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MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY, SYDNEY Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies







Street Address:

Building 10HA, Level 2, 10 Hadenfeld Avenue, Macquarie University, New South Wales 2109, Australia

Postal Address:

Macquarie University, NSW 2109, Australia


Undergraduate programs


Bachelor of Music. Three years. Studies include vocal performance, audio recording and mixing, music production, song composition and arranging, music business, arts management internship.


Graduate program


Master of Creative Industries/Master of Media and Communications. A double degree. Electives include music production, distribution, audience engagement, leadership and management.

Institution Notes:

Macquarie University was founded in 1964. The Department of Media, Creative Arts and Communication began offering music programs in 1999. It publishes the biannual publication 'Perfect Beat' – The Pacific Journal of Research into Contemporary Music and Popular Culture - and is developing a series of research/archival recording projects, known as Coral Music, a label dedicated to recording artists from Western Pacific communities. While some performance courses are offered, there is an emphasis on digital composition, sound production, world music, arts administration and the study of twentieth and twenty first century music (popular, folk, indigenous, electronic, avant-garde and the like). The Department has a strong international research culture and produces several texts each year. Higher degree research students are involved in a wide range of music analysis projects; students can also complete major creative works as part of their study. The Department hosts the commercial DCMS records label. Facilities include an extensive library of contemporary music and dance texts available to students. There is a professional quality state-of-the-art recording studio as well as a Sound and Performance Lab for music production and music and multimedia. Universe-City Music is a student-run project dedicated to developing new Australian artists. The Institute of Early Childhood at Macquarie University also offers a music program for children aged from four months to eight years, with activities involving singing, moving and dancing to music, playing instruments, listening to music and playing listening games. These small-group classes are held in several locations around the Sydney metropolitan area.

Last Updated:

May 2021