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Bachelor of Music

STARTS: February 2022
Madras Street
Close Date: accepted throughout the year
International Close Date: All year. Auditions take place in September and December for the following year.

Prepare to thrive as a professional musician.

Our Bachelor of Music covers all the skills and knowledge you need to be a multi-faceted professional musician. It’s built around collaboration - you’ll learn the foundational skills and apply them in group projects and classes that directly mirror the real world of the music industry.

The programme focuses on the practical; even the ‘academic’ subjects are taught in a style that relates directly to the practical application of those subjects. More than half the programme content is practical in nature, a higher proportion than most music degrees in New Zealand. With such a focus on the practical, you’re a musician from day one at Ara.

The degree offers three pathways: Music Creation (composition), Music Performance and Music Production. This choice lets you specialise in the area you’re passionate about, while learning alongside and working with musicians from other pathways. Your third-year capstone project allows you to design your own major project (which can include a work placement if relevant) with dedicated specialist tutor support.

At Ara you’ll learn from a great team of tutors who are each also professional, working musicians. They perform, write and record across the country, from the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra to Salmonella Dub and everything in between.

Fees for 2021

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

Fees for 2022

Domestic Fee
$7,017 - $7,831 per year
International Fee
$22,944 per year
International Insurance
$523.50 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$324 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2022

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:

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

More than ever, music is a portfolio career and this degree sets you up perfectly to excel in the ‘gig economy’. As a graduate you’ll possess a comprehensive and varied set of skills, backed up by a working knowledge of the industry and how to establish your place within it.

Possible career outcomes include:

Professional musician

Performer, composer, songwriter, arranger, musical director, instrumentalist, music consultant, music contractor.

Professional performance

Performer, singer, songwriter, band or orchestra member, backing musician, soloist, cruise ship performer, studio session musician, theatre pit orchestral player, private or commissioned performer (e.g. wedding/corporate event, hotel and tourism).

Creative industries

Composer (multimedia, film soundtrack/scores, advertising jingles, documentary/TV series), performer/producer, broadcast composer (music library composition and production), theatre and installation sound designer, music producer, computer/website/gaming music composer, music software developer, performance art exponent, presenter.

Education

Music teacher, music tutor/lecturer, music therapist, musicologist, ethnomusicologist.

Events and music management

Event planner, venue management, promoter, artist manager.

Study pathways

As a graduate of this programme you can continue your studies with Ara’s Master of Creative Practice or a postgraduate qualification in music from any other institute. You could also move into teaching with a postgraduate diploma in education. Music therapy or sound engineering could be other options, with further study.

Recommended school subjects

  • Music
  • English or English-rich subjects

Bachelor of Music Arts

FULL-TIME - 3 Years

Prepare to thrive as a professional musician.

Information
Type Degree
Code CH3985
Next Starts February 2022
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 2021

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

Fees for 2022

Domestic Fee
$7,017 - $7,831 per year
International Fee
$22,944 per year
International Insurance
$523.50 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$324 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2022
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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 prior relevant experience or previous related study credits, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

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