Bachelor of Contemporary Music

2020 course information for Domestic Students
2020 course information for International Students

updated 2:39 PM on Wed, 7 April

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

IELTS
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ATAR/OP
N/A
Duration
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

3.5F/6.5P if commencing in Session 2

3 years full-time
Location
Coomera, Lismore
Start date
March, July
Course code
3003140
Course abbreviation
BContempMus
Credit points
288
Equivalent units
24
CRICOS
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Fees
Commonwealth supported
Fees
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Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

Course overview

See yourself as the next Lady Gaga or Bruno Mars? Does your band dream of emulating the success of music's biggest names? Perhaps you aspire to a career behind the production desk, promoting artists, or staging concerts and tours.

Join a fantastic community of Southern Cross music graduates that include award-winning producer Matt Fell, singer-songwriter BUOY, composer and musician Yantra de Vilder, Matt Smith of Thirsty Merc, US country music number-one hit songwriter Phil Barton as well as Matt Collins, Michael Watson, Scott Finch and Fraser Rojo Perrott of WHARVES to name just a few.

Guided by lecturers who are successful musicians with strong industry connections, the Bachelor of Contemporary Music will prepare you for a 21st century music career. Along with access to our state-of-the-art facilities in either Lismore or Coomera, you can participate in collaborative, practical music-making activities, attend APRA AMCOS songwriters' workshops featuring visiting artists, and access some of Australia’s biggest music events such as Splendour in the Grass and Byron Bay Bluesfest.

This course opens the way to a career as a performer, songwriter, producer, sound engineer, educator, session musician, musical director, promoter or venue manager. Graduates completing the required units can also study our Master of Teaching and teach secondary school music.

See yourself as the next Lady Gaga or Bruno Mars? Does your band dream of emulating the success of music's biggest names? Perhaps you aspire to a career behind the production desk, promoting artists, or staging concerts and tours.

Join a fantastic community of Southern Cross music graduates that include award-winning producer Matt Fell, singer-songwriter BUOY, composer and musician Yantra de Vilder, Matt Smith of Thirsty Merc, US country music number-one hit songwriter Phil Barton as well as Matt Collins, Michael Watson, Scott Finch and Fraser Rojo Perrott of WHARVES to name just a few.

Guided by lecturers who are successful musicians with strong industry connections, the Bachelor of Contemporary Music will prepare you for a 21st century music career. Along with access to our state-of-the-art facilities in either Lismore or Coomera, you can participate in collaborative, practical music-making activities, attend APRA AMCOS songwriters' workshops featuring visiting artists, and access some of Australia’s biggest music events such as Splendour in the Grass and Byron Bay Bluesfest.

This course opens the way to a career as a performer, songwriter, producer, sound engineer, educator, session musician, musical director, promoter or venue manager. Graduates completing the required units can also study our Master of Teaching and teach secondary school music.

Current Southern Cross students – to access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook.

Entry requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

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

Credit for prior learning

Candidates who can demonstrate artistic or academic expertise at a professional level in any approved area of the course may be granted advanced standing for up to 12 units from Parts A or B, provided that except in special circumstances, such artistic expertise has been demonstrated within seven (7) years prior to admission of candidature.

CountryScore
Austria AMC3.4
Bangladesh HSC3.6
Brazil SSLC8.2
Canada High School OSSD50
Chile PSU6.4, overall 600/649
China Gao Kao449
Colombia CB (NAT)81, overall 300/349
Denmark USSLE6.2
France FB11
German Abitur3
Hong Kong HKDSE14
India CBSE (best 4)8.5 external exam
India CISCE71
India Higher Secondary School Certificate (best 4)78 in 4 academic
Indonesia SMA8.2
International Baccalaureate24
Japan USSLC4
Korea, Republic of, CSAT298
Malaysia ICSSUEC71
Malaysia STPM5 in best 3 A levels
Nepal Higher Secondary Education Certificate73
Nepal Proficiency Certificate82
Norway GPA1.5
Pakistan HSSC31
Pakistan HSSC Humanities and Science streams77
Papua New Guinea HSC (best 5)2.5, pass Eng & Math
Peru OCSE17
Phillipines NSAT89
Russia FCCSE4.3
Saudi Arabia MESSLC83
Singapore SCGCE15.5
Spain SSSD8.2
Spain STBPU7.5
Spain SUOY4.9
Sri Lanka GCE4.5
Sweden SSLC13
Taiwan GSAT54
Taiwan Senior High School Certificate87
Thailand CSE(Matayom 6) 1.9
Turkey HSD4
UK Board GCE A Levels13
USA SAT & ACTSAT 1410, ACT 20
Vietnam (in 4 subjects)7.5 Average

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows

CategoryScore
Overall6.0
Listeningminimum 5.5
Readingminimum 5.5
Speakingminimum 5.5
Writingminimum 5.5

About the course

There are nine streams in total:

  • Performance (audition stream)
  • Performance (non-audition stream)
  • Songwriting/Composition (audition stream)
  • Songwriting/Composition (non-audition stream)
  • Music Education
  • Sound Production (audition stream)
  • Sound Production (non-audition stream)
  • New Media Arts
  • Screen.

Please note: New Media Arts and Screen streams are not currently available at Coomera. Sound Production (audition stream) is not available at Lismore.

The flexible course structure enables you to choose the pathway most suited to your interests. You can combine elements from different streams to create your own pathway.

All students participate in collaborative, practical music-making activities throughout the degree. An extensive ensemble program includes small and large repertoire-focused groups and student-led project bands. Students write, arrange, rehearse, record and perform a wide range of music, and are encouraged to develop their own creative projects.

PerformanceSongwriting/Composition and Sound Production audition streams

These audition streams offer students who are entering the course with high-level abilities the opportunity to work closely with staff and hone their skills in a specialist area. Students in these streams receive extensive one-on-one and/or small group tuition and consultations.

Please note that students wishing to be considered for the audition streams must complete the audition process as part of their application to this course. Information about the audition process is available at scu.edu.au/music

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

Music Education stream

Students who complete the degree with the Music Education stream can then apply for a graduate education course (such as the Master of Teaching at Southern Cross) to become a secondary school music teacher. The Bachelor of Contemporary Music course structure enables students to also pick up a second teaching area by taking elective units in another specialist area.

Sound Production non-audition stream

The Sound Production non-audition stream develops students' skills in live recording and sound engineering. Students have access to state-of-the-art production facilities, including purpose-built recording and performance spaces. They work closely with performers and songwriters in both live and recording environments.

New Media Arts and Screen streams (Lismore only, not available at Coomera)

Students in the New Media Arts stream and the Screen stream pursue design, film, video and emerging arts practices. There are opportunities for students to collaborate on projects with students studying the Bachelor of Digital Media and Communication and the Bachelor of Art and Design.

Domestic students

LocationSession
Coomera1, 2
Lismore1, 2

International students

LocationSessionAnnual FeesCRICOS
Lismore1$26,800 ($3,350 per unit)026996C
 Notice

Tuition fees are in Australian dollars, and are subject to change, including annual increases over the duration of a course. Annual tuition fee is based on completing 8 units per year. In addition students are required to pay OSHC for the duration of their visa in advance. Non-tuition fee covers textbooks, stationery and excursions.

How to apply

Where and when do you want to study?

Applications for this course are made directly to Southern Cross University via our online application service.

Applications are not available for 2020. Please select a different year above or see Course Options for courses currently offered.

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Why choose SCU?

Excellence in research

Outstanding ratings of 'at world standard' or above in 23 research fields.

Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018

Top 200 Young Universities

Only 25 years young and ranked in the top 200 universities in the world.

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Outstanding student support

5-Star Student Support across undergraduate and postgraduate studies

Good Universities Guide 2021

Learning outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Demonstrate skills of analysis, interpretation, evaluation and research.

Apply these skills to musical and other cultural contexts.

Creativity

Demonstrate creative and interpretive skills in a range of music composition, music performance, music production, and allied activities.

Apply these skills to creative work and outputs.

Ethical practice

Demonstrate a commitment to ethical practices and legal obligations in professional and personal contexts.

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate a broad, integrated command of knowledge, skills and technologies in music.

Demonstrate the ability and confidence to make a successful transition to professional life.

Lifelong learning

Demonstrate the ability to be responsive to change, to be reflective in practice, and to be information literate.

Apply this ability to update and develop one’s knowledge through independent and self-directed learning.

Communication and social skills

Demonstrate a repertoire of written, oral, sonic and gestural communication skills.

Apply these skills to personal, and professional settings.

Cultural competence

Demonstrate the ability and confidence to engage with different cultural and indigenous perspectives at local, national and international levels.

Apply these skills in the conduct creative artistic practice.


Assessment methods

Assessment methods include performances, composition/songwriting portfolios, recording portfolios, technical assessments, musicianship exams and assignments, oral presentations, reflective writing tasks, peer and self-assessments, essays, projects and written exams.

Teaching methods

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, individual tuition, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Career opportunities

As performers, songwriters, producers, sound engineers, music educators, session musicians, musical directors, music event promoters, band and venue managers.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Contemporary Music who complete the required units can study the Master of Teaching and teach secondary school music.

Professional placement

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

Ask a question

Domestic future
students

Call 1800 626 481 during business hours.

International future
students

Call +61 2 6620 3876 during business hours.

Current
students

Email: enquiry@scu.edu.au
Call 1800 005 687 during business hours.


Course requirements

  1. To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Contemporary Music degree a candidate shall successfully complete not less than twenty-four (24) units (288 credit points) comprising:
    1. all fourteen (14) units listed in Part A; and
    2. six (6) units from Part B (including at least 2 advanced level units) and 4 elective units; or
    3. one ten (10) unit Recommended Stream from Part C
  2. To be eligible for the award of Diploma of Contemporary Music a candidate shall successfully complete not less than eight (8) units (96 credit points) comprising:
    1. six (6) units listed in Part A and 2 units in Part B or Part C
  3. A candidate who, while enrolled in the Bachelor of Contemporary Music, may elect to be awarded the Diploma of Contemporary Music following withdrawal from the Bachelor Degree.

Course structure


Schedule of units

TitleLevel of learningNote

Part A

MUS71005 -  Creative Music Practice IIntroductory
MUS71006 -  Creative Music Practice IIIntroductory
MUS72010 -  Creative Music Practice IIIIntermediate
MUS72011 -  Creative Music Practice IVIntermediate
MUS73015 -  Creative Music Practice VAdvanced
MUS73016 -  Creative Music Practice VIAdvanced
MUS71001 -  Musicianship IIntroductory
MUS71002 -  Musicianship IIIntroductory
MUS72003 -  Musicianship IIIIntermediate
MUS72004 -  Musicianship IVIntermediate
MUS73005 -  Musicianship VAdvanced
MUS10509 -  Sounds, Styles and CulturesIntroductory
MUS10506 -  Music Industry LandscapesIntroductory
MUS73001 -  The Portfolio Career MusicianAdvanced

Part B

Part C

TitleLevel of learningNote
MUS71010 -  Instrumental Techniques IIntroductory
MUS71011 -  Instrumental Techniques IIIntroductory
4 Part B units
4 Electives Note 1



Course progressions

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

TitleLevel of learningNote

Year 1, Session 1

MUS71005 -  Creative Music Practice IIntroductory
MUS71001 -  Musicianship IIntroductory
MUS10509 -  Sounds, Styles and CulturesIntroductory
MUS71010 -  Instrumental Techniques IIntroductory

Year 1, Session 2

MUS71006 -  Creative Music Practice IIIntroductory
MUS71002 -  Musicianship IIIntroductory
MUS10506 -  Music Industry LandscapesIntroductory
MUS71011 -  Instrumental Techniques IIIntroductory

Year 2, Session 1

MUS72010 -  Creative Music Practice IIIIntermediate
MUS72003 -  Musicianship IIIIntermediate
Part B unit
Part B OR Elective

Year 2, Session 2

MUS72011 -  Creative Music Practice IVIntermediate
MUS72004 -  Musicianship IVIntermediate
Part B unit
Part B OR Elective

Year 3, Session 1

MUS73015 -  Creative Music Practice VAdvanced
MUS73005 -  Musicianship VAdvanced
Part B unit
Part B OR Elective

Year 3, Session 2

MUS73016 -  Creative Music Practice VIAdvanced
MUS73001 -  The Portfolio Career MusicianAdvanced
Part B unit
Part B OR Elective

TitleLevel of learningNote
Year 1, Session 2
MUS10506 -  Music Industry LandscapesIntroductory
Option Part B Units

OR

Elective
Note 1
Option Part B Units

OR

Elective
Note 1
Year 2, Session 1
MUS71005 -  Creative Music Practice IIntroductory
MUS71001 -  Musicianship IIntroductory
MUS10509 -  Sounds, Styles and CulturesIntroductory
Option Part B Units

OR

Elective
Note 1
Year 2, Session 2
MUS71006 -  Creative Music Practice IIIntroductory
MUS71002 -  Musicianship IIIntroductory
Option Part B Units

OR

Elective
Note 1
Option Part B Units

OR

Elective
Note 1
Year 3, Session 1
MUS72010 -  Creative Music Practice IIIIntermediate
MUS72003 -  Musicianship IIIIntermediate
Option Part B Units

OR

Elective
Note 1
Option Part B Units

OR

Elective
Note 1
Year 3, Session 2
MUS72011 -  Creative Music Practice IVIntermediate
MUS72004 -  Musicianship IVIntermediate
Option Part B Units

OR

Elective
Note 1
Year 4, Session 1
MUS73015 -  Creative Music Practice VAdvanced
MUS73005 -  Musicianship VAdvanced
Option Part B Units

OR

Elective
Note 1
Year 4, Session 2
MUS73016 -  Creative Music Practice VIAdvanced
MUS73001 -  The Portfolio Career MusicianAdvanced
Option Part B Units

OR

Elective

Note 1


Notes

Note 1: Electives can be any undergraduate unit offered by the University
Note 2: Enrolment in Specialist Studies I-VI units is restricted and requires UA and CC approval
Note 3: Only suggested in the music education stream if not doing Specialist Studies I and II
Note 4: Depending on whether Instrumental Techniques I and II are undertaken as part of the music education stream
Note 5: Students wishing to gain entry into a graduate music education course should use the 4 electives to complete a second teaching area. At SCU the recommended areas are: English, maths, history or geography. Confirm with the School of Education the specific units required.

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