Course summary

This Bachelor of Contemporary Music equips graduates for a range of careers in the music industry and reflects the diverse creative practices that are part of music-making in the 21st century. The course prepares students for a portfolio career in music – the multi-faceted career pathway that is now most common for contemporary musicians.

Students learn in a professional music industry environment using state-of-the art facilities and work with lecturers who are all practising musicians with strong industry links. During the course, students hone their practical, musical and musicianship skills while developing extensive knowledge across a range of contemporary music-making practices.

Many students perform individually or with bands at a variety of North Coast entertainment venues. Students have the opportunity to regularly use the professional studio and performance space – Studio One29 at the Lismore campus – for rehearsal and performance.

Situated in a region with vibrant creative industries, students benefit from numerous high profile music events such as Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay Bluesfest and the Falls Festival.

There are eight streams:

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

The flexible course structure enables students to choose the pathway most suited to their interests. Students can combine elements from different streams to create their 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.

Performance audition and Songwriting/Composition audition streams

The Performance audition stream and the Songwriting/Composition audition stream 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 tuition and consultations.

Please note that students wishing to be considered for the performance or songwriting/composition 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

The first round of auditions for applicants to the 2018 Bachelor of Contemporary Music Performance and Songwriting/Composition audition streams will be held at the Lismore campus from 13 - 16 November, 2017. Details

Students who achieve a high level in the performance non-audition stream, or songwriting/composition 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 Music course structure enables them to also pick up a second teaching area by taking elective units in either English, history, maths or geography.

Sound Production stream

The Sound Production stream develops students' skills in live and recording 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

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.

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.

Students have the opportunity to undertake professional placements at major national and international venues and with music organisations. Public performances are a major part of the assessment process and students have opportunities to perform at North Coast entertainment venues or form bands, taking advantage of the rich music environment throughout the region.


Course overview

Course code

3003140

Course abbreviation

BContempMus

Credit points

288

Equivalent units

24

Domestic duration

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

International duration

3 years full-time

Availability details

Domestic

Location Session UAC code QTAC code
Lismore 1 333101 053011

Domestic fees

Commonwealth supported


International

Location Session Annual Fees CRICOS
Lismore 1 $24,000 ($3,000 per unit) 026996C

Course requirements

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

  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.

Schedule of units

Title Level of learning Note

Part A

MUS71005 - Creative Music Practice I Introductory
MUS71006 - Creative Music Practice II Introductory
MUS72010 - Creative Music Practice III Intermediate
MUS72011 - Creative Music Practice IV Intermediate
MUS73015 - Creative Music Practice V Advanced
MUS73016 - Creative Music Practice VI Advanced
MUS71001 - Musicianship I Introductory
MUS71002 - Musicianship II Introductory
MUS72003 - Musicianship III Intermediate
MUS72004 - Musicianship IV Intermediate
MUS73005 - Musicianship V Advanced
MUS10509 - Sounds, Styles and Cultures Introductory
MUS10506 - Music Industry Landscapes Introductory
MUS73001 - The Portfolio Career Musician Advanced

Part B

Part C

Title Level of learning Note
MUS71010 - Instrumental Techniques I Introductory
MUS71011 - Instrumental Techniques II Introductory
4 Part B units
4 Electives Note 1 Note 1

Title Level of learning Note
MUS71003 - Sound Production I Introductory
MUS72005 - Sound Production II Intermediate
MUS73006 - Sound Production III Advanced
COM00471 - Professional Placement Advanced
2 Part B units
4 Electives Note 1 Note 1

Title Level of learning Note
COM10627 - Telling Tales: Introduction to Digital Storytelling Introductory
COM10110 - Visual Communication and Design Introductory
The following 4 units are not currently available, please contact the Student Advice Team on 1800 005 687 or enquiry@scu.edu.au for substitute units
ART10094 - Digital Art and Design I
ART10095 - Digital Art and Design II
ART10275 - Digital Photography I
ART00641 - Studio Elective I (Visual Arts)
4 Part B units

Course progressions

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

Title Level of learning Note

Year 1, Session 1

MUS71005 - Creative Music Practice I Introductory
MUS71001 - Musicianship I Introductory
MUS10509 - Sounds, Styles and Cultures Introductory
MUS71007 - Specialist Studies I Introductory Note 2 Note 2

Year 1, Session 2

MUS71006 - Creative Music Practice II Introductory
MUS71002 - Musicianship II Introductory
MUS10506 - Music Industry Landscapes Introductory
MUS71008 - Specialist Studies II Introductory Note 2 Note 2

Year 2, Session 1

MUS72010 - Creative Music Practice III Intermediate
MUS72003 - Musicianship III Intermediate
MUS72006 - Specialist Studies III Intermediate Note 2 Note 2
Elective

Year 2, Session 2

MUS72011 - Creative Music Practice IV Intermediate
MUS72004 - Musicianship IV Intermediate
MUS72007 - Specialist Studies IV Intermediate Note 2 Note 2
Either MUS10550 - Screen Sound OR MUS10545 - Oceans of Sound: Global Music Cultures in the 21st Century Advanced Intermediate

Year 3, Session 1

MUS73015 - Creative Music Practice V Advanced
MUS73005 - Musicianship V Advanced
MUS73009 - Specialist Studies V Advanced Note 2 Note 2
MUS10524 - Studies in Western Art Music Advanced

Year 3, Session 2

MUS73016 - Creative Music Practice VI Advanced
MUS73010 - Specialist Studies VI Advanced Note 2 Note 2
MUS73001 - The Portfolio Career Musician Advanced
Either MUS10550 - Screen Sound OR MUS10545 - Oceans of Sound: Global Music Cultures in the 21st Century OR MUS10525 - Advanced Studies in Western Art and Contemporary Music Advanced Intermediate Advanced

Title Level of learning Note

Year 1, Session 1

MUS71005 - Creative Music Practice I Introductory
MUS71001 - Musicianship I Introductory
MUS10509 - Sounds, Styles and Cultures Introductory
MUS71010 - Instrumental Techniques I Introductory

Year 1, Session 2

MUS71006 - Creative Music Practice II Introductory
MUS71002 - Musicianship II Introductory
MUS10506 - Music Industry Landscapes Introductory
MUS71011 - Instrumental Techniques II Introductory

Year 2, Session 1

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

Year 2, Session 2

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

Year 3, Session 1

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

Year 3, Session 2

MUS73016 - Creative Music Practice VI Advanced
MUS73001 - The Portfolio Career Musician Advanced
Part B unit
Part B OR Elective

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 2
MUS10506 - Music Industry Landscapes Introductory
Option Part B Units
OR
Elective
Note 1 Note 1
Option Part B Units
OR
Elective
Note 1 Note 1
Year 2, Session 1
MUS71005 - Creative Music Practice I Introductory
MUS71001 - Musicianship I Introductory
MUS10509 - Sounds, Styles and Cultures Introductory
Option Part B Units
OR
Elective
Note 1 Note 1
Year 2, Session 2
MUS71006 - Creative Music Practice II Introductory
MUS71002 - Musicianship II Introductory
Option Part B Units
OR
Elective
Note 1 Note 1
Option Part B Units
OR
Elective
Note 1 Note 1
Year 3, Session 1
MUS72010 - Creative Music Practice III Intermediate
MUS72003 - Musicianship III Intermediate
Option Part B Units
OR
Elective
Note 1 Note 1
Option Part B Units
OR
Elective
Note 1 Note 1
Year 3, Session 2
MUS72011 - Creative Music Practice IV Intermediate
MUS72004 - Musicianship IV Intermediate
Option Part B Units
OR
Elective
Note 1 Note 1
Year 4, Session 1
MUS73015 - Creative Music Practice V Advanced
MUS73005 - Musicianship V Advanced
Option Part B Units
OR
Elective
Note 1 Note 1
Year 4, Session 2
MUS73016 - Creative Music Practice VI Advanced
MUS73001 - The Portfolio Career Musician Advanced
Option Part B Units
OR
Elective
Note 1 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.