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Entry Requirements

Entrance by 25 minute interview and musicianship assessment.

Composition & Music Production Applicants Must:

  • provide original Certified Academic Transcripts AND copies for us to keep, of previous study (including HSC or VCE). Year 12 school leavers should provide this once received;
  • A copy of your birth certificate or passport;
  • A DIGITAL PORTFOLIO on USB or CD-ROM (files as WAV/MP3 & PDF/digital scans);
  • A resume that covers all previous musical study, experience and interests;
  • THREE recordings of original creative work;
  • A credit list (for example: composer, lyricist, arranger, producer, musicians, engineer);
  • Scores, lyric sheets, lead sheets if appropriate;
  • A short explanation of the three pieces including, for example, inspiration, musical techniques, technical skills used.
  • PLEASE NOTE: The interview will include an assessment of theoretical and practical musicianship skills, as well as familiarity with standard music software tools. This will often be obvious from the digital portfolio. If you have concerns about your musicianship skills enquire about Open AIM’s Music Skills Classes, which will help you prepare for your interview. Live performances during the interview (in place of recordings) or printed scores/lyric sheets/lead sheets are not recommended, but will be considered.
  • For VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education) Students; Satisfactory completion of the VCE and Units 3 and 4 English. Any of the four VCE English studies - English, English as an Additional Language, Literature or English Language - satisfies the requirement for English; however, Units 3 and 4 must be completed in sequence and in the same calendar year.
  • VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning): The completion of Senior VCAL will be recognised for entry in the Diploma of Music providing you meet all other entry requirements.

ALL degree & diploma courses at AIM involve an audition and/or interview to assess skills & aptitude to study. The audition process allows AIM to assess potential & advise on the best course of study. The applicant also has the opportunity to ask questions regarding study at AIM.

What Happens After You Apply?

A member of the AIM Admissions team will contact you by phone to organise your audition/interview date and time, and a confirmation email will be sent to you. They will also inform you about the interstate & international submission process if this is appropriate to your case.

Audition Tips

  • Take time to fully prepare for your audition. Choose songs/tracks carefully. Rehearse (performers) or review your compositions & mixes (production students) so you know them as well as possible.
  • Choose songs that you feel most confident with, that represent your interest & abilities.
  • Remember, we are not here to judge you, but to help you get to where you want to go, so try to relax and enjoy it.

International & Interstate Applicants

International & Interstate Applicants are required to send a DVD of their performance in lieu of a live audition or a DVD/CD of their creative work in lieu of a production interview. A phone/skype interview may also be required. For all students whose previous education had not been conducted in English: a minimum IELTS Overall Band Score of 6.0 with no band less than 5.5 (Please note: for Graduate Studies, the IELTS Overall Band Score must be 6.5 with no band less than 6.0), or equivalent English assessment is required. 
The IELTS cannot be more than 2 years old from the commencement of the course.

Supporting Documents & Previous Study

Applicants are expected to have completed either the NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC), Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), VCAL for Diploma entry or equivalent, and are asked to provide evidence of prior studies. All supporting documents submitted with the application must be coloured copies or scans of the original, and AIM reserves the right to contact the issuing organisation for verification purposes. Where a mature-aged applicant does not have secondary education qualifications or equivalent qualifications, the applicant may be required to undertake a tertiary preparation assessment. Domestic students wishing to use VET qualifications as equivalence to NSW HSC, must have completed full time study of no less than 2 years in an accredited Certificate IV level course or higher.

Credit Transfer - Recognition of Prior Studies (RPS)

“Credit transfer is a process that provides students with agreed and consistent credit outcomes for components of a qualification based on identified equivalence in content and learning outcomes between matched qualifications” (AQF January 2013)

Recognition of Prior Studies in the form of Credit Transfer at AIM is an assessment process used to determine the extent to which a student has achieved the required learning outcomes to receive credit towards to equivalent AQF level studies at AIM. This may result in the granting of the grade of Advanced Standing in a specific AIM unit and exemption from that unit.

Recognition of Prior Learning and Experience (RPL)

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is an assessment process that involves assessment of an individual’s relevant prior learning (including formal, informal and non-formal learning) to determine the credit outcomes of an individual application for credit (National Quality Council Training Packages glossary).

RPL at AIM is conducted via written statement in which applicants address specific criteria. It allows candidates to demonstrate how they will use the knowledge, skills, abilities and personal qualities gained through life experience to succeed in studies at the AIM.

RPL is an optional, alternative pathway to tertiary study intended for people without formal educational qualifications.

If You Are Unsuccessful

If a student is not successful in the audition/interview for a Bachelor Degree, counselling and/or a second audition or interview may be arranged to determine the best possible strategy for assisting the student to achieve their academic aspirations. This may involve being offered a place in our Diploma of Music course. It is possible for Diploma students to transfer into the Bachelor of Music, based on their progress and results.

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