Diploma of Music

Duration1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Online and
Next start termTerm 1, 2024
Study modeOn Campus, Online
Course codeCC41
First-year fee
$8,944 cspifyf
$23,856 dffpifyf
Music degree students in a studio practicing as a band


Designed to develop your musical knowledge and skills that will prepare you for a career in music, the Diploma of Music allows you to focus on a broad range of music styles including western art music, jazz or contemporary music. You'll have the opportunity to develop your solo music performance skills and receive specialist training in vocal or instrumental performance, composition or singer/songwriting from highly specialised music staff with the option to articulate into the second year of the Bachelor of Music.

This exciting course will expose you to a variety of learning experiences including performance tuition to develop your solo performance skills and academic study in the interpretation and understanding of music. This means that you will be supported throughout your study and undertake one-on-one instrumental tuition with highly qualified regional conservatorium staff either through video tuition as an online student or on-campus at the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music (CQCM), at CQU Mackay.

During your course, you will learn foundational aspects of the language of music from western art-music tradition to contemporary popular music styles and examine the role of prominent performers, composers, lyricists, and music producers in the development of these styles. In your first term, you will engage in practical music studies focusing on foundational level repertoire and technical work in your chosen instrument, voice or composition.  In your second term, you will build on your knowledge and technical skills further through a combination of theoretical and technical learning activities.

To gain entry into this course you will be required to audition. It is recommended that students have achieved at least an intermediate level of performance skills on their particular instrument or voice, or intermediate compositional skill before auditioning for entry to this course.

The Diploma of Music is available to study online and is supported through CQU's Regional Conservatorium partnerships with Murray Conservatorium (Albury), Riverina Conservatorium (Wagga Wagga), Mitchell Conservatorium (Bathurst, Lachlan, Lithgow), and at our Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music, at CQU Mackay.

Study experience

Career Opportunities

Completion of the Diploma of Music will prepare you to pursue employment opportunities in roles such as a:

  • professional musician
  • studio teacher.

You may also pursue a music-related role in arts administration, communication or creative industries.

Structure & Availability

Course structure

You are required to complete eight core units.

Unit information

For information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.

Credit transfer information

If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.

On-Campus Availability

Term 1, 2024Cairns, Mackay
Term 2, 2024Cairns, Mackay
Term 1, 2025Cairns, Mackay
Term 2, 2025Cairns, Mackay

Online Availability

Term 1, 2024Available Online
Term 2, 2024Available Online
Term 1, 2025Available Online
Term 2, 2025Available Online

Majors and minors are not applicable to this course.

This course has no residential schools.



Student profile

If you would like to read about the student profile for applicants with recent secondary education this course view our Course and Entry Score Profile for Term 1, 2023.



Institute profile

To find out about CQUniversity's Undergraduate Profile for Term 1, 2023 view our Institute Profile.


Recommended study



Audition and interview

Visit our Auditions page to find out more about the audition process and requirements.

For entry into this course, all applicants will be required to successfully complete an audition and interview.

Further information regarding auditions, including the audition guidelines, can be found via http://www.cqu.edu.au/cqcm

It is recommended that students have achieved at least an intermediate level of performance skill on their particular instrument or voice, or intermediate compositional skill before auditioning for entry to this course.

You will have to meet this course's inherent requirements by demonstrating essential skills and attributes.

Fees & Scholarships

2024 Indicative Fees

Fee TypeFees
Commonwealth Supported Place – Indicative First Year Fee$8,944
Domestic Full Fee Paying – Indicative First Year Fee$23,856

Indicative first-year fee

The fees listed are indicative only and based on enrolling in a full-time study load for one academic year (generally, this is eight units over two terms). Your fees may vary depending on the units you select and the number you study per term. Fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change. Understanding your fees.

Commonwealth support and government assistance loans

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are subsidised by the Australian Government, meaning you are only required to pay the student contribution rather than full tuition fees if you meet eligibility requirements. If offered a CSP, you may be eligible for a HECS-HELP government loan. HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme that assists you in paying your student contributions. Provided you meet the HECS-HELP eligibility criteria, you may use HECS-HELP to defer part or all of your student contribution fees. Learn more about paying for university.

Other study costs

Part of your course costs includes Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF). There may also be additional costs as part of your studies, such as textbooks, technology expenses, travel expenses, professional certifications, uniforms, or vaccinations. Explore other study costs.

At CQUniversity, we believe higher education should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time, and we are proud to offer a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and stipends.
Our scholarships could help you pay for things like relocation, living on campus, laptops and technology, childcare, study and living expenses, travel and more. 

How to apply

StateAdmission Code
QueenslandOnline: 860915; Cairns: 860913; Mackay: 860911
New South WalesOnline: 160831
Western AustraliaOnline: 150831
Northern TerritoryOnline: 150831
South AustraliaOnline: 150831
TasmaniaOnline: 150831
VictoriaOnline: 150831

If you have decided what you would like to study and are ready to apply, we’re here to help you along the way. Before you apply, you will need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). If you do not have a USI, creating one is quick and easy. Simply visit usi.gov.au to create one.

Want to know more about application dates and other admission information?

View our important dates information and read about other admission considerations such as information for domestic students with overseas qualifications, indigenous support, and elite athlete, coach and performer support.

Don't forget to register for an audition

After you have submitted your application, you will need to register for an audition. For everything you need to know about auditions at CQUniversity including any supporting documentation required, such as artistic resume and medical certificates view our auditions guidelines.

Register for an Audition


What’s the best way to apply?

  • Option 1: Ideal for most situations, whether you have completed high school recently or some time ago.
  • Option 2: Ideal if you have previously studied with CQUni.

Option 1: In most situations, apply via a tertiary admission centre (TAC)

Whether you have completed high school recently or some time ago, you will need to submit your application for this course via a TAC.

Want to study on campus? To apply to study this course on campus, submit your application via QTAC.

Apply via QTAC

Want to study online? To apply to study this course online, you will need to submit your application via a TAC based on where you live. View the table below to see which TAC to apply through.

If you live in Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC)*
Queensland Apply via QTAC
New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Apply via UAC
Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territory, South Australia Apply via ApplyCQUNI

*Please note that you may be required to pay a fee when applying via a TAC. After you have submitted your application, you will need to register for an audition. You can do this by clicking on the Register for an Audition button above.

Option 2: If you have previously studied with CQU, apply direct

As a past CQU student, you may be eligible to apply directly to CQU for this course. To apply direct, your prior study with CQU must be a completed or partially completed CQU course or unit, including:

  • CQU’s Skills for Tertiary Entrance Preparatory Studies (STEPS), Tertiary Entrance Program (TEP), or Start Uni Now (SUN) units.
  • A CQU certificate, diploma, advanced diploma, associate degree, bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, master or research higher degree, or a unit within these courses.

After you have submitted your application, you will need to register for an audition (click on the Register for an Audition button above).