Bachelor of Music

Ara Institute of Canterbury

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Entry requirements

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 and 5 credits in writing); and Numeracy (10 credits at Level 1 or above).
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) Ara Performing Arts Pathway or equivalent
If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

IELTS 6.5 Academic (no lower than 6.0 in all subtests)

Additional Requirements
Applicants are also required to:
Attend an audition to evaluate musical skills (Music Performance Pathway). The audition will include a theory test, an aural test, a performance and an interview.
Supply a portfolio of musical outputs (Music Creation/Music Production Pathways) and attend an interview/theory/aural test.

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The Bachelor of Music is an applied, industry-integrated programme targeted at school leavers,
amateur musicians wishing to increase their learning and technical skill, or professional musicians
seeking a formal qualification.
The diverse graduates of the programme will be musically and academically competent
practitioners who are able to apply the skills, knowledge and attributes necessary for successful
participation in the global music industry. In addition, these graduates will be equipped with the
ability to communicate, collaborate and innovate within their industry and across a range of
creative of cultural contexts

What graduates earn

Graduates who studied Performing Arts at this level can earn:


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Data as at November 2022

Contact details

Main Campus Office

Free phone: 0800 242 476
Phone: (03) 940 8669
Fax: (03) 366 6544

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