UNSW Australia Music Auditions

Music can be studied at UNSW in one of our Bachelor of Music programs or as a major or minor stream within the Bachelor of Arts. To gain entry into one of the UNSW Music programs, you will have to apply through UAC, UAC International or directly through UNSW Admissions and then undertake a musicianship test and an audition. Within the Bachelor of Arts, no audition is required.

To receive an offer in main round, applicants must pass the audition in November.

If the Music program goes into late round offers, please contact the School of the Arts and Media regarding the audition process.

This year we are introducing an Advanced Entry Scheme where by applicants may apply for course credit towards their degree based on previous study and experience. See below for more detail.

More information about Bachelor of Music Programs can be found here

More information about the Bachelor of Arts Program can be found here

More information about UNSW Music Scholarships can be found here

Auditions for 2018 Intake are now open.

Due to a glitch, our registrations were temporariliy down. So please note they have been extended until Saturday 4th November 2017, 11:59pm

If you have any concerns regarding registration, please call us on 9385 4856

Click here to register for the 2018 Music Auditions

Registrations close Saturday 4th November 2017, 11:59pm.

REGISTRATION

All applicants applying for a UNSW Bachelor of Music program must complete the two-part application process.

PART A: Apply through UAC, UAC International or directly through UNSW.

PART B: Apply to sit a Musicianship Test through the UNSW School of the Arts and Media. Your mark for this test will determine your eligibility to audition for the UNSW Bachelor of Music Program.

Both PART A & B must be completed prior to their respective closing dates to ensure you will be considered for the requested program


PART A:

Domestic applicants applying to UAC please visit http://www.uac.edu.au/

The UAC codes for Music at UNSW are:

  • Bachelor of Music (BMus) 422500
  • Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Arts (BMusBA) 422501
  • Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (BMusBEd) 422502
  • Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Media (Communication and Journalism) 422503
  • Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Media (PR and Advertising) 422504
  • Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Media (Screen and Sound Production) 422505
  • Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Commerce 422510
  • Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) 422520
  • Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Science (BMusBSci) 422530
  • Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) (BMusBSci+) 422531
  • Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Law 426050

International Baccalaureate applicants should apply through UAC International by viewing information here

International applicants should apply directly to UNSW by viewing information here


PART B:

All applicants must register for the UNSW Musicianship Test in addition to completing their UAC, UAC International or UNSW Direct Admissions application. Click the link below to complete the online application form.

Registrations are now open.
Click here to register for the 2018 Music Auditions
Registration closes at 11:59pm, Friday 3 November 2017

Stage 1: UNSW Musicianship Test

Once you are registered for the UNSW Musicianship Test, you will receive an email on Monday 6 November 2017 at 10am with a link and an individual login to the online Musicianship Test.

You will be allowed one attempt and have 30 minutes to complete the test anytime between Monday, 6 November to Sunday, 12 November 2017.

Results will be emailed shortly after, along with instructions regarding stage 2. This test is designed to assess your skills and knowledge in basic music theory, score reading, musical style and general knowledge of music. To prepare for the test it is recommended that you review music theory and general musical knowledge to the level of Grade 5 AMEB Theory. There will not be any history component.

All questions will be multiple choice and cover basics such as: all scale constructions, triads, cadences, and basic four-part harmony. Simple score reading will also be included.

If you successfully pass the Musicianship test you will be required to complete stage 2 and submit the required performance audition materials to UNSW. If you are unsuccessful in passing the Musicianship Test, you may still apply for a Bachelor of Arts program majoring or minoring in Music. This program does not require an audition.

Musicianship Test Portal

Stage 2: Performance Audition Online

Audition material is submitted online. Applicants will be required to upload their audition material between Tuesday 14 November 2017 (following their successful Musicianship Test) and Wednesday 22 November 2017. Submitted Auditions will be reviewed by Music staff of the University and will not be viewed or made available to other persons.

Please make sure your face and hands are visible in the audition video so that we can identify you are the one performing.

Auditions can be uploaded in one of the following formats online:

Video - mpeg, mpg, mp4, mov, avi, wmv, m4v

For other required documents within the audition application, the uploader also accepts:

Document - txt, rtf, doc, docx, pdf, xls, xlsx, sib, mus, ppt, pptx

Audio - mp3, ogg, m4a, aiff, wma, wav, aac

Image - jpeg, png, gif, jpg

What to Submit for the Performance Audition:

• Two contrasting works or two scores of contrasting compositions:

Performance: If Performance is your intended specialisation, you must provide two contrasting performances. They can be any two short pieces of your choice, as long as they contrast in some way (tempo, technical difficulty, expression, style, etc.). Each piece must be between 3-5 minutes in length

Composition: If Composition is your intended specialisation, you must provide two scores of contrasting compositions (Along with the two composition scores we also require accompanying audio files [mp3 is best] – so please also upload audio files that are either MIDI-based recordings or recordings of live performances of your compositions.) You must also submit two contrasting performances on your individual instrument or voice. If not accepted as a composition specialist, you may possibly be accepted as a performer.

• Short song to be sung unaccompanied:

The short song can be any song of your choice. It is for the examiner to test your sense of pitch. A traditional song or folk song would be most preferable.

• 500 word essay about yourself:

The essay can be about something that you have enjoyed doing, studying or learning about aside from music. The essay is important because it illustrates what you think and how well you express yourself. It also gives you an opportunity to tell us about who you are beyond your musical qualifications and will help us further distinguish you from other applicants. So try to write you essay in way that lets your voice come through.

• CV/Resume:

We do not expect extensive experience; this is merely to give the examiner an idea of what, if any, extra-curricular activities you may be involved with within the sphere of music.

• A Scanned copy of a Photo ID: 

This can be anything from a drivers licence or proof of age card to a student ID. This is so our examiner can identify that the performance work you submit to the UNSW auditions is your own work.

• Reference:

A letter of reference must be uploaded with your performance files. When registering, you will need to provide the name and contact details of your referee so that we may contact them if necessary.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their audition in early December 2017

Successful applicants who meet certain criteria will be contacted and invited to apply for our Advanced Entry Scheme. Please see below for more detail.

Guaranteed Entry

Guaranteed entry means that if you pass the audition, and meet other requirements, UNSW can guarantee your offer from UAC.

Please follow this link for more detail and how to calculate your eligibility:

https://www.futurestudents.unsw.edu.au/guaranteed-entry

Advanced Entry Scheme (advanced course credit)

From 2017, the UNSW Bachelor of Music program is introducing an Advanced Entry Scheme. Under this scheme, applicants can apply for course credit towards their program based on previous experience and knowledge.

Eligbility

Only those who have passed the UNSW Music audition, have a minimum ATAR of 80 and a LMus or equivalent qualification may apply. Applicants are then assessed to determine whether they are eligible for advanced course credit.

Applicants will need to be available to attend a day at UNSW on Monday 19 December (and/or possibly 20 December) 2016 for knowledge testing and interviews. This will allow the School to notify applicants of the outcome before the final UAC preferences deadline.

Applicants will asked to bring the following documentation on Monday 19 December:

1. Cover letter outlining how the applicant fulfils the learning outcomes and graduate attributes of the level one courses in the UNSW BMus and why credit should be granted;

2. Curriculum Vitae with relevant personal details, professional experience;

3. Names and contact of two professionals in the field willing to serve as referees.