Course Description

If you want to become a professional composer and specialise in music for the concert hall, the Bachelor of Music (Composition) is the degree is for you. You will focus on art music and study with internationally regarded composers.

Creating new music is a vital part of studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. The Conservatorium’s composition and music technology staff are some of Australia’s most gifted and widely recognised composers, working across instrumental, vocal, electronic and electroacoustic music.

Tuition Fees

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP): $6,566 per year full-time, $26,264 total course cost
International Students: $39,000 per year full-time


4 years full time, 8 years part time

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Creative Arts undergraduate courses at University of Sydney (USYD) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 72.3% (national average 72.0%)
Improved skills: 72.2% (national average 77.3%)
Overall satisfaction: 76.7% (national average 75.3%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their undergraduate degree from University of Sydney (USYD). You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Creative Arts undergraduate courses at University of Sydney (USYD) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 49.2% (national average 52.1%)
Studying full time: 29.3% (national average 25.5%)
Median full time salary: $50,100 (national average $47,000)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

CRICOS Code: 052452G
University of Sydney (USYD) Code: BPMUCOMP1000

Entry Requirements

To gain entry, applicants will need:

  1. An Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)
  2. To make a course application to UAC (or direct to USyd for certain international students), and
  3. Submit a portfolio and register for an audition or interview
  4. Refer to the UAC website and the Sydney Conservatorium website for closing application dates

Applicants without an ATAR from the NSW Higher School Certificate may be granted admission on the basis of:

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