Diploma in Contemporary Music

Unitec Institute of Technology

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Entry requirements

Applicants must have a minimum total of 48 NCEA credits in his/her best four subjects at Level 2, or have gained a maximum total of 20 in New Zealand Sixth Form Certificate in his/her best four subjects, or equivalent, or have completed an appropriate qualification at Level 3 or above, or meet the Special or Discretionary Admission requirements. Applicants must also meet the English Language Entry requirements, and attend an audition/interview in which they must demonstrate competence in aural and musical abilities. Go to www.unitec.ac.nz for full details.

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

Graduates of the Diploma in Contemporary Music will gain creative and collaborative strengths and experience, which will equip them well in a fast-changing musical or music-related environment and have a wide-ranging understanding of musical styles and heritages, together with the business side of the music industry and have the ability to participate in oral and written discussions with other musical practitioners or related creative artists about specialist music (or related) projects or concerns; graduates will have the skills and strategies to be an ongoing independent learner of music, with a special emphasis on the use of 21st century technologies, have an understanding of bicultural issues and understanding of contemporary music in relation to New Zealand?s multi-cultural society and have been exposed to, and have become familiar with, skills requirements of New Zealand?s tertiary academic environment in readiness for potential further study.

What graduates earn

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Scholarship information

Examples of related scholarships

Marie D'Albini Scholarship

Provided by:

The University of Auckland - The Scholarship Office




Up to $3,000 pa.

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The Margaret Woodhouse Memorial Scholarship

Provided by:

Iona College




Up to $10,000

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This information comes from Generosity New Zealand. For more scholarships, search their givME database (formerly called BreakOut) via your college, university or local library website.

Contact details

Main Campus Office

Free phone: 0800 10 95 10
Phone: (09) 815 2945
Fax: (09) 815 2905
Email: study@unitec.ac.nz
Web: http://www.unitec.ac.nz

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