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Music and Fine Arts

Release your full creative potential and set yourself up for a future fuelled by imagination and innovation. Whether you see yourself as a performer, curator, director or other artistic professional, immerse yourself in your area of expertise and become part of the creative economy.

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Looking to launch a creative career where you can design your future and celebrate your passion? Study music or fine arts to develop the skills and experience required to understand and interpret the world around you. You can expect to work with practising musicians, artists and designers to bring your creative visions to life and turn your love of music or fine arts into a real career.

For the field of music, choose from areas like electronic music composition, performance, harmony and aural, Western art music history or popular music. You’ll work with world-class musicians to develop your skills as an emerging artist and be ready for a career in the creative arts industry. 

In fine arts, dive into artistic processes, techniques and technologies to prepare you for a successful career as a contemporary artist. Or gain a comprehensive understanding of art and the skills needed to gain employment in art galleries and museums, community and public art programs and with auction houses and major collections.

Clever and creative design is needed now more than ever. We place an emphasis on experimentation and support you to develop technical skills and visual and critical literacy, while encouraging you to extend your practice into new forms that can respond to the most pressing issues of our time. 

  • Only Fine Arts major of its kind in Australia
    A studio-based program where you can choose to focus on art and biotechnologies, film, or art and environment.
  • Learn from practising, recognised experts
    who are artists, designers, art historians and musicians with extensive industry experience.
  • Showcase your expertise and talent at 200+ annual events
    like exhibiting at our onsite Cullity Gallery or performing on stage as a solo, duo or group act.
  • World top 100 for Performing Arts (QS 2020).
  • Established network of creative sector connections
    including Perth Festival, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, WA Opera and more.
  • Corporate supporters influence our courses and teaching practices and provide guest lectures and mentoring/placement opportunities.
  • Immersive international experiences such as a two-week Bali Studio program or units in Paris, Rome or China. 

Ways to study music at UWA

There are different pathways available at our Conservatorium of Music, including a Bachelor of Music with streams in Performance, Composition, Musicology, Studio Teaching and Creative Music Technology.

Where our graduates go

Our graduates go on to a diverse range of careers and are employed in influential positions within Australia and around the world. 

UWA Conservatorium of Music alumni perform in every major orchestra in Australia and as chamber musicians and soloists around the world. They are award-winning composers, creators, artists, producers and sound designers, influencing the landscape of music in Australia and globally. 

School of Design graduates are creative thinkers and makers who include leading landscape architects, urban designers, experimental artists, historians and architects.
Fine Arts

Industry snapshot

A degree in Music or Fine Arts will provide you with the tools to create your own future in these exciting fields of study. Job growth is strong in the creative arts sector, with several industries and careers projected to grow.

“Where the arts used to be confined to museums and galleries, the ‘creative economy’ now drives all types of business and organisations. Thanks to the digital medium, more artists now work in corporations as well as in studios, with a significant number of those qualified in creative arts working outside specialist creative organisations.” Source: Good Universities Guide

The Creative Industries create jobs and contribute to economic growth on a massive scale, employing over 1% of the world’s working population a staggering 29.5 million jobs globally.1 It is one of the fastest developing employment areas in Australia, growing 40% faster than the economy.2

1Bokova I.G., 2015, Cultural times: the first global map of cultural and creative industries. 2Australian Creative Economy Report Card 2013, ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation.

Potential jobs

  • Art conservator
  • Artistic director
  • Audio engineer
  • Composer
  • Creative artist
  • Cultural festival coordinator
  • Curator
  • DJ
  • Filmmaker
  • Gallery director
  • Media producer
  • Musician
  • Music journalist/producer
  • Performer
  • Performing artist
  • Sound designer

Job growth in this industry

Job growth in music and fine arts. Sound recording and music publishing +8.0%, Entertainers +9.0%, Creative and performing arts +11.9%. Sound recording andmusic publishing +8.0% Entertainers +9.0% Creative andperforming arts +11.9%
ABS Labour Force Survey, National Skills Commission trend data to May 2019 and projections to 2024

Undergraduate courses

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