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Bachelor of Music Arts

STARTS: February 2021
Madras Street
Close Date: accepted throughout the year
International Close Date: All year. Auditions take place in September and December for the following year.

Study a range of courses including performance, composition, production, songwriting, music industry and find your place in the exciting global music community.

Learning from experienced and accomplished music industry professionals, you'll develop your skills with practical and theoretical courses in a variety of topics including music performance, composition, songwriting, arranging, improvisation, music technology, marketing and music industry studies.

The programme offers a choice of pathways in jazz or contemporary music (instrumental, percussion, electronic music or vocal), studio production, songwriting and music industry, integrating skills in performance, composition, production and marketing.

Part-time up to 5 years.

Fees for 2020

Domestic costs
$6,830 - $7,540 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$320
International costs
$21,900 per year
International Levy
$523.50
Valid To
December 31, 2020

Fees for 2021

Domestic costs
$6,900 - $7,700 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$320
International costs
$22,560 per year
International Levy
$523.50
Valid To
December 31, 2021

University Entrance: NCEA Level 3 (60 credits at level 3 and 20 credits at level 2 or higher) which must include 14 credits at Level 3 in each of three approved* subjects and:

14 credits at Level 3 in each of three approved subjects*

as well as Literacy* - 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of 5 credits in reading, 5 credits in writing,

and Numeracy* - 10 credits at Level 1 or above (specified achievement standards, or unit standards 26623, 26626, 26627)

OR New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) Ara Performing Arts Pathway or equivalent

Due to Covid-19 disruption, if you studied and achieved NCEA Level 3 during 2020, you only need 12 credits per Level 3 subject (i.e. total of 36 credits). Literacy and Numeracy requirements remain the same

If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

* NZQA approved subjects: see http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/qualifications-standards/awards/university-entrance/

In addition you need to:

Attend an audition to explore your musical skills. The audition will include a theory test, an aural test, a performance and an interview.

  • Please provide a recent head shot that will enable us to identify you at your audition.
  • Provide two referee reports that show your good character, suitability for the programme and ability to study.

Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace.

What if English is not my first Language?

If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study.

  • Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.
  • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
  • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.
  • IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.
  • What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?
  • You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.

Overall IELTS 6.0 Academic

  • 5.5 Listening
  • 5.5 Reading
  • 5.5 Writing
  • 5.5 Speaking

Funding assistance

If you face unexpected financial hardship during your studies, we have several funds that you can apply for. These are designed to enable you to continue your current course of study. We also have a wide range of scholarships and awards that can provide financial assistance.

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Career opportunities

The opportunities for professional musicians are as varied as music itself. Diverse opportunities exist within the creative industries, education, music management and production, and encompass everything from composing film scores and performing in bands to being a theatre sound designer, music therapist, artist manager or music entrepreneur. The programme is designed to prepare you as either a specialist in the music industry, or a self-managed performing musician or producer with a wide range of skills suited to a variety of styles and scenes.

Study pathways

A Bachelor of Music Arts degree will prepare you for postgraduate studies as a music specialist/researcher at honours or masters level.

Recommended school subjects

  • Music
  • English or English-rich subjects

Bachelor of Music Arts

FULL-TIME - 3 Years

Study a range of courses including performance, composition, production, songwriting, music industry and find your place in the exciting global music community.

Information
Type Degree
Code CH3985
Next Starts February 2021
Application close date accepted throughout the year
May be available for Study Visa? Yes
International application close date All year. Auditions take place in September and December for the following year.
Credits 360
Level 7
Additional Equipment/Fees Advised on enrolment
May be eligible for Studylink? Yes
Available Part time Yes
May be eligible for Fees Free? Yes
Reference CH3985-STRU

Fees for 2020

Domestic costs
$6,830 - $7,540 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$320
International costs
$21,900 per year
International Levy
$523.50
Valid To
December 31, 2020

Fees for 2021

Domestic costs
$6,900 - $7,700 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$320
International costs
$22,560 per year
International Levy
$523.50
Valid To
December 31, 2021
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Additional Entry Requirements

In addition you need to:

Attend an audition to explore your musical skills. The audition will include a theory test, an aural test, a performance and an interview.

  • Please provide a recent head shot that will enable us to identify you at your audition.
  • Provide two referee reports that show your good character, suitability for the programme and ability to study.

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Credit Recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

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