AMPA - Academy of Music and Performing Arts - Composition / Creative Music Technology - AMPA

Music Production & Composition

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.

Course Overview

Bachelor of Music (Performance)

Duration:6 Trimesters (2 years) full-time or part-time equivalent. Fee-HELP: Available CRICOS:057024K

Associate Degree of Music (Performance)

Duration:4 Trimesters (1.3 years) full-time or part-time equivalent. Fee-HELP:Available

Undergraduate Certificate in Music 

Duration:1 Trimester (0.3 years) full-time or part-time equivalent. Fee-HELP:Available

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 individual teaching sessions in the studio and workshopping of their projects, as well as the opportunity to take a second individual study in an instrument or voice. 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, ear training, music history and industry studies.

This course is particularly relevant for aspiring songwriters and composers, and those wanting to explore a career in music production, video game music, music for film, content creation and a range of other creative industries.  


Course Structure (by trimester)


Course Progression

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.



Teaching Faculty

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.

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Graduate Pathways

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.

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