Associate Degree of Music


Melbourne Polytechnic's Associate Degree of Music incorporates all first and second year subjects of the Bachelor of Music program. The course provides students with the flexibility to pursue their musical stylistic preferences, while developing a detailed knowledge and understanding of the broader music scene.

On successful completion of the Associate Degree of Music, students are able to articulate into the Bachelor of Music or exit with a para-professional qualification.

This course is designed to focus on music performed in contemporary society, with possible subjects including jazz, classical, pop/rock, and world music, as well as other styles.

The course has four strands of learning:

  • music tools and language (music theory)
  • music practice (creative techniques and skills in music performance)
  • applying music technology (the creative and artistic application of music technology)
  • music, culture, creativity and music business

The Associate Degree of Music is an embedded exit point at the completion of the second year of the Bachelor of Music. To gain this qualification, students must complete all first and second year subjects of the Bachelor program.

This flexibility enables students to exit at the end of second year with a range of professional skills and a qualification. The course design and structure provides students with key knowledge and practical operational skills in the field of music.

Students have the option of completing the bachelor degree at a later stage, in order to achieve broader skills and knowledge.

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Full-time: 2 years

Part-time: available

Modes of Delivery



Per Semester: $8325
Per Year: $16650

Enquire now to find out if you are eligible for government funding and other forms of help paying for fees. The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

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Assessment Methods

Various forms of assessment may be used including practical demonstrations, aural and written exams, oral presentations, and folio work.


Package materials and a hand book containing the book list will be supplied upon commencement of the course.

Entrance Requirements

  • All applicants must successfully compete an audition and interview.
  • Audition performance requirements: (approx.: level: AMEB 6th grade).
  • Audition music craft requirements: theory (approx. AMEX grade 4), technique (instrumental/vocal), aural recognition and music reading skills
Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years) School leavers will need to have satisfactorily completed VCE (or equivalent) with no specified minimum ATAR score. Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study The successful completion of VET diploma in any discipline will be taken into consideration as part of the audition and interview process. Melbourne Polytechnic Advanced Diploma of Music Industry (Performance) graduates are eligible to articulate into 2nd year of Bachelor of Music. Applicants with higher education A complete or incomplete higher education qualification in any discipline will be taken into consideration as part of the audition and interview process. Applicants with work and life experience Applicants will need to demonstrate relevant industry or life experience and the capacity to work at degree level.

Pathways to further study

One further year of study will enable the student to complete the Bachelor of Music.

Career Pathways

The vocational outcomes for students exiting the course at associate degree level include self-employment as a performer, arranging sound engineer, songwriter, small business operator, sound creator and sound technician.

Enrolment Intake

  • February
  • July

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Related Information

This qualification aligns with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 6.

This course is accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).