Bachelor of Music (13O)

Overview  2017


ATAR Clearly-In Rank

Clearly-in Rank

The Clearly-in Rank is the lowest score at which students were granted entry in the first offer round in 2015.

The Clearly-in rank should be used as a guide for entry. Note: entry to some courses requires a combination of criteria (ie. folio, interview, GMAT) not just ATAR alone.

See requirements


Minimum 3 Years, up to a maximum of 7 Years


Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.


This course may not be available to international students. Please see the list of distance courses (i.e. online and taken outside Australia) that are offered to international students

Music is your passion. It pushes you, inspires you and owns you. With the Bachelor of Music, expect to develop your creative and technical ability beyond your imagination.

The Bachelor of Music is grounded in the vibrant cultural community that is the University of Tasmania's Conservatorium of Music. As the University's premiere music degree, you can expect an exciting diversity of experiences, creative partnerships and facilities designed to prepare you for life as a professional musician or related artistic career.
  • Explore music composition, songwriting, performance or music technology across a wide range of styles with the University of Tasmania’s premiere music degree. Combine subjects to increase your music versatility and career opportunities.
  • Take part in internationally acclaimed festivals such as Mofo, Dark Mofo and the Festival of Voices, and engage with visiting artists and professional musicians through partnerships with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and other institutions.
  • Experience one-on-one tuition in many specialisations of this degree and build closer relationships with staff, students and industry professionals. Be a part of Tasmania’s intimate and internationally recognised creative community.

Music is about expression and artistry, but it is also about discipline and preparation. Whether your instrument is cello, voice or technology; your style jazz, hip-hop or classical; your music improvised, standards or remixes; our courses will have you performing and exploring historical music contexts in multiple ensembles.

The Conservatorium of Music not only provides world-class staff, facilities, study and performance opportunities, but the personal attention and incredible working relationships that are only possible in a smaller institution. Spend more time realising your creative potential studying music in Australia’s most affordable university city*.

* Student Cities Australia, 2016.

Julian Black
Bachelor of Music graduate

Julian moved from Sydney to study his Bachelor of Music at UTAS. In Hobart, he discovered how widely encouraged the arts scene is, met many talented musicians, and began accumulating a large portfolio giving him a range of pathways to pursue.

Graduates of the BMus Year 3 (AQF Level 7) will be able to:

  • Demonstrate facility and a broad understanding of a body of knowledge in one or more areas of music through:
    • Practical application of specialist music knowledge; and
    • Maintaining a creative and/or scholarly practice with some autonomy, and/or in collaboration with others.
  • Critically analyse, synthesise and adapt well-developed knowledge and skills, with some intellectual independence, to define and resolve complex problems associated with one or more areas of music.
  • Contextualise and clearly articulate a broad understanding of their own and others' artistic practice with well-developed knowledge in some areas by:
    • Clearly and coherently communicating through a range of modes, relative to context and audience; and
    • Synthesising ideas and practice with reference to past and present musical styles.
  • Undertake creative inquiry using appropriate methods to:
    • Present new, improvised, interpreted or re-imagined artistic musical works; and/or
    • Plan and execute a piece of original music-related scholarship with some independence.
  • Exercise self-reflection, judgement and responsibility in developing artistic practice and individual learning, in response to diverse professional, social and/or cultural contexts.

Career outcomes

Joshua Dunn

Bringing an Australian accent to the birthplace of Jazz.
In New York City, the epicentre of jazz, Joshua Dunn's musical background from Tasmania has made him stand out.
Read more about Josh

As a Bachelor of Music graduate you will have the academic, creative and physical skills to make a significant impact on the ever increasingly demand-driven internationally music market. Find life-long engagement in music sharing the stage or studio with world-class musicians in bands, ensembles or orchestras around the world.

While the majority of graduates enter jobs related to music, these careers are incredibly diverse and often completely new. Musicians by and large are entrepreneurial. Create new forms of music and artistic expression, collaborate across industries to solve problems, or inspire and engage the next generation of musicians.

  • Arranger
  • Artist manager
  • Audio engineer
  • Band leader or director
  • Composer
  • Conductor
  • Digital media
  • Electronic producer
  • Film & television composer
  • Media & advertising
  • Music historian
  • Music journalist
  • Music teacher
  • Musician
  • Orchestral or ensemble player
  • Performer
  • Producer
  • Promotor
  • Radio programming
  • Recording artist
  • Recording engineer
  • Session musician
  • Songwriter
  • Sound designer

Course structure

The Bachelor of Music will total 300 credit points (equivalent of 24 x 12.5cp units) comprising:

Years 1, 2 and 3

  • a Music Practice major equating to 8 units: 2 introductory (25cp), 2  intermediate (25cp), and 4 advanced units (50cp)
  • A Music Theory or Music Production Theory reversed major equating to 8 units: 4 introductory (50cp),  2 intermediate (25cp) and 2 advanced (25cp) units
  • A Minor: 2 introductory (25cp), 2  intermediate (25cp) units
  • Breadth units: 2 units of which 2 could be at introductory level
  • Student Electives: 2 units at intermediate or advanced level

Students wishing to enrol in Student Electives at introductory level will need to contact U Connect to have their study plan manually amended. If the Student Electives are taken at introductory level, students would then enrol in Breadth Units at intermediate or advanced level.

Within the above, in Years 1, 2, and 3 students will need to ensure they meet the overall unit level requirements of:

  • Introductory level units (100 coded eg FCA111): 8 minimum and 10 maximum
  • Intermediate level units (200 coded eg FCA211): 6 minimum and 10 maximum
  • Advanced level units (300 coded eg FCA311): 6 minimum and 10 maximum

The choice in unit levels is available in the Breadth Units and Student Electives only.

Specialisation Areas

Students will enrol in units according to the stream (or area of specialisation) that you have successfully auditioned for; choose one of the following:

Entry requirements

If you are interested in studying the Bachelor of Music , you will need to meet at least one of the General Entrance Requirements of the University, and the following course-specific entry requirements:

If you are a Year 12 school leaver or non-school leaver
  • Successfully complete an audition and interview (if applying from interstate, you can submit a CD, DVD or secure internet link of your repertoire in lieu of a live audition, and interview over phone/Skype).
  • Successfully complete a theory and aural test.
  • Pre-tertiary TCE subjects in music are desirable, but not essential.
  • AMEB qualification of Grade 7 (performance) and Grade 5 (theory) may be advantageous in some specialisations, but not essential.
  • Download the Conservatorium of Music Audition Information Booklet (PDF 302KB) for more information about audition requirements.
When do auditions occur?

For Semester 1 (February) entry:

  • First round occurs between mid-November through mid-December.
  • Second round occurs between late-January through mid-February.

For Semester 2 (July) entry:

  • First (and only) round occurs throughout May.

Talk to us on 1300 363 864 or enquire online about how to prepare for your audition.

If you are an international student

Visit International Future Students or enquire online about your eligibility.

You may be eligible for advanced standing (i.e. credit points) in this degree if you:

  • Have successfully completed relevant units through the University Connections Program (UCP).
  • Have completed an award such as a Diploma or Advanced Diploma from TAFE or another institution;
  • Are currently studying another Bachelor degree at the University or at another institution;
  • Have completed a Bachelor degree at the University or an equivalent award from another institution.
How to apply for a credit transfer

Find out more information about how to apply for a credit transfer/advanced standing at Recognition for Prior Learning.

Talk to us on 1300 363 864 or enquire online about your credit transfer.

If you do not meet the General Entrance Requirements, there are alternate entry pathways to the Bachelor of Music with Honours:

Talk to us on 1300 363 864 or enquire online about your alternative entry pathway.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

International students

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


Domestic Students

$5,000 Relocation Bursary in Music

Scholarships are available to domestic students who have an ATAR of 85+ (or equivalent alternate entry), successfully complete an audition and interview, and are relocating from interstate (outside Tasmania) to commence their Introductory (First) Year of the Bachelor of Music in Semester 1, 2018^.

^ View the full eligibility criteria on the Relocation Bursary in Music landing page.

Other Scholarships, Bursaries & Prizes

Each year, the University offers more than 900 awards to students from all walks of life, including those who have achieved high academic results; those from low socio-economic backgrounds; students with sporting ability; students undertaking overseas study; and students with a disability. Applications for most awards commencing in Semester 1 open at the beginning of August and close strictly on 31 October in the year prior to study.

Find out more about Scholarships & Prizes available.

International Students

There are a large range of scholarships, bursaries and fee discounts available for international students studying at the University of Tasmania.

Find out more about International Scholarships available.

How can we help?

Do you have any questions about choosing a course or applying? Get in touch.

1300 363 864
+61 3 6226 6200
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