UNSW Music auditions are part of the music degrees in the School of the Arts & Media. You can register for the auditions by filling out our application form and you can also explore the range of music programs we have on offer. To ensure you're ready for your performance, read the procedure below and contact the school if you have any questions.
At UNSW School of the Arts & Media, music can be studied in one of our Bachelor of Music programs or as a major or minor within the Bachelor of Arts. To gain entry into the UNSW music programs, you'll have to apply through UAC, UAC International or directly through UNSW Admissions and then undertake a musicianship test and an audition.
We've also introduced an Advanced Entry Scheme whereby selected applicants may apply for course credit towards their degree based on previous study and experience.
Note: Within the Bachelor of Arts, no audition is required.
Two rounds of auditions will be run for 2022 entry into the music program.
Early round auditions will run from 23 August to 9 September 2021. Results will be sent in late September 2021.
Main round auditions will run from 8 November to 25 November 2021. Results will be sent in late December 2021.
Applicants must choose which round they wish to participate in by selecting one on the registration form (link below).
If you are a domestic applicant, please apply through UAC.
If you are an International Baccalaureate applicant, please apply through UAC International.
If you are an international applicant, please apply through UNSW International.
The UAC codes for music at UNSW are:
Once you are registered for the UNSW Musicianship Test, you will receive an email with a link and an individual login to the online Musicianship Test.
You will be allowed one attempt only and have 30 minutes to complete the test anytime before the below deadline.
Results will be emailed shortly after, along with instructions regarding Stage 2. 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.
If you successfully pass the Musicianship test, you'll be required to complete Stage 2 and submit the required performance audition materials to UNSW. If you're unsuccessful in passing the Musicianship Test, you may still apply for a Bachelor of Arts program majoring or minoring in Music. This program does not require an audition. Students who then wish to transfer from the Bachelor of Arts to the Bachelor of Music may re-audition the following year, and if successful, can apply to have their credit transferred to the Bachelor of Music degree.
Audition material is submitted online. Applicants will be required to upload their audition material following their successful Musicianship Test. Submitted auditions will be reviewed by music staff of the university and will not be viewed or made available to other persons. Please make sure your face and hands are visible in the audition video so that we can identify you are the one performing.
Auditions can be uploaded in one of the following formats online:
For other required documents within the audition application, the uploader also accepts:
Performance: 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.
Composition: 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.) You must 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.
Students who will complete or have completed Music Extension/Music 2 for the HSC, or equivalent, and who are interested in the Advanced Entry Scheme for musicology and musicianship should also submit their final musicology essay.
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 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.
A scanned copy of a Photo ID
This can be anything from a drivers licence or proof of age card to a student ID. This is so our examiner can identify that the performance work you submit to the UNSW auditions is your own work.
A letter of reference must be uploaded with your performance files. When registering, you'll need to provide the name and contact details of your referee so that we may contact them if necessary. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their audition in early December 2021, in time to adjust UAC preferences. Successful applicants who meet certain criteria will be contacted and invited to apply for our Advanced Entry Scheme. Please see below for more detail.
Applicants are expected to have reached 7th Grade AMEB performance or equivalent and 2 Unit Music course, 2 or 3 Unit extension or 6th Grade AMEB theory or musicianship, or equivalent. These grades are a guideline only.
From 2017, the UNSW Bachelor of Music program introduced an Advanced Entry Scheme. Under this scheme, only selected applicants will be invited to apply for course credit towards their program based on previous experience and knowledge.
Potential applicants will be invited to apply based initially on their audition results and must have a minimum ATAR of 80 and an LMus or equivalent qualification, or evidence of outstanding ability and achievement in musicology and musicianship. Applicants are then assessed to determine whether they are eligible for advanced course credit.
Applicants may need to be available to attend a day at UNSW in mid to late December for knowledge testing and interviews. This will allow the school to notify applicants of the outcome before the final UAC preferences deadline.
Applicants will be asked to bring the following documentation:
Guaranteed entry means that if you pass the audition and meet other requirements, UNSW can guarantee your offer from UAC. Calculate your eligibility and learn more about how you can guarantee your entry.