To study Music at UNSW in the Bachelor of Fine Arts you must pass an audition and apply through UAC, or UNSW Apply Online. 

For 2023 entry, you can still apply for a late round online audition from 22 November 2022 – 3 February 2023, with two waves of results released. Submissions entered by 10 January will have results released Wednesday 18 January 2023 and submissions entered after 10 January 2023 will have results released February 10 2023.

Register here for the UNSW Music Audition

Once you have registered, you'll be directed to complete an online musicianship test and submit online performance audition material. 

  • This test is designed to assess your skills and knowledge in basic music theory, score reading, musical style and general knowledge of music.

    To prepare for the test, it's recommended that you review music theory and general musical knowledge to the level of Grade 5 AMEB Theory. There will not be any history component. 

    All questions will be multiple choice and cover basics such as all scale constructions, triads, cadences and basic four-part harmony. Simple score reading will also be included. 

  • Applicants must submit the following:

    If Performance is your intended specialisation, you must provide two contrasting performances. They can be any two short pieces of your choice, as long as they contrast in some way (tempo, technical difficulty, expression, style and so on). Each piece must be between three and five minutes in length. 

    If Composition is your intended specialisation, you must provide two scores of contrasting compositions (along with the two composition scores, we also require accompanying audio files [mp3 is best] – so please also upload audio files that are either MIDI-based recordings or recordings of live performances of your compositions.) We recommend you also submit two contrasting performances on your individual instrument or voice. If not accepted as a composition specialist, you may possibly be accepted as a performer. 

    Short song to be sung unaccompanied
    The short song can be any song of your choice. It is for the examiner to test your sense of pitch. A traditional song or folk song would be most preferable and must be a minimum of one minute in length. 

    500-word essay about yourself
    The essay can be about something that you've enjoyed doing, studying or learning about aside from music. The essay is important because it illustrates what you think and how well you express yourself. It also gives you an opportunity to tell us about who you are beyond your musical qualifications and will help us further distinguish you from other applicants. So try to write your essay in a way that lets your voice come through. 

    We don't expect extensive experience; this is merely to give the examiner an idea of what, if any, extra-curricular activities you may be involved with within the sphere of music. 

    You will be asked to submit the name and email address of a referee. This will generate an automatic request to your Referee to submit one directly to your application.