Entry Requirements

Domestic Students

applications for admission - DOMESTIC STUDENTS

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

There are 4 eligible pathways for entry into AIM’s undergraduate degrees – academic entry or work and life experience. Either method of entry also requires applicants to submit a portfolio, attend an audition/interview (where relevant) and be proficient in the English language. Eligible pathways include:


1) 
Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years)

To be eligible for admission into an undergraduate degree on the basis of recent secondary education applicants must have:

  • completed an Australian Senior Secondary Year 12 Certificate (or its overseas equivalent as assessed by the Department of Education and Training (DET)) in the past 2 years, or
  • completed the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma qualification in the past 2 years

 

NSW Year 12

Applicants must have completed the NSW Higher School Certificate in the last 2 years; and completed a minimum of English Standard. Note that any result below a Band 3 in English Standard may require further assessment.

Victorian Year 12

Applicants must have completed an Australian Senior Secondary Year 12 Certificate in the last 2 years; 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

For All Other Australian States and Territories

Applicants must have completed an equivalent Year 12 qualification in the last 2 years including minimum standard English requirements equivalent to NSW HSC English Standard, or where no English was studied at Year 12 level, by providing satisfactory evidence of English competency. Evidence of examples include: the completion of a writing task; or submission of a completed assessment task from other units at Year 12 level.

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 (refer 4 below).

In addition to the above criteria, ATAR Based Admission Requirements are also applicable for the following courses:

Program Name ATAR Requirements

Bachelor of Entertainment Management65
Bachelor of Music (Arts Management)N/A
Bachelor of Music (Audio) 
N/A
Bachelor of Music (Classical)N/A
Bachelor of Music (Composition and Music Production)N/A
Bachelor of Music (Contemporary)N/A
Bachelor of Music (Music Theatre) N/A

 

2) 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 (refer 1 above). Please note that other selection criteria, including English proficiency, portfolio and audition/interview will be taken into account.

3) 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 (Certificate 4 and above). If you have not completed a VET qualification at Certificate 4 or above, you will be assessed on your secondary results (refer 1 above). Please note that other selection criteria, including English proficiency, portfolio and audition/interview will be taken into account

4) 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 Foundation Program. Students who satisfactorily complete the Foundation 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.


Additional Requirements  

Applicants are required to submit a portfolio that covers all of their relevant music, entertainment and/or business experience. The portfolio should include:

  • Resume/cover letter that covers why you want to study at AIM and include a list of all relevant experience
  • Examples of experience (as specified within Individual Course Requirements)
  • Certified Academic Transcripts of previous study (if applicable)

 

All undergraduate courses at AIM require an audition and/or interview to assess skills and aptitude to study. The audition process allows AIM to assess potential and advise on the best course of study. The applicant also has the opportunity to ask questions regarding study at AIM. In preparing for your audition:

  • 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 and 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.

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 in Music must:

    • Complete and 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.

course specific admission information

Audition/Portfolio Requirements
Applicants are required to provide a portfolio of two musical items. This may include any of the following forms of evidence:

  • 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

 

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

Audition/Portfolio Requirements
Applicants are required to provide a portfolio of two musical items. This may include any of the following forms of evidence:

  • 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

 

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

Audition/Portfolio Requirements
Applicants are required to provide a portfolio of two musical items. This may include any of the following forms of evidence:

  • 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

 

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

Audition/Portfolio Requirements
Applicants are required to provide a portfolio of two musical items. This may include any of the following forms of evidence:

  • 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

 

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

Audition/Portfolio Requirements
Applicants are required to provide a portfolio of two musical items. This may include any of the following forms of evidence:

  • 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

 

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

Audition/Portfolio Requirements
Applicants are required to provide a portfolio of two musical items. This may include any of the following forms of evidence:

  • 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

 

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

Applicants applying for Postgraduate Studies in Music must:

  • Complete and 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.

 

Applicants to 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 in Music 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

English language proficiency requirements apply to all applicants.

English language proficiency

All students must be sufficiently competent in the English language to participate effectively in the course of study. Specified English language entry requirements must be met by all students prior to admission. Domestic undergraduate students who have satisfactorily completed Year 12 (or equivalent) studies in Australia (or other English speaking country) are deemed to be proficient in English for admission to AIM. International applicants must have documented evidence of English language proficiency at IELTS 6 or equivalent.
For more information see the Admissions Policy (incorporating English Language Proficiency Requirements)

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

Having trouble?

Call our team on 02 9219 5444 or 03 8610 4222

or email us at enquiries@aim.edu.au