Diploma of Music

The Diploma of Music is a practical course, preparing students for the music industry in solo and ensemble performance, theory, music business, composition and recording. The Diploma of Music is an eight-subject award and can be completed in one year. 

Course Description

The Diploma of Music introduce students at a foundation level to the sources and content in the discipline area of music and provide training which emphasises vocational application. Graduates will have writing and research skills and be able to demonstrate an ability to apply a body of knowledge in a range of professional and entertainment contexts. The course draws on AC’s established expertise in the discipline areas of music.

Graduates of the Diploma of Music are uniquely trained in the pursuit of a portfolio career to hold positions of responsibility and leadership in congregational music-making contexts but may also find employment in a range of professional music and entertainment contexts, not-for-profit and mission-focused organisations, community service-orientated positions, and positions that require research skills and critical thinking.

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Course Structure

The course structure is based on two semesters (each of 13 weeks duration).

  • 50 credit points of core subjects
  • 30 credit points of elective subjects 

To qualify for award of Diploma of Music, a candidate shall accrue an aggregate of at least 80 credit points, including satisfactory completion of the core subjects.

Entry Requirements

Academic

Applicants with Recent Secondary Education (within the past 2 years)

Applicants admitted on the basis of their recent secondary education must demonstrate the completion of NSW Higher School Certificate or International Baccalaureate (or the completion of the interstate or overseas equivalent qualification and result) for admission into this course.

Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) Study

Applicants whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification must demonstrate the completion of an AQF Level 3 Certificate III or higher by an authorised institution or registered training organisation for admission into this course.

Applicants seeking admission on the basis of a Certificate III qualification may be required to attend a pre-admission interview or submit a statement of intent. Please refer to the application for admission for further details.

Applicants with Higher Education Study

Applicants whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a complete or partially complete higher education qualification must demonstrate the completion or partial completion of an AQF Level 5 Higher Education Diploma (or higher) by an authorised institution for admission into this course.

Applicants with Work and Life Experience

If you are under the age of 21 at the time of commencement, you can apply to a prescribed program of non-award study on the basis of provisional entry, and complete the provisional entry qualifying period to become a full candidate of this course.

If you are over the age of 21 at the time of commencement, you can apply for admission into this course on the basis of provisional entry, and complete the provisional entry qualifying period to become a full candidate.

Language

Overseas students are required to demonstrate their English proficiency skills. Such students admitted into our programs must attain an overall IELTS (or equivalent) score of 6.0 (with no score below 5.5 in any of the four skills areas). IELTS (or equivalent) is not required for applicants who have undertaken five years of required higher education study (or equivalent) in English from an approved country or who have completed a Certificate IV or higher qualification awarded in English under the Australian Qualification Framework by an authorised institution or registered training organisation.

Essential Requirements

Applicants will undertake a musical audition with the Program Director (or delegated representative) to determine instrumental/vocal competence. Applicants may attend a live audition or submit a recording for assessment. The Program Director (or delegated representative) will consider all other results (for example: ATAR, TAFE, GPA, STAT test) in assessing instrumental/vocal competence.

Study Modes

Delivery Mode: Face-to-Face and Online

Locations: Adelaide and Sydney

Duration: 1 year full-time/Up to 4 years part-time

Intakes: Semester 1, Semester 2

Fees & Timetable

A complete Fee Schedule for all Alphacrucis programs and courses can be found in our Fees Information section.

For a full list of course dates for new and continuing students, please see our Timetables.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge:

Demonstrated:

  • general understanding of key issues, recent scholarship and practices within chosen discipline area of music, consistent with a Christian worldview;
  • technical and theoretical understanding of research principles and methods, and knowledge of research approaches used in the discipline area of music.

Skills:

Demonstrated ability to:

  • identify, analyse and synthesise theoretical knowledge in the discipline area of music;
  • examine an instrument/vocal problem using appropriate methodologies and theories from the discipline area of music;
  • analyse and synthesise ideas and theories from other disciplines related to the discipline area of music;
  • communicate effectively and creatively ideas and perspectives to peers and general audiences in diverse contexts.

Application of Knowledge and Skills:

Demonstrated ability to:

  • apply specialised theoretical knowledge, and creative and technical skills to a range of musical contexts, including composition and performance;
  • articulate questions or issues and apply the knowledge and skills developed within the discipline area of music to develop appropriate solutions;
  • work independently, responsibly and with the level expected in a broad range of professional and entertainment contexts;
  • collaborate in team projects to make a positive contribution toward social issues;
  • undertake self-reflection and evaluation of performance for the purpose of vocational development.

Career Opportunities

After graduating from this course, you will be uniquely trained in the pursuit of a portfolio career to hold positions of responsibility and leadership in congregational music-making contexts but may also find employment in a range of professional music and entertainment contexts, not-for-profit and mission-focused organisations, community service-orientated positions, and positions that require research skills and critical thinking.

Student Services

For more information on the suite of student support services available, please see our Student Services section.

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This course is not currently available to International Students.