How to apply to the Bachelor of Music

  1. apply through UAC
  2. register your application and/or apply for an audition

Applications are welcome from school leavers and mature age students Australia wide and internationally. Applications should be made for entry into first semester of the following year. 

Domestic students

The ANU School of Music is part of the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) network, so all Australian and New Zealand undergraduate candidates must apply to UAC. Most undergraduate applications are made via the Universities Admission Centre website. The UAC application form is also available in the Student Information Guide (SIG) issued to all NSW ACT Year 12 students.

Applications usually open in August for entry in Semester 1 of the following year. When completing the UAC application form, please use the School of Music codes. There will be three rounds of live auditions held in 2017. The first round of live auditions for 2018 entry will be held from Thursday 7 to Saturday 9 September 2017. Round two will be held in October and Round 3 in November. Dates to be confirmed. Further Information about auditions is available in the Auditions Guide.

International students

Visit the ANU Students website for closing dates and application procedure. General information can be found on the International student webpage.

Entry requirements

All applicants must meet the minimum ATAR of 80 (75 with bonus points - see below). Performance applicants will be expected to have pre-existing musical knowledge such as a competency level equivalent to NSW Music 2 or Music Extension, or AMEB Grade 5 theory or performance, or equivalent qualifications or experience.

Entry to Performance courses also requires a successful audition, and to the Composition Major, a portfolio audition, by submitting materials online with your application.

Bonus points

Applicants may receive 5 Academic Bonus Points for the successful completion of AMEB Grade 8, ANZSCA Grade 8, Trinity College Grade 8, ABRSM Grade 8, or equivalent proficiency demonstrated at audition.

Audition panels will have at least two members including at least one member off the full time academic staff. The Panel will make a yes/no recommendation to the Head of School as to whether or not the applicant has the equivalent of a pass in AMEB Grade 8. If so, 5 bonus points will be awarded.


Students intending to complete a Major or Minor in Performance must pass an audition. For enrolment in Semester 1 2018 you are required to do a live audition or upload a digital audition so it can be reviewed as soon as possible.

Live Performance Auditions

Entry to Performance courses is by audition. Applicants wishing to enrol in Performance courses must register for an audition. What to prepare, what to bring and tips for a sucessful audition can be found in the Audition Guide (found at the link under the Domestic Students section above).

Digital Auditions

Applicants must register for an audition via this link and upload their digital audition, or provide a link to an online audition video of high quality.

If you have difficulty in uploading your audition refer to this site:

What to prepare:

Applicants submitting a digital Performance audition should prepare a program of three contrasting pieces. These works may be performed accompanied or unaccompanied and must be presented in an audio-visual format. Submissions with audio only will not be considered. Applicants should introduce each work on camera. 

What to include in your audition application on Decision Desk?

Your audition video/s. Copies Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB),Trinity College etc certificates (both performance and theory). Copies of any other evidence of your musical ability and interest that you wish to present. This may include awards, compositions(notated and/or recorded), essays, sound recording projects etc.

Tips for a successful audition:

  • Select music that best demonstrates your technical and musical abilities. It is better to play a simple piece well, than to struggle with techniques above your skill level.
  • Be prepared – practice – put in the time. Work with your private teacher on your audition pieces. The more comfortable you are playing your audition selections the less nervous you will be.
  • Perform your pieces for others prior to your audition day. Record these performances. This is an
    opportunity to learn and improve, even if you are playing for friends and relatives.
  • Practice your sight reading, and ask your teacher to assist you with sight reading exercises.
  • Confirm with the School of Music via email: once you have completed uploading the audition materials.

Composition Portfolio

Applicants for the Composition Major are admitted on the basis of a portfolio audition, by submitting materials online with their application, through Decision Desk at this link Composition applicants should submit between 1-3 scores and/or recordings of their work that they feel best represents their recent output. Submitted works may be in any musical style. Recordings are recommended but not required, with a suggested minimum length of 2-3 minutes per piece submitted.

Music Technology Portfolio

Applicants for the Music Technology Major are admitted on the basis of a portfolio audition, by submitting materials online with their application, through Decision Desk at this link

Music Technology applicants should submit between 1-3 recordings reflecting their music technology practice. These recordings may be accompanied by screen shots of DAW architecture and/or a short written piece addressing the realisation of the recordings through technology. Applicants with no prior experience in music technology are encouraged to contact the music technology convenor prior to submitting an application. 

Composition for Film and Video Games Portfolio

Applicants must meet the minimum ATAR of 80 (75 with bonus points).  A portfolio of 1-3 compositions and/or recordings is encouraged but not required for entry into this program by submitting materials online with their application, through Decision Desk at this link

View on Programs and Courses website

Program details

Program: 3122XBMUS
UAC Code: 139114
3 years full-time
144 units

Updated:  12 June 2013/Responsible Officer:  Head, School of Music/Page Contact:  Development Officer