Music transcends boundaries, communicates and inspires. Our new contemporary music degree pathway will take your music, performance and composition skills to an even higher level.

In the final year of study, you will complete a supervised research project to add to a portfolio of work to take with you when you graduate.

  • Level:
  • Credit Value:
  • Awards:
    Bachelor of Musical Arts Level 7
  • Location:
  • Method of Study:
    Full time (Part time options available)
  • Holiday Duration:
    7 weeks
  • Teaching Duration:
    34 weeks
  • Total Duration:
    41 weeks per year, 3 years total
  • Start Date:
    24 July 2017
  • Dates:
    Feb, July
  • $6,671 (From)

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  • International Fee (2017):

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Course Components

  • Contextual studies
  • Creative practice
  • Music interpretation and improvisation
  • Live performance
  • Audio and sound production
  • Music theory, composition and arrangement
  • Song writing
  • Music production
  • Music history
  • Research project


  • Contemporary Music Performance
  • Electronic Music Production
  • Audio Engineering and Music Production

Whichever pathway you choose to follow – Contemporary Music Performance or Electronic Music Production or Audio Engineering and Music Production – this programme will further develop your practical and theoretical knowledge in your chosen field.

Core elements include instrumental or vocal tuition, music theory, contemporary contextual studies, composition and arranging, improvisation, electronic music (including electronic music performance), sound and technology, and music production. Enhance your performance, writing and production skills, deepen your creative practice and develop your unique style, demonstrate the breadth of your music production and audio engineering skills. Develop your skills in critical thought through the lens of music.

Career Opportunities

The world’s your stage and you’re ready to find your place in the global music industry. Become a performer, musician, songwriter, composer, producer, audio engineer, music teacher or writer. Realise your potential.

Entry Criteria

  • Applicants must have completed the requirements for NCEA Level 3 (or equivalent) or Certificate in Contemporary Music Performance Level 4
  • Applicants will be required to attend an audition covering: instrumental or vocal skills and ability, aptitude and potential to study music within a range of disciplines, musical aural competence and music theory literacy - tested at time of audition
  • Applicants who do not meet academic entry criteria may be granted entry on the basis of evidence that they can achieve the qualification, this may include entry via achievement of a Certificate of Proficiency
  • Applicants for whom English is a second language must meet IELTS (or equivalent) Level 6.0 with no band lower than 5.5