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Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Creative Industries

Approved Abbreviation: BMus/BCrInd

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1841.2

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 095719G

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 2021 or later.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

For Commencement Year 2017 - 2020 - please refer to: 1841.1 Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Creative Industries

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 is accredited by professional organisations including the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA) and the Media Foundation of Australia (MFA).


Students are admitted on the basis of their ATAR score.

Applicants 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 wishing to pursue a Music specialisation 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.

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

100556Introduction to Journalism
100706Advertising: An Introduction
100212Public Relations Theory and Practice
101907Introduction to Literary Studies
102436Creative Writing: The Imaginative Life
102825Introduction to Screen Media
102913Introduction to Culture and Society
200585Organisational Behaviour
200977Fundamentals of Australian Law
101922Web and Time-based Design
102263Image Design

Equivalent Unit

The unit listed below counts as an Introduction to Major Pool Unit for students who passed this unit in 2021 or earlier.

100897 - Everyday Life



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

SM1126Music Production
SM1017Music Performance

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 credit point requirement for the Music component of the degree and eventually the 320 credit point requirement for this double degree. The additional Music units include

102566Arranging Music
101152Music and Analysis
102573Music and Critical Thought
102858Musicology as a Professional Practice
102762World Music


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

Equivalent additional unit

The additional music unit listed below counts towards completion for students who passed this unit in 2021 or earlier

102551 - Music, Culture and Discourse

Creative Industries

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

M1113Creative Writing
M1131Culture and Society
M1109Digital Cultures
M2511Enterprise Innovation
M1116Graphic Design
M2515Law and the Creative Industries
M1135Screen Media
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.


Year 1

Autumn session

102564Music Theory Fundamentals
102558Music Production
102553Music Performance 1
102836Introduction to the Creative Industries

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 Units

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 additional Music unit

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