Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Creative Industries

Approved Abbreviation: BMus/BCrInd

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1841.1

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 095719G

Music graduates who previously would have planned to pursue contracts with one or more large record companies or orchestras now have a future where they will be able to self-publish their work to the world, or they may require a more entrepreneurial approach than that previously required of a musician or music technologist. This double degree brings together the existing Music program with emerging creative industries and allows students who are interested in pursuing careers in music to also engage with new paradigms of creative and cultural production, developing skills in entrepreneurship and working in collaborative projects with creative industries in Greater Western Sydney (GWS).

Students may be required to travel to Parramatta campus for a portion of the Creative Industries component.

  • Director of Academic Program - Dr Clare MacLean

Study Mode
Four years full-time or eight years part-time.

The Bachelor of Creative Industries (PR) is accredited by the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA).


Students are admitted on the basis of their ATAR (or equivalent) score AND 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).

All applicants:

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International 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 the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

International applicants must apply directly to the Western Sydney University via the International Office.

International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

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.

Alternate Entry Pathway

The exceptional merit pathway (EMP) will offer those students who demonstrate an aptitude and ability in the creative industries area that is assessed as meeting the Course Learning Outcomes, to receive either a direct or conditional offer. Students will be required to complete an audition or submit a recording of original compositions, take part in at least one workshop and/or submit a written assessment, in addition to participating in an interview, during one of a series of on-campus Young Creatives events. Successful completion of the EMP requirements will result in either a direct or conditional entry offer for the following year. Though the direct offer is a non-ATAR pathway, eligibility to accept the direct offer will remain contingent on the successful completion of the HSC or TAFE Diploma.

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline. This course includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this course. Please contact the Course Advisor listed above for information.

International students should also refer to the 'Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students' website for more information and a link to the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 320 credit points including the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Students must complete

  • 80 credit points of Music core units
  • 80 credit points of Creative Industries core units (which includes one Introduction to Major Pool unit)
  • 80 credit points of Music Studies (consisting of two 40cp submajors)
  • 80 credit point Creative Industries Major

Introduction to Major Unit Pool

Students select one of the following units as their Introduction Major Unit, to correspond to the Creative Industries major selected

100706Advertising: An Introduction
102436Creative Writing: The Imaginative Life
100897Everyday Life
101927Foundations of Media Arts and Production
200977Fundamentals of Australian Law
102263Image Design
100556Introduction to Journalism
101907Introduction to Literary Studies
200585Organisational Behaviour
100212Public Relations Theory and Practice
101922Web and Time-based Design



The Bachelor of Music component will consist of two sub-majors. There are three sub-majors to choose from

SM1017Music Performance
SM1126Music Production

Because any two music sub-majors result in the student completing seven rather than eight units, as they share one common unit, students are required to enrol in an additional Music unit to meet the 160 cps requirement for the Music component of the degree and eventually the 320 cps requirement for this double degree. The additional Music units include

102566Arranging Music
101152Music and Analysis
102551Music, Culture and Discourse
102573Music and Critical Thought
102762World Music

The unit listed below counts as an additional unit towards completion of this course for students who passed this unit in 2019 or earlier.

102552 - The Politics of Australian Music


Any unit from the sub-major that the student is not enrolled in.

Please note: SM1126 Music Production replaces SM1016 Sound Technologies from 2018. Students who choose to remain in SM1016 Sound Technologies will need to take their remaining units from the replaced equivalent units.

Creative Industries

The major for the Bachelor of Creative Industries component should be selected from the below

M1113Creative Writing
M1052Cultural and Social Analysis
M1109Digital Cultures
M2511Enterprise Innovation
M1116Graphic Design
M2515Law and the Creative Industries
M1094Media Arts Production
M1122Public Relations

Note: Each major must have no more than three Level 1 units (including the introduction to major unit) and a minimum of three Level 3 units)

Note: For the purposes of this double degree, students may not undertake the Music major offered for 1838 Bachelor of Creative Industries. Therefore, 102558 Music Production cannot count as an Introduction Major Unit in this course, it is to be completed as a component of the Bachelor of Music core.

Recommended Sequence - Autumn Commencement

Recommended sequence subject to variation based on the students nominated Creative Industries specialisation.

Students selecting Law and the Creative Industries as their major are exempt from completing core unit 200909 Enterprise Law, as they must complete the alternate unit 200977 Fundamentals of Australian Law as their core unit and first Introduction to Major unit.


Year 1

Autumn session

102564Music Theory Fundamentals
102558Music Production
102553Music Performance 1
200909Enterprise Law

For students taking Law and the Creative Industries Major choose unit 200977 Fundamentals of Australian Law instead of 200909 Enterprise Law

200977Fundamentals of Australian Law

Spring session

102554Music Performance 2
102770Music Theory and Songwriting
102759Sound Design and New Electronic Media

One Creative Industries Introduction to Major Unit

Year 2

Autumn session

102546Western Art Music History

One Music Sub-major Unit

Two Creative Industries Major Units

Spring session

102547Popular Music Histories
200910Financing Enterprises
200912Enterprise Leadership

One Music Sub-major Unit

Year 3

Autumn session

Two Music Sub-major Units

Two Creative Industries Major Unit

Spring session

102431Creative TEAMS 1

Two Music Sub-major Units

One Creative Industries Major Unit

Year 4

Autumn session

200911Enterprise Innovation and Markets
102432Creative TEAMS 2

One Music Sub-major Unit

One Creative Industries Major Unit

Spring session

102433Creative Industries Professional Project or Internship

Two Creative Industries Major Units

One Music Sub-major Unit

Equivalent Core Units

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

101520 - Basic Composition, Craft and Theory

101522 - Composition, Craft and Theory

101524 - Free and Notated Music Performance

101525 - Introduction to Music Performance

101526 - Introduction to Sound Technologies

101538 - Sound Synthesis and the Sound Environment

102427 - Western Art Music 1

102428 - Western Art Music 2

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

102559 - Sound Design

102565 - Songwriting and Music Theory

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