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There are few things more exciting than writing your own music and bringing it to life. JMC’s Songwriting course is renowned for its hands-on practicality, a strong focus on individual musicianship, connections to APRA and Berklee College of Music, and for being a launchpad into the entertainment industry for all up-and-coming writers and composers.
Covering the essential tools for writing music to appeal to publishers, record labels and producers across genres and media channels, this course will help you to create your own music and lyrics, develop your instrumental skills, produce demos and perform your own songs.
The Bachelor degree is designed to help you create strong, focused songs that perfectly blend your lyrical ideas with powerful melodies. It will help you understand the principles of film and TV music, the key concepts in top-lining, and writing for ensembles using acoustic and electronic instrumentation.
Master songwriting in the digital domain, refine your recording skills, explore music distribution and marketing strategies, and learn the importance of co-writing and collaboration. And while talent will get you far, to be successful, its vital to be tech savvy and skilled with industry standard software – Avid Pro Tools for recording; digital score-writing tech like Sibelius – that will allow you to produce your own demo recordings.
The Bachelor degree also explores channels of music distribution, monetisation and copyright, and guarantees you will graduate with a rich portfolio of your own songs as a showcase of your talent.
In only 2 years you can graduate with a Bachelor degree thanks to our accelerated full-time course. Part-time study is also available to domestic students. International students many choose to complete the course in 3 years rather than the accelerated 2 year option.
International undergraduate applicants must show the following:
- Proof of English proficiency: minimum IELTS 6.0 overall (with no single band score below 5.5) or equivalent.
- Evidence of successful completion of a senior Secondary School certificate (transcripts and certificate must be translated and certified). For further information please see our 'Entry Requirements by Country'
- Attend an interviewin person or over skype.
- You must be at least 18 years of age on commencement of studies.
- Contemporary Music applicants must undertake an audition. Audition videos/online links are accepted for applicants living overseas or interstate.
- Songwriting applicants may undertake an audition OR submit a folio. The folio can consist of song lyrics, charts, recorded original songs or other relevant items as discussed with the admissions officer.
- Animation, Games and Digital Design applicants are required to prepare a portfolioof sample work/drawings.
Applications will be accepted until 2 weeks before the course commences, but please note that visa applications can take considerably longer than two weeks to process. Please contact the Australian Embassy in your home country for recommended timeframes for processing your visa application.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the institute website.
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- Music History I
- Music Theory I
- Music Technology I
- Ear Training I
- Ensemble I
- Instrument I
- Arranging I
- Music Technology II
- Music Theory III
- Ear Training III
- Ensemble III
- Instrument III
- Music Cultures
- Songwriting II
- Ear Training IV
- Music Theory IV
- Ensemble IV
- Instrument IV
- Music Business I
- Songwriting I
- Music Theory II
- Ear Training II
- Ensemble II
- Instrument II
- Specialised Project
- Songwriting III
- Music Production
- Ensemble V
- Directed Study in Song Writing I
- Screen Music
- Arranging II
- Lyric and Literature
- Music Business II
- Ensemble VI
- Directed Study in Song Writing II
Scholarships & funding
For more information about scholarships, please visit the institute website.
- Domestic Students: $9,000 per trimester
- International Students: $11,300 per trimester (Total tuition fee: $67,800)
Careers in the Industry
The architects of the music industry, songwriters create the lyrics and the sounds that we connect with, the music that makes the world go around – so they are in great demand across the entertainment spectrum. JMC’s graduates now work in advertising agencies, compose for film and TV, perform and professionally record their own work, and gig all over the world.
Specific roles may include
- Performing Songwriter
- Freelance Songwriter
- Resident/Staff Writer
- Advertising Creative (Jingle Writer)
- Music Producer
- Music Publisher
- Music Teacher
About this institute
Established in 1982 by John Martin Cass, JMC Academy was originally founded in Sydney to meet the demand for qualified professionals in the entertainment technology industry. From day one, JMC Academy broke ground as Australia's first private college to qualify...
Why study at JMC Academy
At JMC Academy we are focussed on providing opportunities for students to create, connect and develop their craft in a supportive community. We keep our class sizes small so that we can get to know each students' aspirations, strengths, weaknesses and creative voice. Our small course offering of specialist creative industries disciplines means we can regularly update and refine our courses and tech to be future-focussed and relevant to industry developments. Our international network of like-minded institutions ensures we can benchmark our programs against international standards, ensuring our students are able to enter the workforce with confidence wherever in the world they go.
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