Play an instrument as a soloist and part of a band. Study composition and re-arranging, recording and production. Create a professional body of work in year three.
This programme is being replaced with the Bachelor of Creativity in 2018, currently pending approval.

Programme Overview

The Bachelor of Applied Arts (Music) is a three year degree programme that offers training for musicians and DJs wanting to be leaders in the New Zealand music industry. It offers three pathways:

  • Music Performance
  • Music Creation and Composition
  • Music Recording/Production

In the first year, students study an instrument, composition, theory, music recording/production and perform in ensembles. In the second year, students begin to specialise through a range of electives. Final year students research and create a major body of work. The degree also gives students the opportunities to choose electives from other arts disciplines such as, Visual Arts, Dance and Creative Writing and to engage in collaborative projects across the different disciplines.

Programme Outline

The Bachelor of Applied Arts includes core modules across all specialisations:

  • Contextual Studies, with a particular emphasis on Māori, Pacific and contemporary music
  • Creative Enterprise, with an emphasis on the skills to develop ideas and creativity into commercial success
  • Origins, with a particular emphasis on Māori, Pacific and contemporary music
  • Professional Studies, with an emphasis on working in the industry and music business

Modules specific to the Bachelor of Applied Arts (Music) are:

  • Instrument Studies Ensemble and Performance
  • Composition 
  • Music Theory 
  • Recording and Production
  • Improvisation Theory and Practice 
  • Analysing and Rearranging Music

Students who successfully pass two years of the degree are able to exit with a Diploma in Rock, Jazz and Commercial Music.

Music programmes are taught in facilities that include:

  • recording studios
  • digi labs with Apple computers
  • music production suites
  • performance room equipped with lighting, PA, projector and large screen and performance equipment
  • fully equipped band rehearsal rooms
  • fully equipped DJ booths
  • individual practice rooms, equipped with keyboards, stereos and practice amps
  • specialist music teaching rooms
  • keyboard theory lab
  • music library
  • student music listening area

Entry Requirements

Whitireia degree academic entry requirements or equivalent study/work experience; evidence of suitability based on interview and audition, theory and aural test
International students

Proven equivalence of entry requirements plus IELTS 6.0 (no band lower than 5.5)

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