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Bachelor of Commercial Music

Key facts

  • Available at Wellington
  • Three years full-time
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

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Entry requirements

For the Bachelor of Commercial Music degree you need to have a recognised university entrance qualification. Ways to get a recognised university entrance qualification include: NCEA, Cambridge International Examinations, International Baccalaureate, Admission with Equivalent Status, Discretionary Entrance or Special Admission.

If you are interested in the Music Industry or technology major we strongly recommend you have consultation with School staff to discuss what you want to gain out of the programme.

For the Music Practice major (and minor), you must register for an audition. 


Please ensure you make an application for the Bachelor of Commercial Music before you register for an audition or optional consultation.

Application due dates

School Leaver scholarships

  • 20 August 2019 

Music practice (major or minor)

  • 30 November 2019 for February 2020 (Semester One) start.  Late applications may be accepted, subject to available spaces.

Music industry & music technology

  • January 2020

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Bachelor of Commercial Music structure

Students have specialist classes in their chosen major, but also study a range of shared courses and collaborate each semester on external projects, eg staging a live show, staging and promoting a tour, and developing media campaigns.

To find out how to plan your study and to see the courses that are necessary to complete the programme, please check the regulations or contact 0800 MASSEY to discuss with an Academic Adviser.

If you would like to find out more about individual course requirements, please use our Course Search.

These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates


Shared core courses

All students, regardless of their major, must take shared core courses. The First Year compulsory shared courses are:

133.152 Music Media 1 
133.154 Contemporary Musicology 
133.153 Music Project 1 (30 credits) 

Core studio courses for each major

You must do all the courses listed for your major.
The First Year compulsory courses for each major are:

Music Industry

133.168 Music Artist Development 
133.167 Music Entrepreneurship 1 

Music Practice

133.175 Music Practice 1 
133.176 Music Production and Composition 1 

Music Technology

133.186 Musical Interface and Interaction 1 
133.185 Music and Sound Engineering 1 


The Bachelor of Commercial Music programme has space for up to 75 credits worth of courses of your choice, known as electives.
In the first year, you must select one elective from another Commercial Music major and the second one can be selected from:

  • any of the 100-level design, fine arts and creative media production electives at the College of Creative Arts,
  • core studio courses from another commercial music major (133.175 and 133.176 require an audition), and
  • a range of electives from other colleges at Massey University (eg humanities, business).

The College of Creative Arts produces a “Yellow Book” which shows you all the courses for your degree. You can find a copy online at, or contact us.

How much will it cost?

We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.

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If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our Fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.

Financial assistance

You might be eligible to apply for a scholarship or award. You can use our scholarship search to see what is available. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

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