Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music - 2018

Undergraduate - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2018 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Arts.

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

Course code


Credit points


Abbreviated title




Managing faculty


Contact details

Tel: 1800 MONASH (1800 666 274) or visit the Arts undergraduate programsundergraduate programs ( website

Admission and fees


Course progression map

A2004 (pdf)

Course type


Standard duration

4 years FT, 8 years PT

Students have a maximum of 10 years to complete this course including any periods of intermission and suspension, and must be continuously enrolled throughout.

Mode and location

On-campus (Clayton)


Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Music

Alternative exits

Students may exit the double degree course with the award for one of the single degrees. Refer to 'Alternative exits' entry below for further requirements and details.


In this double degree course you can polish your talent for music theory and practice while exploring the arts, humanities and social sciences.

You will receive a rigorous, high-quality tertiary music education, specialising in performance, composition, creative music technology, or ethnomusicology and musicology. In arts you can draw flexibly from a rich repertoire of 40 majors and minors.

You may like to concentrate on the history, culture or language of the music you're playing, or add to your career flexibility with music through theatre, performance, film or journalism.


The requirements below detail what you must study in order to complete this double-degree course and receive the awards.

Units are 6 points unless otherwise specified. You must complete 192 points:

1. 96 points must be completed in Parts A and B as described below in A2000 Bachelor of Arts component, of which:

  • no more than 36 points of level 1 units can be completed
  • at least 24 points must be completed at level 3

2. 96 points must be completed in Parts A, B, and C as described below in A2003 Bachelor of Music component

Arts component

Bachelor of Arts is a comprehensive course and in the double degree course you complete Arts specified study and an Arts listed Major.

Part A. Arts specified study (48 points)

This will expose you to several arts disciplines areas of study contributing breadth to your knowledge of the arts, humanities and social sciences. It will also give you the opportunity to learn about several areas of study before finalising your choice of major and minor.

You must complete:

a. an arts minor (24 points) with no more than two units (12 points) at level 1

b. a further 24 points of units listed under any major, extended major or minor offered in the Bachelor of Arts which can be used to:

  • broaden your studies in arts
  • study a second minor
  • add to your minor to create a second major
  • add to your major in Part B to create an extended major where available.

You must choose your minor from one of the arts areas of study listed under Part B and any remaining units in this Part must be from those offered by the Faculty of Arts.

It is recommended that you complete level 2 units in more than one area of arts to give you options for finalising your choice of major.

Part B. Arts listed major (48 points)

This will provide you with a focused program of study that will develop your practical and theoretical skills and knowledge in one Faculty of Arts listed major area of study. You will learn to critically analyse, apply and communicate an advanced level of understanding of the concepts and theoretical frameworks that constitute the knowledge base of the area of study.

You must complete:

  • an arts listed major (48 points) with no more than two units at level one (12 points) and at least three units (18 points) at level three.

You must choose these 48 points from the arts areas of study listed below.

You may add to your major to form an extended major where available by using arts units from Part A.

If you intend to progress to an honours year, you must have completed a major in a related discipline, with a minimum of 24 points of study at level 3 to be eligible.

Arts areas of study

Note: Psychology is taught by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

The table of minors, majors and extended majors by campus details if an area of study is available as a minor, major or extended major.

Music component

Bachelor of Music is a specialist course that develops through the themes of music specialist study, music theory and ear training, and music context study.

Part A. Music specialist study (36 points)

You must complete the specified six units for one of the following specialisations. To avoid exceeding the standard four year course duration students must enrol in the music specialist study 1 and 2 units in their first year of study, then progress to the music specialist study 3 to 6 units in the following years. Students must pass each unit sequentially.

Creative music technology

  • ATS1048 Creative music technology 1
  • ATS1049 Creative music technology 2
  • ATS2129 Creative music technology 3
  • ATS2130 Creative music technology 4
  • ATS3142 Creative music technology 5
  • ATS3143 Creative music technology 6

Ethnomusicology and musicology

a. One of the following pairs of units:

b. the following units:

  • ATS2804 From the erotic to the exotic: Music in the nineteenth century
  • ATS2805 Music, identity and place
  • ATS3144 Music research in the digital age
  • ATS3153 Music research project

Music composition

Music performance

Part B. Music theory and ear training (24 points)

  • ATS1899 Music theory and ear training 1
  • ATS1900 Music theory and ear training 2
  • ATS2901 Music theory and ear training 3
  • ATS2902 Music theory and ear training 4

Part C. Music context study (36 points)

  • ATS1345 Music and history
  • ATS1346 Music and culture
  • ATS2333 Jazz history or ATS2900 Writing about music: Headlines and hashtags or ATS2331 Music overseas study program 1 or ATS2332 Music overseas study program 2
  • ATS2687 The ethnomusicology of improvisation or ATS2060 The art of teaching music performance
  • ATS3061 Music in Australia
  • ATS3094 The music business: How to be successful in the music industry

Alternative exits

You may be eligible to exit this double degree course early and graduate with one of the single awards once you have successfully completed all the requirements described above for the single degree component and have completed a total of:

  • 144 points to exit with a Bachelor of Arts
  • 144 points to exit with the Bachelor of Music

Progression to further studies


You may be eligible to apply for a one-year honours course once you have successfully completed this double degree, or have completed all of the requirements for one of the single degrees including a total of 144 points. The following honours courses apply:

  • A3701 Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
  • A3702 Bachelor of Music (Honours)

You are usually eligible to apply for honours if you achieve a distinction grade average (70 percent) or above in 24 points of studies in relevant discipline units at level 3. This sometimes also means you need to have completed specific units.