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Study a modern degree that strikes a chord

So you were in a band in school. You’ve dreamed about a career in music. Consider a degree in popular music.

You might be surprised to discover how many musicians on the world stage rose to fame by studying hard and listening to their teachers.

Queensland Conservatorium’s popular music program embraces many forms, from mainstream to underground: covers pop, rock, R&B, country, hip hop, metal, even your own unique style.

We've even helped to set the Seed project, an annual compilation album that promotes the work of our best graduating students.

Studying this unique program, you’ll have 24/7 access to music studios equipped with the latest recording facilities, editing suites, audio-visual and postproduction technology.

You’ll be immersed in a creative environment emphasizing the musical skills required by successful, professional 21st century musicians.

Creative practices are at the heart of our program, offering you opportunities to expand your skills in every way possible – from playing in bands to film, theatre or multimedia.

Double degrees

Studying a double degree is a great way to increase your career options

Study popular music at Griffith

Gain the skills to launch your career

Learn from the best

We have strong links with the music industry You’ll learn from teachers who have ongoing real world experience to bring to the classroom. They’re professionals: independent producers, sound engineers, songwriters and performers, with a track record of working with the best in the business.

Develop real world experience

Live performance underpins the program, incorporated into classes across all six semesters. The word is out about the quality of students this degree attracts, so there are regular paid performance opportunities.

You’ll have 24/7 access to professional standard recording studios, acoustically designed practice and live recording rooms, audio post production suites and multimedia labs. You can collaborate with film and multimedia students, using leading edge digital video studios on the Gold Coast campus. There are live performances at Gold Coast venues, campus venues and Queensland Conservatorium events.

You can elect to take music industry internship courses, with placements in recording studios, events management companies, music industry publishers and everything in between. Studying a music degree gives you unique opportunities to learn about lots of different styles of music and how to play them. That could a real plus in the future if you go on to do session work.

Audition Information

Application to Conservatorium degree programs is based on various requirements, which may include an audition, written or oral interview, and presentation of a folio. Find out more

Mirusia Louwerse

Bachelor of Music (Classical Voice)

Mirusia Louwerse is an Australian-Dutch soprano who gained worldwide fame as a soloist with André Rieu—the man responsible for turning classical and waltz music into a hugely successful worldwide concert touring act. She studied opera at Queensland Conservatorium and at the age of 21 was announced as the youngest winner ever of the prestigious Dame Joan Sutherland Opera Award. She says her time at Queensland Conservatorium was marked by a feeling that it was finally a place where she fitted in, where she “made lifelong friends and contacts in the music industry”. ‘My dream always was to tour the world, and I am fortunate to say I have followed and lived that dream so far! I am really proud of my achievements in my career, but I am also still learning every day and there is still so much I want to do.’


Study options

Degrees Campus OP rank
Bachelor of Popular Music Gold Coast
Bachelor of Popular Music with Honours Gold Coast

It is important to check the degree requirements including placement requirements, before you apply.


Over 400 Scholarships available

Career outcomes

Industry-focused training delivers professional level skills

Our popular music degree comes with a wealth of contacts, opportunities and chances to really chase your dream

Employers look for initiative-driven graduates who work well with others and adapt quickly to new ideas. Griffith graduates find their niche in large music organisations and the entertainment industry, as well as the education sector.

  • Recording artists
  • Performers
  • Composers
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Teachers (with additional study), or in a range of other occupations connected with music

Popular music graduates have also successfully established their own businesses such as recording studios, teaching studios, music distribution, and artist and repertoire companies.

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Life at Griffith

You can gain more than just a degree at Griffith. With plenty of opportunities to balance life and study, you can make memories and mates to last a lifetime.

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Key dates

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Wednesday 14 September — Wednesday 31 August

2017 GAMSAT test due

Those registered for the GAMSAT will sit the test Wednesday 14 September.

Monday 26 September — Friday 30 September

Queensland conservatorium auditions

Queensland Conservatorium live auditions will be conducted the week beginning Monday 26 September. 

Friday 30 September — Wednesday 31 August

Queensland Conservatorium QTAC and UAC applications due

Apply by 30 September via QTAC or UAC for Queensland Conservatorium degrees.

Friday 30 September — Wednesday 31 August

QTAC and UAC on time applications close

To attend Griffith in 2017, apply for our degrees via QTAC or UAC by 30 September, 2016. You can apply after this date, but a late fee will apply.