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Creativity and imagination, passion and curiosity, discipline, out of the box thinking. Recognise yourself?

Find your own distinctive musical voice studying for a degree in composition at Queensland Conservatorium. For many aspiring composers, learning here can be the key to endless possibilities for creativity, along with rewarding jobs and industry connections.

You'll develop advanced skills and learn through exposure to a range of musical styles, theory and literature. You'll gain invaluable industry and professional experience through project studies and our work-integrated learning courses.

Learn the craft of composing from some of Australia's leading music educators and composers, along with visiting international artists.

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Griffith named top creative arts school in Australia according to the latest Uni Reviews rankings

Study composition at Griffith

Develop the passion you want to spend your life pursuing

Being a composer is a combination of creative inspiration and tangible skills

Our program is structured to develop your potential and prepare you for work as a successful composer, with the musical and practical skills you'll need to embark on a professional musical career. You'll be given the opportunity to explore and engage with musical ideas and develop a substantial appreciation of the experience of creating, performing and listening critically. You'll be encouraged to improvise, equipping yourself with one of a composer's most important abilities.

Learn from the best

Queensland Conservatorium has music industry connections on a global scale. As you learn to apply your talents at a professional level, you'll draw on these outstanding resources, studying not only with accomplished Australian music educators and composers but also with visiting international artists.

Hear your work come to life

What was the last movie or television show you saw? Is the soundtrack or score vivid in your memory? Did you think 'I could do that?' The thrill of having your original work performed is what drives aspiring composers. Studying here, you'll have the opportunity to hear your compositions played live by the many ensembles and students of the Queensland Conservatorium.

Audition Information

Application to Conservatorium degree programs is based on various requirements, which may include an audition, written or oral interview, and presentation of a folio. Find out more

Mirusia Louwerse

Bachelor of Music (Classical Voice)

Mirusia Louwerse is an Australian-Dutch soprano who gained worldwide fame as a soloist with Andre Rieu—the man responsible for turning classical and waltz music into a hugely successful worldwide concert touring act. She studied opera at Queensland Conservatorium and at the age of 21 was announced as the youngest winner ever of the prestigious Dame Joan Sutherland Opera Award. She says her time at Queensland Conservatorium was marked by a feeling that it was finally a place where she fitted in, where she 'made lifelong friends and contacts in the music industry'. 'My dream always was to tour the world, and I am fortunate to say I have followed and lived that dream so far! I am really proud of my achievements in my career, but I am also still learning every day and there is still so much I want to do.'

Mirusia Loewerse

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Career outcomes

Graduate with competitive skills and a strong individual voice

Our graduates are not just well trained but well rounded practitioners

You'll be equipped with a sound foundation of different techniques, enabling you to express yourself as an artist. You will enter the musical arena with a clear understanding of what's required by instrumental and vocal ensembles and companies, orchestras, theatre, media, the entertainment industry and community arts. Career options include writing or arranging for:

  • Film
  • Plays
  • Television
  • Concert performance
  • Musical theatre
  • New technology multimedia

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