Undergraduate

Music: Electronic Music and Sound Design

Combine your love of music and technology in this creative-focused major.
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Careers and further study

This major opens up a world of future study pathways and career opportunities.

Career Pathways

Graduates will gain skills applicable to a range of creative and technical professions. Some may pursue careers in areas such as creative and performing arts, visual arts, the entertainment industry and associated fields. Others may go on to become sound or audio engineers, sound artists or designers.
Graduates will gain skills applicable to a range of creative and technical professions. Some may pursue careers in areas such as creative and performing arts, visual arts, the entertainment industry and associated fields. Others may go on to become sound or audio engineers, sound artists or designers.

Further Study

After completing the Electronic Music and Sound Design major, you can pursue further studies at honours level or undertake a master’s degree such as the Master of Music in one of the four specialisations: composition, musicology, performance or orchestral performance.

After completing the Electronic Music and Sound Design major, you can pursue further studies at honours level or undertake a master’s degree such as the Master of Music in one of the four specialisations: composition, musicology, performance or orchestral performance.

Fees and scholarships

Learn more about the fees that apply to you for this major. For fee type definitions and further assistance, see the Fee Calculator Help page. You can also search our database for scholarships that are relevant to you or your desired course.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Admission requirements

The University of Western Australia welcomes applications from international and domestic school-leavers, mature-age applicants and those with previous tertiary study. If you’re interested in studying this major, find out the admission details below.

Minimum entry requirements

Below you’ll find a list of admission equivalencies for this course's Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).

Admission requirements

For applicants with recent secondary education, information on admission criteria is available on our entry standards page.

English competency

English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.

How to apply

Ready to apply for this major? Follow the steps and you’ll be on your way to joining us at UWA.

Course details

The Electronic Music and Sound Design major allows you to explore industry-relevant techniques and technologies as you create professional electronic music compositions.

About The Course

Electronic Music and Sound Design is a creative-focused major where students develop expertise in electronic music composition, sound design and production, programming, and software/hardware instrument design – all skills that are applicable to a range of creative and technical professions.
Music: Electronic Music and Sound Design

Quick Details

Status
  • Available 2020
Locations
  • Albany (Regional campus)
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Level of study
  • Undergraduate
Course Code
  • MJD-MEMSD
Full time/part time duration
  • 3 years (BA); 4 years (BPhil [Hons])
Music: Electronic Music and Sound Design
Status
  • Available 2020
Locations
  • Albany (Regional campus)
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Level of study
  • Undergraduate
Course Code
  • MJD-MEMSD
Full time/part time duration
  • 3 years (BA); 4 years (BPhil [Hons])
TISC Codes
Honours Available
  • Yes
Degrees course is available in
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
Faculty
  • Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education - Arts
Who you’ll be taught by

Elise Reitze-Swensen

Elise Reitze-Swensen

Music and composition graduate, Elise Reitze-Swensen is now a full-time multi-instrumentalist, composer, music producer, sound designer, music community founder, record label CEO and booking agency CEO - and still finds time to teach Electronic Music and Sound Design at UWA.

Who you’ll be taught by

Elise Reitze-Swensen

Music and composition graduate, Elise Reitze-Swensen is now a full-time multi-instrumentalist, composer, music producer, sound designer, music community founder, record label CEO and booking agency CEO - and still finds time to teach Electronic Music and Sound Design at UWA.

Elise makes up half of the electronic duo Feels, who regularly perform at Australian music festivals such as Listen Out, Falls Festival, Laneway Festival, Groovin The Moo and American music festival, SXSW. They have also had the opportunity to support artists such as Ngaiire, Mansionair, Yeo, Kimbra, G Flip, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Oribtal.

Both a performer and music producer of Feels, Elise has won multiple awards including West Australian Music’s (WAM) ‘Song of The Year’ 2017-18 and 2018-19, ‘Best Live Electronic Artist’ 2017 and 2018, ‘Best Electronic Producer’ 2018 and ‘Label of The Year’ 2018 for label Women of Music Production Perth (WOMPP) for which she is the Founding Director. She has recently been nominated for ‘Best Electronic Producer’, ‘Best Live Electronic Artist’ and ‘Label of The Year’ (WOMPP) for the 2019 WAM Awards.

Elise also works as a freelance artist with her compositions performed and presented around Australia and internationally at events such as Melbourne’s ‘White Night Festival’, Ireland’s Fringe Festival and Sydney’s Art Month Festival and has been commissioned as a composer for Perth International Arts Festival, The Blueroom Theatre, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre and The Sound Collectors.

My degree

Elise studied music, majoring in Composition at UWA. She always wanted to be a composer and to refine her skills in the area so she could pursue music as a full time career.

"The aspect I enjoyed most about my course were the one-on-one lessons with my percussion tutor and composition tutor. Being able to touch base with a creative mentor every week was essential for my development as a composer and musician. I was lucky enough to have two wonderful tutors that encouraged me to play and write music that sounded like ‘me’, while also giving insightful advice to guide my creativity."

During her study, Elise was very proactive in seeking out employment and practical opportunities relating to her career including performing for the Queen at the 2011 CHOGM opening ceremony, taking an internship with Brady Drums, working as a freelance composer, performer and sound designer, tutoring piano, percussion and composition and performing for the Perth Proximity Festival. In her final year of study, she secured a grant from the Department of Culture and the Arts to build an interactive electronics and sound installation ‘Adventure Tune’ during a studio residency at The Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA).

"My study at UWA gave me the knowledge in music theory to develop my skills in composition and become the music producer I am today. I feel that my degree also prepared me for the professional music industry by giving me many rehearsals, practice and study commitments to juggle - which I have found very realistic of a full time job in music."

Why UWA?

"I loved the reputation of the university, the location and the music composition program, in particular. I love Perth and have always wanted to learn from my local surrounding. Perth has so many talented educators and artists! I also liked the idea of being able to give back to my local community with my own knowledge and skillset. I am thrilled to now be back here, teaching electronic music at UWA."

WOMPP

WOMPP is the only female, trans and non-binary Ableton User Group community in the world, founded by Elise in January 2017, which now has over 500 members and has expanded to include all of Australia and New Zealand.

The community runs events in Perth every month, which are supported by UWA. The monthly WOMPP meetings aim to educate, nurture and inspire female, trans and non-binary music makers of all levels. The overall goal of the community is to improve the representation of women in music production, which is currently just 5% worldwide.

Through Elise's hard work and dedication to WOMPP, she has managed to help correct an imbalance in the representation of women in electronic music within Perth.

Since starting in 2017, the reputation and size of the WOMPP community has grown, members have started learning to produce electronic music for themselves.

"Those members have started playing their own gigs and putting out music and those artists’ creative outputs have started being nominated for awards! It is exciting to see the change and I am proud to be a leader for these music makers."

Course Structure

Our undergraduate degrees offer you a broad range of options allowing you to combine subjects in a way that matches your career goals and personal interests.

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Your degree options

This major is offered as a degree-specific, or first, major for these degrees. It is also offered as a second major in our other bachelor's degrees.

Conservatorium of Music

The University of Western Australia Conservatorium of Music provides classes and activities that support and promote music in the community for everybody.