Bachelor of Songwriting & Music ProductionSHOWCASE YOUR VOICE IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY
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Complete your course faster by studying units across 2 years (6 trimesters).
Complete your course faster by studying units across 2 years (6 trimesters).
Complete the study units across 2.5 years. (8 trimesters).
Whilst still classified as a full-time study load, you will complete course units over a 3 year period (9 trimesters).
If you want to take a little longer, that’s ok too. We’ll help you work out the best study load to suit your needs.
Note: Part-time is not available for international students.
BACHELOR OF SONGWRITING & MUSIC PRODUCTION
At SAE we can offer small classes and one-on-one mentoring opportunities you may not find in a larger university. You’ll apply theoretical knowledge and best practices while accessing studios with cutting-edge equipment like the Neve, or an SSL, or an Audient console. All the while you will gain proficiencies in songwriting composition, performance recording techniques and music production.
Your growth and development as a creative practitioner will be assessed through the completion of industry-based projects. This will ultimately help you build up a body of work and portfolio to share with potential employers or your first client.
In preparation for an industry that commands agility and adaptability, you’ll cut your creative teeth on projects with your course peers. As your skills develop and you work on more dynamic projects, you’ll apply your capabilities to cross-discipline projects in audio, film, games and animation. By the end of your course, you could be collaborating with fellow students across all SAE disciplines.
Ultimately, this is all about a qualification that will expand your career. There is work placement as part of your course, to provide practical experience and help build your network. We’ll also equip you with employability skills, giving you professional strategies in communication and self-promotion.
With a Bachelor of Songwriting & Music Production, you’ll be ready for cutting-edge industry roles using modern creative business concepts and strategies. Career options include Studio Composer, Music Producer, or Composer in film, live music, broadcast media, and games development.
Enjoy the benefits of being SAE trained – our music students have achieved great success in the creative media industries. SAE graduates are known within the industry for their high-level skills and are in demand.
YOUR CAREER IN SONGWRITING BEGINS NOW
An opportunity to master your craft in the styles you love, recording your songs and music productions in small and large studio environments.
Develop in-depth knowledge of the music industry with practical, collaborative, industry-standard mentoring.
A range of approaches to learning and teaching - virtual and on-campus - that provides flexibility, real-world application and support for students.
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What you'll learn
Course StructureThe Bachelor of Songwriting & Music Production is broken up into three distinct stages, each designed to develop different skills.
An essential foundation for your studies and your future career, You'll develop skills to become an independent learner, critical thinker and reflective practitioner
Examine influencers and trends in Audio, to develop an understanding of the learning process, research and nature of creativity and scholarship.
Research the characteristics of a music or audio ‘genre’ and create a piece of work that demonstrates that knowledge.
Make an experimental mashup, to see if you can reconcile diverse sources (different genres, cultures or time periods) within one creative work.
This unit will help you develop the foundational skills to analyse a range of contemporary music styles, compose music effectively, and communicate musical concepts in different forms.
You will learn to identify music theory concepts including rhythm, harmony, melody, notation, structure, form, texture, and genre, and apply these concepts in your own analyses and creative work.
This unit introduces you to the core skills and concepts of music production. Across a range of projects, you will develop skills around recording, sampling, sequencing, and synthesis. You will develop your abilities across contemporary tools and technologies to produce original music in a DAW using a combination of MIDI and audio manipulation. You will also learn how to produce a variety of sounds to satisfy a brief and add effects to enhance the sonic qualities of your productions.
This unit will introduce you to the mindset and skillset of the creative entrepreneur, and transform your approach to problem-solving. You will analyse historical and contemporary models of leadership and best practice in entrepreneurship, and use tools for project design that include ideation, problem framing, and pitching. The skills in this unit will assist you in developing your creative thinking, exploration, and experimentation methods, allowing you to experiment with project design and content for creative media.
Understanding the diversity of musical genres is a core skill for the effective songwriter and music producer. This unit builds on your knowledge of music through a focus on musical genres and styles, their structure, texture, melody, harmony, and rhythm, as well as aspects of their history and social connections.
Knowledge of musical genres is developed through a broad range of activities and projects incorporating analytical listening, transcription, group performance, and composition within the specific genres.
Music Studio 1 involves learning through the professional application of a range of songwriting and music production techniques. This includes working with external musicians to produce a recording, contributing to a sample library, remixing an existing track and working to a commercial client brief.
These activities will require you to be adaptive, respond to challenges you would expect while working on commercial productions, solve problems, be self-directed and successfully communicate with others.
Through working in these applied contexts you will deepen your knowledge of (re-)mixing, songwriting, and music production professional practice, and responding creatively to a fast-turnaround brief.
In CIM210 you will be working on interdisciplinary projects that relate to some of the most important concepts in contemporary media production. You will learn practical and analytical skills in order to help you develop your creative powers and meet briefs that take you out of your comfort zone. You will need to bring all of the skills you have learned so far: technical skills, research skills, communication skills and a growth mindset, and be prepared to encounter new concepts and new ways of working.
With your facilitator acting as your project manager, mentor, and colleague, in this studio unit, you will further develop your songwriting and music production skills through screen media, topline, and film trailer music projects.
Responding to a brief in collaboration with your your classmates you will work towards established project milestones as you work on songwriting and music production projects. You will adhere to a planned schedule and demonstrate professional practice in remixing, emulation of styles, songwriting and music production. This process includes focusing on the creative, technical and managerial aspects required for a completed music project.
Teamwork, interdisciplinary collaborative skills, and engagement with feedback processes are emphasised in this unit, as you further refine and reflect on your transferable skills.
Media and culture are not simply entertainment, but something that affects the “real world”, our everyday lives, and our worldviews. As such, we will not ask whether media accurately reflect the real world but instead ask how media shape, reinforce, and challenge power structures that influence our understanding of the world and ourselves. This unit takes a ‘critical theory’ approach to analyze media and culture. In this unit, you will explore media texts, contexts and meaning, society and subjectivity, pop culture aesthetics, and critical cultural discourses that inform creative media practices.
Drawing on a range of creative content and analytical frameworks, you will be encouraged to develop ways of thinking about media and culture that demonstrate a broad awareness of aesthetic principles and stylistic trends; subjectivity, agency, ethics, and relations of power; contexts, disciplines and discursive formations. In support of this exploration, you will produce a range of media artifacts that explore and contextualize the relationship of media to culture through individual analysis, collaborative and interdisciplinary creative practice, and critical reflection.
With your Facilitator acting as your project manager and executive producer providing the brief, mentor and colleague, in this studio unit, you will work collaboratively with your your classmates, on a series of three projects.
Emphasis will be placed on advancing your development of intermediate songwriting and music production techniques on works that will contribute towards your portfolio. Working to a clear timeline, you will explore a range of skills and workflows in collaborative, cross-disciplinary and individual work. This includes focusing on the creative, technical and project management aspects required for a completed songwriting and music production.
Teamwork, collaborative skills, and engagement with specific feedback processes are emphasised in this unit, as you further refine and reflect on a set of Transferable Skills.
This is the first unit in a two-part process of developing a collaborative project, designed to meet professional publication standards. In a group, you'll design and execute a full-scale creative project which will be designed to a specific target audience and market of your team's choosing.
Working closely with SAE Project Supervisors, your project will be guided through formal pre-production and production processes to deliver a creative media project. If you are undertaking a specialisation in your course, you will be required to align it with this capstone project as part of the approval process.
This unit is designed to support the pre-production process, long term success of the project and the fair and equitable contribution of group members. You'll present to the panel your forward plan for the project, which demonstrates rigourous pre-production processes to mitigate risk to ensure the project can be delivered on time and to specification.
Once you successfully complete this unit the emphasis of the capstone project development will move away from pre-production into full production mode.
In this studio unit, based on your consistent engagement with your Learning Journal, deliberate practice, and the improvement of your critical reflection skills, emphasis will be placed on evaluating your work against industry standards to advance your development as a songwriter and music producer. Through a Games Load Screen piece, an interactive performance, and a real-world professional "creative pitch" of your growing portfolio, you will convey your ideas and concepts, and to present evidence of your aptitude.
This studio unit will provide an opportunity to evidence your 'musical ear', music theory and analysis skills, transcription and performance skills, and your stylistic diversity, and highlights your Transferable Skills around teamwork, collaboration, and engagement with specific feedback processes.
Using the project plan and pre-production work that you completed in the Major Project Development Unit, you'll adopt a quality framework that will lead to the publication of a final creative piece.
This quality process will be accountable to multiple, external stakeholders and will test your ability to problem solve, evaluate and synthesise information to the standard that we expect from all SAE graduates. Throughout this journey, you will interact with your classmates and other key stakeholders using the processes and systems and that you would have developed throughout your course.
The publication and subsequent success of the final deliverable will represent the broadening and deepening of your professional practice which has occurred during your journey.
Gain an introduction to the principles of entrepreneurship to create and operate your own creative media small business venture. Through analysing the global media landscape, You'll be able to identify and explore start-up opportunities within the creative industries.
This unit is designed to be done in parallel with your capstone project. You'll apply the skills and knowledge from this unit to formulate a rigorous business case to help you commercialise your capstone project and use it as a basis for a creative media start-up.
Future jobs will require workers to learn on the job; focus on relationships with people; have strong communication skills; use a range of transferable skills. Research consistently points to the benefits of students being prepared with documents that are required for job applications, such as a Resume, Cover Letter, and E-portfolio.
In addition, the value of a Work Placement which provides you with professional experience and an opportunity to use skills and knowledge gained from study to complement this.
The Work Placement for SAE Bachelor students requires a minimum of 80 hours at one or more host organisation. Both the student and the host are required to complete an SAE Agreement which formalises the placement.
What jobs will this course lead me into?
- Studio Composer
- Music Producer
- Music and Sound Designer
- Live Music Performer
- Commercial Music Composer/producer
- Small business owner
- Music Promoter
- Music Technician
- Music Supervisor
- Music Library Curator
- Composer for film, games and other media
- Creative Director
All SAE courses have a focus on practical, hands-on delivery. The amount of practical time you experience during your studies does vary, depending on your course. You will also have opportunities to access campus resources and facilities outside of class time, during campus opening hours.
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Easy transition into postgraduate courses
SAE Bachelor Degrees are structured in an integrated course framework.
This means that when you complete an SAE of Songwriting & Music Production you will be awarded the maximum credit points available, providing you with the opportunity to seamlessly transition into the higher-level postgraduate qualifications if you choose to do so.
SAE may recognise your prior learning and may grant credit towards satisfying the requirements for a VET or a higher-level program. This is applied where previous learning is considered equivalent to the content and learning outcomes prescribed for units within the program.
For full details, please refer to SAE's policy on recognition of prior learning and credit transfers.