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Do you have a passion for the performing arts?

The arts, particularly music and theatre, have always been a vehicle for social analysis which promotes critical conversation and social change. Audiences love to be entertained, challenged and changed to some extent. 

Trained professionals in the theatre and in music are in demand in theatres, orchestras, classrooms, and TV and radio stations across the country. These include composers, music directors, technicians (light and sound) and private dance, drama and music teachers.

If you have a passion for the arts and aspire to a creative and rewarding career that has a positive, energising effect on society and popular culture, UNE offers an exciting range of courses that can help future proof your career. We offer undergraduate and postgraduate courses in music, music technology, arts, education and theatre studies. 

Arrange your course to suit your interests and your lifestyle. UNE has consistently been awarded the maximum five star rating for Overall Experience and Student Support (in the Good Universities Guide), so when you choose UNE, you know you are in good hands.  

Explore our Music and Theatre courses now. 

Courses by study level

Bachelor of Arts

Even though one of our longest-standing degrees, the Bachelor of Arts (BA) is still relevant in today’s rapidly changing world. It equips you with the creative, critical and analytical skills in demand by employers, and is transferable across a range of workplaces.

Majors include: Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, Ancient History, Ancient Near East, Archaeology, Australian History, Chinese, Classical Languages, Criminology, Cultural Heritage, English, French, German, History, Human Geography, Indigenous Studies, Indonesian, Islamic Studies, Italian, Japanese, Linguistics, Medieval and Early Modern Europe, Music, Peace Studies, Philosophy, Political and International Studies, Physical Geography, Psychology, Screen and Media Studies, Sociology, Spanish, Studies in Religion, Theatre and Performance, and Writing.

When you study a BA at UNE, you will become a specialist in a discipline of your choice, with the freedom to explore related subjects or a range of different topics.

Duration
  • 3 years full-time
  • Up to 10 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online
  • On Campus

Workplaces value employees who have a broad range of real-world skills, and this combined degree will equip you to excel in today’s dynamic working environment. In our Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Business, you’ll gain business knowledge and learn to think like an entrepreneur. You’ll develop creative and/or socio-cultural knowledge, plus skills in critical thinking and communication. Our degree fosters the accumulation of knowledge and the acquisition of a diverse set of skills, essential to helping you be an independent thinker, and empowering you to create a new future, new career prospects and the ability to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing modern workplace.

Duration
  • 4 years full-time
  • Up to 10 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online
  • On Campus

The UNE Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws is a double degree for the future, designed to be responsive to the needs of rapidly changing workplaces and customised to your areas of interest.  The arts majors allow you to become an expert in a discipline of your choice with the freedom to explore a wide range of subjects. The legal knowledge and practical skills will enable you to pursue many pathways in law, also benefiting from UNE’s expertise in regional, rural and remote legal issues.

Duration
  • 5 years full-time
  • Up to 12 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online
  • On Campus

Do you dream of a career where you’re helping to address the big issues facing humanity? Or perhaps you crave the excitement of being at the forefront of scientific discovery? Maybe you wish to instill your passion for the environment into future generations? Our Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science is uniquely positioned to help you reach your goals, with wide-spanning knowledge and a diverse set of skills to be adaptable in a rapidly changing world. This combined degree will help lay the foundation for you to acquire the ability to innovate and problem-solve — attributes that are in demand more than ever by employers in Australia and internationally.

Duration
  • 4 years full-time
  • Up to 10 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online
  • On Campus

Build future-focused music and teaching skills to thrive as a secondary music teacher with UNE’s Bachelor of Education (Secondary Music). Respond to learning styles and study online in a timeframe that suits your lifestyle. Share your passion for music and make your teaching career your own.

Duration
  • 4 years full-time
  • Up to 10 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
Mode
  • Online
Bachelor of Music

Is music your passion? We can help make it your career too, with our comprehensive, creatively-focused Bachelor of Music. This unique, fully online degree will equip you with industry-valued knowledge and skills in performance, composition, ear training, music theory, music technology and production, music history and music cultures. The program traverses a broad range of styles and genres across contemporary, classical, popular and electronic music.

In a rapidly changing world, gigs may come and go, but you can help future proof your career with our Bachelor of Music.

Duration
  • 3 years full-time
  • Up to 10 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online
Diploma in Music

If you’re looking to build practical skills in music performance and writing while gaining a formal qualification in music, our fully online Diploma in Music is the ideal course for you. It will help you reinforce your experience and allow you to dip your toe into university study without committing to a full degree, while still gaining credit towards a bachelor degree if you wish to pursue further studies. In a rapidly changing industry, this diploma from UNE can help you future proof your career prospects.

Duration
  • Up to 4 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online

Are you interested in getting the practical, hands-on experience you need to keep up with the technology of today’s music industry? If the answer is yes, our fully online Diploma in Music Technology is designed to give you future proof skills in music technology, whether you are a musician, artist, performer or music educator. The creation, recording and live performance of music all rely on technology and the skills of the people behind it. This diploma course will provide the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of music technology and to update your knowledge on the latest innovations in the constantly-evolving music industry.

Duration
  • Up to 4 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online

If you’re committed to attaining the level of musical professionalism today’s music industry demands, consider extending your studies by undertaking an honours year. A ‘capstone’ to your formal education, our fully online Bachelor of Music with Honours is an opportunity for music and music/teaching graduates to pursue specialist music research and creative portfolio projects that will unlock many employment and research opportunities. It will extend your artistic and intellectual range, sharpen your research capabilities, augment your analytical abilities, and give you the opportunity to build high-level personal and professional skills. These invaluable attributes will equip you with transferable skills that are highly sought after in today’s rapidly changing job market, as well as prepare you for postgraduate study.

Duration
  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • On Campus
  • Online

Adapt to an evolving workplace and open the door to new career opportunities with UNE’s Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice. Whether you want to create more career choices, hone your specialist skills, or take a new career direction, we will work with you to customise a course to match your skills and aspirations.

Choose from a full breadth of subjects. Avoid getting bogged down in a lengthy, traditional course, and instead, play to your natural strengths, refine your skills and draw on your experience to prepare for the future. And do it all with the support of an expert academic success advisor with 1:1 guidance from start to finish.

Duration
  • 0.5 years full-time
  • 2 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online

Design a bespoke course and prepare for a rapidly evolving workplace with the UNE Graduate Diploma in Professional Practice. Whether you want to advance your career, hone your skills or embark on a new career direction, we’ll work with you to design a course to match your skills and aspirations. You will have the freedom to assemble your course from a full breadth of subjects, play to your strengths and draw from your experience to achieve your goals. Learn in a way that suits your timeframe and do it all with the support of an expert academic success advisor — with one-on-one guidance from start to finish. You’ll be paving your pathway to the next stage of your career.

Duration
  • 1 year full-time
  • Up to 4 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online
Master of Arts

Employers value skills in communication, critical thinking and research — the core skills you’ll develop in the Master of Arts at UNE. A master’s degree can be a qualification to enable a career change or provide you with additional expertise to upskill in your current area of interest. At UNE you have the flexibility to choose a major from 26 specialty areas, dive into research, and tailor the course to suit your interests or professional direction. On completion, you will have developed the knowledge and skills that will better prepare you to deal with the diverse challenges of a rapidly changing world.

Duration
  • 1 or 1.5 or 2 years full-time
  • Up to 6 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • On Campus
  • Online

Are you an experienced theatre practitioner and/or drama educator who wants to refine your professional and academic skills? Our fully online Master of Theatre and Performance gives you a unique opportunity to extend your knowledge and skills in theatre practice, dramaturgical research, and academic writing, and upgrade your qualifications as a performer, director, designer, playwright or teacher.

This degree will help you future proof your career by broadening your knowledge and building on your professional experience and capabilities.

Duration
  • 1 year full-time
  • Up to 4 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
Mode
  • Online

A Doctor of Philosophy is the pinnacle of academic study. Using rigorous and systematic research, combined with critical analysis, you will add to society’s understanding of complex issues at the cutting edge of your discipline or profession.

When you complete your PhD at UNE, you will be recognised as an expert in your area of study. Your original discoveries and innovations will be applied to benefit society and industry in Australia and worldwide.

Duration
  • 3 years full-time
  • 6 years part-time
Start
  • Research Period 1
  • Research Period 2
Mode
  • On Campus
  • Online

High quality research and analysis allows us to better understand the complex issues we face in industry and society. With UNE’s Master of Philosophy by research, your original findings and insights will add to the body of knowledge and inform decision making in your specialist area.

You will work independently, with personalised support from recognised experts in your area of study every step of the way. Expand your expertise, hone your research skills, and immediately apply your knowledge in a research topic of your choice.

Duration
  • 1.5 or 2 years full-time
  • Up to 4 years part-time
Start
  • Research Period 1
  • Research Period 2
Mode
  • Online
  • On Campus
  • Bespoke Graduate Certificate: design your own 4 unit postgraduate course and have your work experience recognised in the process.
  • ‘Fundamental’ Bespoke Course: choose two, three or four fundamental units from a traditional degree. If you are planning a new direction, or adding a new set of skills to your portfolio, you may want to start with this option. These units provide a foundation, or a ‘base camp’, to return to if you want to later progress to a full degree.
  • ‘Advanced’ Bespoke Course: choose two, three or four advanced units from a full degree. This is a great strategy for staying current in your field, or advancing your knowledge.
  • ‘Critical Content’ Bespoke Course: choose two, three or four units from any of the available units in a degree to create a Critical Content Bespoke Course. This option lets you get the knowledge you need without the time and cost of a full degree.
  • ‘Mix and Match’ Bespoke Course: combine two, three or four units from different degrees and disciplines to design your mix and match Bespoke Course. This option lets you diversify your knowledge.

Why study with us?

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Student Support
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$66,800
Median Salary
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84%
Overall Experience
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Our Courses

If you have a passion for the arts and aspire to a creative and rewarding career that has a positive, energising effect on society and popular culture, UNE offers an exciting range of courses that can help future proof your career. We offer undergraduate and postgraduate courses in:

  • music
  • music technology
  • arts
  • education
  • theatre studies.

A five-star experience

Teaching Quality
Teaching Quality NSW
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#1 in Australia Postgraduate Teaching Quality
Postgraduate Teaching Quality
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Student Support
Undergraduate Student Support
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Overall Experience
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What happens next?

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1. Decide on your course

Got any questions about a course you would like to study? Don’t hesitate to contact us, our Future Student team is standing by to help.

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2. Apply

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3. Receive an offer, enrol and start studying

Your start date is based on the study period you choose to apply for.