3 years full time / available part time
3 years full time / available part time
Year 12 or equivalent. Interview.
Australian Year 12 or equivalency. Academic IELTS 6.0 with no individual band below 5.5. Interview.
Study music with a degree that is unique in Australia: Melbourne Polytechnic’s Bachelor of Songwriting and Music Production. This qualification is suited to emerging songwriters, composers and music producers who will engage with music as creative practice and be taught as artists. Our pursuit of excellence in contemporary music-making is based on the understanding of music as an art form. Aligned with “do it yourself” practice, your study engages with commercial practice and is grounded in historical context. Songwriting in Australia is a growth industry with its roots in community, and you’ll be learning all about it in Australia’s music capital.
Bachelor of Songwriting and Music Production is an inspiring degree that empowers students within their practice towards a sustainable career - a welcoming and inclusive learning environment for songwriters, composers and music producers. We are committed to diversity with regard to both student intake and musical genre.
Within the degree, practical knowledge and artistic expression are interwoven in a unique curriculum which considers contemporary music an art form. There are four main strands in the degree – songwriting, music production, concepts and context, business and delivery of creative product.
All subjects are taught by well-known music artists, producers, and experts in contemporary music scenes.
BSMP’s musical alumni include Chitra, who was signed by Melbourne label Our Golden Friend, released two singles in 2019 and is working on her 2020 debut album, and James Cro, currently in second year.
Higher Education Admissions Criteria
You may meet the admissions criteria for higher education at Melbourne Polytechnic if your highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree.Find out more
You may meet the admissions criteria for higher education at Melbourne Polytechnic if your highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a vocational education and training (VET) course.Find out more
You may meet the admissions criteria for higher education at Melbourne Polytechnic if you are a recent secondary education student whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the past two years.Find out more
You may meet the admissions criteria for higher education at Melbourne Polytechnic if you have work and life experience and left secondary education more than two years ago and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.Find out more
After all the regimented aspects of high school and expectations of what university was supposed to be like, this degree was an unexpected and embraced change. This degree exposed and encouraged me to explore the creative world around me, but also develop my own personality. The degree places you within a supportive and inclusive environment, where I had the right people to intuitively help guide my creativity and interests, and then further them into expression and confidence. I’m glad I did this degree because I feel as though I have a stronger sense of self, and know how to direct my practice.
Students enrolling for full-time study attend four three-hour classes per week each semester. There are 13 weeks in each of the two semesters per year. All classes take place on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday between 10am and 5pm.
Please email us at BSMPadmin@MelbournePolytechnic.edu.au regarding 2020 timetable and for further information on undertaking the degree part-time.
Various forms of assessment may be used including song demos and recordings, essays, musical performances, class presentations, folio work, reflective journal/blogs and music clips.
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.
|SMP012||MUSIC CLIP||Core||ELECTIVE SUBJECT FOR YEARS 2 OR 3
Explores the historical context of the film clip - pre-production, production and post-production elements of making a clip as well as use of the clip as a marketing tool. Explore the implications of the choice of hardware and software at all levels from the mobile phone to a large-scale production.
|SMP017||PERFORMANCE DELIVERY 2||Core||ELECTIVE SUBJECT FOR YEARS 2 OR 3
A continuation of Performance Delivery 1, students further examine individual performance style and practical skills in order to develop approaches to professional level performance in studio and stage environments.
|SMP113||SONGWRITING AND COMPOSITION 1||Core||An introduction to the craft of songwriting, exploring strategies to embark on the project of writing a song and developing existing songwriting methods. You will be encouraged to link historical songwriting practice with contemporary methods. Peer review will form a key part of the songwriting workshops. By the end of the semester, you will have written and recorded new works.||1||1|
|SMP114||MUSIC PRODUCTION 1||Core||An introduction to the engineering skills, studio technique and production methods used in sound recording. Gain an understanding of contemporary methods, and develop critical listening skills as a music producer and work towards submitting a demo by the end of semester, having a thorough grounding in the skills and art of recording and production.||1||1|
|SMP014||MUSIC TECHNIQUES 1||Core||This introductory subject explores approaches to organising and communicating musical elements in songwriting. Students explore melody, chords, rhythm and structure through lectures, creative workshops and song analysis.||1||1|
|SMP125||MUSIC CRITIQUE||Core||An exploration of seminal texts that relate explicitly to songwriting, composition and sound production. This subject examines the contemporary field of music critique from academic criticism to the blogosphere.||1||1|
|SMP112||SUBCULTURES AND THE AVANT-GARDE||Core||Subcultures and avant-garde movements influence and have always influenced directions in contemporary songwriting and sound production. You will traverse the more extreme and/or subversive historical trends within songwriting and music production and examine their impact on contemporary music cultures.||1||2|
|SMP122||MUSIC BUSINESS||Core||This management subject examines and reacts upon the way in which contemporary music artists develop career and project strategies for their musical projects. Students apply timelines, audience building and project management skills to their own musical releases, and examine strategic excellence in the field.||1||2|
|SMP123||SONGWRITING & COMPOSITION 2||Core||This subject extends from Songwriting & Composition 1, with students deepening their knowledge of composition and style in workshops and being exposed to seminal songwriters and contemporary composers through a series of lectures.||1||2|
|SMP124||MUSIC PRODUCTION 2||Core||This subject covers the broad roles and responsibilities of a music producer including conceptual planning, artistic overview, technical engineering and musical arranging. It provides a deeper analysis of the art of music production and the aesthetics associated with producing music. Students will further develop their critical listening and aural perception skills as a music producer.||1||2|
|SMP213||SONGWRITING AND COMPOSITION 3||Core||This subject is workshop based and aimed at the development of distinct artistic directions in songwriting or music production. Practical outcomes will be explored theoretically in writing and you will drive your own songwriting explorations while being supported by peer review and robust critique. By the end of this semester, you will have completed a short set of finished new works.||2||1|
|SMP214||MUSIC PRODUCTION 3||Core||
Builds on recording and production skills already developed and further explores music production techniques in a studio environment. Continue to refine and develop your critical listening and aural perception skills as a producer.
Students will complete a music recording as a finished and mastered production by the end of semester.
|SMP216||THE ARTIST'S LIFE||Core||The artist’s life explores historical and contemporary conceptions of the artist as a gure in society. The characteristic attributes of artistic practice are explored through an analysis of historical and contemporary practice and artistic tactics and strategies are considered in light of the way they function in broader communities. The subject explores de nitions of art, the value of artistic work and the function of the artist in culture.||2||1|
|SMP217||SOUND STUDIES||Core||This subject engages the student with sound as a standing quality, both within expanded conceptions of music and as a medium. Listening, creating and improvising using sound will be explored both in terms of sound per se and in relation to sound as a quality within compositional practice.||2||1|
|SMP223||SONGWRITING & COMPOSITION 4||Core||Workshop driven development of songwriting and composition catalogue. This subject is designed to be a precursor to the major project of third year, exploring self-directed practice and its goals.||2||2|
|SMP224||MUSIC PRODUCTION 4||Core||The student will develop an understanding of the crucial concepts underpinning the art of music production. Students will further develop and apply their critical listening and aural perception skills as a music producer including practical applications.||2||2|
|SMP226||MINOR PROJECT||Core||Learn the skills required to be a small artistic business owner, using strategies to create, develop and commercialise new music products and artists. Students will become familiar with concepts such as budgeting, acquiring funding, and cash flow management. You will be able to use this knowledge to make business decisions in a creative context on the viability, feasibility and risk of an artistic endeavour. This subject involves students in the planning and delivery of a minor business project related to the student's artistic musical practice.||2||2|
|SMP312||MAJOR PROJECT 1||Core||
Major Project 1 is a focal part of the final year and you will manage a self-directed project over the two semesters using content created in Studio 1 and 2. The focus of the project will be either songwriting, music production or a fusion of both. The scope of the project will be negotiated with each student with clear outcomes to be obtained by the end of the year.
|SMP019||LYRICS||Core||The impulse to write is uniform across all fields of art which employ language as a means of expression. This subject is a study of lyrics in relation to the history of songwriting and in the context of literature. Lyrics are not poetry, but they employ many of the same techniques. There will be analysis of key lyrics, poems and literature. Assessments include both analysis and lyric-writing.||3||1|
|SMP013||PERFORMANCE DELIVERY 1||Core||An introductory performance subject where you will explore and develop critical thinking relating to your own performance within the realm of songwriting and sound production. Explore these themes through your own performances, examining image and stage technique along with an analysis of what constitutes excellence in musical performance.||3||1|
Based around the concept of an art school studio, you will present songs and recordings for review by peers and a group of lecturers. Workshops are built around feedback in a supportive and challenging environment where the dynamics of creativity and creative practice will be explored. In a lecture series, practitioners in the field will discuss their own and other practices.
The expectation is that you continue to compose songs and produce with a view to developing robust practice, material outcomes and a firm sense of the context and direction of their work. The artistic outcomes in Studio 1 and 2 (second semester) will form the content for Major Project 1 and 2 (second semester).
|SMP321||STUDIO 2||Core||Following on from Studio 1, students present songs and recordings for review by peers and lecturers. Workshops are built around feedback in a supportive and challenging environment where the dynamics of creative practice will be explored. The lecture series, will present a range of themes that apply to students’ own and other artists’ practices.||3||2|
|SMP322||MAJOR PROJECT 2||Core||In this subject students manage to completion the self-directed project initiated in Major Project 1. Throughout the semester, students will work with their class lecturer and individual mentor to problem solve, plan and deliver their major project.||3||2|
|SMP011||LABEL||Core||Explores both the histories of the record and publishing labels and their relationship to musical and sound production artistry, as well as introducing the principles of starting up a label.||3||2|
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