Admission Pathways

Admission Pathways

General admission requirements

There’s more than one way to become a Guild student. If your goal is to get a degree and use it to improve yourself, your community or the lives of others, Australian Guild of Music Education [AGME] is the place for you.

Applicants who meet the minimum entry requirements for a course may be selected for a course at AGME. However, meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.

Applicants may be offered a place once AGME has assessed:

  • your formal academic qualifications and results
  • whether you meet any course prerequisites
  • your English language proficiency
  • whether you meet any legal or administrative requirements (see below)
  • the availability of student places and learning resources.

Access to internet

Online learning resources and materials are integral to teaching and learning activities and assessment tasks for AGME courses. All online students must have regular access to an internet-connected computer, which is capable of communicating with AGME’s online systems.

English language proficiency

All students at AGME are expected to be proficient in written and spoken English. Each AGME course has minimum English language requirements.  These requirements must be met in addition to academic entry requirements.

Most of our undergraduate domestic students enter via direct entry. If you’ve completed Year 12, the IB, or an equivalent qualification in Australia, and meet all the entry requirements, then you are eligible to apply.

If you don’t meet the requirements for direct entry, consider these options.

TAFE qualifications

A graded Australian TAFE qualification provides an excellent pathway to the Bachelor of Music.  If you have successfully completed a certificate IV, diploma, or the first year of an advanced diploma, this may help you enter the degree. If you gain a place at the Guild, you may be eligible for some credit towards your course for any graded TAFE studies you have completed.

Transferring from another course

Most courses accept internal transfers from other Guild courses, as well as transfers from other universities. Ask the faculty managing the course you are looking to transfer into about the average grade required, as well as any extra requirements you may need to meet.


2019 Mid-year and 2020 Start-of-year Intakes

Dates for enrolment applications

2019 Mid-year intake – applications for entry open from now to the 9th of August 2019, courses start 22nd July 2019

2020 Start-of-year intake – applications for entry open from now to the 27th April 2020, courses start 9th March 2020.


Higher Education - Bachelor of Music

How Do I Apply?

Admission Pathways

To apply for an AGME Bachelor of Music course:

  • direct entry (book an audition/interview) apply now.
  • submit a VTAC course application and include your preferred Guild courses in your preference list.

Apply Now

How Do I Apply for a Scholarship?

The Guild awards a number of annual scholarships. These awards are made on the basis of skills achieved prior to commencing the Bachelor of Music program.

To be eligible for one of the following scholarships, students will be required to sit a performance audition,

a music-theory test and supply any supporting documentation.

For exceptional skills on entry:

Vocal Scholarship $1000 per year over three years

Piano Scholarship $1000 per year over three years

Guitar Scholarship $1000 per year over three years

Composition Scholarship $1000 per year over three years

The Dr Holmes Award for General Excellence (Total $6,000)

Years 1 through 3 – $2,000 per year

(Pre-requisites: ATAR of 80+ and A.Mus +)

The Guild Award (Total $25,500)

Half fee being 0% scholarship year 1, 50% year 2 and 100% year 3.

(Pre-requisites: ATAR of 70+ and A.Mus + in addition to an audition and interview)

Potential competition scholarships will be on offer in 2020 in performance, composition and recording.

Can I apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)?

Credit for prior learning

If you have passed units in the Guild program or at other tertiary institutions, you may be eligible for a credit transfer. You need to apply before enrolling in a course. For details, see credit for prior learning.

RPL and Credit Policy

AGME RPL and Credit Transfer Policy

RPL Application forms

Application for Recognition of Prior Learning – Year 1

Application for Recognition of Prior Learning – Year 2

Application for Recognition of Prior Learning – Year 3

Course Fees

Fees

EFTSL Values – BMus: EFTSL-19

Course Fee-Help

Students wishing to gain assistance towards their course fees can apply for a Fee Help loan.

FEE-HELP loans:

Thinking about a Fee-Help loan please read the following information found on the following link:

LINK to: https://www.studyassist.gov.au/sites/studyassist/files/ed18-0137_fee-help_booklet_acc.pdf?v=1545352047FEE-HELP Information

Other Course Fee Payment Options

In addition, students have the option to make fortnightly, monthly and annual payments.

The levy form for these details can be found below:

Levy Form Bachelor of Music – Full Time

Levy Form Bachelor of Music – Part Time Year 1

Levy Form Bachelor of Music – Part Time Year 2

What happens at my Audition/Interview?

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VET Music Industry Courses

How do I Apply?

Admission Pathways

To apply for an AGME VET Music Industry course:

  • direct entry (book an audition/interview) apply now.
  • submit a VTAC course application and include your preferred Guild courses in your preference list.

Apply Now

Admissions Policy

The VET Admissions Policy is currently being reviewed/updated.

Course Fees

Course Fee-Help or Study Loan

Students wishing to gain assistance towards their course fees can apply for a Study Loan (VET courses only)

VET course Help loans:

Study Loans is a new kind of finance for students seeking assistance in paying for their vocational tertiary education. We are all about helping students advance in their careers to reach their full potential.

LINK to https://studyloans.com.au/australian-guild-of-music-education-information-page/ 

Study Loans Partner

Other Course Fee Payment Options

In addition, students have the option to make fortnightly, monthly and annual payments.

The levy form for these details can be found below:

Levy Form Certificate Two in Music Industry

Levy Form Certificate Three in Music Industry

Levy Form Certificate Four in Music Industry

Levy Form Diploma of Music Industry

Levy Form Advanced Diploma of Music Industry

Admissions Pathways

VTAC applications

Application dates

Timely applications through VTAC open early August and close in late September. There are also late and very late application periods with higher fees. For a full list of dates and fees, see VTAC dates and fees.

Change of preference

Once you apply through VTAC, you can change your preferences until the system closes in late October. The system reopens in late November, giving you the opportunity to adjust your preferences after receiving your exam results. See VTAC change of preference dates.

  • VCE results and ATAR released online: 12 December 2019 at 7am
  • IB Notional ATAR released online: tba

Entry requirements

Ensure you meet all the entry requirements for the course you wish to study and for general entry. Some courses have extra requirements such as a folio, personal statement, interview, audition, CV, certificates etc.

Special entry program

Domestic applicants may be eligible for one or more special entry programs when applying through VTAC or the online form. See below SEAS for more details.

Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS)

SEAS adjusts your ATAR in recognition of circumstances that may have affected your education. This gives you a better chance of getting an offer for the course you want.

You’ll receive ATAR-related adjustments depending on the severity of your circumstances. The adjustments are made to your combined study scores and your ATAR is recalculated.

The Guild uses this adjusted ATAR during the selection process.

Refer to Guild Policies regarding admissions for ATAR above.

Eligibility

You must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or hold an Australian permanent resident or permanent humanitarian visa, and satisfy requirements for at least one of the following SEAS categories:

  • have experienced financial disadvantage
  • live in a low socio-economic area
  • are an Indigenous Australian

AUDITION/INTERVIEW REQUIREMENTS

Step 1 –Audition/Interview Performance

Students will have to perform 2 contrasting pieces, technical work and submit any supporting evidence of performance abilities.  During the audition/interview, there will be an examiner/s present to assess the abilities of the student.  An official report is made up by the examiner for the prospective student and given to the student on the day of the performance or posted out to them in the following week.  In this report, the prospective student is notified of any adjustments towards their practice that need to be applied prior to the course start date.   If required extra tutorials may need to be attended by the prospective student.   The student will be notified during the interview of all course requirements such as the following steps to proceed in their admission.   Recognition of Prior Learning will be discussed and assessed either during or after the interview.

Step 2 –Theory & Aural Assessment
Students will have to perform a set theory & aural test to provide the Guild evidence of knowledge.  Upon completion of the set tests, the lecturer/s will assess the papers and report on any weaknesses.  If a student is below the set standard then the student will have to attend tutorials and complete exercises in theory & aural prior to course start.
Performance
All instruments are catered for by the Australian Guild of Music Education.  Any material such as prior programs of live performances, resume’ and the below requirements of three pieces that the student feels confident performing plus any technical work to display knowledge and level assessment to be made at the audition.  Distance students are required to complete a phone interview plus submit a video/DVD of the below requirements.   A live conference call can be organized also.
  • Vocal-2 contrasting pieces & requested technical element if known, Scales (doh, ray, me –doh), Arpeggios in (doh, me –doh) & exercises, view syllabus for further information
  • Guitar-2 contrasting pieces & requested technical element if known, Scales, Arpeggios & Exercises, view syllabus for further information
  • Piano/Keyboard-2 contrasting pieces & requested technical elements if known, Scales, Arpeggios & Exercises, view syllabus for further information
  • Violin/Cello -2 contrasting pieces & requested technical elements if known, Scales, Arpeggios & Exercises, view syllabus for further information
  • Clarinet/Flute -2 contrasting pieces & requested technical elements if known, Scales, Arpeggios & Exercises, view syllabus for further information
  • Percussion -2 contrasting pieces & requested technical elements if known, 3/4, 4/4, 6/8, time plus a good understanding of their instrument.
Pieces are to show the students full potentials, such as diversity, phrasing, range(vocal only), techniques such as hammers, harmonics, bends, etc for guitar, and legato, trills, soft/loud/fast/slow timing, etc for all instruments.  If your instrument isn’t listed above the same material is required in the audition. 2 contrasting pieces plus technical elements.
The following instrumental syllabi are available to assist with the level of pieces that should be commensurate for the audition.  Select one of the links below to the online syllabi for your instrument, go to the grade that is one level below the course you wish to enrol in and view pieces listed.  If your instrument is not mentioned in the list below select 2 contrasting pieces that you find technically difficult out of your repertoire.
See syllabi on https://www.guildmusic.edu.au/syllabi-downloads

Equivalence Table


AGME CoursePractical (Performance level)TheoryAural
Certificate II in Music IndustryGrade 4Grade 2Grade 4
Certificate III in Music IndustryGrade 5Grade 3Grade 5
Certificate IV in Music IndustryGrade 6Grade 4Grade 6
Diploma of Music IndustryGrade 7Grade 5Grade 7
Advanced Diploma of Music IndustryProficiencyGrade 6Proficiency
Bachelor of Music year 1ProficiencyGrade 6Proficiency
Bachelor of Music year 2AssociateGrade 7Associate
Bachelor of Music year 3LicentiateGrade 8Licentiate
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