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Bachelor of Fine Arts (Contemporary Music) (B-FACONTMU)

Bachelors DegreeYear: 2019 Delivered: On Campus

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Overview

Award titleBachelor of Fine Arts (Contemporary Music)
Year & campus2019
CRICOS code075490A
Fees informationSubject EFTSL, level, discipline and census date
Study level & typeUndergraduate Coursework
AQF level 7
Credit points300 credit points
Duration36 months full time

**The B-FACONTMU program is now a Bachelor of Music. Information listed below only applies to students who commenced the degree Prior to 2016**

The Bachelor of Fine Arts is a new three-year degree which offers immersive and experiential practice-based studio studies in seven areas of specialisation (Visual Art, Film and Television, Contemporary Music, Music Theatre, Theatre Practice, Dance and Production). It features an intense and student-centred approach to skills training, to create self-confident and autonomous arts practitioners with the capacity to build sustainable careers in an international context. Each specialisation features regular opportunities for exhibition, production and performance, and culminates in a capstone experience, which prepares students for professional work and further research. Critical studies build knowledge of the context of a student’s core discipline along with academic literacy, and complementary studies offer a choice of electives in the visual and performing arts, or from other areas of study within the University of Melbourne. The degree is designed to have international currency and to assist the VCA to raise its international profile.

Entry requirements

1. The Selection Committee will evaluate the applicant’s ability to pursue successfully the course using the following criteria:

  • successful completion of the VCE (or an equivalent qualification) with a study score of at least 25 in Units 3 and 4 English/English Language/Literature, or a study score of at least 30 in Units 3 and 4 ESL. Minimum ATAR is not applicable.
  • performance in an audition, test, interview, workshop, portfolio or folio presentation.

2. The Selection Committee may conduct interviews and tests and may call for referee reports or employer references to elucidate any of the matters referred to above.

Core participation requirements

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this course are articulated in the Course Overview, Objectives and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this course are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/

Intended learning outcomes

The BFA is designed to train highly skilled arts practitioners who can work independently or in ensemble in a wide range of careers and performance or production opportunities. They will be well-trained and knowledgeable in their own and related fields, and committed to continuous learning and production in their discipline; they will also have a local and international perspective on their own arts practice. As well as excellence in practising their own art form, BFA graduates will have good academic literacy skills in expression, argument and research and be proficient in the use of appropriate modern technologies.

Generic skills

Artistically excellent:

  • demonstrate a flexible and innovative approach to the national and international challenges for the professional artist/practitioner in the 21 Century
  • have a strong sense of intellectual integrity and the ethics of artistic practices and scholarship
  • have in-depth knowledge of their specialist discipline(s)
  • reach a high level of achievement in artistic practice, writing, generic research activities, problem-solving and communication
  • be critical and creative thinkers, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning
  • be adept at learning in a range of ways, including through information and communication technologies

Knowledgeable across disciplines:

  • examine critically, synthesise and evaluate knowledge across a range of disciplines
  • expand their analytical and cognitive skills through learning experiences in diverse subjects
  • have the capacity to participate fully in collaborative learning and to confront unfamiliar problems
  • have a set of flexible and transferable skills for different types of employment

Leaders in communities:

  • initiate and implement constructive change in their communities, including professions and workplaces
  • have excellent interpersonal and decision-making skills, including an awareness of personal strengths and limitations
  • mentor future generations of learners
  • engage in meaningful public discourse, with a profound awareness of community needs

Attuned to cultural diversity:

  • value different cultures and their cultural forms of practice
  • be well-informed citizens able to contribute to their communities wherever they choose to live and work
  • have an understanding of the social and cultural diversity in our community
  • respect indigenous knowledge, cultures and values

Active global citizens:

  • understand their relationship with and responsibility to their cultural environment and society
  • accept social and civic responsibilities
  • be advocates for improving the sustainability of the environment
  • have a broad global understanding, with a high regard for human rights, equity and ethics.

Course structure

The course structure for the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Contemporary Music) is outlined below.

Subject options

Jazz and Improvisation

First Year

Semester 1

Code Name Study period Credit Points
MUSI10180 Contextual Studies 1
Semester 1
12.5
MUSI10181 Ensemble Studies 1
Semester 1
12.5
MUSI10182 Individual Performance Studies 1
Semester 1
12.5

plus an elective (see below).

Semester 2

Code Name Study period Credit Points
MUSI10192 Ensemble Studies 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
MUSI10193 Contextual Studies 2
Semester 2
12.5
MUSI10197 Individual Performance Studies 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5

plus an elective (see below).

Second Year

Semester 1

Code Name Study period Credit Points
MUSI20175 Individual Performance Studies 3
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
MUSI20176 Ensemble Studies 3
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
MUSI20177 Contextual Studies 3
Semester 1
12.5

Plus an elective (see below).

Semester 2

Code Name Study period Credit Points
MUSI20178 Individual Performance Studies 4
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
MUSI20179 Ensemble Studies 4
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
MUSI20180 Contextual Studies 4
Semester 2
12.5

Plus an elective (see below).

Third Year

Semester 1

Code Name Study period Credit Points
MUSI30223 Contextual Studies 5
Semester 1
12.5
MUSI30225 Ensemble Studies 5
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
MUSI30227 Individual Performance Studies 5
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5

Plus an elective (see below).

Semester 2

Code Name Study period Credit Points
MUSI30224 Contextual Studies 6
Semester 2
12.5
MUSI30226 Ensemble Studies 6
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
MUSI30228 Individual Performance Studies 6
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5

Plus an elective (see below).

Interactive Composition

First Year

Semester 1

Code Name Study period Credit Points
MUSI10180 Contextual Studies 1
Semester 1
12.5
MUSI10191 Interactive Composition 1
Semester 1
12.5
MUSI10195 Music Making Laboratory 1
Semester 1
12.5

Plus an elective (see below).

Semester 2

Code Name Study period Credit Points
MUSI10193 Contextual Studies 2
Semester 2
12.5
MUSI10194 Interactive Composition 2
Semester 2
12.5
MUSI10196 Music Making Laboratory 2
Semester 2
12.5

Plus an elective (see below).

Second Year

Semester 1

Code Name Study period Credit Points
MUSI20177 Contextual Studies 3
Semester 1
12.5
MUSI20181 Interactive Composition 3
Semester 1
12.5
MUSI20182 Music Making Laboratory 3
Semester 1
12.5

Plus an elective (see below).

Semester 2

Code Name Study period Credit Points
MUSI20180 Contextual Studies 4
Semester 2
12.5
MUSI20183 Interactive Composition 4
Semester 2
12.5
MUSI20184 Music Making Laboratory 4
Semester 2
12.5

Plus an elective (see below).

Third Year

Semester 1

Code Name Study period Credit Points
MUSI30223 Contextual Studies 5
Semester 1
12.5
MUSI30229 Interactive Composition 5
Semester 1
12.5
MUSI30231 Music Making Laboratory 5
Semester 1
12.5

Plus an elective (see below).

Semester 2

Code Name Study period Credit Points
MUSI30224 Contextual Studies 6
Semester 2
12.5
MUSI30230 Interactive Composition 6
Semester 2
12.5
MUSI30232 Music Making Laboratory 6
Semester 2
12.5

Plus an elective (see below).

Electives

Students choose two electives per year from the list below. Students wishing to take subjects offered as breadth options on the Parkville campus should seek permission from the Course Coordinator.

Jazz and Improvisation Majors - Music Electives

Code Name Study period Credit Points
MUSI10179 Making Music For Film And Animation 1
Semester 2
12.5
MUSI10183
MUSI10184 Pop Song Writing 1
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
MUSI10186
MUSI10202 Jazz: The Improvisatory Spirit
Semester 1
12.5
MUSI10203
MUSI10215
MUSI20165
MUSI20167 Creating Music For Advertising Not available in 2019 12.5
MUSI20168
MUSI20169
MUSI20170
MUSI20173 The Art of Game Music
Semester 1
12.5
MUSI20174 The Laptop Recording Studio
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
MUSI20186
MUSI20187
MUSI20188
MUSI20190 Advanced Recording Studio Techniques
Semester 2
12.5
MUSI20193
MUSI20194
MUSI30233
MUSI30236 The Music Producer: From Brass to Beats
Semester 1
12.5
MUSI30237
MUSI30238 Advanced Harmonic and Rhythmic Studies
Semester 1
12.5
MUSI30239

Interactive Composition Majors - Music Electives

Code Name Study period Credit Points
MUSI10179 Making Music For Film And Animation 1
Semester 2
12.5
MUSI10183
MUSI10184 Pop Song Writing 1
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
MUSI10186
MUSI10202 Jazz: The Improvisatory Spirit
Semester 1
12.5
MUSI10203
MUSI10215
MUSI20167 Creating Music For Advertising Not available in 2019 12.5
MUSI20168
MUSI20169
MUSI20170
MUSI20173 The Art of Game Music
Semester 1
12.5
MUSI20174 The Laptop Recording Studio
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
MUSI20186
MUSI20187
MUSI20188
MUSI20190 Advanced Recording Studio Techniques
Semester 2
12.5
MUSI20193
MUSI20194
MUSI30233
MUSI30236 The Music Producer: From Brass to Beats
Semester 1
12.5
MUSI30237
MUSI30239

VCA Electives

Code Name Study period Credit Points
AIND10003 Ancient and Contemporary Indigenous Arts
Summer Term
Winter Term
12.5
CCDP10001
DNCE10024
DRAM10025
DRAM20021
DRAM30020 Acting for Camera
Winter Term
12.5
FINA10035 Still Life: Nature Morte
Semester 2
12.5
FINA10036 Life Drawing: The Body
Semester 1
12.5
FINA10037
FINA20026 Painting Techniques
Summer Term
February
Semester 1
June
Winter Term
Semester 2
12.5
FINA20033 Introduction to Printmaking Processes
Summer Term
February
Semester 1
June
Winter Term
Semester 2
12.5
FINA20034
FLTV10010 Making Movies 1
Semester 1
Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 2
12.5
FLTV10021 Interactive Art Media 1
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
FLTV10022
FLTV20005 Making Movies 2
Semester 1
12.5
FLTV30013 Making Movies 3 Not available in 2019 12.5
THTR10007 The Actors Process
Winter Term
12.5
THTR10019 Clear Speech and Communication
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
THTR20022 Improvisation: Text, Space and Action
Winter Term
12.5
THTR20023 The Artist's Toolbox
February
July
12.5
THTR20042 Puppets as Storytellers
Summer Term
12.5
THTR20043 Design and the Moving Image
July
12.5
THTR30039 Understanding Masks
Winter Term
12.5
UNIB10011 The Secret Life of the Body 1
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
UNIB20010

Note to students regarding subject enrolment:

If you are unable to enrol into your subjects via your Student Portal, please submit an online Subject Change Application for Student Centre review.

The Subject Change Application should only be used if you are unable to make the subject changes online via your Student Portal.

Last updated: 9 November 2018