Bachelor of Contemporary Music

2022 course information for Domestic Students
2022 course information for International Students

updated 6:05 AM on Sat, 18 September

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

IELTS
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ATAR
60
Duration
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
3 years full-time
Location
Coomera, Lismore
Lismore
Start date
March, July
February
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

The Bachelor of Contemporary Music prepares you for a portfolio career in music — the multi-faceted career pathway that is now most common for contemporary musicians. Tailor your degree towards your area of interest, whether it’s production, performance, songwriting or other professional areas of the music industry.

You will learn using state-of-the-art facilities in either Lismore or Coomera, taught by lecturers who are practising musicians with strong industry links.

On-campus facilities include recording studios, rehearsal studios, music production labs, keyboard lab, and professional-standard performance spaces. You can immerse yourself in the rich local music scene that includes major annual events such as Splendour in the Grass.

Students participate in collaborative, practical music-making activities throughout the degree. An extensive ensemble program also includes small and large repertoire-focused groups and student-led project bands.

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.

Please note: Applicants for the Bachelor of Contemporary Music must complete an Audition/Interview. For more information please see the important information for applicants.

The Bachelor of Contemporary Music prepares you for a portfolio career in music — the multi-faceted career pathway that is now most common for contemporary musicians. Tailor your degree towards your area of interest, whether it’s production, performance, songwriting or other professional areas of the music industry.

You will learn using state-of-the-art facilities in either Lismore or Coomera, taught by lecturers who are practising musicians with strong industry links.

On-campus facilities include recording studios, rehearsal studios, music production labs, keyboard lab, and professional-standard performance spaces. You can immerse yourself in the rich local music scene that includes major annual events such as Splendour in the Grass.

Students participate in collaborative, practical music-making activities throughout the degree. An extensive ensemble program also includes small and large repertoire-focused groups and student-led project bands.

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.

Please note: Applicants for the Bachelor of Contemporary Music must complete an Audition/Interview. For more information please see the important information for applicants.

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 enter the BCM must complete the audition/interview process prior to entry into the course.

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

Students can focus their study on either contemporary music performance, songwriting, composition or production.

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.

Students who complete the degree 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.

Please note, an interview/audition is part of the application process for the Bachelor of Contemporary Music. Details

Domestic students

LocationTeaching period
CoomeraTerm  1, Term  3
LismoreTerm  1, Term  3

International students

LocationTeaching periodAnnual FeesCRICOS
LismoreTerm  1$28,000 ($3,500 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.

Australian/Domestic students

STAR Early Offer

If you're a current Year 12 student you can register for our STAR Early Offer program and may be eligible to receive an early offer based on your School Principal's recommendation. STAR Early Offers must be undertaken in Session 1.

Apply for your STAR Early Offer

International students studying in Australia

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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

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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.

Course Learning Outcome

Consolidate and integrate complex knowledge and skills in music.

Demonstrate academic literacy skills to share knowledge through written and verbal communications

Resolve musical and conceptual challenges using analysis, research, creativity and critical judgment.

Undertake sustained, independent and collaborative music practice

Consolidate and integrate complex knowledge and skills in music

Communicate complex musical ideas through music-specific forms of representation

Resolve musical and conceptual challenges using analysis, research, creativity and critical judgment

Undertake sustained, independent and collaborative music practice

Actively engage with different cultural and indigenous perspectives at local, national and international levels

Prepare for a career in music demonstrating reflective and ethical practice, integrity, legal obligations and adaptability, in a dynamic industry

Undertake sustained, independent and collaborative music practice

Consolidate and integrate complex knowledge and skills in music

Communicate complex musical ideas through music-specific forms of representation

Resolve musical and conceptual challenges using analysis, research, creativity and critical judgment

Prepare for a career in music demonstrating reflective and ethical practice, integrity, legal obligations and adaptability, in a dynamic industry

Undertake sustained, independent and collaborative music practice

Demonstrate academic literacy skills to share knowledge through written and verbal communications

Prepare for a career in music demonstrating reflective and ethical practice, integrity, legal obligations and adaptability, in a dynamic industry

Demonstrate academic literacy skills to share knowledge through written and verbal communications

Communicate complex musical ideas through music-specific forms of representation

Actively engage with different cultural and indigenous perspectives at local, national and international levels

Undertake sustained, independent and collaborative music practice

Actively engage with different cultural and indigenous perspectives at local, national and international levels

Prepare for a career in music demonstrating reflective and ethical practice, integrity, legal obligations and adaptability, in a dynamic industry.


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 tutorials, individual tuition, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Career opportunities

This course prepares students for a career as a performer, songwriter, producer, sound engineer, music educator, session musician, musical director, music event promoter, band and venue manager.

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

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Contemporary Music, students must complete the equivalent of 24 units (288 credit points), comprising:

Exit awards

Students may be eligible to exit with a Diploma of Contemporary Music after completing the equivalent of 8 units (96 credit points), comprising 8 core units.


Course structure


Schedule of units

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes

Core Units

MUSC1001Creative Music Practice I
MUSC1002Creative Music Practice II
MUSC2005Creative Music Practice III
MUSC2007Creative Music Practice IV
MUSC3001Creative Music Practice V
MUSC1012Music Craft I
MUSC1013Music Craft II
MUSC1014Music Craft III
MUSC1015Music Craft IV
MUSC2008Music Craft V
MUSC2009Music Craft VI
MUSC2010Music Craft VII
MUSC2011Music Craft VIII
MUSC1009Sounds, Styles and Cultures
MUSC1008Music Industry Landscapes
MUSC3008The Portfolio Career Musician
MUSC3010Oceans of Sound
MUSC1010Music Second Study
COMM3004Independent Project
CRTV1002Create: Innovate: Change

Elective/Option Units

Note 1, Note 2
Choose 4 elective units from the following
MUSC3005Advanced Music Studio Practice I
MUSC3006Advanced Music Studio Practice II
University-wide electives


Course progressions

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

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes

Complete the following units to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

First Year

MUSC1012Music Craft I
Term1

2022 unit offering information will be available in November 2021

Anti-requisitesMUSC1003 - Musicianship I MUSC1005 - Specialist Studies I
MUSC1001Creative Music Practice I
Term1

2022 unit offering information will be available in November 2021

MUSC1013Music Craft II
Term2

2022 unit offering information will be available in November 2021

Pre-requisitesMUSC1012 - Music Craft I
Anti-requisitesMUSC1003 - Musicianship IMUSC1005 - Specialist Studies I
CRTV1002Create: Innovate: Change
Term2,4

2022 unit offering information will be available in November 2021

Anti-requisitesAAD71103 - Design Fundamentals ART00630 - Design ART10094 - Digital Art and Design I
MUSC1014Music Craft III
Term3

2022 unit offering information will be available in November 2021

Pre-requisites[172972] - Music Craft II]
Anti-requisitesMUSC1004 - Musicianship IIMUSC1006 - Specialist Studies II
Enrolment restrictionsEnrolment in this unit requires Course Co-ordinator and Unit Assessor approval.
MUSC1002Creative Music Practice II
Term3

2022 unit offering information will be available in November 2021

Pre-requisitesMUSC1001 - Creative Music Practice I
MUSC1015Music Craft IV
Summer Term
Term4

2022 unit offering information will be available in November 2021

Pre-requisitesMUSC1014 - Music Craft III
Anti-requisitesMUSC1004 - Musicianship IIMUSC1006 - Specialist Studies II
Enrolment restrictionsEnrolment in this unit requires Course Co-ordinator and Unit Assessor approval.
MUSC1008Music Industry Landscapes
Term4

2022 unit offering information will be available in November 2021

Second Year

MUSC2008Music Craft V
Term1

2022 unit offering information will be available in November 2021

Pre-requisitesMUSC1015 - Music Craft IV
Anti-requisitesMUSC2002 - Musicianship IIIMUSC2003 - Specialist Studies III
Enrolment restrictionsEnrolment in this unit requires Course Co-ordinator and Unit Assessor approval.
MUSC2005Creative Music Practice III
Term1

2022 unit offering information will be available in November 2021

Pre-requisitesMUSC1002 - Creative Music Practice II
MUSC1009Sounds, Styles and Cultures
Term2

2022 unit offering information will be available in November 2021

MUSC2009Music Craft VI
Summer Term
Term2

2022 unit offering information will be available in November 2021

Pre-requisitesMUSC2008 - Music Craft V
Anti-requisitesMUSC2002 - Musicianship IIIMUSC2003 - Specialist Studies III
Enrolment restrictionsEnrolment in this unit requires Course Co-ordinator and Unit Assessor approval.
MUSC2010Music Craft VII
Term3

2022 unit offering information will be available in November 2021

Pre-requisitesMUSC2009 - Music Craft VI
Anti-requisitesMUSC3004 - Musicianship IVMUSC2004 - Specialist Studies IV
Enrolment restrictionsEnrolment in this unit requires Course Co-ordinator and Unit Assessor approval.
MUSC2007Creative Music Practice IV
Term3

2022 unit offering information will be available in November 2021

Pre-requisitesMUSC2005 - Creative Music Practice III
MUSC3010Oceans of Sound
Term4

2022 unit offering information will be available in November 2021

Enrolment informationThe content and assesment for this unit draws on ethnomusicological concepts introduced in MUSC1009 - Sounds, Styles and Cultures. It is recommended that students complete MUSC1009 - Sounds, Styles and Cultures prior to enrolling in this unit.
MUSC2011Music Craft VIII
Term4

2022 unit offering information will be available in November 2021

Pre-requisitesMUSC2010 - Music Craft VII
Anti-requisitesMUSC3004 - Musicianship IVMUSC2004 - Specialist Studies IV
Enrolment restrictionsEnrolment in this unit requires Course Co-ordinator and Unit Assessor approval.

Third Year

Elective

Note 1, Note 2
MUSC3001Creative Music Practice V
Term1

2022 unit offering information will be available in November 2021

Pre-requisitesMUSC2007 - Creative Music Practice IV AND MUSC3004 - Musicianship IV
MUSC1010Music Second Study
Term2

2022 unit offering information will be available in November 2021

Elective

Note 1, Note 2
Elective

Note 1, Note 2
Elective

Note 1, Note 2
MUSC3008The Portfolio Career Musician
Term4

2022 unit offering information will be available in November 2021

Enrolment informationThis is a capstone unit that integrates the knowledge you have developed during your degree. Students enrolling in this unit should have completed units equivalent to 144 credit points (typically 12 units) in MUS code units. The focus of the assessment is to prepare you for a career in music.
COMM3004Independent Project
Term2,5

2022 unit offering information will be available in November 2021



Notes

Note 1: Electives can be any University-wide elective or the elective music units - Advanced Music Studio Practice I and Advanced Music Studio Practice II.
Note 2: Students wishing to gain entry into a graduate music education course (e.g., Masters of Teaching) are advised to complete 4 electives that will contribute to a second specialisation within the Faculty of Education. Confirm with the Faculty of Education regarding areas of specialisation and the specific units required.

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