FCP113, FCP120, and FCB215 are permitted in the degree but should not be visible to students as an enrolment option. Enrolment into FCP113 and FCP120 is determined in conjunction with Conservatorium and College staff offering UTAS College TCE Performance, and enrolment into FCB215 is determined after consultation with the Course Coordinator and approval by the Head of School

Annual Course Cost

Fees for domestic students are based on individual unit selections. Please refer to the fees section of each unit description to work out an indicative annual cost.

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.

Scholarships

For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

Course Rules


Entry

1. Candidates for the award of Diploma of Music shall be qualified for entry in accordance with the provisions of the University's Rules of Admission.

2. Applicants for admission to the award wishing to take music performance (solo and/or ensemble units) music composition or music technology units are required to take an audition and/or interview. Factors considered for acceptance into the degree will include:

* the applicant's current ability and aptitude for music study as demonstrated during audition and personal interview, presentation of supporting materials, and performance in any extra tests deemed by the Conservatorium to be necessary

* their educational qualifications (such as TCE or equivalent) and other relevant experience. TCE Music is considered desirable. Where an applicant is unable to attend for audition, the Conservatorium will require the applicant to submit a certified audio recording (CD or DVD) and other supporting materials as necessary.

3. Candidates for the award shall complete the degree requirements, as hereinafter prescribed, in not less than three years of part-time study and not more than seven years, from the time of first enrolment.

Course Structure

4. To qualify for the award, the candidate shall pass a total of 100% comprising:

* minimum 25% of level100 study, maximum 100%

* maximum 50% of level200 study

* maximum 50% level300 study

5. The units that may be included in a course for the award shall, unless otherwise approved by the Dean, be in accordance with Schedule accompanying these specifications.

6. Units may be counted towards the award only if they have been taken in accordance with prerequisites determined by the Faculty of Arts and as summarised in accompanying Schedule.

7. A candidate normally may not enrol in any year in units totalling more than 100% weighting (8 units), or if the candidate is in full-time employment during any given Semester, more than 50% (4 units) weighting for the year.

8. Where two or more units of the same name or content are offered within the University, only one may be counted towards the award.

9. In every case the candidate's choice of units and the order in which they are taken shall be subject to approval by the Dean in accordance with the requirements of paragraph 5.

Credit for Previous Studies

10. Passes in subjects or units in other courses (completed or otherwise) in this University or another approved tertiary institution (or other approved professional examining body) may be credited towards the award, provided that the Faculty may specify what more a candidate so credited shall be required to do to qualify for the award. It is not normal practice to grant credit for Music units unless they have been taken as part of an accredited degree program.

Miscellaneous

1. The Faculty may from time to time make amendments to the Schedules to these specifications.

12. These specifications shall take effect on July 2012 and shall apply to all candidates for the award, including those enrolling for the first time in that year and those enrolled subsequently.

13. The approved abbreviation for the degree of Diploma of Music shall be DipMus