Courses & Units

Course rules for F2Q Associate Degree in Music Studies


1 Candidates for the degree of Associate Degree in Music Studies shall be qualified for entry in accordance with the provisions of the University's Rules of Admission.

2 All applicants for admission to the degree are required to take a musicianship diagnostic test.

3 Applicants for admission to the degree who wish to enrol in solo performance/composition units shall attend an audition conducted by the Conservatorium of Music ('the Conservatorium'). Factors considered will include:

  • the applicant_s current ability and aptitude for 1-1 tuition 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 or videotape and other supporting materials as necessary.

4 Candidates for the degree shall complete the degree requirements, as hereinafter prescribed, in not less than two separate years of full-time study (or its equivalent) and not more than six years, from the time of first enrolment.

Course Structure

5 To qualify for the degree, the candidate shall pass units totalling 200% in accordance with the accompanying schedule and comprising:

  1. 175% music units offered in the Associate Degree in Music Studies schedule.
  2. 25% elective unit/s. Students may choose elective units from any school within the University of Tasmania subject to the approval of the appropriate school and the College of Arts and Law ("Faculty").
  3. A minimum of 75% music units to be level 200/300 and undertake such practical exercises/experience as may be required to satisfy the degree requirements.

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

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

8 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.

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

10 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

11 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 degree, provided that the Faculty may specify what more a candidate so credited shall be required to do to qualify for the degree. It is not normal practice to grant credit for Music units unless they have been taken as part of an accredited degree program.


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

13 These specifications shall take effect on 1 January 2006 and shall apply to all candidates for the degree, including those enrolling for the first time in that year and those enrolled subsequently.

14 Students who commenced their study in the Diploma of Music will not be disadvantaged and may convert to the Associate Degree in Music Studies with full credit or complete the Diploma.

15 The approved abbreviation for the degree of Associate Degree in Music Studies shall be AssocDegMusSt