Important application information for the Bachelor of Contemporary Music

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 attend an interview and submit a video audition or link to your online portfolio based on your specialist area.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all interviews will be conducted via Zoom. Interviews for the 2021 intake will be held for Lismore campus applicants on 16–19 November and for Coomera campus applicants on 7–10 December 2020.

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 or 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 Matt 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 as per the Audition guidelines and video submission instructions set out for each instrument (including vocals). 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 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. 

Audition guidelines and video submission instructions


Further enquiries

Contact the Future Students team online or by phone.

T: 1800 626 481

Contact the School of Arts and Social Sciences

Dean and Head of School

T: +61 7 5589 3169


Assistant to Head of School

T: +61 2 6620 3136


Deputy Dean and Director (Research)

T: +61 2 6620 3839