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Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Performing Arts

Course code: 3774 ~ Course abbreviation: BMus/BPA ~ Total credit points required: 192 ~ 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 Music and Bachelor of Performing Arts degrees.

The combined Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Performing Arts course provides students with an opportunity to develop their performance and academic skills in music, while expanding their analytical and critical knowledge of other performing arts disciplines. The program will be particularly appropriate to students who wish to pursue creative enterprises that cross existing boundaries, genres and disciplines, such as musical theatre and multimedia performance. Students will undertake the discipline-based component of the BPA in drama and theatre studies. They will be encouraged to open their horizons of understanding and imagination to the many new materials, ideas and values with which they will be confronted.

Course objectives

Students will gain experience in specific musical training and instruction as appropriate, with the added benefit of a broader practical and academic experience in the performing arts.

Course structure

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

Course requirements

Music component

(a) students must complete 16 units (96 points) from the School of Music as follows:

(i) core music units (84 points) :

  • MUS1100 Exploring music I
  • MUS1110 Exploring music II
  • MUS1980 Chief practical study I
  • MUS1990 Chief practical study II
  • MUS2110 Analytical and compositional techniques I
  • MUS2120 Analytical and compositional techniques II
  • MUS2980 Chief practical study III
  • MUS2990 Chief practical study IV
  • MUS3390 Music aesthetics, criticism, sociology and psychology
  • MUS3580 Contemporary music
  • MUS3610 Professional practice 3
  • MUS3620 Professional practice 4
  • MUS3980 Chief practical study V
  • MUS3990 Chief practical study VI

(ii) plus two (12 points) from the following list:

  • MUS3320 Jazz history
  • MUS3200 Neo-traditional musics of the world
  • MUS3310 Contemporary compositional techniques
  • MUS3330 Music of north and south India
  • MUS3490 Indonesian gamelan: special studies
  • MUS3660 Music composition and technology workshop II
  • MUS3880 Music of China, Japan and Korea
  • MUS3910 Music of Sub-Saharan Africa

Performing arts component

(a) a drama and theatre studies major (48 points)

(b) a performance major (48 point).

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

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