Courses

Bachelor of Songwriting and Music Production

HECABSMP

Our Bachelor of Songwriting and Music Production is a music artist’s degree for emerging songwriters, composers and music producers, who will be taught as artists. Be part of something unique - nowhere else in Australia can you explore your musical, artistic career in this way and to degree level.

Bachelor of Songwriting and Music Production

As the introduction states, the Bachelor of Songwriting and Music Production is a music artist’s degree. We know that most consumed music on the planet is made by creative people who understand their own practice as music artists. We believe that whatever way you choose to express yourself musically is valid, and Melbourne Polytechnic’s pursuit of excellence in contemporary music making is framed by an understanding of music as an art form. Our program is aligned with ‘do it yourself’ practice, engages with commercial pathways, and is grounded in the importance of historical context.

Variety in learning

Contemporary music is made by all kinds of musicians, using all kinds of methodologies and technical skills. The Bachelor of Songwriting and Music Production is not a conservatorium style degree and although we understand the importance of technical musical skill, our approach incorporates the reality of contemporary music making where musical excellence in an artistic sense may or may not be connected to technical expertise.

Be part of something unique

Melbourne Polytechnic’s songwriting and composition classes are about being inventive, establishing goals and finding new ways to challenge and engage yourself and your future audience. Our music production classes teach multiple ways of recording sound and artists, developing stylistic approaches to recording and producing.

Learn all you will need for music business

We teach music business subjects that articulate revenue streams for music artists, explain marketing principles and approaches to management of music careers. The history subjects of the course explore the rich world of contemporary music history and cultural theory subjects will engage you in considering new ways to think about the world. We have a full suite of electives that include making video clips, starting record labels, performance classes and composing music for film.

Be taught by leading experts in the Australian music scene

Melbourne Polytechnic’s seminar-style classes are given by lecturers who are well-known and active within contemporary music scenes, and who release records, win awards and undertake international tours. All our lecturers practice what they teach! We are experienced peers who want to help with your goal of being a music artist and connecting with scenes in the real music industry. The skills we teach are grounded in best-practice arts education values, and as such are transferable to many further study contexts and employment opportunities.

Students who have successfully completed the first two years of the Bachelor of Songwriting and Music Production may choose to exit with the Associate Degree of Songwriting and Music Production qualification.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

You can seek RPL where your work or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. Academic Credit is granted on a case-by-case basis, according to our Academic Credit policy and associated procedures. Applications for Academic Credit will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

Local Students

Code

HECABSMP

VTAC Code

Fairfield 6900368562

Campuses

FAIRFIELD

Department

Performing Arts - HE
03 9269 8400

Duration

Full-time: 3 years

Part-time: available
speak with the department to receive further information on undertaking this degree part-time

Class Schedule: *

Mon - AM and PM
Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM

*Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Course Advisor

Modes of Delivery

Workshops, Lecture

Fees

Per Semester: $7717
Per Year: $15433

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 presentation for peer review, essays, assignments, musical performances, class presentations, folio work and reflective journal/blogs

Materials

All required materials are outlined in the Subject Outlines provided upon commencement.

Entrance Requirements

NOTE Selection for all categories is based on interview.
  • In the interview applicants will be required to demonstrate a clear understanding of both the study demands of this course and a clear purpose for undertaking the course, including future study and/or career ambitions.
  • A performance or submission of a recorded work or a musical work is required at the interview.
Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years) Completion of VCE English with a study score of at least 25. Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study Students who have successfully completed a Diploma of Music Business, Advanced Diploma of Music or Advanced Diploma of Sound Production will have specific first year subjects credited in the following Bachelor of Songwriting and Sound Production Subjects:
  • Advanced Diploma of Music graduates receive credit for: Songwriting and Composition 1 and Songwriting and Composition 2.
  • Advanced Diploma of Sound Production graduates receive credit for: Music Production 1 and Music Production 2.
  • Advanced Diploma of Music Business: Business 1 graduates receive credit for Music Business 1.
  • Applicants with higher education A complete or incomplete higher education qualification. Selection is based on satisfactorily meeting the interview requirements. Applicants with work and life experience Selection is based on satisfactorily meeting the interview requirements.

    Pathways to further study

    Graduates will be equipped to advance into post graduate study at other tertiary institutions

    Career Pathways

    • music artist
    • songwriter
    • composer
    • sound artist
    • record producer
    • studio audio engineer
    • musical performer
    • performer
    • performance artist
    • artist manager
    • arts administrator
    • festival director
    • live touring manager
    • live venue manager
    • music programmer
    • record label manager
    • self-employment (small business)

    Enrolment Intake

    • February
    • July

    International Students

    Code

    HECABSMP

    CRICOS Code

    090757J

    Campuses

    FAIRFIELD

    Duration

    Full-time: 3 years

    Modes of Delivery

    Workshops, Lecture

    Fees

    • Tuition fees per semester: $8750
    • Tuition fees per year: $17500
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    Entrance Requirements


    Academic: Australian Year 12 equivalency
    English: Academic IELTS 6.0 with no individual band below 5.5, Pearson PTE Academic 50 overall with no individual communicative skill below 42, or Melbourne Polytechnic recognised equivalency.
    Other: Applicants will be required to present a folio of musical work at interview*
    *Interviews and auditions by Skype or telephone are available for overseas applicants
    For further information, please email: ua.ud1537858258e.cin1537858258hcety1537858258lopen1537858258ruobl1537858258em@st1537858258raevi1537858258taerc1537858258

    Assessment Methods

    Various forms of assessment may be used including presentation for peer review, essays, assignments, musical performances, class presentations, folio work and reflective journal/blogs

    Materials

    Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.

    Pathways to further study

    Graduates will be equipped to advance into post graduate study at other tertiary institutions

    Career Pathways

    • music artist
    • songwriter
    • composer
    • sound artist
    • record producer
    • studio audio engineer
    • musical performer
    • performer
    • performance artist
    • artist manager
    • arts administrator
    • festival director
    • live touring manager
    • live venue manager
    • music programmer
    • record label manager
    • self-employment (small business)

    Enrolment Intake

    • February
    • July
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    Units Of Study

    Credit points are a basic measure of student workload. All subjects are given a credit point value. Most subjects at Melbourne Polytechnic are 12 credit points. A normal full-time annual workload is 96 credit points. The academic year is divided into two main semesters; full-time students usually enrol in 48 credit points each semester, part time students usually enrol in 24 credit points each semester or less.

    Code Subjects
    SMP011 LABEL
    SMP012 MUSIC CLIP
    SMP013 PERFORMANCE DELIVERY 1
    SMP016 MUSIC FOR VISUAL MEDIA
    SMP017 PERFORMANCE DELIVERY 2
    SMP019 LYRICS
    SMP112 SUBCULTURES AND THE AVANT-GARDE
    SMP113 SONGWRITING & COMPOSITION 1
    SMP114 MUSIC PRODUCTION 1
    SMP115 SONGWRITERS & PRODUCERS
    SMP122 MUSIC BUSINESS 1
    SMP123 SONGWRITING & COMPOSITION 2
    SMP124 MUSIC PRODUCTION 2
    SMP125 MUSIC CRITIQUE
    SMP213 SONGWRITING & COMPOSITION 3
    SMP214 MUSIC PRODUCTION 3
    SMP215 GENRE STUDIES
    SMP216 THE ARTIST'S LIFE
    SMP223 SONGWRITING & COMPOSITION 4
    SMP224 MUSIC PRODUCTION 4
    SMP225 CULTURAL THEORY
    SMP226 MINOR PROJECT
    SMP311 STUDIO 1
    SMP312 MAJOR PROJECT 1
    SMP321 STUDIO 2
    SMP322 MAJOR PROJECT 2