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 full-time, 6 years part-time
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Media and Communication (345H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/schools-colleges/media-and-communication
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. Graduates will be 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.

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 option courses are offered that focus on music video, sound design, and DJing and electronic dance music, as well as electives from across the university.

In the third year program capstone course PERF2068 Music: Major Project, you will showcase the knowledge and skills you have acquired throughout the program. You will propose and work on a project of your choice (individually or collaboratively) to demonstrate the experience you have gained throughout the degree in order to begin your transition to a professional career and/or postgraduate study. Some of the roles graduates can go onto once they complete the program include: artist management, event management, festival coordination, label management, policy making, performance, sound production and music public relations.

Your program includes the opportunity to take a Minor stream of study. A Minor is a grouping of courses that runs parallel with your core courses, developing your ability to see professional practices within wider social, cultural, political, technological and economic contexts. Employers look to graduates not only for technical skills, but also for an ability to analyse and conceptualise. The range of Minors on offer to you include: Approaches to Pop Culture, Asian Media and Culture, Cinema Studies, Literary Studies and Contemporary Politics and Communication. 

The delivery of this program is blended comprising of face-to-face learning supplemented by online learning.

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Articulation and pathways

Successful completion of RMIT's C6171 Advanced Diploma of Music (Sound Production) guarantees entry into this program with 144 credit points of exemptions (equivalent to 1.5 years full-time study). 

If you have already developed areas of skill and knowledge included in this program (for example, through prior studies or work experience), you can apply for credit once you have enrolled in this program.

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Entrance requirements

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent senior secondary school) qualification.

For equivalents to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country Equivalency web page on the RMIT website.


Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) 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

A minimum of IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.0, or equivalent. For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English requirements web page.

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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 you to experience the breadth and depth of employment possibilities in the music industries.

An Industry 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

Library resources and services

RMIT Library provides extensive resources, services and study spaces. All RMIT students have access to scholarly resources including course related material, books, e-books, journals and databases.   

Computers and printers are available at every Library. You can access the Internet and Library e-resources. You can also access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library. 

Contact Ask the Library for information on Library resources and services: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library. Study support is available for assistance with assignment preparation, academic writing, information literacy, referencing, maths and study skills.

Online learning tools and content

You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT 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.

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

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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