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.
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.
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.
- Art conservator
- Artistic director
- Audio engineer
- Creative artist
- Cultural festival coordinator
- Gallery director
- Media producer
- Music journalist/producer
- Performing artist
- Sound designer
Job growth in this industry
- Bachelor's degrees
- Integrated honours
- Master’s degrees
- Research degrees
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