Important application information for the Bachelor of Contemporary Music

Important application information for the Bachelor of Contemporary Music

Students can apply for the Bachelor of Contemporary Music either through the NSW University Admissions Centre (UAC) or the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC)< or they may apply directly to the University. If you are a STAR applicant, you will apply directly to the University.

In addition to applying via UAC or QTAC (or online), applicants for the Bachelor of Contemporary Music need to attend an interview and submit a video audition or link to your online portfolio based on your specialist area.

Interviews for the 2024 intake will be held during November/December 2023. Further information regarding specific dates will be updated on this page in due course.

If you have any questions about the audition please do not hesitate to contact one of the following Academic staff:

Lismore applicants – Dr Barry Hill, Course Coordinator for the Bachelor of Contemporary Music, barry.hill@scu.edu.au

Coomera applicants – Brad Hosking, Coomera Campus Music Coordinator, brad.hosking@scu.edu.au

Audition/interview requirements

Candidates will be selected on the basis of:

  • The quality of their performance or songwriting/composition or sound production skills
  • Their potential for development
  • Their level of commitment
  • Their communication skills.

Specialist areas

You can apply for one or more of the following specialist areas:

  • Songwriting/Composition
  • Production
  • Performance (instruments: guitar, vocals, drums, bass, keyboards/piano, saxophone)
  • Other instrument considered on a case by case basis).

Requirements for Performance

Applications will be accepted on the following instruments: Vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards/piano and drums and saxophone. Other instruments will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the Course Coordinator Barry Hill if you wish to audition on another instrument. For the video audition, you will need to perform two pieces (up to 10 minutes in length total), in contrasting styles and perform technical work. In the interview, you will also be asked questions related to your musical background and achievements to date and your career aspirations.

Requirements for Songwriting/Composition and Sound Production

You are required to present a portfolio of three tracks (up to 12 minutes in length total) that represent your level of achievement as a songwriter/composer or producer/engineer to date. Note the portfolio may include music created for film or other media. During the audition/interview you will be asked to discuss the three works in your submission as well as your musical background, achievements to date and your career aspirations.

Audition/interview details

Southern Cross University will contact all applicants between the end of September and early February.
Applicants who have not been contacted by the end of January should call the University on 1800 SC HELP / 1800 72 4357 or email fbla.enquiry@scu.edu.au.

Further enquiries

Contact the Future Students team online or by phone.

T: 1800 SC HELP / 1800 72 4357

Contact the Faculty of Business, Law and Arts

Executive Dean of Faculty Associate Dean (Education) Associate Dean (Research)
Professor Mike Ewing Ms Helen Walsh Professor Darshana Sedera
T: +61 7 5589 3054
E: michael.ewing@scu.edu.au
T:  +61 2 6620 3848
E: helen.walsh@scu.edu.au
T:  +61 7 5589 3036
E: darshana.sedera@scu.edu.au

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