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Bachelor of Contemporary Music

Key information

Level of study:
Bachelor's Degree
Tuition fees:
3 years
Start date: Expected February-2022
Southern Institute of Technology
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  • The Bachelor of Contemporary Music offers an industry-focused programme designed to prepare students for a professional career in contemporary music.

    Students learn a variety of practical skills including performance, composition, arranging, songwriting, as well as learning industry standard recording and production software.

    Students are further prepared for a professional career through classes in music and audio industry studies, music education, tour planning and concert promotion. Students also have access to world-class recording equipment and studios at SIT sound in collaboration with audio production students.

    SIT also offers students the opportunity to complete a double degree in the Bachelor of Audio Production and Bachelor of Contemporary Music after four years' full-time study. Graduates from this pathway of study will be well rounded musicians and sound engineers. They will be well versed in high quality studio recording and live sound work, as well as having skills to pursue a career as performers, composers, or specialised instrumental teachers.

    Features of the programme include:

  • Access to high quality instruments, equipment, studios and two performance theatres (both equipped with state-of-the-art audio equipment)
  • Strong music theory and practical components, with a broad base of industry studies
  • Students are provided with weekly performance opportunities to hone skills and develop stage presence
  • Complete a double degree in Audio Production and Contemporary Music in just four years

Career opportunities:

Students will be equipped with skills to embark on a career as a performer, songwriter, composer for film, television, and theatre, and music arranger. Students will also have the necessary skills for a career as a music educator or music writer, and also pursue further study in music therapy, music education, and music research.

The qualification aims to produce graduates who have a wide range of professional skills and are industry-ready.

Satisfactory Completion

In order to be awarded the Bachelor of Contemporary Music, the student will have been credited with all required papers and electives as specified in the schedule of papers (360 credits). The student completing the Bachelor of Contemporary Music will normally be expected to complete the three year programme (full time equivalent) within five years. The Head of Faculty with the approval and recommendation of the Board of Studies, may allow a student a longer period to complete the programme.

Entry criteria

Students are required to complete international qualifications equivalent to University Entrance - NCEA Level 3.

Applicants over 20 years:

Mature entry applicants will have achieved the age of 20 by March 1 of the first year of enrolment in the programme, and have provided evidence of relevant prior learning and experience.

Special Admission
An applicant who does not meet academic criteria, may be provisionally admitted to enrol in one or more Year One papers, provided he or she meets the requirements above. Upon successful completion of the papers, the student may apply for special admission or admission by mature entry.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS test - Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5
  • TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score 5 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18)
  • Cambridge English Examination - B2 First or B2 First for schools or C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill.
  • OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
  • NZCEL - a) Expiring Level b) Current: a) Level 4 (Academic) b) Level 4 (Academic)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42
  • Language Cert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill
  • Trinity ISE - ISE II with no less than distinction in any band


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