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Bachelor of Contemporary Music

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At a glance

At a glance

Prepare for a career in the 21st Century music industry with this advanced course. This qualification will allow you to launch your career as a performer, songwriter, producer, sound engineer, educator, session musician, musical director, promoter or venue manager.

JOB PROSPECTS
  • Performer
  • Songwriter
  • Producer
  • Sound Engineer
  • Session Musician
  • Musical Director
  • Music Educator
  • Music Event Promoter
  • Band and Venue Manager
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3003140 Bachelor of Contemporary Music

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Course overview

Course overview

Prepare for a career in the 21st Century music industry with this advanced course. This qualification will set you up for a musical career on stage or behind the scenes promoting artists, staging concerts and tours, or working behind the production desk.

The creative arts industry plays an important role in Australia's economy. According to the Australian Government's MySkills service, it contributes over $10 billion to our economy and employs nearly 100,000 people. The emergence of new technologies and wide range of job prospects available mean this is an exciting industry to be a part of.

Guided by lecturers who are successful musicians with strong industry connections, this course will open the door to a career as a performer, songwriter, producer, sound engineer, educator, session musician, musical director, promoter or venue manager.

There are a number of streams you can choose from within this degree:

  • 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

Performance, songwriting/composition and sound production audition streams

These audition streams are for students with high-level abilities and offer you the opportunity to work closely with staff to hone your skills in a specialist area. These streams include extensive one-on-one and/or small group tuition and consultations between students and teachers.

Students who achieve at a high level in a non-audition stream can transfer into the audition stream in second year.

Sound production non-audition stream

This stream will develop your skills in live recording and sound engineering. You'll get to work closely with performers and songwriters in both live and recording environments.

Music education stream

Completing this stream will prepare you to apply for a graduate education course to become a secondary school music teacher. The course structure also enables you to pick up a second teaching area by taking elective units in another specialist area.

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.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
Introductory
MUS71005
Creative Music Practice I Part A
MUS71006
Creative Music Practice II Part A
MUS71001
Musicianship I Part A
MUS71002
Musicianship II Part A
MUS10509
Sounds, Styles and Cultures Part A
MUS10506
Music Industry Landscapes Part A
Intermediate
MUS72010
Creative Music Practice III Part A
MUS72011
Creative Music Practice IV Part A
MUS72003
Musicianship III Part A
MUS72004
Musicianship IV Part A
Advanced
MUS73015
Creative Music Practice V Part A
MUS73016
Creative Music Practice VI Part A
MUS73005
Musicianship V Advanced Part A
MUS73001
The Portfolio Career Musician Part A
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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
  • University of Southern Queensland
Payment options

Payment options

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, get in touch. We're here to help.

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This may be the full fee for the course, or the student contribution amount if you are eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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Important Information
Important Information

Important Information


Selection criteria

Diploma of Music Performance/Bachelor of Contemporary Music

Complete the Diploma and enter into the 2nd year of the degree

Students wishing to be considered for the performance or songwriting/composition audition streams must complete the audition process prior to entry into the course.

Bachelor of Contemporary Music (3 years)

Students wishing to be considered for the performance or songwriting/composition audition streams must complete the audition process prior to entry into the course.

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

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
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland