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

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

Successful completion of studies equivalent to Australian Year 12 education or relevant experience, with a study score of at least 20 in any Unit 3 and 4 Music. Relevant music (group and/or solo performance) or equivalent studies, or VET advanced diploma course in Music. Relevant industry experience that demonstrates capacity to undertake work at degree level. The selection process will be on the basis of an audition and interview. To book an interview online, click on the blue 'Make a booking' button through the 'Apply Now' page. The audition process will involve testing of music theory knowledge, instrumental or vocal technique and technical routines, performance skills, aural skills and music reading skills.

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