BP047 - Bachelor of Arts (Music Industry)

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Plan: BP047 - Bachelor of Arts (Music Industry)
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Bachelor of Arts (Music Industry)
Award abbreviation: BA(MusInd)
Total credit points: 288
Career: UGRD
Duration: 3 years (6 semesters) full-time
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Media and Communication (345H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/mediacommunication
ASCED code: 100199
CRICOS code: 065131G

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Purpose of the Program

The Bachelor of Arts (Music Industry) program provides an innovative approach to the study of music in local and global contexts. Students are prepared for a variety of careers within the music industries and the broader creative industries.

You will explore contemporary trends and issues through a combination of practical, project-based work and academic, theoretical study. 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 a studio-based learning environment, you will experience a variety of teaching modes, such as lectures, seminars, work integrated learning and problem-solving workshops. You will 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 through undertaking a sequence of contextual courses (for example, Asian Media and Culture, or Cinema Studies). Completing a work placement will enable you to develop networks within the industry, and there will also be opportunities to study overseas as part of your degree. A selection of music industry electives are offered that focus on music video, sound design, and DJing and electronic dance music, as well as electives from across the university.

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Articulation and pathways


Credit arrangements between RMIT University programs enable you upon graduating from an RMIT University qualification to apply for advanced standing in a higher level qualification and/or provide guaranteed entry to the destination program. The statements below provide you with information about credit arrangements with this program.

The following credit arrangements are:

VE Program CodeProgram TitleAmount of Credit GrantedEntry/Selection RequirementsCommencementDuration of program after exemption
 C6150Advanced Diploma of Music Industry (Sound Production)144 credit points equivalent to 3 semesters or 1.5 years

Guaranteed entry with a minimum GPA of 2.5 on successful completion of Advanced Diploma of Music Industry (Sound Production)

February intake only144 credit points equivalent to 3 semesters or 1.5 years


Upon successful completion of this program you may be eligible to undertake further studies in RMIT University programs, including Bachelor of Arts (Music Industry), subject to the program's entry requirements.

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Entrance requirements

Academic entrance requirements: Successful completion of Australian Year 12 or equivalent senior secondary school studies, or RMIT Foundation Studies program, or a recognised post-secondary diploma or certificate in a relevant discipline. Applicants with post-secondary work experience in this field will also be considered.

To be considered for entrance into the second year of this program, you must have successfully completed either the RMIT Advanced Diploma of Music Industry (Sound Production) or Diploma or Advanced Diploma in Music Performance or Business or Sound Production from another recognised program. However, in individual cases, equivalent experience in a music industry area, partial completion of a previous related undergraduate degree, or completion of a Certificate IV may be taken into consideration.

VCE prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.

International English language requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)
  • TOEFL (Paper based): 580 (TWE 4.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test – iBT): Overall score of 92 with minimum of 20 in any sections
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE(A)): 58 (no band less than 50)
  • Cambridge English – Advanced (CAE): CAE Grade B
  • RMIT English Worldwide (REW) – English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programs: Advanced Plus certificate

Extra requirements: Applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal History online or an applicant statement explaining their reasons for wanting to study music industry, and should include details of any relevant work, study, performance or sound production experience. Shortlisted applicants may be required to attend an interview.

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External accreditation and industry links

In Australia there are no professional bodies that recognise or accredit programs in music industry.

Our 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 Warner Music Australia and the peak advisory body for musicians in Melbourne, Music Victoria.

Our ongoing teaching staff have first-hand knowledge of, and experience with, 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.

A Program Advisory Committee comprising senior figures in the music industries meets regularly to ensure our program's relevance to the working environment.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Resources available from the Library

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study spaces provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the internet, myRMIT http://www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library

Online learning tools and content

As a student in this program you may access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses from the student portal, myRMIT http://www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit.

Course guides will identify print and electronic resources available to help you complete all your learning and assessment tasks. There are also specific resources available on campus that will assist you in the program. The University Library has a large collection of music related books, journals and electronic resources, as well as an extensive audio-visual collection.

You will also have access to specialised recording studios, rehearsal spaces, edit suites, production equipment and resources throughout the degree.

Learning services available to you as a student at RMIT

RMIT provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. You can find more information from Student Support.

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