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Bachelor of Contemporary Music

In partnership with Southern Cross University
At a glance

At a glance

Prepare for a career in the 21st Century music industry with this advanced course. This qualification will give you skills across a wide range of disciplines within the industry whilst giving you the ability to hone in on a specific area of either performance, songwriting/composition or production. 

JOB PROSPECTS
  • Performer
  • Songwriter
  • Producer
  • Sound Engineer
  • Session Musician
  • Musical Director
  • Music Educator
  • Music Event Promoter
  • Band and Venue Manager
  • Songwriter / Composer
  • Artist and Venue Manager
  • Publicist
  • Mix Engineer
  • Sound Designer
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Course overview

Course overview

The Bachelor of Contemporary Music prepares you for a portfolio career in music - the multi-faceted career pathway that is now most common for contemporary musicians. Tailor your degree towards your area of interest, whether it's production, performance, songwriting or other professional areas of the music industry.

This degree focuses on a major study area inside the Specialist Studies unit. This unit comprises of a mixture of one-on-one and small group lessons in performance with studio areas of guitar, voice, drums, bass, keys and other instruments, in songwriting / composition, or in studio production.

You will collaborate in ensembles writing, recording, arranging and performing within Creative Music Practice units; you will gain music theory and musical authoring skills within Musicianship units; you will gain a great insight into the music industry from contemporary music history, musicology and industry based units; and you will gain vital information to build your own portfolio music career and be able to build projects around your own areas of interest.

Coomera students will have access to four soundproof rehearsal rooms with a vocal PA and backline gear and a live performance space with a full line array sound system and professional lighting rig. Our main studio is a world-class recording facility with an SSL Duality mixing desk, offering the best in analogue and digital recording.

Units

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete six (6) units from Part B (including at least 2 advanced level units) and 4 elective units; or one ten (10) unit Recommended Stream from Part C:

  • Performance (audition stream)
  • Performance (non-audition stream)
  • Songwriting/Composition (audition stream)
  • Songwriting/Composition (non-audition stream)
  • Sound Production (audition stream)
  • Sound Production (non-audition stream)
  • Music Education

For list of units in Part B and Part C refer to the Southern Cross University website.

If you have completed the below Diploma, you will gain up to a year's credit towards this qualification:

Please note that not all units are offered in each teaching period.

The below study plan is for new students.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
Option A - Session 1 (2021)
MUSC1001
Creative Music Practice I Level 1 - Credit Points: 12
MUSC1003
Musicianship I Level 1 - Credit Points: 12
CRTV1002
Create: Innovate: Change Level 1 - Credit Points: 12
MUSC1005
Specialist Studies I Level 1 - Credit Points: 12
Option A - Session 2 (2021)
MUSC1002
Creative Music Practice II Level 1 - Credit Points: 12
MUSC1004
Musicianship II Level 1 - Credit Points: 12
MUSC1008
Music Industry Landscapes Level 1 - Credit Points: 12
MUSC1006
Specialist Studies II Level 1 - Credit Points: 12
Option A - Session 1 (2022)
MUSC2005
Creative Music Practice III Level 2 - Credit Points: 12
MUSC2002
Musicianship III Level 2 - Credit Points: 12
MUSC2003
Specialist Studies III Level 2 - Credit Points: 12
Option A - Session 2 (2022)
MUSC2007
Creative Music Practice IV Level 2 - Credit Points: 12
MUSC3004
Musicianship IV Level 2 - Credit Points: 12
MUSC2004
Specialist Studies IV Level 2 - Credit Points: 12
Option A - Session 1 (2023)
MUS3001
Creative Music Practice V Level 3 - Credit Points: 12
MUSC3007
Studies in Western Art Music Level 3 - Credit Points: 12
MUSC1009
Sounds Styles and Cultures Level 1 - Credit Points: 12
Option A - Session 2 (2023)
COMM3004
Independent Project Level 3 - Credit Points: 12
MUSC3010
Oceans of Sound Level 2 - Credit Points: 12
MUSC3008
The Portfolio Career Musician Level 3 - Credit Points: 12
Option B - Session 1 (2021)
MUSC1001
Creative Music Practice I Level 1 - Credit Points: 12
MUSC1003
Musicianship I Level 1 - Credit Points: 12
CRTV1002
Create: Innovate: Change Level 1 - Credit Points: 12
MUSC1005
Specialist Studies I Level 1 - Credit Points: 12
Option B - Session 2 (2021)
MUSC1002
Creative Music Practice II Level 1 - Credit Points: 12
MUSC1004
Musicianship II Level 1 - Credit Points: 12
MUSC1008
Music Industry Landscapes Level 1 - Credit Points: 12
MUSC1006
Specialist Studies II Level 1 - Credit Points: 12
Option B - Session 1 (2022)
MUSC2005
Creative Music Practice III Level 2 - Credit Points: 12
MUSC2002
Musicianship III Level 2 - Credit Points: 12
MUSC1009
Sounds Styles and Cultures Level 1 - Credit Points: 12
MUSC2003
Specialist Studies III Level 2 - Credit Points: 12
Option B - Session 2 (2022)
MUSC2007
Creative Music Practice IV Level 2 - Credit Points: 12
MUSC3004
Musicianship IV Level 2 - Credit Points: 12
MUSC3010
Oceans of Sound Level 2 - Credit Points: 12
MUSC2004
Specialist Studies IV Level 2 - Credit Points: 12
Option B - Session 1 (2023)
MUS3001
Creative Music Practice V Level 3 - Credit Points: 12
MUSC3007
Studies in Western Art Music Level 3 - Credit Points: 12
Option B - Session 2 (2023)
COMM3004
Independent Project Level 3 - Credit Points: 12
MUSC3008
The Portfolio Career Musician Level 3 - Credit Points: 12
UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
Elective Units: Option A - Session 1/2 (2022)
EL1
1st shared minor or open elective unit Credit Points: 12
EL2
2nd shared minor or open elective unit Credit Points: 12
Elective Units: Option A - Session 1/2 (2023)
EL3
3rd shared minor or open elective unit Credit Points: 12
EL4
4th shared minor or open elective unit Credit Points: 12
Elective Units: Option B - Session 1 (2023)
EL1
1st shared minor or open elective unit Credit Points: 12
EL2
2nd shared minor or open elective unit Credit Points: 12
Elective Units: Option B - Session 2 (2023)
EL3
3rd shared minor or open elective unit Credit Points: 12
EL4
4th shared minor or open elective unit Credit Points: 12
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Ways to study

Ways to study

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University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

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  • James Cook University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Federation University
  • University of Southern Queensland
Payment options

Payment options

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Important Information
Important Information

Important Information


Selection criteria

Domestic students
ATAR / OP 60 / 15

International students
English language IELTS
Overall score 6.0
Listening score minimum of 5.5
Reading score minimum of 5.5
Speaking score minimum of 5.5
Writing score minimum of 5.5

Second year entry requirements for this qualification are:
Completion of a relevant Diploma including:

These qualifications award a full year's credit towards this degree.

For additional information about the admissions criteria for Southern Cross University and for this course, refer the Southern Cross University website.

Please note that you will be required to complete an audition / interview. For more information, please refer to Important application information for the Bachelor of Contemporary Music on the Southern Cross University website.

Placement

You have the opportunity to undertake professional placements at major local festivals such as Splendour in the Grass and with music organisations and businesses.

Resources required

It is recommended that you have access to a reliable internet to access the Southern Cross University online learning system Blackboard Learn, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for students to use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

You may be required to purchase, or have access to recommended text books, which are listed under "Prescribed Texts" for each unit.

Need to know

This qualification is delivered in partnership with Southern Cross University. Please see the below links from Southern Cross University for further advice regarding student policies, procedures and any additional course information.

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.

Disclaimer

All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.

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How to apply

How to apply

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University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about university pathways
  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Federation University
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland