Specialisation

Major - Music

Western Sydney University Major Code: M1117.1

Status: CURRENT
This version of the specialisation is available to new and continuing students.


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1838.2 Bachelor of Creative Industries
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1839.2 Bachelor of Design/Bachelor of Creative Industries
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1840.2 Bachelor of Communication/Bachelor of Creative Industries
1842.1 Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Creative Industries
1842.2 Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Creative Industries

Available to students in other Western Sydney University Courses : NO


The Music major provides students from outside the Music program with a comprehensive introduction to current practice in the fields of music, performance and sound production for sound design, composition and performance. Foundation level units examine the fundamentals of music performance, acoustics, stereo recording and mixing, MIDI systems and sequencing, sound synthesis, and composition utilising environmental sound. Technical concepts are contextualised within a survey of electroacoustic music and sonic arts practice. Students will also examine studio techniques, new performance technologies, and composition and design for screen media.


Location

Campus Mode Specialisation Advice
Penrith Campus Internal enquiriesHCA@uws.edu.au

Major Structure

Special Requirement

Students undertaking this major will be selected by one of three methods:

1. Attain an HSC Music result in band 4 or above. No audition is required.

2. Hold the following AMEB or equivalent (e.g. Trinity College) qualification:

  • a. PASS standard (minimum) of 6th Grade Performance (instrument or voice) AND
  • b. PASS standard (minimum) of 4th Grade musicianship and/or theory.

No audition is required.

3. Attend an audition in person as a performer and/or composer. Applicants applying as a composer will need to bring recordings and/or scores of original compositions to the audition. After applying to UAC or Directly to Western applicants are required to book an audition online.

Online audition booking system

If not auditioning, applicants will need to upload their supporting documentation (e.g. AMEB certificates demonstrating level of achievement in performance and musicianship and/or music theory).

Students must complete 80 credit points as follows

Year 1

Spring session

102759 Sound Design and New Electronic Media

Year 2

Autumn session

102553 Music Performance 1
102760 Advanced Production

Spring session

102761 Electronic Music Production

Year 3

Autumn session

102555 Music Group Performance
102758 Interactive Electronic Media and Performance

Spring session

102563 Screen Media Composition
102767 Applied Professional Music Contexts

Equivalent Specialisation Units

The Specialisation units listed below count towards completion of this major for students who passed these units in 2017 or earlier.

101521 - Collaboration and Live Music Performance

101525 - Introduction to Music Performance

101527 - Introduction to the Sound Studio

101535 - Sound and Performance: Expanded Practice

101536 - Sound Composition for Screen Media

101538 - Sound Synthesis and the Sound Environment

101537 - Sound Technologies and Machine Musicianship

The Specialisation units listed below count towards completion of this major for students who passed these units in 2019 or earlier.

102559 - Sound Design

102560 - Studio Production

102561 - Digital Musicianship

102556 - Expanded Music Performance

102430 - Professional Music Project



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