Bachelor of Music – Composition


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As digital media expands, so does the demand for talented composers in film, television, video games and music. The Bachelor of Music – Composition trains you to become a composer with originality, heightened musical ability and technical mastery. 


Our state-of-the-art facilities include custom-designed production suites containing Digital Audio Workstations (DAW), sample libraries, synthesisers, audio plugins and mastering software.  

You will develop the skills to complete whole works in different mediums and genres such as Western Art Music, Popular Music, Music Theatre, Electronic Music, Screen Music, Games Music, Improvised Music, Jazz and more.  


The Composition specialisation helps you build a portfolio of work to land paid work and start your career as a composer. 

You will gain a theoretical and practical understanding of composition for today’s major media. You will collaborate with students across departments to create original songs, arrangements, orchestrations, soundtracks and multimedia installations. 


3 years full-time or equivalent part-time study


February, May, September


Melbourne, Sydney


Domestic and International
FEE-HELP eligible


CRS 1401311
Bachelor 111590E 


Domestic and International
FEE-HELP eligible


CRS 1401311
Bachelor 111590E 

When interacting with my teachers they always helped me to achieve my goals and push me to think outside the box.

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Arvinder Singh
Bachelor of Music (Composition) Student

At the conclusion of your course, you will gain an industry-recognised qualification with multiple career opportunities such as: 

  • Arranger 
  • Composer 
  • Conductor 
  • Music Teacher 
  • DJ 
  • Electronic Musician 
  • Film Composer/Orchestrator 
  • Media Composer 
  • Orchestrator 
  • Music Producer 
  • Recording Engineer 
  • Songwriter 
  • Studio Musician 
  • Sound Designer 


 Learn more about how AIM helps you to succeed View Career Opportunities. 

course overview

Try a Diploma of Music (Pathway into Bachelor of Music) 

Not quite ready for a full three-year degree? See if tertiary music studies are for you with a one-year Diploma of Music. You will take electives across all our programs, gain musical literacy, and build foundational academic skills. You will achieve an industry-recognised qualification and be accredited for all your completed courses if you decide to continue into your Bachelor of Music as a second-year student. 

To gain entry into our Bachelor of Music programs, applicants are required to audition and must prepare two contrasting items. These may take the form of: 

  • A live music performance 
  • A recorded video or audio performance 
  • A recorded original composition including a credit list (for example: composer, lyricist, arranger, producer, musicians, engineer) 
  • A pdf score of an original composition or arrangement 
  • A handwritten score of an original composition or arrangement 
  • An original audio mix of a musical work including a credit list (for example: composer, lyricist, arranger, producer, musicians, engineer) 
  • An analytical essay about music or the music business. Topics may include a music artist, composer, musical work, genre, or aspect of the music business. 

Applicants for Bachelor of Music – Composition should include at least one original composition score, recorded composition or arrangement, or original audio mix of a musical work.  


Must have achieved ONE of the following:  

  • Satisfactory completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Year 12 Certificate in the last 2 years (such as HSC or VCE*) and satisfy the minimum English language entry of a Band 3 in HSC English Standard (or equivalent)  
  • Satisfactory completion of IB (International Baccalaureate) Diploma qualification in the past 2 years  
  • Satisfactory completion of an AQF VET qualification (Certificate IV and above, or equivalent as assessed by DET)  
  • Satisfactory completion of at least 6 months full-time tertiary study (AQF level 5 or higher)  
  • Be a mature age student (21 years or older)  


*NOTE: Completion of Senior VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning) does not meet these requirements.  

Need Further Information?  View Entry Requirements Domestic or Entry Requirements International.

Would you like to talk about your options for entry? Email us  


To reach your potential as a musician, you need to learn from experts. Explore who you will study under.

  • Dr. Mark Oliveiro

    Academic Lecturer

    mark oliveiro

    Dr Mark Oliveiro is a graduate and distinguished alumnus of the Sydney Conservatorium, the College of Music, the University of North Texas and the School of Music of Indiana University. As well as working as an academic lecturer at AIM, Mark is a composer with diverse extra-musical interests including history, mythology and ancient literature.

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  • Matt Tinkler

    Academic Lecturer

    matt tinkler

    Matt Tinkler is an electronic music producer, composer, audio engineer and educator. After completing a Bachelor of Music (Composition and Music Production) at the Australian Institute of Music in 2016, Matt went on to complete a Bachelor of Music (Honours) (Interactive Composition) at the University of Melbourne in 2018, furthering his capabilities as a composer and producer.  […]

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  • Simone East

    Academic Lecturer

    simone east

    Simone East is a passionate songwriter and orchestral composer with over 15 years experience delivering and designing courses in composition, songwriting, music theory and music history.

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  • Meghann O’Neill

    Academic Lecturer

    meghann o'neill

    Meghann O’Neill teaches videogame music courses at The Australian Institute of Music and Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Meghann composes music for games, the most recent being emergent stealth game, Wildfire.  

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  • Dr. Carlos Lopez

    Academic Lecturer

    dr carlos lopez

    Dr. Carlos Lopez Charles is a composer, sound designer, and programmer specialising in the creation of interactive visual music. He holds a PhD and a Masters degree from the Paris 8 University (France), and a Bachelor degree from the Escuela Superior de Musica (Mexico).

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