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Entry Requirements

Domestic Students

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AIM takes applications for its courses all year round. Please refer to specific courses for semester intake cut-off dates.  Auditions are held weekly, as well as dedicated audition days.  If you are an international applicant please refer to Entry Requirements for International Students

NOTE THAT IN ADDITION TO MEETING THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA APPLICANTS WILL STILL NEED TO FULFILL THE SPECIFIC COURSE PORTFOLIO SUBMISSION ENTRY REQUIREMENTS AS OUTLINED BELOW.

DOMESTIC STUDENTS

Because we know ATAR is not everything, we have a range of entry pathways that consider your educational background and skills.

For entry into all our Diploma and Bachelor programs, you 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. 

In addition to the above criteria, ATAR based admission requirements are also applicable for the following courses:

Program Name ATAR Requirements

Bachelor of Arts & Entertainment Management 60
Bachelor of Music (Arts Management) N/A
Bachelor of Music (Creative Technology – Audio)  N/A
Bachelor of Music (Performance) N/A
Bachelor of Music (Composition) N/A
Bachelor of Music Theatre N/A
   

 ADDITIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

 

DIPLOMA PROGRAMS

To gain entry into the Diploma of Music and Diploma of Arts & Entertainment Management courses, you must also provide the following:

 

For Diploma of Music

  • A resume outlining previous music study, and/or practical music experiences and achievements

 

For Diploma of Arts & Entertainment Management

  • Under the age of 21 years old and
  • Have already achieved the Guaranteed ATAR/Clearly-In ATAR (60.00 or higher)


If you are over 21 years old or have not achieved an ATAR of 60.00 or higher, you must provide a portfolio including a CV and cover letter. Your portfolio may also include: 

·       References 

·       School reports 

·       Awards and certificates  

 

 

BACHELOR PROGRAMS

Applicants for Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music Theatre degree programs 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 – Arts Management should include at least one analytical essay.

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.

Applicants for Bachelor of Music – Musicology should include at least one analytical essay.

Applicants for Bachelor of Music – Performance should prepare two live or recorded music performances.

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

Applicants for Bachelor of Music Theatre should prepare items for a live audition that demonstrate their ability to sing, dance and act.

 

Bachelor of Arts & Entertainment Management

To gain entry into the Bachelor of Arts & Entertainment Management, you must be

  • Under the age of 21 years old and
  • Have already achieved the Guaranteed ATAR/Clearly-In ATAR (60.00 or higher)

 

If you are over 21 years old or have not achieved an ATAR of 60.00 or higher, you must provide a portfolio including a CV and cover letter. Your portfolio may also include: 

·       References 

·       School reports 

·       Awards and certificates  

 

Applications can be submitted digitally. Applicants may be required to attend an interview.  

 

Applicants with higher education study

To be eligible for admission into a Bachelor degree on the basis of tertiary (Higher Education) studies, you need to have completed at least 6 months of full-time study (or the part-time equivalent) at AQF level 5 degree or higher. If you have not completed 6 months, you will be assessed on your secondary results. Please note that other selection criteria, including English proficiency, portfolio and audition/interview will be taken into account.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

To be eligible for admission into an undergraduate degree on the basis of Vocational Education & Training (VET) study, you must have successfully completed an AQF VET qualification. If you have not completed a VET qualification at Certificate IV or above, you will be assessed on your secondary results. Please note that other selection criteria, including English proficiency, portfolio and audition/interview will be taken into account

Applicants with work and life experience

Applicants who do not meet the academic requirements above, (who left secondary education more than two years previously and have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then), will be assessed on their work and/or life experience. Experience could include a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education, including mature age entry, professional experience, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have also undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education course. Applicants will be required to provide a portfolio that covers all of their relevant music, entertainment and/or business experience plus attend an audition/interview.

For applicants who do not meet the above criteria, admission may be granted by the Dean of Academic Affairs or nominee based on a documented assessment of the applicant’s overall ability to undertake the program of study and to achieve the course learning outcomes.

Applicants who do not satisfy the requirements to enter directly into a Bachelor degree may be offered a place in the Diploma Program. Students who satisfactorily complete the Diploma Program will have a pathway to demonstrate eligibility for entry into an AIM Bachelor degree.  


Recognition of Prior Learning

Applicants may be eligible for credit transfer or recognition of prior learning for their post-secondary studies including completed or partially completed Higher Education awards and completed Vocational Education & Training (VET) qualifications (AQF Diploma and above, or its overseas equivalent as assessed by DET). Specified credit will be granted towards specific units of an AIM undergraduate course on the basis of prior learning in a completed or partially completed HE award or completed VET qualification if it is assessed to be comparable in terms of learning outcomes, volume of learning, content and learning and assessment approaches. Applicants should submit an Application for Recognition of Prior Learning together with all required supporting documentary evidence.

Domestic applicants with overseas qualifications

Overseas qualifications will be assessed for equivalency by the Department of Education.

The following is the background pathway criteria for entry into our AIM postgraduate degree programs:

  • Applicants hold a bachelors degree qualification (or VET qualification) or higher from a recognised tertiary institution  OR
  • Applicants without bachelor level qualifications but possessing extensive industry experience at a professional level, demonstrating potential to undertake study at this level
  • Applicants applying for Postgraduate Studies must:

    • Complete an Application form
    • Provide copies of academic transcripts of previous study (these copies must be in English). If you do not have a relevant undergraduate degree, you must provide evidence of professional work in your desired field.
    • Provide a copy of your Passport or Birth Certificate.
    • Provide a resume (in English) that covers all previous music study, experiences and interests.
    • Provide copies of any certificates or references that may support your application to study at AIM.

course specific admission information

Applicants to Postgraduate studies in Arts and Entertainment Management degrees are required to submit a portfolio of no more than 1,000 words that covers their relevant music, entertainment and business experience.

In addition, applicants may be required to attend an interview, either online or on campus.

 

Applicants applying for Postgraduate Studies must:

  • Complete an Application Form
  • Provide copies of academic transcripts of previous study for us to keep (these copies must be in English). If you do not have a relevant undergraduate degree, you must provide evidence of professional work in your desired field.
  • Provide a copy of your Passport or Birth Certificate.
  • Provide a resume (in English) that covers all previous music study, experiences and interests.
  • Provide copies of any certificates or references that may support your application to study at AIM.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

All Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) people can request to apply to AIM Bachelor courses by Special Consideration. Special Consideration can be requested if applicants have not completed school or achieved a requisite ATAR score for entry into their preferred course of study. This admission process by Special Consideration is designed to assess capacity to study at a tertiary level the preferred area of study.

As part of AIM’s commitment to equity and diversity, AIM offers an Indigenous Scholarship available to ATSI students who can demonstrate a passion for the creative arts industry.  

Special needs/educationally disadvantaged students

AIM may give special consideration for admission to courses to applicants who have suffered educational disadvantage. In particular, applicants with physical disabilities and applicants from geographically isolated areas or economically disadvantaged backgrounds may apply for special consideration.

Special Consideration

Entry to undergraduate AIM courses via Special Consideration involves three components: an email to the Head of Pathways and Engagement (HoPE) to request Special Consideration; the submission of an application for Bachelor entry; and undertaking an interview and a written task related to the chosen course preference. Entry through this pathway means consideration is given to an applicant’s relevant life, work, educational and training experience as preparation for study, in addition to any formal qualifications. The interview assists AIM in ensuring an applicant is selecting the most appropriate course for their interests. The written task assists assessment of an applicant’s likelihood for academic success and the level of academic support that may be required in the first year of study. Interviews will be conducted by the HoPE or their delegate, and may be conducted face-to-face or online

 

STUDENT PROFILE

The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at the institution. It provides data on all students who commenced undergraduate study in the last three intake periods, including those admitted through all offer rounds, across all Australian campuses, and international students studying in Australia.

admission transparency data whole of institute 2020
admissions transparency data 2020 bem

WHERE TO GET FURTHER INFORMATION

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Call our team on 02 9219 5444 or 03 8610 4222

or email us at enquiries@aim.edu.au