Undergraduate Certificate in Song Writing

Online Short Course

Undergraduate Certificate in Song Writing

Duration: 6 months full-time
Delivery: Online
Credit points: 24
Available to: Domestic (FEE-HELP) available
IELTS: 6.0 with no band less than 5.5
Tuition Fee: $9,920 (FEE-HELP available)
AQF: Level 5

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The certificate in Song Writing provides an introduction to the skills and knowledge that students need to succeed as songwriters in music media, publishing, streaming or in live performance. It equips students to advance into undergraduate study at a tertiary level. These units can be used as credit for the equivalent semester 1 units in the Associate and or Bachelor of Music at Excelsia College.

This unit introduces students to a sound basic vocal technique through one-to-one lessons, via online platforms such as Zoom or Skype. Lessons will be with our internationally-recognised tutors who have experience teaching with these platforms. Technical reliability is essential to students’ confidence and willingness to stretch themselves musically. This unit provides students with the foundations on which they can keep building their technique in the future. Students will have a 60-minute lesson per week with a tutor and in addition take part in a seminar each week that teaches best practice for live streaming performance and self-recording. Students will be encouraged to apply the ideas introduced in this unit to their own song writing projects.

This unit introduces students to basic practical keyboard skills needed to support their musical development. In the weekly keyboard class students will explore improvisation and harmony over basic chord charts. In addition, we extend their technical skills with the one-to-one 30-minute lessons, via online platforms such as Zoom or Skype. Lessons will be with our internationally-recognised tutors who have experience teaching with these platforms. Students will be encouraged to apply the ideas introduced in this unit to their own song writing projects.

This unit explores foundational skills in theory and aural relevant to contemporary song writing. A basic knowledge of scales, intervals, keys, rhythms, and harmonies from both functional and stylistic perspectives is essential for a professional musician’s understanding of the music they perform, compose and arrange. Building on learning undertaken in the Keyboard unit, students will undertake practical exercises involving singing and improvisation, improving their familiarity and confidence with basic aspects of music notation in the process. Students will be encouraged to apply the ideas introduced in this unit to their own song writing projects.

In this unit students apply ideas and skills they are learning in the other units to their own song writing projects. This unit provides an overview of all the essential components of song writing, including lyrics, melody, harmony and song structure. In addition students will be introduced to ways in which music is produced and manipulated digitally. They will get a chance to experiment with self-recording and producing their original songs in a high quality demo. Tutors will advise students of where and how they can begin to use digital platforms to distribute their original music.

Entry requirements

Completion of a higher school certificate or relevant equivalent work experience to meet the admission requirements for an undergraduate program of study. Applicants must submit a recording of themselves performing an original song plus a 300-word biography detailing experience in performing or writing music.

Minimum English language of IELTS 6.0 (no band less than 5.5) or equivalent.

Applicants must submit a recording of themselves performing an original song, as well as submit a 300-word biography detailing their experience in performing or writing music.

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Bachelor of Music (Worship)

Duration: 3 years full-time/6 years part-time
Credit Points: 144 credit points
CRICOS CODE: 109057M
Delivery: On campus
Available to: Domestic students (FEE-HELP available) and international students
English: IELTS 6.0 with no band less than 6.0
Tuition Fee for international students: $10,517 semester/$63,100 total tuition fee
AQF: Level 7

Associate Degree of Music (Worship)

Duration: 2 years full-time/4 years part-time
Credit Points: 96 credit points
CRICOS CODE: 109435A
Delivery: On campus
Available to: Domestic students (FEE-HELP available) and international students
English: IELTS 6.0 with no band less than 6.0
Tuition Fee for international students: $10,545.75 semester/$42,183 total tuition fee
AQF: Level 6

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The Bachelor of Music (Worship) degree is a new course embedded within the existing Bachelor of Music (see course page for further details). Students gain the technical, artistic and analytical training required to become professional musicians, with the course diverging in its emphasis on theological preparation for a future in Christian ministry. The addition of specific units such as Worship Music in Practice, Worship Music Placement and Theology of Worship equip students with a deeper understanding of biblical directives and theological approaches to worship through music and how to apply this in diverse church settings. Students explore central themes underpinning personal and corporate worship expression in both Old and New Testament. These include God as Creator and Father, tabernacle/temple worship, the figure of King David, the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the church.

 

Students also apply learnings into music production with a live/digital launch of an EP of original worship music relevant to individual and congregational worship contexts. This industry relevant training encompasses all aspects of pre- and post-production.

 

Additionally, the course features placement within a congregational setting* under the mentorship of college staff and a church ministry team. Students are given a context for mentoring, practical skill development, ensemble skills, planning, song writing and worship leading, linking with existing or new campus ministry initiatives at Excelsia College, such as Gathering and/or Praise and Worship meetings and events. Graduates will complete the course, prepared to lead worship ministry teams both on campus and in local churches.

* Broader worship music settings available

Music Strand Contemporary | Excelsia College

The Bachelor of Music (Worship) prepares students for future roles in music & Christian ministry contexts. It is grounded in the understanding that professional musicians will commonly engage in ‘portfolio’ careers requiring versatile, flexible, and adaptable skills including multi-instrumental performing, composing, arranging, producing, ensemble directing, teaching, and researching. Future graduates are expected to secure employment as:

  • Worship music leaders
  • Worship music songwriters
  • Performers (accompanists, chamber musicians, band members, session musicians)
  • Composers and arrangers
  • Conductors and musical directors (in school and church settings)
  • Audio engineers (studio and live sound)
  • Teachers (in both private and co-curricular school settings)
  • Music critics, journalists and publicists

 

Bachelor of Music Worship | EXcelsia College

Y1 Semester 1

Performance I

Large Ensemble Studies I

Small Ensemble Studies I

Harmony and Aural I

Contemporary & Popular Music History

Functional Keyboard

Formation I (Creative Arts)

Y1 Semester 2

Performance II

Large Ensemble Studies II

Harmony and Aural II

Early Music History

Production and Live Audio

Formation II (Creative Arts)

Y2 Semester 1

Worship Music in Practice I

Harmony & Aural III

Romantics & Modernists

Digital Music Production

Elective x 1

Y2 Semester 2

Worship Music in Practice II

Large Ensemble III

Harmony & Aural IV

Theology of Worship

Y3 Semester 1

Worship Music Placement I

Large Ensemble Studies IV

Music Direction I

Ethnomusicology

Advanced Harmony

Elective x 1

Y3 Semester 2

Worship Music Placement II

Small Ensemble II

Musical Direction II

Formation IV

Elective x 1

Electives Units

Second Instrument Study

Song Writing

Small Ensemble Studies

Large Ensemble Studies

Business in the Performing Arts

Music Pedagogy

For detailed descriptions of course units, please download the Music  brochure.

Academic staff for music

Dr Lotte Latukefu | Excelsia College | Creative and performing arts

Head of Creative and Performing Arts

Dr Lotte Latukefu

Sadaharu Muramastu | Lecturer and Tutor | Music | Excelsia College

Lecturer, Large Ensemble (Choral), Musical Direction
Tutor, Conductor

Dr Sadaharu Muramatsu

Entry requirements

Audition:
Applicant should prepare to present 2 pieces demonstrating their skill on their major instrument (including voice).

 

Interview:
Conducted concurrently with the audition. Applicants will discuss their previous musical experience, personal motivation and aspirations.

 

Musical knowledge:
In the audition students will be assessed on their current musical knowledge and this will determine whether they go into a beginner or advanced strand in theory units.

Educational Prerequisites

  • NSW Higher School Certificate or its interstate or overseas equivalent, or
  • Attainment of tertiary qualification, or satisfactory completion of at least one year’s full-time load in a tertiary course.
Applicants with work and life experience

Applicants must demonstrate that they have been involved in some form of high level music making for at least 3 years. This could include professional music making, community music making, worship leading.

  • Audition: Applicant should prepare to present (2) pieces demonstrating their skill on their major instrument (including voice).
  • Interview: conducted concurrently with the audition. Applicants will discuss their previous musical experience, personal motivation and aspirations.
  • Musical knowledge: In the audition students will be assessed on their current musical knowledge and this will determine whether they go into a beginner or advanced stream in theory units.
Applicants with higher education
  • Audition: Applicant should prepare to present (2) pieces demonstrating their skill on their major instrument (including voice).
  • Interview: conducted concurrently with the audition. Applicants will discuss their previous musical experience, personal motivation and aspirations.
  • Musical knowledge: In the audition students will be assessed on their current musical knowledge and this will determine whether they go into a beginner or advanced stream in theory units.
Applicants with VET or TAFE studies
  • Audition: Applicant should prepare to present (2) pieces demonstrating their skill on their major instrument (including voice).
  • Interview: conducted concurrently with the audition. Applicants will discuss their previous musical experience, personal motivation and aspirations.
  • Musical knowledge: In the audition students will be assessed on their current musical knowledge and this will determine whether they go into a beginner or advanced stream in theory units.

If the applicant is successful they will be issued an offer letter and a written agreement. Students will need to respond to the offer within 6 weeks. This is done online and a confirmation will be emailed back to the applicant. At this point, applicants are welcome to apply for Credit or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). If you are eligible for credit or RPL, you may be exempt from completing some units and you may be able to finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

 

Please refer to the Credit and Recognition of Prior Learning Policy reference.

Download the Student Selection and Admission Policy and Procedure.

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Bachelor of Business (Accounting)

Duration: 3 years full-time/6 years part-time
Delivery: On campus
Credit points: 144 credit points (24 units of 6 credit points each)
CRICOS CODE: 106164K
IELTS: 6.0 with no band less than 6.0
AQF: Level 7
Tuition Fee: International students: $8,200 semester/$49,200 in total
Domestic (FEE-HELP)
This course has been accredited by CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

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Excelsia College’s Bachelor of Business (Accounting) is a three-year undergraduate qualification comprising discipline and professional studies. The course is a 144 credit points course undertaking 8 units per year (6 credit points per unit) from year 1 to year 3 across two semesters per year. There are both Core Units and Electives in this course.

 

Reasons to study this program:

  • • Development of both knowledge and skills to be an ethical and responsible accounting professional

    • A breadth of electives in management and entrepreneurship to choose from

    • Authentic curriculum where lessons can be immediately applied

    • Study alongside students from other cultures

Year 1: Setting the Context for becoming a Professional Accountant

In Year 1, students are first introduced to the principles of accounting and management especially the technical skills required to prepare financial statements. Other business-related disciplines include economics and business law which set the framework for good business practice in commerce.

The unique learning experience with Excelsia College will also be introduced as students are required to study two Integrative Studies units: Life Calling and Purpose and Reading and Applying the Christian Story.

 

Year 2: Specialisation in Accounting

In Year 2, students will advance their knowledge in accounting and business by studying the specialised fields such as Financial Accounting, Management Accounting and Taxation Law. They will broaden their business skills by learning finance in business and the technological advancement driven by the innovative business information systems.

To allow students to be an all-rounder professional, they have to choose two electives from a range of related business subjects such as: Human Resource Management, Marketing Management, Marketing Research, Organisational Behaviour, Project Management, Family Business Management and Social Entrepreneurship.

 

Year 3: Becoming a responsible and accountable Professional

In Year 3, Excelsia will focus on developing accounting students to be  responsible and accountable professionals by introducing courses such as Audit and Assurance, Ethics and Corporate Governance and Current Issues in Accounting.

In addition, students will further develop their technical accounting skills by learning more complex accounting processes such as preparation of cashflow statements and business forecasts.

Alternate electives such as Organisational Change and Development, Supply Chain and Operations Management, Services Marketing and, Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation are also on offer.

Graduates of the Bachelor in Business (Accounting) may find entry level employment as an accountant, business analyst, auditor, financial advisor and taxation consultant among other career paths.

Upon graduation, such prospective students will have acquired a mix of a broad range of business/accounting knowledge and skills, and more specialist capabilities that will equip them to be innovative, effective and ethical.

Accounting Principles

This unit introduces accounting with a focus on the following:

  • • accounting equation
  • • terms and definitions.
Economics for Managers

This unit covers basic economic theories to assist managers to make sound decisions. A broad view on macro-economics will be discussed including economical tools such as supply and demand curves.

Management Principles

This unit provides a good overview of general management by introducing the various tools and theoretical principles used to make sound decisions. 

Formation 1

The formation units of study recognise that the spiritual, emotional and professional development of a person are closely interlinked. This unit allows students to  explore their personal world view and cultural context as well as understand the context of Christianity and the Bible within Western culture.

Introduction to Business Law

This unit provides an introduction to various Australian laws and regulations that govern the business world, e.g. the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth).

Financial Accounting

This unit focuses on the aspects of financial accounting, from accounts payable and accounts receivable to preparation of financial statements.

Business Data Analysis

This unit introduces all the key tools and formulae to analyse a range of business data and information for effective decision-making.  

Business Finance

This unit will provide students with a good understanding of how companies fund their operations, whether through equity finance (shares) or debt finance (loans).

Management Accounting

This unit provides students with a good overview of internal accounting processes as required by senior executives and management. Some of the tools learned are budgeting, cost accounting and activity-based costing. 

Company Law

This unit extends a student’s knowledge from a basic understanding of the Australian business laws to a more detailed study on various regulations on a company such as contract law, tort, and director duties.  

Formation 2

This unit provides students with an introduction to a resilience model for spiritual and holistic wellbeing. In the development of mature identity, it explores an ethical approach to current issues and character formation, and encourages the student to explore the integration of these into the professional context.  

Business Information Systems

This unit explores the dynamic of technological advancement in the digital world and how that affects the business in data and information management.

There is special focus on internal control using the five components of the Committee of Sponsoring Organization (COSO) of the Treadway Commission frameworks. 

Financial Analysis

Extending their learning from business data analysis, students will be given a range of financial analytical tools to examine financial reports for making sound business decisions.

Taxation

Taxation is an important skill for students to learn to become a professional accountant. In this unit, students will learn the basic calculations of various Australian tax regulations including the underlying theories and governing laws.

  • • Human Resource Management

    • Marketing Management

    • Marketing Communications

    • Organisational Behaviour

    • Project Management

    • Cross-Cultural Management

    • Management of Small to Medium Enterprises

    • Family Business Management

Audit and Assurance

Audit is an integral part of accounting as financial statements of large and listed companies must be reviewed by an auditor. Students will be required to learn all the key concepts with regards to auditing, assurance and associated risk management.  

Ethics and Corporate Governance

Students are introduced to the importance of being ethical and professional in the discharge of their accounting work. Topics
covered include:

• corporate and social responsibility

• sustainable accounting

• fraud detection

• internal control.

Advanced Financial Accounting

Students will advance their skills in financial accounting by learning complex issues such as:

• lease accounting

• intangibles assets

• earnings per share

• positive accounting theories.

Advanced Taxation

Students will advance their skills in taxation by learning complex issues such as:

• capital gains tax

• goods and services tax

• dividend and calculation of franking credits

• withholding tax.

Advanced Management Accounting

Students will advance their skills in management accounting by learning complex issues such as:

• transfer pricing

• dashboard reporting

• balanced scorecard

• performance management

• strategic alignment.

Current Issues in Accounting (Capstone)

Students will keep up-to-date on all accounting related issues that are affecting specific industries or the business world at large.

Current developments on accounting standards (e.g. lease) will also be discussed and explored.

  • • Employment Relations

    • Performance Management

    • Marketing Research

    • Services Marketing

    • Organisational Change and Development

    • Supply Chain and Operations Management

    • Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation

    • Social Entrepreneurship

Entry Requirements

In order to be admitted into the Bachelor of Management and Entrepreneurship, Applicants will be required to provide evidence of completion of the NSW Higher School Certificate or its interstate or overseas equivalent.

Applicants for whom English is not their first language must provide: certified documentary evidence that their secondary schooling, or tertiary studies of at least one year, were conducted in the English language; or evidence of English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0. 

For test score equivalencies for alternative tests visit the International Students page.

Applicants who have completed a higher education qualification (associate degree, bachelor degree, graduate certificate or graduate diploma) in any discipline are be eligible for admission.

Applicants who have completed senior secondary studies or equivalent qualification with a vocational education training (VET) or TAFE provider within the last two years are eligible for admission.

Applicants who do not have a NSW Higher School Certificate (or equivalent) or completed their secondary education more than two years ago and have not undertaken or completed vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then can apply for admission using work and life experience.

‘Experience’ could include a combination of factors which demonstrate readiness for higher education, including mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. 

For more information please visit the Future Students information page.

If the applicant is successful they will be issued an offer letter and a written agreement. Students will need to respond to the offer within 6 weeks. This is done online and a confirmation will be emailed back to the applicant. At this point, applicants are welcome to apply for Credit or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). If you are eligible for credit or RPL, you may be exempt from completing some units and you may be able to finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

 

Please refer to the Credit and Recognition of Prior Learning Policy reference.

Download the Student Selection and Admission Policy and Procedure.

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Final payment date: 31 January 2022
Final withdrawal date without financial penalty: 31 January 2022

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Bachelor of Music

Duration: 3 years full-time/6 years part-time
Credit Points: 144 credit points
Delivery: On campus
CRICOS Code: 057959G
Available to: Domestic (FEE-HELP) and International
English: IELTS 6.0 with no band less than 6.0
Tuition Fee for international students: $10,517 semester/$63,100 total tuition fee
AQF: Level 7

Associate Degree of Music

Duration: 2 years full-time/4 years part-time
Credit Points: 96 credit points
Delivery: On campus
CRICOS Code: 075645J
Available to: Domestic (FEE-HELP) and International
English: IELTS 6.0 with no band less than 6.0
Tuition Fee for International students: $10,517 semester/$41,500 total tuition fee
AQF: Level 6

The Bachelor of Music provides you with the technical, artistic and analytical training required to become a professional musician. The course features private tuition for voice and instrument studies and extensive performance and studio experiences.

 

The course is offered with three strands of specialisation, allowing you to take classes unique to your chosen career path: 

Three Strands

Classical
Music Strand Classical | Excelsia College

This strand provides musicians with the high-level training in performance, musicianship, ensemble work, musicality and breadth of musical knowledge required for a life in classical music. Students are exposed to a wide range of music across history as well as one-on-one tuition on their instrument with exceptional tutors. Students can continue their journey into the world of classical music.

Contemporary
Music Strand Contemporary | Excelsia College

This strand prepares musicians for a career in the ever-changing world of contemporary music. Artistic, technical, practical and musicianship skills are honed to create a well-rounded musician prepared for the diverse work lives led by industry professionals. Whether students want to pursue their dream as a singer/songwriter or start their own band, this strand will help to take them there.

Jazz

This strand offers multiple experiences in improvisation, ensemble work, arrangement, and performance designed to prepare students for the highly skilled world of jazz musicianship. Students are encouraged to partake in multiple performance opportunities and workshops to help them think on their feet and engage with the dynamics of the jazz ethos.

Music | Excelsia College

What do our students say?

‘Studying the Bachelor of Music at Excelsia College has taught me many things about myself as a person, artist and student. The classes allow me to expand my musical knowledge and to gain more experience and wisdom from the excellent tutors that help encourage and push me to the best of my abilities.

Studying music here has helped boost my confidence as a performer in the most humbling way, and also allows my faith as a Christian to not be compromised but encouraged to use it, to engage with my art.’

Janelle Magtibay

Music Student

Janelle Magtibay

The Bachelor of Music is predicated on the understanding that professional musicians will commonly engage in ‘portfolio’ careers requiring versatile, flexible and adaptable skills including performing, composing, arranging, producing, directing, teaching, and researching. Using these skills (and, in some cases, with further study) our current graduates have secured, and future graduates are expected to secure, employment as:

  1. Performers (accompanists, chamber musicians, band members, session musicians)
  2. Composers and arrangers
  3. Conductors and musical directors (in school and church settings)
  4. Artist managers and agents
  5. Arts administrators, promoters, fundraisers and event planners
  6. Audio engineers (studio and live sound)
  7. Teachers (in both private and public school and non-school settings)
  8. Music critics, journalists and publicists

Music | Excelsia College
Y1 Semester 1

Performance I

Large Ensemble Studies I

Small Ensemble Studies I

Harmony and Aural I

Contemporary and Popular Music History

Functional Keyboard

Formation I (Creative Arts)

Music Elective units 2
Y1 Semester 2

Performance II

Large Ensemble Studies II

Harmony and Aural II

Early Music History

Production and Live Audio

Formation II (Creative Arts)

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Y2 Semester 1

Performance III

Harmony and Aural III

Romantics and Modernists

Digital Music Production

* Elective x 1

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Y2 Semester 2

Performance IV

Large Ensemble Studies III

Harmony and Aural IV

Formation III (Creative Arts)

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Y3 Semester 1

Performance V

Large Ensemble Studies IV

Musical Direction I

Ethnomusicology

Advanced Harmony

* Elective x 1

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Y3 Semester 2

Performance VI

Small Ensemble Studies II

Musical Direction II

Formation IV

* Elective x 1

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Elective units

Second Instrument Study

Song Writing

Small Ensemble Studies

Large Ensemble Studies

Business in the Performing Arts

Music Pedagogy

For detailed descriptions of course units, please download the Music brochure.

Academic staff for music

Dr Lotte Latukefu | Excelsia College | Creative and performing arts

Head of Creative and Performing Arts

Dr Lotte Latukefu

Christine Carroll | Music Program Director | Excelsia College

Music Program Director, Lecturer, Research Supervisor

Dr Christine Carroll

Sadaharu Muramastu | Lecturer and Tutor | Music | Excelsia College

Lecturer, Large Ensemble (Choral), Musical Direction
Tutor, Conductor

Dr Sadaharu Muramatsu

Entry requirements

Audition:
Applicant should prepare to present 2 pieces demonstrating their skill on their major instrument (including voice).

 

Interview:
Conducted concurrently with the audition. Applicants will discuss their previous musical experience, personal motivation and aspirations.

 

Musical knowledge:
In the audition students will be assessed on their current musical knowledge and this will determine whether they go into a beginner or advanced strand in theory units.

Educational Prerequisites

  • NSW Higher School Certificate or its interstate or overseas equivalent, or
  • Attainment of tertiary qualification, or satisfactory completion of at least one year’s full-time load in a tertiary course.

In addition to meeting the educational, artistic and academic prerequisites above, international applicants who have not completed an educational qualification in English have to provide proof of proficiency in English through internationally recognised tests such as IELTS or TOEFL, or through satisfactory completion of an approved course at one of the College’s partner language colleges.

 

Overseas students applying for admission to Excelsia College courses must have reached the age of 18 years by the commencement of their studies. Excelsia College will not admit overseas students who have not yet reached 18 years of age.

Applicants with work and life experience

Applicants must demonstrate that they have been involved in some form of high level music making for at least 3 years. This could include professional music making, community music making, worship leading.

  • Audition: Applicant should prepare to present (2) pieces demonstrating their skill on their major instrument (including voice).
  • Interview: conducted concurrently with the audition. Applicants will discuss their previous musical experience, personal motivation and aspirations.
  • Musical knowledge: In the audition students will be assessed on their current musical knowledge and this will determine whether they go into a beginner or advanced stream in theory units.
Applicants with higher education
  • Audition: Applicant should prepare to present (2) pieces demonstrating their skill on their major instrument (including voice).
  • Interview: conducted concurrently with the audition. Applicants will discuss their previous musical experience, personal motivation and aspirations.
  • Musical knowledge: In the audition students will be assessed on their current musical knowledge and this will determine whether they go into a beginner or advanced stream in theory units.
Applicants with VET or TAFE studies
  • Audition: Applicant should prepare to present (2) pieces demonstrating their skill on their major instrument (including voice).
  • Interview: conducted concurrently with the audition. Applicants will discuss their previous musical experience, personal motivation and aspirations.
  • Musical knowledge: In the audition students will be assessed on their current musical knowledge and this will determine whether they go into a beginner or advanced stream in theory units.

If the applicant is successful they will be issued an offer letter and a written agreement. Students will need to respond to the offer within 6 weeks. This is done online and a confirmation will be emailed back to the applicant. At this point, applicants are welcome to apply for Credit or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). If you are eligible for credit or RPL, you may be exempt from completing some units and you may be able to finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

Please refer to the Credit and Recognition of Prior Learning Policy reference.

Download the Student Selection and Admission Policy and Procedure.

  Applicant background
2019 Semester 2
Number of Students Percentage of  all students
 (A) Past higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
1332%
  (B) Past vocational education and training (VET) study12%
 (C) Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three  categories)
12%
 (D) Recent secondary education:

 

  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)
00%
  • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
00%
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation with no minimum ATAR)
717%
    International students1946%
    All students41100%

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Bachelor of Screen Production

Duration: 3 years full-time
Credit Points: 144
Delivery: On Campus at Macquarie Park and Waterloo
CRICOS Code: 104943K
Available to: Domestic (FEE-HELP available)/International
IELTS: 6.0 with no band less than 6.0
AQF: Level 7
Tuition Fee: International Students: $10,000 semester/$60,000 total tuition fee

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About the Sydney Film School partnership

Excelsia College is proud to be partnering with one of the world’s top film schools, Sydney Film School, to deliver the Bachelor of Screen Production.

The Bachelor of Screen Production is a 3 year full-time course. It is a third-party arrangement between Excelsia College and Sydney Film School (SFS) with the program accredited and qualifications provided by Excelsia College. The course is taught by Excelsia staff (of whom many are also SFS lecturers) and is subject to Excelsia’s policies and procedures.

The course is taught at both the Sydney Film School Waterloo Studios campus and Excelsia’s Macquarie Park campus. Students will need to travel between these campuses during the duration of the course but won’t normally be required to travel between the two on a given day. Travel time is approx 25mins by car and one hour by public transport.

An Excelsia Course Manager will be available at the Sydney Film School Waterloo campus to provide support to students.

The Bachelor of Screen Production is a unique model of training that is value-driven, heavily practical, industry-informed, professionally sustainable and socially directed.

Students will experience:

  • state-of-the-art studio facilities

  • unrivalled production opportunities – our students make around 100 short films each year (subject to numbers and loading)

  • their own production budgets included in the course fee

  • an opportunity to build up to 12 to 16 screen credits over two years

  • access to a pool of acting students through Excelsia College’s Dramatic Art program and Sydney Actors School

  • an environment that replicates the real-world industry practice.

 

Over the entirety of the course students experience a variety of roles in numerous productions which enables a diverse skill set when entering the industry. Students are organised into working film crews to practise on-set exercises and develop the necessary creative and organisational documentation to launch into filming. Screen productions can include short films, web-series pilots, documentaries, and experimental projects. The course teaches unique theory and philosophy for contemporary filmmakers, offering rich terrain for cinematic exploration. The course aims to inspire filmmakers and creatives using centuries of compelling storytelling narrative and self-reflection integrated with modern concepts and industry practice.

 

The course has been designed for future

  • writers

  • sound recordists and sound editors or designers

  • directors

  • screen editors

  • cinematographers

  • production managers and coordinators.

  • production designers

International award-winning lecturers
Lecturer | Bachelor of Screen Production | Excelsia College

Students are taught and mentored by top industry professionals giving development to confidently stand out in a competitive industry.

World-class facilities

The partnership provides industry quality equipment and creates a unique environment of collaboration with an expansive industry network.

Rich and meaningful filmmaking
Bachelor of Screen Production | Excelsia College

Often film degrees can teach you the skills but not the storytelling. The Bachelor of Screen Production will transform your abilities to craft a narrative like no other.

The creative triad

The only higher education provider in Sydney, Australia that offers a creative hub of specialist students who can write, create, act, compose and produce all elements of filmmaking in-house

Students will create original films at SFS’s state-of-the-art facilities include a world class soundstage, screening room, movement studios, training rooms, production offices, postproduction mastering suite, editing suites, with industry ready cameras and equipment. For a full list of equipment see SFS’s equipment page.

Over the entirety of the course students experience a variety of roles in productions, enabling a diverse skillset when entering the industry. Students will learn skills ranging from pre-production all through to postproduction. An advantage of this course is the opportunity for students to gain invaluable experience and mentoring leading to specialising in:

  • • Cinematography
  • • Directing
    • Editing
    • Design (set, props, etc)
    • Screenwriting
    • Production coordination
    • Sound Production

Students are organised into working short film crews to practice on set exercises and develop the necessary creative and organisational documentation to launch into filming. Screen productions can include short films, web-series pilots etc. and major roles include directing, production management, cinematography, production design, and post.

 

To develop excellence in the art, craft and technology of production, we believe students crucially need critical thinking skills to analyse and evaluate current industry practices and strategically explore new modes of storytelling. Though the degree specialises students for work in the film industry, upon graduation students will have acquired entrepreneurial skills and abilities to transfer knowledge to other platforms e.g. online media content etc.

Practical on-set exercises and film industry analysis develop students’ understanding of:

  • • On-set protocol and logistics
    • Film terminology and on-set jargon
    • Theoretical studies into the pre-production and production chain of command
    • Personnel and processes
  • • International industry trends and expectations

What do our students say?

‘Sydney Film School allowed me to have a hands-on approach to filmmaking and to my chosen specialty, sound. By working together with my fellow students as a team, I had tremendous experience and gained a very strong insight into the film industry. The professional mentors from Sydney Film School were always there for me, constantly guiding me through this great journey. I was very honoured to have received ASS award, which was called the Greg Bell Student Encouragement Award. Sydney Film School nominated me with two films out of my showreel to the ASSG. The films were ‘Drop Pocket’ (2017) and ‘Une pensée pour toi’ (2018).’

Jacob Hafner Keelan

Sydney Film School Graduate
Winner of the Australia Screen Sound Guild’s Student Encouragement Award

Excelsia College | Screen Production
Bachelor of Screen Production | Excelsia College
Core units

Production I

Introduction to Specialty Workshops

Production Design

Cinematography

Directing

Foundations of Screen Storytelling

Bachelor of Screen Production | Excelsia College
Core units

Production II

Screen Editing

Sound Post-Production

Philosophy for the Contemporary Filmmakers

Philosophy for the Contemporary Filmmakers
Core units

Production III

Specialty Workshop I

Screenwriting

Screen Histories