Important application information

To apply for the Bachelor of Contemporary Music, an application must be lodged with the NSW University Admissions Centre (UAC); or the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

NSW University Admissions Centre (UAC)
Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC)

Non-school leavers may apply to this course online.

In addition to applying via UAC or QTAC (or online), applicants for the Bachelor of Contemporary Music need to complete the Music Application Form. Further to this, applicants wishing to study the Performance, Songwriting/Composition or Sound Production audition streams must complete the audition/interview process. Important note: Applicants wishing to study in any of the other streams in the Bachelor of Contemporary Music (i.e. Performance – non-audition stream, Songwriting/Composition – non-audition stream, Music Education, Sound Production, New Media Arts or Screen) do not need to complete the audition/interview process.

Auditions for the Coomera offering of the 2020 Bachelor of Contemporary Music Performance, Songwriting/Composition and Sound Production audition streams will be held at the Coomera campus on 18 December 2019 and 22 January 2020.

Download the Music Application Form.

Audition/interview requirements

Candidates will be selected on the basis of:

  • the quality of their performance, songwriting/composition, sound production skills
  • their potential for development
  • their level of commitment
  • their communication skills.

Requirements for Performance (audition stream)

Audition applications will be accepted on the following instruments: Vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards/piano and drums. Other instruments will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the Course Coordinator if you wish to audition on another instrument. During the audition/interview you will be expected to perform two pieces, or excerpts of them, in contrasting styles. You will also be expected to perform a series of tasks including sight reading, performance of technical work, and short improvisations as per the guidelines set out for each instrument (including vocals). You will also be asked questions related to your musical background and achievements to date and your career aspirations.

Audition guidelines

Requirements for Songwriting/Composition and Sound Production (audition streams)

You are required to present a portfolio of three songs and/or compositions 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. The three works should be presented as online links to audio/video files (e.g. Soundcloud, YouTube, personal website, etc, supplemented by the submission of written charts and/or scores if available). If any of the three works were collaborations with other artists, you will need to clearly describe your specific contribution to the collaboration in the Music Application Form. 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 of the Bachelor of Contemporary Music after the first UAC and QTAC on-time application closing dates at the end of September, and until the last closing dates in early February. Applicants who have not been contacted by the end of January should call the University on 1800 626 481. Auditions will be held in Lismore and Coomera. Applicants who are unable to attend the auditions in person will be asked to submit a video audition. Details of video submissions are included in the Music Application Form.

Further enquiries

Contact the Future Students team online or by phone.

T: 1800 626 481