AMPA’s Music Production & Composition focus area offers tailored programs to nurture, encourage and develop the unique creative voice of each artist who undertakes the program.
Qualification: Bachelor of Music (Performance)
Duration: 6 Trimesters (2 years) full-time or part-time equivalent. Students may exit after four trimesters with an Associate Degree of Music (Performance)
CRICOS: BMus (Perf.) 057024K | AssDegMus (Perf.) 057023M
AMPA’S innovative undergraduate degrees merge high-level performance and practical training with academic rigour and unparalleled industry insight. Students can personalise their degree based around their individual musical interests and aspirations. AMPA undergrads may choose to undertake a double major and focus on two areas and can choose electives across all focus areas to further tailor their degree.
Focus Area: Music Production & Composition
The AMPA Music Production & Composition department provides students with a range of songwriting and arranging techniques, as well as music production, mixing and recording skills. Students will develop their own unique ideas and explore different modes of music delivery, as well as gain enhanced analytical and theoretical musical knowledge. Students will undergo practical training through the experimentation and workshopping of their compositions. Alongside this, they will receive practical performance skills through collaboration with contemporary and classical performance students and ensembles at AMPA. Practical training is complemented by the study of harmony, music history and industry studies.
Choose electives to complement and refine your degree from classes such as: Orchestrating & Arranging, Production, Music and Moving Image, Music Industry, Recording, Studio Teaching, and Jazz Improvisation.
Course Structure (by trimester)
Students can transfer from the Associate Degree into the Bachelor Degree at any of the below transfer points. Students that have started in the Bachelor Degree also have the option of exiting after 4 trimesters with an Associate Degree.
The AMPA Teaching Faculty are highly experienced educators with extensive industry and professional experience. Excellence of instruction and rigorous training ensure that AMPA graduates are equipped for successful careers in a highly competitive industry. Staff continue to mentor and network with students after graduation in order to support their continued growth and career potential.
Composition graduates go on to become composers for ensembles, films, video games, media and advertisements, as well as soundtrack producers, music directors, and marketing and administration professionals in arts councils and creative industries. Additionally, graduates are qualified to undertake postgraduate studies in a range of areas including: teaching in secondary schools, TAFE and universities/colleges, arts management, creative industries, and further composition studies.
Entry Requirements: Completion of HSC or equivalent OR completion of at least one full time year of tertiary study OR as a mature age student. Provisional admission may be granted for students limited educational qualifications.
Admissions Process: Portfolio + Interview + Musical Knowledge Test
For further information on admissions procedures, please refer to Section 3.1 of the AMPA Student Handbook.