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Bachelor of Songwriting and Music Production

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Study music with a degree that is unique in Australia: Melbourne Polytechnic's Bachelor of Songwriting and Music Production. This qualification is suited to emerging songwriters, composers and music producers who will engage with music as creative practice and be taught as artists.

Key details

Degree Type
Bachelor
Duration
3 years full-time
Course Code
HECABSMP, 090757J
Study Mode
In person
Intake Months
Feb, Jul

About this course

A unique degree for music artists

Study music with a degree that is unique in Australia: Melbourne Polytechnic's Bachelor of Songwriting and Music Production. This qualification is suited to emerging songwriters, composers and music producers who will engage with music as creative practice and be taught as artists. Our pursuit of excellence in contemporary music-making is based on the understanding of music as an art form. Aligned with "do it yourself" practice, your study engages with commercial practice and is grounded in historical context. Songwriting in Australia is a growth industry with its roots in community, and you'll be learning all about it in Australia's music capital.

Empowering creative practice

Bachelor of Songwriting and Music Production is an inspiring degree that empowers students within their practice towards a sustainable career - a welcoming and inclusive learning environment for songwriters, composers and music producers. We are committed to diversity with regard to both student intake and musical genre.

Within the degree, practical knowledge and artistic expression are interwoven in a unique curriculum which considers contemporary music an art form. There are four main strands in the degree - songwriting, music production, concepts and context, business and delivery of creative product.

  • Songwriting and composition classes drive new ways of exploring and thinking about your creative practice through lectures, discussions, peer review and workshops.
  • Music production classes demystify the process whilst deepening your understanding of what is important in a recording. You will use current music software in an online environment until we return to our labs and recording studios on campus.
  • Conceptual subjects enrich your practice and application of ideas through study of contextual histories of songwriting and music production. Experimental practice is encouraged as is an inclusive approach to other art forms.
  • Business subjects articulate revenue streams for music artists, explain marketing principles and approaches to management of music careers. You will be comprehensively guided through releasing music, making video clips and developing your performance skills with the expectation that you will release a single or EP at the end of second year, and an EP or album at the end of third year.

All subjects are taught by well-known music artists, producers, and experts in contemporary music scenes.

BSMP's musical alumni include Chitra, who was signed by Melbourne label Our Golden Friend, released two singles in 2019 and is working on her 2020 debut album, and James Cro, currently in second year.

Entry requirements

Selection for all categories is based on interview.
  • In the interview applicants will be required to demonstrate a clear understanding of both the study demands of this course and a clear purpose for undertaking the course, including future study and/or career ambitions.
  • A performance or submission of a recorded work or a musical work is required at the interview.
Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years)
Completion of VCE English with a study score of at least 20.
Applicants with Australian vocational education and training (VET) study
Students who have successfully completed a Diploma of Music Industry (Music Production or Music Performance) or Advanced Diploma of Music Industry (Sound Production or Music Performance) will receive specific first year subject credits.
Applicants with higher education A complete or incomplete higher education qualification. Selection is based on satisfactorily meeting the interview requirements.
Applicants with work and life experience
Selection is based on satisfactorily meeting the interview requirements.

Study locations

Fairfield

Career pathways

The Bachelor of Songwriting and Music Production is focussed on creating exceptional music artists whose songs are at the heart of the music industry. As a music artist you need to be community focussed and engage with the industry. You may choose self-employment as a songwriter, composer, sound artist, record producer, audio engineer, musical performer, performance artist, artist manager or video clip maker. You might start your own record label or find work within existing businesses and organisations including those engaged in music media, publishing, streaming, arts administration, venue and festival activities.

Graduate outcomes

Graduate satisfaction and employment outcomes for Creative Arts courses at Melbourne Polytechnic.
56%
Employed full-time