How to apply to the Bachelor of Music

Domestic students

If you are a local applicant, please make an application to the University Admissions Center (UAC) nominating the Australian National University as your first or second UAC preference. The School of Music Code is 139114 and double degree codes are available on the UAC website.

For UAC purposes, a local applicant is:

  1. an Australian citizen or holder of a visa having permanent residency in Australia at any educational level, i.e. a Year 12 student in Australia in any year, an Australian tertiary student or a mature age applicant
  2. a New Zealand citizen
  3. an international student (i.e. holder of an international student visa) completing secondary schooling in Australia in the year prior to commencing at university

Application Process

  1. Apply through UAC
  2. Register your application and select an audition date or upload your portfolio

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.

Audition Dates

Auditions are required for Performance majors only. There will be one more opportunity to attend live auditions in 2017: 

  • Friday 24 and Saturday 25 November

Audition Requirements

Applicants interested in applying for Classical, Jazz or Contemporary Performance may either attend a live audition or upload a digital audition.  Live auditions where possible, are highly encouraged.  All students who audition will be automatically considered for all relevant scholarships.

Audition requirements may be found in the  Auditions Guide .

For applicants interested in Composition, Composition for Film and Video Games, or Music Technology, an uploaded digital portfolio of 1-3 compositions as scores or as recordings is strongly recommended but not essential.  Candidates with no prior experience in these areas may be accepted if their ATAR is 80+ and are supported by the discipline convenor or Head of School. See below for more details.

ATAR Requirements

All applicants must meet the minimum ATAR of 80.

For applicants with successful completion of AMEB Grade 8, 5 bonus points will be applied, requiring then an ATAR score of 75.

Applicants with ATAR scores of 70-79 who have successfully passed the performance audition, may enter the ANU College's Music Diploma Program in Performance for one year.  On successful completion you can enter the Bachelor of Music Program with advanced standing in the Performance stream. 

Portfolios

If you are planning on a major in Composition, Composition for Film & Video, or Music Technology the submission of a portfolio of works is strongly encouraged but not essential.  Applicants with no prior experience in Composition, Composition for Film and Video Games or Music technology may submit a statement of interest in lieu of a portfolio.

Applicants in Composition, Composition for Film and Video Games or Music Technology may 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 optional but not required.

Portfolio material can be uploaded through Decision Desk.

International students

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

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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