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Launch your career in music with a Bachelor of Music (Contemporary) at AIM. This course is perfect if you’re a musician or singer looking to develop your performance and musicianship skills.


The degree combines core topics such as theory, musicianship, arts management and recording to help you develop your knowledge and technical ability.

At AIM, we recognise the variety of styles and genres within contemporary music. You’ll develop your unique sound while exploring areas of interest: songwriting, composition, second instrument studies, digital audio, and more. You’ll create and deliver major performance works, from concept to professional realisation.


You’ll become immersed in the AIM creative community with plenty of opportunities to collaborate with a diverse range of talented peers. You’ll have the chance to play live and record with your fellow students.

If you’re ready to apply great!  To get started click APPLY to self-register via the AIM student portal and complete our online application form.  It takes approximately 10 minutes, once submitted we’ll be in touch shortly.

If you’ve got questions click ENQUIRE and a friendly member of our admissions team will contact you to chat


3 years full-time, 6 years part-time


February, May, September


Melbourne, Sydney


Domestic and International
FEE-HELP Available


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Domestic and International
FEE-HELP Available


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“My favourite thing about AIM was the networking. It introduces you to so many people that are doing so many different things. It was such a good community, everybody welcomed you in…it was a very exciting place to be!”

Tamika Stanton
Bachelor of Music (Contemporary) Graduate

The modern music industry comprises many different activities and roles. At the conclusion of your course, you’ll be able to communicate effectively as a contemporary musician and demonstrate initiative in a variety of contexts. You’ll be equipped with the knowledge and skills to explore a range of career options including:

· Songwriter
· Composer
· Live Performer
· Arranger
· Music Supervisor
· Private Music Tutor
· Recording Artist
· Secondary Music Teacher
· Session Performer
· Singer/Songwriter
· Sound Designer

When you study at AIM, you join a community of highly respected musicians and music industry professionals with years of experience and amazing connections. AIM’s industry knowledge means that you’ll have multiple opportunities to connect, collaborate and learn from the best in the business.

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

Portfolio and Audition 

To apply to study at AIM, you’ll need to provide us with a portfolio of two musical items. This may include any of the following: 

  • A live performance (to be performed during the interview) 
  • A recorded visual or audio performance 
  • A recorded original composition 
  • A PDF score of an original composition or arrangement 
  • A handwritten score of an original composition or arrangement
  • An audio mix of a musical work

Applicants may choose to provide a combination of evidence, for example a live performance of an existing work and a recording of an original track. You may also be required to attend an interview.

Want to speak to someone about the audition requirements? email enquiries@aim.edu.au


Completion of Secondary Studies 

 To gain entry into AIM’s undergraduate programs, you’ll need to satisfy the selection criteria outlined below.  

  • Satisfactory completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Year 12 Certificate (or its overseas equivalent as assessed by DET) in the past 2 years OR 
  • Satisfactory completion the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma qualification in the past 2 years OR 
  • Applicants who completed their senior Secondary Year 12 Certificate (or equivalent) more than 2 years ago will be assessed on the basis of work and life experience.

Need Further Information? View Entry Requirements.

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.

  • Alice Bennett

    Academic Lecturer

    alice bennett

    Alice Bennett is a Melbourne-based flautist with a keen interest in contemporary Australian music and exploratory improvisation. After completing a Bachelor of Music with Honours at Monash University, Alice travelled to Austria for the impuls 8th International Ensemble and Composers Academy for Contemporary Music.

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  • Julian Gough

    Head of Pathways and Engagement

    julian gough

    Julian has been active for 30 years, both nationally and internationally in the creative arts and has extensive experience in tertiary and secondary education, in Jazz and commercial performance, composition, musical direction and management.

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  • Jeremy Sawkins

    Academic Lecturer

    jeremy sawkins

    Sydney-based guitarist Jeremy Sawkins has been an active member of the Australian music community since the late 1970’s. As well as being a composer/bandleader, Jeremy has shared the stage and recording studios with Jackie Orszacsky, Tina Harrod, Tom Burlinson, Grace Knight, Darren Percival, Katie Noonan, Kate Miller-Heidke, Wendy Matthews, Lloyd Swanton, Bernie McGann, James Morrison, Monica Trapaga and many more.

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