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Bachelor of Creative Arts Specialisation Music

Bachelor of Creative Arts Specialisation Music (BCAR)

Entry requirements
  • OP: 16
  • Selection Rank: 66
Study mode
  • On-campus
Campus
  • Springfield
  • Toowoomba
Duration
  • 3 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
Start date
  • February
  • July
  • November
Note: The Music major is only available to study part-time in the July (Semester 2) and November (Semester 3) intakes. The November intake (Semester 3) is only offered via online study.

Overview

  • Our Bachelor of Creative Arts (Music) is increasingly recognised as one of the most innovative in Australia.
  • Undertake a holistic program of learning, which values musical diversity and integrated theory with practice and music technology.
  • Learn within an exciting and collaborative environment alongside industry professionals.
  • You may also combine disciplines within creative arts or other areas of study.
  • Our students have many opportunities to perform publicly in our Arts Theatre.
  • You can also explore your own interests through tailored projects. Recent examples include recording a worship EP for independent release and composing the score for the annual Shakespeare in the Park Festival.

Career outcomes

  • As a graduate you can become a performer, song-writer, composer, arranger, ensemble musician teacher or scholar, and take the opportunity to see music in a new way.
  • Your career prospects will vary depending on your area of specialisation, including opportunities in music production, performance, multimedia, recording studios, education, music business, musical composition, and sound design.

Entry requirements

Find the entry requirements most relevant to you.

Recent secondary education

Including adjustments Entry score including adjustment factors (additional points given in certain circumstances). Excluding adjustments Entry score not including adjustment factors.
Lowest OP/selection rank to receive an offer The minimum entry score for this degree based on USQ offers.
OP
16
Rank
66
OP
20
Rank
59

To study this degree we assume you have sound knowledge in:

  • English
  • Music

We assume that your knowledge is equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA). Find out more about assumed knowledge.

If you apply to study the Music major, you must attend an audition and/or interview and bring:

  • a passport-sized photo of themselves
  • a school exit statement or evidence of previous education standard achieved
  • Music applicants will need to provide their own accompanying tracks on MP3 or an iPod. Whilst it is advantageous to have studied high school music or for AMEB practical and/or theory/musicianship exams, if you have not undertaken such studies are not precluded from applying.
  • Instrumental and Vocal applicants must attend an audition and interview and present two contrasting items.
  • All applicants are to present a written statement (500 words) addressing the following: a musical experience which has inspired, motivated or moved you. It might be a performance or concert you attended, or participated in, or it might be music of a particular artist or work. The submission should be typed and signed by you, with a statement which certifies that the work is your own. Please present your submission at interview.

It is a requirement that Queensland-based students hold a current positive notice indicating that they are deemed suitable for working with children and young people whilst studying the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Music). Further information about the Blue Card or Exemption Card suitability process is available from the Blue Card Services.

Further admission information

Adjustments are additional points given in certain circumstances that may increase your Rank. Find out if you qualify for any adjustment factor pathways such as educational disadvantage where you live, and subjects you passed.

USQ is committed to greater admissions transparency. Learn more about the education and work experience, as well as average OP/Ranks for this degrees' student cohort for Semester 1, 2019.

Tafe (VET) qualification

If you have completed a qualification from a TAFE or qualified private provider, you may be able to use these qualifications to meet USQ's entry requirements.

Work and life experience

You may be able to use your work experience and other adjustment factors to increase your selection rank and meet USQ's entry requirements.

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.

Pathways

If you don't meet the entry requirements, we have pathway options available to you.

If you identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent you may be eligible to enter the Indigenous Higher Education (IHEPP) program.

Degree structure

Students in the Bachelor of Creative Arts have the opportunity to study a 16-unit extended major. 

The following 8-unit Creative Arts majors can be combined with a 16-unit extended major as a second major:

  • Film, Television, and Radio (8-unit major)
  • Theatre Practice (8-unit major)
  • Theatre Theory (8-unit major)
  • Visual Arts Practice (8-unit major)
  • Visual Arts Theory (8-unit major)

With approval, students are able to take one major or minor/elective study from other undergraduate programs offered by USQ.

Option 1

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 1
Discipline foundation courses 7
Discipline extension courses 8
Second major 8
Total 24

Option 2

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 1
Discipline foundation courses 7
Discipline extension courses 8
Minor sequence 4
Minor sequence 4
Total 24

Option 3

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 1
Discipline foundation courses 7
Discipline extension courses 8
Minor sequence 4
Electives 4
Total 24

Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this degree are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported

The Federal Government contributes to the cost of your course and you need to pay a student contribution.

AUD 6684
Domestic full fee paying

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 21600

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2020. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level. Find out if you are eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships

At USQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Apply via QTAC

Apply via QTAC (Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre) if you:

  • have never studied with USQ before, or
  • are a Year 12 student, or
  • want to transfer to USQ from another university.
Mode QTAC Codes
Toowoomba 909141

Copy your QTAC code and continue through to the QTAC website to complete your application.

Apply through QTAC

If you are applying via QTAC, please check the QTAC closing dates.

Audition/interview

To study the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Music) you will need to attend an audition and/or interview in addition to your QTAC or direct entry application. Further information on the audition/interview process is available within the Entry requirements section.

To register for an audition or interview at USQ please complete the USQ Online Audition Form.

Apply directly to USQ

You may be able to apply directly to USQ if you:

  • are a current or previous USQ student returning to study with complete or incomplete qualifications (excluding Head Start students), or
  • have recently graduated from TAFE.

The closing dates for applying directly to USQ are:

  • Semester 1, 2020 - applications close Friday 6 March, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 24 February 2020.
  • Semester 2, 2020 - applications close Friday 24 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 13 July 2020.
  • Semester 3, 2020 - applications close Friday 20 November, with semester 3 commencing on Monday 16 November 2020.

More information on applying key dates is available.

Further information

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