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Diploma in Music Skills

  • Awarded by

    University of New England

  • Qualification


  • Study Mode

    On campus

  • Payment Options

    HECS-HELP may be available

  • Duration

    Up to 4 years part-time

  • Start Date

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Last modified: 09 Feb 2017

About this course

Your music career starts with the online Diploma in Music Skills course from the University of New England (UNE).

With a strong focus on technical skills, this course will equip you with a strong base in music performance, aural skills, and music technology, setting you up for a challenging and rewarding professional career in music.

Whether you pursue performance, teaching, writing, or management, this course will equip you with the cultural, historical, and theoretical background to explore your area of interest and develop specialised skills.

With this degree, you'll enjoy a wide range of career options in the music industry, or can choose to pursue a bachelor's degree in music or teaching after course completion.

  • Prerequisites


    To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

    • Have completed Australian senior secondary studies with an ATAR equal to or above this year's admission cut-off; OR
    • Have completed an overseas secondary or tertiary qualification/s deemed equivalent; OR
    • Have completed, or part-completed, an approved Australian post-secondary or tertiary qualification; OR
    • Have completed an approved admission scheme or pathway; OR
    • Satisfied the requirements of an approved inter-institution agreement; OR
    • Obtained other equivalent qualifications and/or vocational experience; OR
    • Satisfied the requirements for non-standard admission.

    Applicants must also:

    • Complete a satisfactory written personal statement assessed by the discipline within six months prior to the date of enrolment; AND
    • Have on admission to the degree a performing standard equivalent to Grade 6 of the Australian Music Examinations Board demonstrated via audition or music performance qualifications; AND
    • Have on admission to the degree a music theory standard equivalent to Grade 4 of the Australian Music Examinations Board demonstrated via music performance qualifications or the successful completion of a music theory test set by the Music Discipline Convenor.

    Former or current UNE students may transfer into the Diploma in Music Skills on the basis of previous Music studies completed as part of a University of New England degree where they have:

    • Completed MUSI121 with a Credit grade or higher; AND
    • Completed MUSI101 or MUSI110 or MUSI111 with a Credit grade or higher.

    You may be eligible for advanced standing if your previous education and experience meet certain criteria.

  • Subjects

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    In this music course, the subjects you may study include:

    • Aural skills (1 and 2)
    • Foundation studies in musical performance
    • Fundamentals of music technology
    • Harmony and analysis (1 and 2)
    • Creative portfolio 1
    • Songwriting for contemporary performance
    • Electronic music production
    • The craft of academic writing
    • Encounters in music
    • Music cultures
    • Popular music
    • Western music history: beginnings to Baroque
    • Western music history: 18th and 19th centuries
    • Aboriginal resilience and the arts
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  • Why University of New England?

    Established in 1938, the University of New England (UNE) is Australia’s longest standing provider of distance education and continues to be at the forefront of innovations in online learning. The university offers over 200 courses at the undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree research levels. UNE is committed to offering a variety of flexible study options so that students are able to manage their personal commitments while undertaking a university education.

    The University of New England (UNE) prides itself on providing the highest quality student support to ensure that students have the necessary tools to pursue their goals. Students can easily access a plethora of dedicated services including counselling, disability needs, academic and study skills, Aboriginal affairs and career development.

    With over 60 years of distance education experience, UNE has devised flexible online study options over 3 study periods a year so that students are able to utilise their time more effectively or even accelerate their degree. For courses that require hands-on experience, UNE offers Intensive School programs where students are exposed to vital practical components of their course.

    To support ongoing learning, students can get the help they need via email, phone or online chat. You can expect a well-rounded and supported experience throughout your UNE study journey.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Diploma in Music Skills from the University of New England.

Graduates will have a broad range of technical and performance music skills, and may choose to pursue further study and specialisation, or work in a wide range of areas requiring music knowledge. You may choose to seek employment opportunities in teaching, tutoring, programming or performance, or undertake further study in music or teaching.

UNE is committed to a holistic approach to education, ensuring that all graduates also possess the following transferable attributes:

  • Communication skills
  • Capacity for problem solving
  • Information literacy
  • Awareness of ethical conduct and social responsibility
  • Independence and collaboration
  • A thirst for lifelong learning

Wondering where a career in entertainment could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Musician
  • Composer
  • Music Tutor
  • Entertainer


Eligible students can apply for HECS-HELP to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

The University of New England also offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants.


You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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