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QUT (Queensland University of Technology)

  • 17% international / 83% domestic

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music)

  • Bachelor

Create new music from first year. Experience live and recording studio environments. Choose creative technologies, music performance and recording or composing for media.

Key details

Degree Type
3 years full-time
Course Code
KK34, 056185A
Study Mode
In person
Intake Months
Domestic Fees
$6,700 per year / $20,100 total
International Fees
$31,200 per year / $93,600 total

About this course

You’ll be creating new music from your first year. This is before choosing pathways, such as creative technologies, performing and recording new music, or composing for media. The course can lead you into music industry professions such as management or promotion, and social engagement.

Our music degree prepares aspiring musicians for the rapidly changing music industry. Students are encouraged to create works across musical boundaries and strike out in new directions.

In your final year you’ll work on transdisciplinary industry-connected projects with students from other study areas in the performing arts. You can also participate in music projects which focus on artist development and music-related research.

Customise your degree

If production is your passion, you will focus on creating new music and developing skills in songwriting, studio recording, sequencing, digital processing and writing for acoustic, electric and digital instruments.

If you are interested in performance, you’ll focus on developing your unique performance style and artistic voice, creating new work, using digital technology and developing new interpretations of your repertoire, as well as gaining further experience performing in recording studio and live contexts.

If your passion is making music for film, television, animation, games or any other transdisciplinary media environment, you’ll have opportunities to work with students in those disciplines.

If you wish to become a primary or secondary school dance teacher you have some options. You can complete your dance studies first and then follow with a Master of Teaching in early childhood, primary or secondary education.* Or you can now undertake a double degree in secondary education at the same time as your music degree.

*Check entry requirements for the Master of Teaching for specific teaching areas.

Entry requirements

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course we assume you have sound knowledge in these areas:

  • English

We assume that you have knowledge equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA).

More about assumed knowledge


You must successfully complete an audition.

Important dates Thursday 1 August 2019 QTAC applications, intrafaculty change form, change of major or minor form and the QUT online registration form open. 5pm Friday 20 September 2019 All applications and application forms close. Requests for applications and registrations after this date will not be considered. Make sure you allow adequate time to complete each stage of your application before application closing time. How to applyStep 1

Apply through QTAC. Current Creative Industries Faculty (CIF) undergraduate students changing course or major must instead submit an intrafaculty change form or change of major or minor form.

Step 2

Complete the QUT online registration form. You must have a valid QTAC number or current QUT student ID number to complete this step.

You must pay the non-refundable $70 application service fee via QUTPay. If you're applying via the Educational Access Scheme or the Centralised Assessment Selection Program, you are exempt from the fee.

Your application is complete once you reach the confirmation notice screen and receive your confirmation email.

Step 3

Attend your nominated audition and bring your supporting documents with you. You can nominate your audition time as part of the online registration form.

If you're not able to attend an audition, you can submit your audition and personal statement video as part of the online registration form.  If you select this option, you'll need to email your supporting documents to ci@qut.edu.au by 5pm on Friday 27 September 2019.

Supporting documentation

Make sure you have:

  • your online registration detailed confirmation notice
  • a curriculum vitae (CV) of no more than 2 pages
  • a copy of your most recent high school report
  • results of any previous tertiary studies
  • evidence of your highest musical achievements
  • written notes explaining your role in the creation of any recorded pieces you're presenting, including how you created it and your aims in creating it.
Audition preparation

Music audition preparation (PDF file, 185.0 KB)

Music audition equipment availability (PDF file, 150.2 KB)

Audition location and dates

We encourage you to attend one of the available audition times, which you can select through the online registration form. The time and date of your interview cannot be changed except in exceptional circumstances.

If you don't attend an audition, or submit your audition and personal statement via video, you won't be considered for a place in the course.

Brisbane auditions Date Tuesday 1 October 2019 Wednesday 2 October 2019 Thursday 3 October 2019 Friday 4 October 2019 Location Z9, Creative Industries Precinct, cnr of Kelvin Grove Rd & Musk Avenue, QUT Kelvin Grove CampusAudition feedback

Due to the large number of applications received, we can't provide feedback to applicants.

I need more information

Contact the Creative Industries Faculty for more information on our audition process. You can get in touch by emailing ci@qut.edu.au or calling 3138 8114.

When do I find out the outcome? QTAC applications

Before the November offer round, we will update the preference information within your QTAC application to reflect your outcome. You'll be able to check this via QTAC’s application services.

What information will I see on QTAC?

Within your preferences tab you will see one of the following statuses under the satisfied column:

  • Met: You have met the minimum entry requirements to be considered for a place in this course
  • Not met: You have not met the minimum entry requirements to be considered for a place in this course. You may want to review your QTAC course preferences.

Meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee a QTAC offer for this course, as there are usually more eligible applicants than places available in the program. Most offers will be made in the November offer round. Further offers may be made in later offer rounds.

Intrafaculty change applications

Admissions will notify you of your outcome by email, sent to your QUT student email address from December.

Change of major or minor applications

The Creative Industries Faculty will notify you of your outcome by email, sent to your QUT student email address from late November.

Advanced standing

If you have prior studies or work experience, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit). You can apply for advanced standing once you've been accepted to QUT. If you're in your first semester of study, you must apply for advanced standing within 10 days of receiving your offer.

More about advanced standing


You can't defer your offer in this course. You must start in the semester you apply for.

More about deferring your offer

Offers we made to school leavers in Semester 1, 2019 421512 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music)

Admission was based on additional entry requirements only.

You can find out more about your fellow students’ backgrounds with this course’s student profile.

Study locations

Kelvin Grove

Graduate outcomes

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