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Bachelor of Songwriting and Music Production

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.

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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.

Contact

For any additional information on the Bachelor of Songwriting and Music Production, please contact an Education and Careers Advisor (ECA), on 03 9269 8400, or send an email.

Local Students

Code

HECABSMP

VTAC Code

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 Career Advisor

Modes of Delivery

Workshops, Lecture

Fees

Full Course Fee: $43450

The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. All enrolments excluding RPL/RCC and Higher Education incur an Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250

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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

Successful completion of Year 12 VCE or equivalent with a study score of at least 25 in any English (or equivalent), or satisfactory completion of a VET Advanced Diploma of Music Business or Sound Production. Students will be required to attend an interview and present a folio of musical work. Graduates will be equipped to advance into post graduate study at other tertiary institutions.

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
  • Midyear

International Students

Code

HECABSMP

CRICOS Code

090757J

Campuses

FAIRFIELD

Duration

Full-time: 3 years

Modes of Delivery

Workshops, Lecture

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 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 and interstate applicants
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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

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

Fees

  • Tuition fees per semester: $8200
  • Tuition fees per year: $16400
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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
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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
SMP111 GENRE STUDIES
SMP112 SUBCULTURES AND THE AVANT-GARDE
SMP113 SONGWRITING & COMPOSITION 1
SMP114 MUSIC PRODUCTION 1
SMP211 SONGWRITERS & PRODUCERS
SMP212 MUSIC BUSINESS 2
SMP213 SONGWRITING & COMPOSITION 3
SMP214 MUSIC PRODUCTION 3
SMP311 STUDIO 1
SMP312 MAJOR PROJECT 1