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About the ANU Diploma of Music

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The ANU Diploma of Music is an exciting new pathway enabling students to progress to ANU and follow their passion. The diploma prepares students with the skills and knowledge required to progress into the second year of a Bachelor of Music.

The ANU Bachelor of Music prepares you for the ‘portfolio’ career followed by most modern music professionals. A successful contemporary music career requires not only advanced skills in performance, composition, improvisation and other areas of creative practice, but also familiarity with music technology. It also requires the ability to work as an educator and facilitator or community music, and as a cultural entrepreneur.

This degree is designed to reflect music as it is understood and practiced in contemporary Australian society. This education experience covers all genres (classical, jazz, contemporary, folk and world music) and offers specialist courses across three majors (performance, music technology and musicology).

The transition from the diploma to the bachelor will allow you to complete a Bachelor of Music after only two additional years of study for the following majors:

  • Performance
  • Music Technology
  • Musicology

Course Structure

You are required to complete 48 units of study over the two semesters of 18 weeks each.
The following courses are compulsory:

  • ANUC1101 Professional Communication
  • ANUC1104 Introduction to Social Psychology
  • ANUC1107 Logic and Critical Reasoning
  • ANUC1111 Music Performance 1
  • ANUC1112 Music Performance 2
  • ANUC1113 Digital Culture: Being Human in the Information Age
  • ANUC1119 Music from 1900 to the Present: A Century of Crisis and Change
  • ANUC1135 Music Theory and Aural Skills

Progression to ANU

You will be eligible to enter the second year of the Bachelor of Music at ANU when you successfully complete the ANU Diploma of Music*. Successful completion is achieved by receiving no more than one fail or incomplete grade and achieving a GPA of at least 5.0 out of 7.0. You will then receive 48 units of credit status.

Mode of study

Full time, on campus

Compulsory online and/or work-based training, placements, other community-based learning, collaborative research training arrangements

Not applicable

Assessment methods

Quizzes, tests, exams, assignments, group work, presentations


46 weeks


On completion, a Diploma of Music will be issued.

Entry requirements

Find out the academic and English entry requirements for the Diploma of Music.

Eligibility and How to Apply

ANU College has introduced additional entry criteria for its pathway programs. Find out the additional entry criteria for the Diploma of Music.

Key Dates

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Find out the Diploma of Music tuition fees.

Diploma of Music CRICOS Course code: 092017G. This course will be delivered by Study Group Australia Pty Limited trading as ANU College on behalf of The Australian National University.

*Enrolment in other programs and majors is permitted, however students may be required to complete additional requisite courses to meet program rules. Note that enrolment in the flexible double degree is not available. Note also that further performance courses are available only to students who enrol in the Bachelor of Music.

Diploma of Music. CRICOS Course code: 092017G. This course will be delivered by Study Group Australia Pty Limited trading as ANU College on behalf of The Australian National University.

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