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Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Music

Course code: 3054 ~ Course abbreviation: BA/BMus ~ Total credit points required: 198 ~ 4 years full-time, 8 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Arts

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Clayton)

Course description

This double degree course allows students to qualify with both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees.

In addition to learning practical music skills, students will be exposed to the historical, creative, technical and cultural aspects of music. Students complete a major in music performance or in composition, in addition to studies in musicology/ethnomusicology. Students are encouraged to grasp the opportunity provided by undertaking a Bachelor of Arts to develop their imaginations and gain a broad understanding of new ideas, skills and concepts.

Course objectives

This double-degree program allows students to combine specialist studies in music with studies from the wide range of disciplines in the humanities, social sciences and communications offered within the Bachelor of Arts degree.

Course structure

Students must complete 96 points in the Bachelor of Arts component and 102 points in the Bachelor of Music component.

Areas of study

For information on arts majors and minors offered, refer to the `Areas of study' section on the Arts faculty website at

Course requirements

Arts component

Students must complete studies drawn from disciplines offered by schools other than Music in the Faculty of Arts:

(a) an arts discipline major (48 points)

(b) an arts discipline minor (24 points)

(c) an additional arts discipline first-year sequence (12 points)

(d) a further 12 points of arts units (12 points).

Music component

First-year level

plus two units chosen from:


  • MUS1040 American music and popular culture and MUS1060 Gamelan performing arts
Second-year level
  • MUS2020 Professional practice 1
  • MUS2030 Professional practice 2
  • MUS2110 Analytical and compositional techniques I
  • MUS2120 Analytical and compositional techniques II
  • MUS2980 Chief practical study III
  • MUS2990 Chief practical study IV
Third-year level
  • MUS3390 Music aesthetics, criticism, sociology and psychology
  • MUS3980 Chief practical study V
  • MUS3990 Chief practical study VI

plus two of the following (in approved combinations of units in music performance, composition, musicology and ethnomusicology):

  • MUS3310 Contemporary compositional techniques
  • MUS3330 Music of North and South India
  • MUS3490 Indonesian gamelan: special studies
  • MUS3580 Contemporary music
  • MUS3610 Professional practice 3
  • MUS3620 Professional practice 4
  • MUS3660 Music composition and technology workshop II
  • MUS3830 Music of Southeast Asia I: Indonesia
  • MUS3860 Music of Southeast Asia II: Thailand
  • MUS3880 Music of China, Japan and Korea
  • MUS3910 Music of Sub-Saharan Africa

Students cannot graduate from either degree until they have satisfied the above requirements and successfully completed studies to the value of 144 points. Students undertaking the above double-degree program are permitted to count up to 48 points of the other faculty's component towards those 144 points. Students must also complete at least 36 points at third-year level to meet Bachelor of Arts requirements.

Note that students have a maximum of 10 years to complete this course.

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