What will I learn?

The Bachelor of Arts is a flexible degree so you can specialise or study a wide variety of topics. Over the three years of your degree, you will gain the critical thinking, creative problem solving, and communication skills that employers want. Unique practical experiences such as internships are on offer too. The Bachelor of Arts requires a minimum total of 360 points. Each major has specific course requirements, but all consist of a minimum of 135 points in a single Arts subject. Of these, at least 60 points must be at 300-level and at least 45 points at 200-level.

The music industry is a dynamic employment market, offering paid work to a vast array of practitioners around the world. Music is an art form that has prevailed across all cultures and societies throughout history.

Much of the rapid development of the music industry has occurred very recently in the last 25 years as a result of the explosion of digital technology and re-definition of social communities and culture. This has opened up new areas of expertise for music professionals, alongside the more traditional roles of teaching, conducting, music leadership, and performing.

Why study Music at UC?

Music courses are open to students across the university, providing a wide choice of high-quality courses for music majors, and for those studying other qualifications who wish to include music studies in their degree.

Double degrees

It is possible to combine an Arts degree with other degrees.

Further study

The College of Arts has a wide range of options for postgraduate and graduate study with excellent research facilities. Pathways include: Bachelor of Arts with Honours; Master of Arts; Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Career opportunities

Music graduates are found in a wide range of occupations including positions in orchestras, choirs, opera houses, conservatories, universities, schools and other education contexts. They are prominent in areas of leadership such as arts administration and management.

Those who wish to work in education, find that the inclusion of some music in their degree can be beneficial.

UC Music graduates also work in fields such as journalism, television and radio (planning as well as production), publishing and in technical areas such as recording, computer instruments, sound and music technology.

People with musical talent are sought after by festival organisers and arts organisations.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
NZ$29,875.00 (US$ 19,971) per year
First 120 points

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

31 October 2020, 30 April 2021

More details

Start date

22 February 2021, 19 July 2021

Venue

University of Canterbury

Warehouse, 20 Kirkwood Ave,

Ilam,

CHRISTCHURCH,

Upper Riccarton,

8041, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from New Zealand

At least three ‘A’ levels at grade C or above.

For international students

Applicants must have completed New Zealand University Entrance through NCEA; or Cambridge International Examinations (CIE); or International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) or any other equivalent overseas qualification.

Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): Minimum overall score of 6.0, with no band score lower than 5.5.
  • TOEFL (IBT): Minimum overall score of 80, with a minimum score of 19 in Reading, Listening and Writing.
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): Overall score of 50, and no communicative skills score below 42.

Undergraduate application deadline: Semester 1 (February start) by 31 October; Semester 2 (July start) by 30 April.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • UC International College
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About this uni

University of Canterbury’s alumni include popular personalities such as Karl Popper, one of the greatest twentieth-century science philosophers.

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