Courses & Units

Music and the Future FCA209


What will it mean to be a musician in the future? How might music continue to evolve and adapt to change? How will audiences of the future access their preferred genre? Who will fund music production and consumption? Will live performance survive? How have musicians of the present and past responded to radical change? What change might we envisage from the circumstances of today? These are just some of the questions you will examine in this unit through investigation, discussion, debate and experimentation. You will be asked to explore new modes of musical work, emerging from your research, enquiry and future gazing. The unit extends students' understanding of concepts, theories and practices relating to managing and executing independent and collaborative musical projects that are future focused.


Unit name Music and the Future
Unit code FCA209
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Creative Arts and Media
Discipline Music
Coordinator Mr Damien Kingston
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Situate your and/or others’ music practice against contemporary trends and with speculation to future directions
  • Research and communicate ideas and arguments coherently to diverse audiences
  • Explore planning, speculation and experimentation as strategies for creative research and project development
  • Reflect critically on project processes and outcomes

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
100101 $1,118.00 $957.00 not applicable $2,695.00

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Teaching Pattern

On Campus (Hobart)

Weekly face-to-face lectorial (90 minutes, full cohort) + weekly 90 minute workshop (in smaller groups) 

AssessmentTask 1: Class Discussions (10%)|Task 2: Portfolio of Music Business and Career Skills tasks (25%)|Task 3: Written Research task (25%)|Task 4: Music and the Future project (40%)
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