Studying online

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Unit Overview


This unit helps students develop skills in building a career as a musician or in a music-related field. Students will explore a variety of strands to a professional musical career, which may include aspects such as applying for grants, preparing a pitch to a festival director, understanding musicians health and wellbeing, negotiating artistic residencies, cultivating an audience, studio and classroom teaching, arts administration, dealing with copyright and royalties or marketing and promotion, and managing a portfolio career. The unit also guides students in exploring what type of artist they would like to be, and what they value as artists, culminating in the development of a their own personal set of artistic and career development goals.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Music; Contemporary Popular Music major sequences
  • Level 3 option in the Music major sequence

Students are able to (1) articulate a professional skill set, goals, and values as a musician; (2) demonstrate knowledge of the institutional, educational, promotional, economic and professional aspects of the music industry and the collection of careers it encompasses; and (3) apply music industry knowledge to create a meaningful and feasible plan for the next phase of their musical careers.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) initial portfolio; (2) reflective journal and participation; and (3) final portfolio. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Ashley Smith
Unit rules
one level 2 6 points Unit(s) from BP008 Bachelor of Music
or one level 2 6 points Unit(s) from MJD-MUSCO Contemporary Popular Music
Contact hours
Seminars: 24 hours contact per semester
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.