Domestic (local) applicants are Australian citizens and permanent residents, New Zealand citizens, and holders of a permanent humanitarian visa and international applicants who are currently studying the VCE, another Year 12 program in Australia, or the IB at an Australian secondary school.
If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident but are studying overseas, you should refer to the entry standards for international students as a guide.
Specific Course Entry Requirements
The Selection Committee will evaluate the applicant's ability to pursue the course successfully using the following criteria.
- an honours degree with at least H2A (75%) average, including a major relevant to the stream to which entry is sought, or equivalent; or
- a relevant undergraduate degree with at least H2A (75%) average and at least two years of documented work experience relevant to the stream to which entry is sought; or
- an undergraduate degree in any discipline and at least five years of documented work experience relevant to the stream to which entry is sought; or
- at least five years of documented relevant work experience related to the stream to which entry is sought and demonstrating outstanding artistic ability, together with evidence of ability in academic writing and research or scholarship appropriate for postgraduate study;
- performance in one or more of an audition, test, interview, workshop, portfolio or folio presentation, as prescribed by the Academic Board for the stream to which entry is sought.
The Selection Committee may conduct further interviews or tests and may call for referee reports and employer references to elucidate any of the matters referred to above.
Supporting Documentation Requirements
If you have completed your bachelor's degree at the University of Melbourne you do not need to submit a hard copy of your results, simply make sure you give us your student ID.
- Applicants are required to provide officially certified hard-copies of academic transcripts for all prior studies not completed at the University of Melbourne or the Victorian College of the Arts, along with proof of course completion (where claimed) for each previous qualification.
- If studying outside the University of Melbourne in the current semester, then you are required to provide, with your application, an official record/transcript of your current course results to date.
- Applicants need to provide the Faculty with an officially certified hard-copy of their final transcript, and proof of course completion, as soon as these become available.
The definition of a certified copy is a photocopy of the original document which has the signature and official stamp of one of the following people: barrister or solicitor, Police in Charge of Station, Pharmacist, Doctor, Dentist, Principal of School, Justice of Peace, Clerk of Court indicating that they have sighted the original document.
While it is possible to upload electronic copies of your transcripts during the online application process, you must also mail us directly (by post), certified copies of all academic documents before an offer can be made.
Please mail your application, before the closing date, to:
Graduate Research Degree Admissions, The John Smyth Building, Swanston Street, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, 3010, Victoria, Australia
English Language Requirements
In addition to the course entry requirements, all applicants must establish they meet the University’s English language requirements.
Graduate domestic students must have fulfilled one of the following criteria to meet the English language requirements:
- Within the last two years have satisfactorily completed an undergraduate degree at an Australian institution; or
- Within the last two years have satisfactorily completed either a postgraduate degree of at least two years duration at an Australian institution; or
- Satisfactorily completed English studies in the Victorian Certificate of Education or another Australian secondary qualification at the required level; or
- By satisfying one of the other methods outlined on our English language requirements page.
Graduate Research Scholarships
There are a range of scholarships available and applicants must indicate on their application form which ones they wish to apply for, if any. Most scholarships require additional materials to be submitted.
The University of Melbourne offers graduate research Scholarships for local and international applicants. There is only one scholarship application deadline annually which is the 31 October for scholarships starting in 2013.
The Faculty of VCA and MCM also offers a Creative Scholarship for disadvantaged graduate students. Applications open on 13 August, and will close on 29 September.
STEP 1 – Entry Requirements
Ensure you fulfil all the entry requirements for this course
STEP 2 – University’s Application Form
Download and complete the Application Form (pdf file, 278kb)
Submit this application form and all additional requirements, by 31 May or 30 September to:
Graduate Research Degree Admissions, The John Smyth Building, Swanston Street, The University of Melbourne, Victoria Australia 3010
STEP 3 – Audition
All applicants will need to attend an audition of approximately 30 minutes.
The audition will be used to ascertain the scope of the intended research project, and the ability of the applicant to successfully realise the intended project within a practice-led research environment.
Auditions will be held in Melbourne.
Applicants will need to:
- Demonstrate a very high standard of artistic ability within Contemporary Music Performance and/or Interactive Composition via a live performance and/or folio of original works (see note on folio below)
- Frame their work within a Contemporary Music research context and demonstrate how their proposal project illuminates innovation in Contemporary Music
All applicants must provide their own accompanists. Equipment available for applicants includes: piano, drum kit (without cymbals) bass/guitar amplifiers and basic CD player.
Presentation of a composition folio at the audition
- The folio must contain recordings/show reels of 3 or 4 of your original compositions.
- Total 15 minutes duration.
- Recordings can include your original music from any source such as: pop songs, concert music, band music, laptop performance, hip hop rapping, music theatre music, film music, or music for dance or other media, such as music for games, advertising and web use.
- If appropriate, include music scores and/or charts depending on your background.
The folio will be evaluated on the level of compositional craft and creativity, and suitability for Interactive Composition and/or Contemporary Music Performance research.
Applicant’s folios will not be returned. Do not send original recordings/scores/show reels.
Applicants unable to attend an audition must submit their folio by the closing date.
STEP 4 – Check Your Emails
The Faculty will communicate with applicants via email. Please check your email, including junk and quarantine folders. Applicants are strongly advised not to use a hotmail address as these often go into your junk box. By using such accounts you risk failing to receive our correspondence.
If your contact details change it is your responsibility to advise us by email - firstname.lastname@example.org- of these changes.
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