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Bachelor of Music (Interactive Composition)

The University of Melbourne
3 years full time / 6 years part time
Full time/part time
Bachelor's degree
On campus
Melbourne (Australia)
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Program description

The Bachelor of Music provides advanced, pre-professional music training in five specialisations: Interactive Composition, Jazz & Improvisation, and Music Performance, Composition, Musicology/Ethnomusicology.

These five specialisations develop technically advanced and experienced musicians through an immersive and practical curriculum with music core studies, music electives and complementary University breadth subjects.

The Bachelor of Music (Interactive Composition) is an intensive, commercially led, collaborative music program giving you the skills required to create music and sound for a range of contemporary media contexts and platforms. The course crosses art-modes of composition. These may include writing music for all sorts of forums and modes - from film, art and theatre, through to pop-songs, advertising and video games.

What is Interactive Composition at the University of Melbourne?

This specialisation in the Bachelor of Music works closely with the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and all creative disciplines at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA). It focuses on commercially driven interdisciplinary modes of composition, production and sound design for:

  • Events
  • Film
  • Television
  • Animation
  • Theatre
  • Music theatre
  • Dance
  • Pop
  • Music
  • Advertising
  • Video games
  • Online sites
  • Installation art

The program provides opportunities for Interactive Composition students to be involved in developing site-specific projects overseas. Practical training, including working with other artists from diverse creative and cultural backgrounds, is designed to develop versatile soundmakers with the confidence to apply their skills to create new artistic works both individually and in groups within a range of media environments.

Collaborative learning

This specialisation works closely with all other disciplines within the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music and across the University.

You will

  • Develop a variety of creative skills, knowledge and understandings across a range of practical, theoretical and conceptual aspects of interactive composition
  • Broaden contemporary musical knowledge with a focus on commercially driven modes of music and sound making
  • Create and craft new artistic work in group environments focusing on contemporary cross-art modes of composition including music for the moving image, theatre, dance, pop song, EDM, advertising, video games and multi-media installations
  • Develop advanced critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills across contemporary sound and media contexts

Bachelor of Music students are encouraged to apply for a fourth-year Honours degree. An honours year provides an intensive mode of study allowing you to master your specialisation and create a pathway into advanced graduate study options in music.

Admission requirements

For more information about this program, please contact the school directly.

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