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Undergraduate courses and admission

Unleash your musical passion
Become part of our vibrant and diverse community of highly experienced teachers, performers, scholars and an exceptionally talented student body – all of whom share a passion for music.

Degree options

This group of specialist degrees is the flagship of the Conservatorium’s tertiary programs. Begin your musical career as a performer, a composer, or as a professional educator.

Performance principal study areas available in Classical Performance, Chinese Instrumental Performance, Drum Set, Historical Performance, Jazz,and Music Theatre

Combine your chosen principal study with interests from a wide range of interdisciplinary areas in Arts and Social Sciences, Business and Commerce, Engineering, and more. The five-year Performance or Composition combined degree offers flexibility to pursue multiple subject areas, allowing you to stretch your skills beyond music.

Be a part of the next generation in popular music, film, and television, or in the media and tech industry, or gain expertise in understanding how and why music is made by working with innovative musicology researchers – you choose your path by specialising in one of four Bachelor of Music programs.

Delve into broad studies of society, culture and performance by taking the Music Major as part of a Bachelor of Arts degree. A BA majoring in Music provides breadth to choose subjects from across a wide range of disciplines, including music electives taught at the Conservatorium and the University's Camperdown Campus.

Begin your musical journey that leads to Bachelor entry or upskill at a high level with a two-year Diploma of Music course. Often used as a gateway to a Bachelor of Music degree, the Diploma of Music is also available as a standalone specialist program in Composition, Composition for Creative Industries, Contemporary Music Practice, Digital Music & Media and Performance.

Entry to the Diploma of Music is via a Bachelor of Music application and audition/portfolio submission.

Your guide to the admissions process

  1. Apply
  2. Register audition and interview
  3. Check email for a confirmation of your audition or interview.

You can be considered for multiple degrees in one audition application for the same instrument or program. For example, classical guitar in BMusic (Performance) and BMusic (Music Education).

Access the audition guide via our auditions portal to prepare your audition/portfolio.

Semester 1, 2024 entry 

Audition dates and interviews Audition registration deadline

3 to 7 July 2023

live auditions in: classical (except organ), historical, and non-western performance
zoom interviews in: composition; creative industries; digital music; contemporary music; musicology

30 June 2023

25 to 29 September 2023


live auditions in: classical, historical, drum set, jazz, music theatre, and non-western performance
zoom interviews in: composition; creative industries; digital music; contemporary music; musicology

17 September 2023

Music Theatre applicants: register and submit part 1 video on or before 11 September 2023

 

*Domestic students undertaking a recognised Year 12 qualification (such as the NSW Higher School Certificate) who are applying to one of the courses listed below will automatically be considered for an early unconditional offer through the Creative Arts Special Admission Scheme (CASAS):

  1. Bachelor of Music
  2. Bachelor of Music (Composition)
  3. Bachelor of Music (Performance)

  • No additional application is needed
  • You must submit your UAC application by the relevant UAC round deadlines
  • You need to pass the audition requirement to be eligible to receive an early offer
  • Predicted ATAR data will be obtained through UAC.

*Domestic student is an Australian or New Zealand citizen (including dual citizens), Australian permanent resident or a permanent Australian humanitarian visa holder.

*Domestic students undertaking a recognised Year 12 qualification who are applying to one of the courses listed below will automatically be considered for an early unconditional offer through the Creative Arts Special Admission Scheme (CASAS):

  1. Bachelor of Music
  2. Bachelor of Music (Composition)
  3. Bachelor of Music (Performance)
  • No additional application is needed
  • Please upload evidence of year 11 and year 12 results to date in the audition portal (acceptd) as part of your audition application
  • You must submit your UAC application by the relevant UAC round deadlines
  • You need to pass the audition requirement to be eligible to receive an early offer
  • Predicted ATAR data will be obtained through UAC.

*Domestic student is an Australian or New Zealand citizen (including dual citizens), Australian permanent resident or a permanent Australian humanitarian visa holder.

Any other applicant not currently undertaking Year 12 (or equivalent secondary education studies) should refer to UAC for more information.
  1. Apply 
  2. Register audition and interview
  3. Check email for a confirmation of your audition and interview.
  • We will assess your best results, regardless of the order in which you completed your studies. This means that if, for example, your ATAR score is higher than your bachelor's results, your application will be considered on the basis of the ATAR (or equivalent score) only
  • If you did not receive an ATAR (or equivalent), a minimum 12 months (or part-time equivalent) of tertiary study is needed to be eligible to apply.
  1. Apply
  2. Register audition and interview
  3. Check email for a confirmation of your audition and interview.

If applying directly to the University of Sydney, please make sure you provide your student number or a valid IPU number in your audition application.

  1. Make an internal course application (between 1 April-30 Nov)
  2. Register audition and interview
  3. Check email for a confirmation of your audition and interview.

This includes Sydney Conservatorium students.

The Creative Arts Special Admissions Scheme offers talented Year 12 students a chance to receive an early offer to study music based on their audition and academic performance in year 11 and 12 so far, prior to getting an ATAR. Find out more.