Duration
Full-time: 4 years
Next start date
2020 Semester One – 2 March
2021 Semester One – 1 March
Available locations
City
Points
540
Programme type
Undergraduate

Programme overview

The way we experience music is changing. Streaming services and similar new technologies have opened up an array of opportunities for musicians. The BDes/BMus conjoint is positioned to help musicians capitalise on the possibilities presented by new markets.

Within the BMus, you will choose to specialise in creative practice: classical; jazz; composition; popular music; or music studies. Your BDes courses will encourage you to research, design and test new ideas that support and extend contemporary music culture.

You will have the opportunity to become a well-rounded musician, competent in innovative thinking, responsiveness and collaboration. These qualities are highly valued in many industries. Equally, a designer with complementary skills in music and sound is especially sought-after in emerging 360 film and television experiences and the burgeoning fields of augmented and virtual reality.

Programme structure

The BDes/BMus usually takes four years to complete.


You will need to complete 540 points, consisting of:

  • 255 points from BDes courses:
    • 165 points BDes core courses
    • 90 points BDes elective courses
  • 255 points from BMus courses
  • 15 points from General Education
  • 15 points from courses available for any programme

For your BMus component, the majority of your courses are prescribed. Find out about the music specialisations you can study in your BDes/BMus:

In your Design component, alongside design foundation courses and studio practice, you will build your own study plan of six elective courses from our four design themes:

  • Design and Local Community Practices
  • Design and Global Challenges
  • Design and Business
  • Design and Emerging Technologies

In your final year, you will undertake a capstone design research project, working from the initial discovery phase right through to testing and implementation.

You will probably enrol in nine 15-point courses (135 points) each year if you want to complete in four years. You need to maintain a Grade Point Average of 3.5 each year to continue with your conjoint.

Most students need to take one or two General Education courses.

Students should also be aware of the University’s Academic English Language Requirement.

For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

Subjects available in this programme

  • Creative Practice: Classical
  • Creative Practice: Composition
  • Creative Practice: Jazz
  • Creative Practice: Popular Mus
  • Design
  • Music Studies
For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

2020 entry requirements

My highest qualification is from:

Secondary school qualifications

If you're joining us from secondary school, here's what you need to enter the programme.

You are guaranteed entry to this programme if you meet these requirements.

  1. First, you must meet the University Entrance (UE) standard.
  2. You must also meet the rank score for this programme. Not sure about your rank score? Use our rank score calculator.
  3. You may need to have studied certain subjects or achieved credits in particular subjects.
  4. Some programmes have additional requirements, such as an interview, portfolio or references.

Guaranteed rank score, subject and other requirements

If your rank score is slightly lower than the guaranteed score, we encourage you to still apply. We will consider your application if places are available. If you don’t meet the requirements, you may be able to apply under our Undergraduate Targeted Admission Schemes.

  • Qualification
    NCEA National Certificate of Educational Achievement
    Score required
    210
    • 16 credits in one subject from Table A
    • 16 credits in one subject from Table B
  • Qualification
    CIE Cambridge International Examinations
    Score required
    230
    • One subject from Table A
    • One subject from Table B
  • Qualification
    IB International Baccalaureate
    Score required
    28

Read more about entry requirements for New Zealand secondary school applicants.

Further requirements

Selection into the BDes/BMus programme will be based on your academic history and, for Creative Practice music specialisations only, on the strength of your audition or portfolio. (A specialisation in Music Studies has no audition or portfolio requirements.)

View the audition or portfolio requirements for your chosen Creative Practice specialisation:

Tertiary qualifications

If you've studied at a tertiary institution, here's what you need to enter the programme.

You can transfer from another tertiary institution, or another University of Auckland qualification, if you meet these requirements.

Minimum grade requirements

These are the likely grades required, but they do not guarantee entry. Applicants may require higher grades to gain entry to this programme.

Further requirements

Selection into the BDes/BMus programme will be based on your academic history and, for Creative Practice music specialisations only, on the strength of your audition or portfolio. (A specialisation in Music Studies has no audition or portfolio requirements.)

View the audition or portfolio requirements for your chosen Creative Practice specialisation:

See information about prior tertiary study requirements

Other pathways to study

You could be eligible for another programme, or check out these alternative pathways:

My highest qualification is from this country:

Secondary school qualifications

If you're joining us from secondary school, here's what you need to enter the programme.

You need to have one of the following:

  • International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum total score of 24.
  • General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level. You must have completed a minimum of three A-Level subjects with at least a 'C' grade or higher. General Studies or similar general papers cannot be included.
  • Cambridge International Examinations (CIE). For entry based on CIE you must first meet the University Entrance (UE) standard. 

GCE ‘A’ Level requirements apply to ‘A’ Level qualifications examined by bodies such as AQA, OCR, Edexcel, WJEC, CCEA and Pearson Education Limited taken outside of New Zealand.

Guaranteed grade, subject and other requirements

These are the grades required for guaranteed entry to this programme. If your grades are slightly lower, we encourage you to still apply. We will consider your application if places are available.

  • Qualification
    IB International Baccalaureate Diploma
    Score required
    28
    Qualification
    IELTS Academic International English Language Testing System
    Score required
    6.0
  • Qualification
    GCE A Level General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level
    Score required
    BBC
    Qualification
    IELTS Academic International English Language Testing System
    Score required
    6.0

Further requirements

Selection into the BDes/BMus programme will be based on your academic history and, for Creative Practice music specialisations only, on the strength of your audition or portfolio. (A specialisation in Music Studies has no audition or portfolio requirements.)

View the audition or portfolio requirements for your chosen Creative Practice specialisation:

Tertiary qualifications

If you've studied at a tertiary institution, here's what you need to enter the programme.

You can transfer from another tertiary institution if you meet these requirements.

You need to have the following:

You must have completed one semester of successful bachelors degree study from a New Zealand tertiary institution, or one year of successful study as part of an acceptable sub-degree qualification from a New Zealand tertiary institution.

See information about prior tertiary study requirements

Guaranteed grade requirements

These are the grades required for guaranteed entry to this programme. If your grades are slightly lower, we encourage you to still apply. We will consider your application if places are available.

Further requirements

Selection into the BDes/BMus programme will be based on your academic history and, for Creative Practice music specialisations only, on the strength of your audition or portfolio. (A specialisation in Music Studies has no audition or portfolio requirements.)

View the audition or portfolio requirements for your chosen Creative Practice specialisation:

Other pathways to study

You could be eligible for another programme, or check out these alternative pathways:

For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

How much does a Bachelor of Design / Bachelor of Music Conjoint cost per year?

2019 fees

The programme is not available in 2019. It begins in Semester One 2020. The fees for 2020 programmes have not yet been set. They are likely to be available in November 2019.

Find out about financial support information

Scholarships and awards

Find out about the scholarships you may be eligible for.

Student loans and allowances

Are you a New Zealand citizen or resident? You could be eligible for a student loan or allowance.

Cost of living

Get an idea of how much accommodation and general living in Auckland will cost.

For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

Key dates

Please note: We will consider late applications if places are still available. International students should start the application process as early as possible to allow sufficient time to apply for a visa.

Start dates

Here are the start dates for the programme.

Other important dates

See important dates for the academic year, including orientation, enrolment, study breaks, exams, and graduation.

How to apply

Applying for an undergraduate programme? Check out our step-by-step guide.

For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

Where could this programme take you?

The music industry runs on more than performers and composers. There is a collection of people who keep the industry moving, and those competent in new technologies will be sought-after by record labels, artist management organisations and media companies. They will also be more self-sufficient as artists. Equally, Designers with complementary skills in music and sound are especially employable in emerging 360 film and television experiences and the burgeoning field of augmented and virtual reality environments.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Arranger/composer
  • Artist development
  • Experience designer
  • Immersive media designer
  • Music director
  • Performer
  • Producer
  • Sound designer

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