Bachelor of Arts (Music Industry)
The Bachelor of Arts Music Industry program provides an innovative approach to the study of music in local and global contexts.
Studying in the centre of Melbourne exposes you to thriving local scenes, buskers, bars, clubs, theatres and festivals, in the exciting music capital of Australia.
Through your studies you will explore contemporary trends and issues through a combination of practical, project-based work and academic, theoretical study. You will also learn about key music technologies, global music cultures, popular music scenes, music business practice and live music performance.
Beyond the specifics of the music industries, you will also investigate broader cultural, social and historical perspectives by undertaking a sequence of contextual courses.
Students are prepared for a variety of careers within the music industries and the broader creative industries.
Graduates in this program can expect to work in a diverse range of roles, including artist management, live sound engineering, journalism and teaching.
Course content is delivered by experienced academic staff with many years of industry and research experience. Our on-going teaching staff have first-hand knowledge and experience of music performance, studio recording, international touring, music journalism, event coordination and music business. In addition, the program employs guest lecturers and sessional tutors from cultural organisations, arts bodies and music business. This enables our students to experience the breadth and depth of employment possibilities in the music industries.
All programs are delivered in English. You will have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
Work placements can be taken in broad ranging, music industry-related organisations. The program has established industry links with a wide range of professional and community organisations in Australia. We have formal partnerships with the Mushroom Group, a leader in the recording and publishing industries, and Creative Environment Enterprises, a cutting edge organisation in the field of music sustainability. We also draw on the expertise of the peak advisory body for musicians in Melbourne, Music Victoria.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
This program is studied via a variety of teaching and learning modes, such as lectures, seminars, work integrated learning and problem-solving workshops. The final year involves an industry placement.
You will study one of five contextual strands as part of your degree program. The five contextual strands are: Asian Media and Culture; Cinema Studies; Politics Economies Communication; Literary Studies; Approaches to Popular Culture.
Music Industry students can also take advantage of a rich choice of electives offered in the School of Media and Communication, as well as from across the University.
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|Bachelor of Arts (Music Industry)||City Campus||
3 years (6 semesters) full-time
3 years (6 semesters) full-time
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Program code: BP047
Graduates are employed in a variety of areas within the music industries and the broader creative industries. Completion of the program offers graduates the opportunity to find employment in these industries through industry-based projects and placements.
RMIT students experience a high level of employment upon graduation due to their professional skill level. The program provides a broad overview of the music industries, and our graduates work in areas such as:
- live sound engineering
- studio production
- artist management
- event management
Semester 2 2018
You must have successfully completed:
- the Advanced Diploma of Music Industry (Sound Production) OR
- at least one year of a degree in a related discipline, including music, music business, music culture, music industry, music marketing, music media, music performance, music production, music/live technology, music video, sound design or audio production.
You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent senior secondary school qualification) with a minimum 65% average (check calculator below).
For information on international qualifications and corresponding entry requirements that are equivalent to an Australian Year 12, see the Entry requirements by country web page.
Equivalent qualifications may also include completion of the RMIT Foundation Studies program or a recognised post secondary diploma in the relevant discipline with the required grades.
Meeting the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee entry. Your application will still need to be assessed and accepted.
Semester 2 2018
You must submit with your application:
- a personal statement outlining your:
- reasons for wanting to study this course
- awareness of current music industry issues
- career aspirations
- a CV that shows evidence of any music performance, production or other relevant industry experience. Evidence may include YouTube, Sound Cloud or other website links. For collaborative work, applicants must detail their role, and the role of the collaborator(s).
To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:
- IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0)
- TOEFL (Paper Based Test): minimum score of 580 (TWE 4.5)
- TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 92 (with minimum of 20 in all sections)
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50)
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component.
For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.
Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
Graduates of the following programs may be eligible to apply for exemptions:
- Advanced Diploma of Music Industry (Sound Production)
- A Diploma or Advanced Diploma of music - practical, sound production, music business (available at other institutions) or equivalent.
All undergraduate and honours degrees have Commonwealth supported places (CSP) available.
In a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), your tuition fees are subsidised by the Australian Government. Your share of the fee (student contribution) is set each year by the government and is determined by the discipline areas (bands) of your individual enrolled courses, not the overall program.
As a CSP student, you may be eligible to apply for a HECS-HELP loan, which allows you to defer payment of up to 100% of your student contribution.
Learn more about fees for undergraduate study.
How much can I expect to pay for my Commonwealth supported place?
Courses (subjects) fall into one of three bands. The band determines the student contribution amount for the course.
Amounts listed in the table below are based on a standard, full-time study load (96 credit points per year) with all courses in the same band. A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load or for enrolment in courses (subjects) from a combination of bands.
You can learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees for units from different bands at Fees for Commonwealth supported students.
Maximum student contribution amount for Commonwealth supported places in 2018
|Student contribution band by course (subject)||Maximum annual student contribution amount in 2018|
|Band 1: humanities, behavioural science, social studies, clinical psychology, foreign languages, visual and performing arts, education, nursing||$6,444 per standard year
$805 per standard (12 credit point) course
|Band 2: mathematics, statistics, computing, built environment, other health, allied health, science, engineering, surveying, agriculture||$9,185 per standard year
$1,148 per standard (12 credit point) course
Band 3: law, accounting, administration, economics, commerce, dentistry, medicine, veterinary science
|$10,754 per standard year
$1,344 per standard (12 credit point) course
The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the HECS-HELP loan scheme, which allows eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) to defer payment of up to 100% of their student contribution.
How does a HELP loan work?
If your HECS-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.
You will only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying).
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.
The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2018 is $298.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.