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Overview

Our Diploma of Music offers programs in Classical Performance, Jazz Studies, Composition, Contemporary Music, Digital Music and Media, Composition for Creative Industries, Historical Performance and Chinese instrumental performance.

Studying the Diploma of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium will provide you with vocational training in music skills at a high level if you are aspiring to a professional career in music performance or in music technology. It is also a great pathway to our internationally regarded Bachelor of Music degrees.

Subject areas

Composition; Contemporary Music Practice; Historical Performance; Jazz Performance; Non-orchestral Instrument Performance; Orchestral Instrument Performance; Voice (classical) Performance

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Admission, fees and how to apply

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How to apply

The Diploma of Music is offered to certain candidates after applying and auditioning for a Bachelor course:
  1. Click apply above to make a course application
  2. Register an audition with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Or email con.apply@sydney.edu.au if you are interested in the Diploma only rather than a Bachelor degree.

 

Closing dates

Direct applicants:

Semester 1 - 31 October

Semester 2  - 3 August

UAC applicants: Refer to the UAC website

Commencing semesters

Semester 1  (February)

Semester 2 (August) in the following principal study areas:

  • Orchestral performance
  • Non-orchestral performance (Classical piano; Collaborative piano; Classical guitar; Organ; Classical saxophone)
  • Historical Performance
  • Non-western music
  • Drum set

 

The Diploma of Music is offered to certain candidates after applying and auditioning for a Bachelor course:

  1. Click apply above to make a course application
  2. Register an audition with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Or email con.apply@sydney.edu.au if you are interested in the Diploma only rather than a Bachelor degree.

Closing dates

Direct applicants:

Semester 1 - 31 October

Semester 2  - 3 August

UAC applicants: Refer to the UAC website

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements.

Commencing semesters

Semester 1  (February)

Semester 2 (August) in the following principal study areas:

  • Orchestral performance
  • Non-orchestral performance (Classical piano; Collaborative piano; Classical guitar; Organ; Classical saxophone)
  • Historical Performance
  • Non-western music
  • Drum set

Closing dates

Direct applicants:

Semester 1 - 31 October

Semester 2 - 3 August

UAC applicants: Refer to the UAC website

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements.

What you'll study

In addition to weekly classes/lessons in your principal study area or program, you will complete three semesters of music skills, some analysis and music history studies as well as either performance, contemporary studies, digital and music technology skills or composition options depending on your specialisation.

Units of Study

Applying for admission

To gain entry, applicants will need:


Alternatively, applicants may be granted admission on the basis of:

  • having successfully undertaken tertiary studies in music at or above Diploma level to the equivalent of at least one year of study.

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.

 

Credit for previous study

If you’ve already completed university-level or equivalent subjects, you may be able to apply for credit for previous study.

Assumed knowledge

HSC Music 1 or equivalent music skills.

Course opportunities

All students at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music participate in masterclasses with visiting artists, public recitals and performances in world class venues.

Students may participate in international performance tours each year and may undertake exchange study at an overseas university as an integral part of their course.

Future study options

Eligible candidates may proceed to the Bachelor of Music (Performance), Bachelor of Music (Composition), Bachelor of Music (Music Education) or the Bachelor of Music. These degrees provide admission to a range of Sydney Conservatorium postgraduate and graduate entry coursework and research programs.

Graduate opportunities

Graduates of the Diploma of Music are broadly educated musicians able to apply their knowledge, skills and attitudes creatively and flexibly in a variety of music and music-related professions such as:

  • Artist agent
  • Arts administrator
  • Chamber/orchestral musician
  • Orchestra manager
  • Concert manager
  • Concert soloist
  • Contemporary musician
  • Ethnomusicologist
  • Event producer
  • Festival or venue manager
  • Jazz musician
  • Music producer
  • Musicologist
  • Piano accompanist
  • Private studio teacher

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International students

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