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Bachelor of Contemporary Music Southern Institute of Technology

New Zealand



Course info


  • 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 - a great way to hone skills and develop stage presence
  • Complete a double degree in Audio Production and Contemporary Music in just four years!

The Bachelor of Contemporary Music has been designed to prepare you for a professional career within the contemporary music sector. Six practical studies papers are at the heart of the degree, and give you the option of specialising in any one of keyboards, electric guitar, bass guitar, voice, drums, trumpet, saxophone, songwriter or music education.

These specialist papers are threaded through each year of the programme, supplemented by a number of other papers which give you insights into related areas of the contemporary music industry. These papers include world music perspectives, introduction to music technology, contemporary music theory, popular music since 1940, song writing, music education, music industry studies and contemporary style analysis. A feature of the third year is an extended project which enables you to undertake detailed investigation into a topic or area within the field of contemporary music.

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 or specialised instrumental teachers.

Career opportunities:

The Bachelor of Contemporary Music is designed for people wishing to pursue a career in the arts as a performer or specialised instrument teacher. It is also an excellent degree for those wishing to pursue further training as a primary or secondary teacher, and can also lead to further postgraduate study in music.

The Bachelor of Contemporary Music 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.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Bachelor of Contemporary Music.

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees

NZ$17,000.00 (8,29,923) per year

Resource fee: NZ $2,000




Southern Institute of Technology

Invercargill Campus,

136 Tay Street,


Invercargill Central,

9810, New Zealand

Entry requirement for international students

Students are required to complete international qualifications equivalent to New Zealand Year 13. Entry requirements vary from country to country.

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 of 5 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) – Score of 60 (with a writing score of 20)
  • University of Cambridge English Examinations – FCE, or FCE for schools, or CAE, or CPE with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) – PtoE (Academic) score of 50
  • City and Guilds IESOL – B2 Communicator with a score of 66

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