Bachelor of Music (Dean's Scholars)

Approved Abbreviation: BMus(DeansSchol)

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1738.1

AQF Level: 7

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is 2015 or 2016.

The Bachelor of Music (Dean’s Scholars) develops innovative, articulate musicians who contribute to the music community and the culture it serves. It offers high-level training in music, music performance, composition, sound technologies, music theory, musicology, arranging music and music analysis. It does this in well-equipped studios, and in a lecture/workshop/tutorial environment. Skills in music performance, composition and sound technologies are augmented by intellectual, theoretical and contextual studies. An active staff of music-academics supports students to develop their individual goals. This degree is exclusively for high-achieving students, and will continually challenge you to do even better and build on your academic success. Students in the Dean’s Scholars program are automatically enrolled in The Academy at Western Sydney University, which offers interdisciplinary leadership programs, professional development and local and international internship and engagement opportunities for students.

Study Mode
Three years full-time or six years part-time.


ATAR score of at least 90 required. You will be invited to audition based on your ATAR.

You will be selected on an interview/audition in which personal aptitude, professional experience and educational qualifications are taken into consideration.

After you have applied to UAC you are required to book yourself in for an interview/audition and download a questionnaire at this University's online audition booking system.

Online audition booking system

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Locall applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to Western Sydney University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.


Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 240 credit points including the units listed in the recommended sequence below.


Year 1

Autumn session

101740Music History 1
101520Basic Composition, Craft and Theory
101525Introduction to Music Performance
101526Introduction to Sound Technologies

Spring session

101741Music History 2
101522Composition, Craft and Theory
101524Free and Notated Music Performance
101538Sound Synthesis and the Sound Environment

Year 2

Autumn session

101523Cultural Paradigms and Music
101530Music Composition: Concepts and Creativity

One Sub-major unit

And one elective

Spring session

101528Modes and Codes of Music Production
101120Arranging Musics

One Sub-major unit

And one elective

Year 3

Autumn session

101532Music in Theory and Practice
101152Music and Analysis

One Sub-major unit

And one elective

Spring session

101742Music and Philosophy
101472Music Project

One Sub-major unit

And one Sub-major unit or elective


All students must complete one of the following sub-majors. One of the other sub-majors may also be completed using elective places.

SM1016Sound Technologies
SM1017Music Performance

Sub-major elective spaces

Elective units may be used toward obtaining an additional approved sub-major (40 credit points).

Search for sub-majors

Students in Advanced courses may use elective units toward obtaining an additional approved sub-major in Applied Leadership or Critical Thinking.

SM3082.1 Applied Leadership

SM3083.1 Critical Thinking

Western Sydney University offers sub-majors in a range of areas including Sustainability and Indigenous Studies.

Indigenous Australian Studies Sub-major

Business Sustainability Sub-major

Students can apply for an elective major or sub-major via MySR.

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