Entry requirements

Find out about the level of musical theory or ability required to study with us.

Depending on your choice of courses and degree, you may be expected to have a certain level of musical theory before starting your course of study. If performance will be part of your studies, you will also need to pass an audition as part of the application process.

University entry requirements apply to all our courses.

Open entry courses

There are a range of courses that can be taken by interested students that don't require an audition or knowledge of music theory. Have a look at our list of open entry courses or check out the course finder.

A Music major in a Bachelor of Arts, a Popular Music Studies minor, or Sonic Arts and Music Technology minor may be taken without having prior knowledge of music theory or passing an audition.

A Sonic Arts and Music Technology major in a Bachelor of Music may be started without any theory pre-requisites, with an expectation that students have a basic understanding of music notation for CMPO 101 Introduction to Composition, Sonic Arts and Film Scoring, a course you will need to take as part of this major.

Majors that require music theory (undergraduate)

The Bachelor of Music (BMus) majors—Classical Performance, Jazz, Music Studies, Instrumental/Vocal Composition, Sonic Arts and Music Technology—require you to have some prior knowledge of musical theory.

Classical Performance

Read about the entry requirements for MUSC 166 Classical Theory and Musicianship, the music theory course that you need to take in the first year of this major.

Jazz Performance

Read about the entry requirements for MUSC 164 Jazz Theory 1, the music theory course that you need to take in the first year of this major.

Music Studies

Read about the entry requirements for MUSC 166 Classical Theory and Musicianship, and the entry requirements for MUSC 164 Jazz Theory 1. You will need to take one of these courses for this major, at some point in your degree.

Instrumental/Vocal Composition

Read about the entry requirements for MUSC 166 Classical Theory and Musicianship. You will need to take this course at some point in your degree.

Sonic Arts and Music Technology

Read about the entry requirements for MUSC 166 Classical Theory and Musicianship, and the entry requirements for MUSC 164 Jazz Theory 1. You will need to take one of these courses for this major, at some point in your degree.

Courses that require an audition (undergraduate)

You need to audition if you will be majoring in Classical Performance or Jazz as part of a BMus.

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Postgraduate entry requirements

Entry into postgraduate courses differ by programme—read about the postgraduate qualifications we offer and their requirements.

You need to audition to apply to study towards a Master of Music Therapy or to take Classical Performance or Jazz Performance as part of any of the following programmes:

Composition postgraduate applicants must submit a portfolio of compositions.

If you are applying as an International student, contact Victoria International before auditioning.

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