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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleBA/BMus
CRICOS code041539C
Total credit points required198
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT, 8 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Contact details


  • Students are required to overload in some semesters in order to complete this degree in four years (full-time). Students have a maximum of 10 years to complete this course.
  • Students may select arts units from any campus, but should be aware of the teaching location as this may require travel to another campus. Students may also select units offered in off-campus mode.


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.


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.


This course consists of 96 points in the arts component and 102 points in the music component.

Areas of study

For information on arts majors and minors, refer to the 'Areas of study' section in this Handbook at


Arts component

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

(a.) an arts major (48 points)

(b.) an arts minor (24 points)

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

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

Students must complete at least 36 points at third-year level to meet the Bachelor of Arts requirements.

Music component

(a.) a performance or composition major (48 points)

(b.) two music minors (48 points)

(c.) further third year level music unit (6 points)

For information on music majors and minors refer to the 'Areas of study' section in this Handbook at

Alternative exit(s)

Students may graduate with the Bachelor of Music at the end of three years of study by transferring into the single Bachelor of Music degree provided they have met the requirements of the Bachelor of Music. Students may exit from the double degree program and graduate with the Bachelor of Arts provided they have met the requirements of the Bachelor of Arts.


Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Music