Diploma of Music/Bachelor of Music
Griffith University - South Bank

Course outline

The Diploma of Music is a pathway program designed to help you transition into the Bachelor of Music. You’ll develop foundational knowledge and skills in a supportive learning environment, setting you up for success in your future studies. Situated in Queensland’s vibrant cultural precinct, the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University at Brisbane City (South Bank) is acoustically and architecturally unparalleled in Australia. Study with a community of like-minded peers as you learn from award-winning music educators and benefit from the Queensland Conservatorium’s strong partnerships with local cultural institutions. You’ll study academic foundation courses in topics like exploring music, performance study, ‘my life as a musician’, as well as studio courses, and where relevant, Conservatorium Ensemble Studies.Benefit from additional support and access to a dedicated First Year Coordinator and Peer-Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) run by high-achieving students. For more course information, visit Diploma of Music at GU.


Griffith University will commence making offers on 15 November 2024, however additional auditions and offers may be considered in subsequent rounds should places still be available.


When you commence the Bachelor of Music in second year, you will be able to choose from one of the following majors:
Performance: prepares highly skilled, adaptable and creative musicians for the 21st century. Students will develop advanced skills in classical, contemporary or jazz performance.

Contemporary Creative Practices: explores a range of practices in contemporary music creation including composer, digital practitioner, songwriter, and/or sound artist

Production & Entrepreneurship: is for students who seek to envision, materialize and complete musical projects through collaborations between students from any discipline with a focus on the release of produced musical works connected with community and industry.

Community Education & Leadership: for students who are eager to engage their artistic skills and abilities to teach, facilitate, and lead participatory music-making in a variety of community and educational settings.

Combined diploma/degrees

Upon successful completion of this diploma, you will be offered guaranteed entry into the second year of the Bachelor of Music.

Fee notes

This an indicative only amount for first year fees. For further information refer to http://www.griffith.edu.au/students/enrolment-timetables-fees/paying-your-fees.

Other requirements

Applicants must nominate an audition specialisation on their QTAC application. Refer to Admissions Criteria for details.

Admissions Criteria

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Applicants must meet the minimum age requirements for admission, see the QTAC website for details.; Audition/ Folio (Folio is required for Composition and Creative Music Technology only)

Fixed closing date

Applicants must apply to QTAC, pay their audition fee and submit their phase one video recorded audition or Folio and Artistic Statement to Griffith University by 30 August 2024 to be guaranteed an audition in the first audition round. Applicants who wish to apply after this date may be considered in subsequent audition and offer rounds should places still be available. Late applicants should refer to the Auditions website for information.

Additional entry requirements

Admission to this program requires applicants to upload a portfolio of materials relevant to your artistic identity (eg. performances, compositions etc.) along with an Artistic Statement as the first phase of a two-phase process. Applicants progressing to Phase two will be required to attend an audition and interview. Visit the Griffith University website for details of audition requirements including how to pay for audition fees, submit your video recorded audition or Folio and Artistic Statement to the Queensland Conservatorium by 30 August 2024.

Applicants should also refer to the Auditions website for the most up to date advice and messaging. Phase two auditions will take place at the Queensland Conservatorium, Brisbane City (South Bank) from 23 – 27 September 2024. Griffith University will commence making offers on 15 November 2024, however additional auditions and offers may be considered in subsequent rounds should places still be available. Applicants must ensure they order their preferences accordingly; refer to the QTAC website. Applicants must nominate their current specialisation (eg. Instrument, genre, creative output etc.) on their QTAC application and pay the

$50 non-refundable audition fee to Griffith University. You may audition on more than one specialisation as part of a single audition.

Applicants may audition as a Performer and/or Creative Practitioner in up to 2 of the following specialisations: Violin (classical, jazz), viola, cello, double bass, guitar (classical, jazz, contemporary), harp, flute (classical, jazz), oboe, clarinets (classical, jazz), bassoon, saxophone (classical, jazz), French horn, trumpet (classical, jazz), trombone (classical, jazz), tuba, cornets, horns, euphonium, piano (classical, jazz, pop), pipe organ, harpsichord, percussion, voice (classical, jazz, contemporary), bass (jazz, contemporary), drums (jazz, contemporary), laptop, non-Western (please specify); composer, songwriter, creative music technology.

NOTE: Griffith Guaranteed Admission Schemes do not apply to this program.

Assumed knowledge

This program has assumed knowledge. Refer to QTAC’s Course Search.

Minimum Selection thresholds (ATAR/Selection Rank) for semester/trimester/term 1, 2024
ATAR/Selection Rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR/Selection Rank for semester/trimester/term 1, 2024

For more information about the ATAR/Selection Rank profile, please visit ATAR/Selection Rank profile explained.

Excluding: The lowest ATAR/Selection Rank to which an offer was made, excluding adjustment factors.
Including: The lowest ATAR/Selection Rank to which an offer was made including any adjustment factors that may have been applied.

Student Profile by Applicant background for semester/trimester/term 1, 2024

For more information about the Student profile, please visit Student profile explained.


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Career opportunities

Gain the skills to transition from student to professional life. While in the supportive Conservatorium environment, you will have opportunities to refine your skills, focus and target your professional options and gain first-hand experience. You’ll have a greater understanding of what’s required to succeed in the entertainment industry, community arts and relevant ensembles.

Course Code
Start Date
Offer rounds

19 Dec 2024

CSP/$8500 (1st year contribution)
Level of Qualification
Study Area
Creative and Performing Arts
Study Mode
Full time
Course Duration

3 years Full time