Associate Degree
of Music

Awarded as part of the Bachelor of Music

Course Information

The Associate Degree of Music, nested within the Bachelor of Music, caters for students who wish to develop their technical, artistic and analytical skills without concentrating on high-level performance. The course aims to produce well-rounded musicians who can apply their skills in diverse areas, including community, regional, youth and church ensembles.

The course features private tuition with industry experts for voice and instrument studies and extensive performance and studio experience. Offering multiple performance genres, regular performance opportunities and a strong project emphasis, the Bachelor of Music is an industry-standard degree for aspiring musicians.

Classical: This course provides musicians with the high level training in performance, musicianship, ensemble work, musicality and breadth of musical knowledge required for a life in classical music. Students are exposed to a wide range of music across history as well as one-on-one tuition with exceptional tutors on their instrument.
Contemporary: This course prepares musicians for a career in the ever-changing world of contemporary music. Artistic, technical, practical and musicianship skills are honed to create a well-rounded musician prepared for the diverse work lives led by industry professionals.
Jazz: This course offers multiple experiences in improvisation, ensemble work, arrangement and performance designed to prepare students for the highly skilled world of jazz musicianship. Students are encouraged to partake in multiple performance opportunities and workshops to help them think on their feet and engage with the jazz ethos.   
At a glance:
  • Face to face (on-campus) delivery
  • Areas of study: Performance, Musicianship and Musicology, Support and Technical Studies, and Personal and Professional Development
MU04 Associate Degree of Music
2 Years full-time/6 Years part-time
No ATAR required
Faculty of Performing Arts

Admission Requirements 

Applicants with recent Secondary Education (School Leavers)

Educational Prerequisites 

  • NSW higher School Certificate or its interstate or overseas equivalent, or 
  • Attainment of tertiary qualification, or satisfactory completion of at least one year’s full-time load in a tertiary course.  

Artistic and Academic Skill Assessment 

  • Audition: Applicant should prepare to present (3) pieces demonstrating their skill on their major instrument (including voice). 
  • Interview: conducted concurrently with the audition. Applicants will discuss their previous musical experience, personal motivation and aspirations.  
  • Musical knowledge: it is assumed that commencing students will possess musical knowledge equivalent to the outcomes of HSC Music 2 or AMEB Grade 5 Musicianship  

In addition to meeting the educational, artistic and academic prerequisites above international applicants who have not completed an educational qualification in English have to provide proof of proficiency in English through internationally recognised tests such as IELTS or TOEFL, or through satisfactory completion of an approved course at one of the College’s partner language colleges.

Examination Minimun Score 

6 with no band less than 5.5 

TOEFL iBT (Internet-based)

60 with no score less than 60

PTE Academic 50 with no score less than 43

For other other ways of demonstrating English Language Proficiency visit the English Language Proficiency Requirements page. 

Overseas students applying for admission to Excelsia College courses must have reached the age of 18 years by the commencement of their studies.  Excelsia College will not admit overseas students who have not yet reached 18 years of age.

Visit the International Student page

For applicants with Work and Life Experience, those who left secondary education more than two years ago  and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then, please visit the Life and Work Experience information page.


Excelsia College invites graduates from C3 College Oxford Falls, to apply to upgrade to a Bachelors Degree with advance standing.*

*Advance standing is granted conditional upon a successful application process.


Audition Dates: By appointment 9819 8810

Applicant background

Semester One  2017

Number of students Percentage of all students
(A) Past higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
L/N 1 L/N
(B) Past vocational education and training (VET) study L/N 0 L/N
(C) Recent secondary education:

·        Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
(e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)

L/N 4 L/N
(D) Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above)
L/N 1 L/N
International students L/N 4 L/N
All students 10 100.0%


L/N - Low numbers: the number of students is less than 5.

N/A - Data not available for this item.

N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students.