In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely.
This course will be available for students to study remotely whilst the Australian border remains closed due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the degree may not be available to be studied remotely.
About this course
If you want to become a professional composer and specialise in music for the concert hall, this degree is for you. You will focus on art music and study with internationally regarded composers.
Creating new music is a vital part of studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. The Conservatorium’s composition and music technology staff are some of Australia’s most gifted and widely recognised composers. You will learn all facets of musical composition, and we will support you to specialise and create more ambitious work.
Have the opportunity to have your music performed by Conservatorium orchestras, ensembles and guest artists. Get involved with student-led concerts and composing for events with our industry partners.
Depends on your qualification, citizenship status
Refer to the UAC website for key dates.
Semester 1 (February)
Semester 1 - 31 October of the preceding year
We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements.
UAC applicants: Refer to the UAC website
Semester 1 (February)
You will develop the skills to compose electroacoustic music, including sound art, digital music and computer music.
In addition, you will complete core studies in compositional techniques and analysis, instrumentation and orchestration, music theory and aural training and historical & cultural studies.
Bachelor of Music (Composition)
|Year||Sem||Unit of study|
|1||1||Composition 1||Music skills units||Instrumentation & Orchestration||This is Music|
|2||Composition 2||Music skills units||Creative Music Technology or Sound Recording Fundamentals||New Music, New Thinking|
|2||1||Composition 3||Music skills units||Comp Techniques: Number & Process||Analysis, History and Culture Studies foundation unit or Electroacoustic Music|
|2||Composition 4||Music skills units||Comp Techniques: Tonality & Process||Analysis, History and Culture Studies or Computer Music Fundamentals|
|3||1||Composition 5||Analysis, History and Culture Studies||Free choice|
|2||Composition 6||Composition elective||Analysis History and Culture Studies||Free choice|
|4||1||Composition 7||Music Specialist Project or ICPU||Free choice|
|2||Composition 8||Music Specialist Project or ICPU||Free choice|
HSC Music 2 or equivalent notation skills
To gain entry, applicants will need:
Alternatively, applicants may be granted admission on the basis of:
Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.
Domestic applicants undertaking a current recognised high school (Year 12) qualification and applying via UAC, may be eligible for an early offer of admission prior to the release of ATARs or equivalent score under the University’s Creative Arts Special Admission Scheme. Eligible applicants will be assessed based on a combination of academic performance and audition requirements.
If you’ve already completed university-level or equivalent subjects, you may be able to apply for credit for previous study.
You will receive individual lessons along with studies in:
You will also have access to diverse electives across the University of Sydney.