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.
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
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
To find out more about our range of undergraduate courses, visit Our courses explained.
- Bachelor's degrees
- Integrated honours
Learn from our experts
Professor Alan Lourens
Professor Alan Lourens is the Head of the Conservatorium of Music at The University of Western Australia.Read more
Dr Kate HislopArchitecture Landscape Architecture and Urban Design
Dr Kate Hislop is a registered architect and has been an academic at UWA for over 20 years.Read more
Andrew Foote is a Helpmann Award winner, current opera performer and Chair of Vocal Studies at the UWA Conservatorium of Music.Read more
Graeme Gilling is an accomplished WASO pianist and musician. He is an Assistant Professor and the Chair of Keyboard Studies at UWA, with a special focus on collaborative performance and a love of teaching.Read more
James Ledger is an ARIA award winner, renowned composer and senior lecturer in composition at the UWA Conservatorium of Music.Read more
Dr Jonathan Fitzgerald
Dr Jonathan Fitzgerald is Chair of Guitar at the UWA Conservatorium of Music and a passionate performer and teacher.Read more
A highly experienced teacher and performer, Suzanne Wijsman has initiated many research projects aimed at improving the health and performance of musicians and music students.Read more
Associate Professor Sarah Collins
Associate Professor Sarah Collins is a lecturer of musicology at the UWA Conservatorium of Music. She seeks to understand the ways in which music and sound shape our culture.Read more
Dr Christopher Tonkin
Dr Christopher Tonkin is an enthusiastic teacher, composer and performer at the UWA Conservatorium of Music, focusing on electronic music and sound installation.Read more
Tracy Redhead is a musician, researcher, composer and lecturer in electronic music, working with data mapping, programming, music interaction and dynamic music.Read more
Dr Ionat ZurrFine Arts and History of Art
Dr Ionat Zurr is a pioneering artist and researcher in bioart.Read more
Arvi WattelFine Arts and History of Art
Arvi Wattel is an art historian with international experience, and a lecturer at the UWA School of Design.Read more
Paul TrinidadFine Arts and History of Art
Paul Trinidad is a master printmaker and artist who coordinates the Bali Studio program at UWA’s School of Design.Read more
Vladimir TodorovicFine Arts and History of Art
Dr Vladimir Todorovic is a filmmaker, artist and educator at UWA’s School of Design. He works with new technologies for immersive and generative storytelling.Read more
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