University of Technology Sydney

C10465v1 Bachelor of Music and Sound Design Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation

Award(s): Bachelor of Music and Sound Design (BMusSoundDesign)
Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation (BCIInn)

UAC code: 609490 (Autumn session)
CRICOS code: 106869K
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 240
Course EFTSL: 5
Location: City Campus

Course aims
Career options
Innovation and Transdisciplinary program
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course diagram
Course program
Other information


The Bachelor of Music and Sound Design at UTS is built on the understanding that good practitioners have a strong base in artistic, professional and theoretical skills. Combining the domains of music, sound and screens, the course focuses on developing real-world skills for the digital sound industry, giving students the ability to apply their craft to films, TV, games, online platforms and music production. Students learn from leading industry figures – such as sound designers, songwriters and producers – in this practice-led course.

Taking a transdisciplinary approach, the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation utilises multiple perspectives from diverse fields, integrating a range of industry experiences, real-world projects and self-initiated proposals, equipping graduates to address the wicked problems, complex challenges and untapped opportunities in today's world.

Working with UTS’s specialist sound facilities and equipment in the creative precinct of inner-Sydney, students develop and advance their interest in popular music, sound design, sound engineering and interactive media. Throughout the course students build a portfolio of sound works that demonstrates their creativity and professional skills to employers. They have opportunities to run a music label, record in professional sound studios, collaborate with likeminded students in both this course and other disciplines, and design and compose sound and music for film, games and digital media. This is a future-focused course that provides students with the tools to succeed in the industry of today and tomorrow.

By focusing on the high-level conceptual thinking and problem-solving practices that lead to the development of innovative, creative and entrepreneurial outcomes, students of the combined degree also gain leading edge capabilities that are highly valued in the globalised world, including dealing with critical and creative thinking, invention, complexity, innovation, future scenario building and entrepreneurship, and the ability to work on their own across disciplines. These creative intelligence competencies enable graduates to navigate a rapidly changing world.

Course aims

This course aims to provide students with core skills in digital music production and sound design. Students' learning outcomes include the capacity to think creatively and critically about, and contribute to, developments within the music, sound and digital media industries; an awareness of industry practices in sound design and music production; and the capacity to collaborate, develop and critically revise their own work.

Career options

Possible careers are varied and include working in sound design and music production across a range of media like television, advertising, film, web and digital media. Careers as a composer, sound engineer, or music business professional are open to graduates of the Bachelor of Music and Sound Design.

By being creative thinkers, initiators of new ideas, scenario planners, global strategists, open network designers or sustainable futures innovators within their chosen field of study, graduates maximise the potential of their chosen profession, making them highly sought after graduates with the ability to identify and develop solutions to some of the most complex issues that face their disciplines and society.

Innovation and Transdisciplinary program

Transdisciplinarity and Innovation at UTS

All UTS students have the opportunity to develop distinctive capabilities around transdisciplinary thinking and innovation through the TD School. Transdisciplinary education at UTS brings together great minds from different disciplines to explore ideas that improve the way we live and work in the world. These offerings are unique to UTS and directly translate to many existing and emerging roles and careers.

Diploma in Innovation

The Diploma in Innovation (C20060) teaches innovation, supports personal transformation and provides the hard skills needed to support the inventors and inventions of the future. Students come out of the Diploma in Innovation, with the hard skills to create and support sectoral and societal transformation. Graduates are able to fluently integrate ideas, across professional disciplines and are inventors of the future.

All UTS undergraduate students (with the exception of students concurrently enrolled in the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation) can apply for the Diploma in Innovation upon admission in their chosen undergraduate degree. It is a complete degree program that runs in parallel to any undergraduate degree. The course is offered on a three-year, part-time basis, with subjects running in 3-week long intensive blocks in July, December and February sessions. More information including a link to apply is available at

Transdisciplinary electives program

Transdisciplinary electives broaden students' horizons and supercharge their problem-solving skills, helping them to learn outside, beyond and across their degrees. In 2022, students enrolled in an undergraduate course that includes electives can choose to take a transdisciplinary subject (with the exception of students concurrently enrolled in the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation). From 2023, all students enrolled in most undergraduate courses will complete a transdisciplinary subject as part of their course of study. More information about the TD Electives program is available here.

Course intended learning outcomes

This course engages with the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs), which are tailored to the Graduate Attributes set for all graduates of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:

1.1 Graduates possess a well-developed awareness of culture and professional practice of music and sound in the context of the technological and creative industries
1.2 Graduates are able to present, explain and evaluate their own and others' work in independent and collaborative contexts
2.1 Graduates are reflexive critical thinkers and creative practitioners who are intellectually curious, imaginative and innovative
3.1 Graduates are able to engage responsibly and respectfully with the musics and sound practices of a wide range of cultures
3.2 Graduates are able to adapt their critical thinking and creative enterprise to intercultural contexts
4.1 Apply knowledge of Indigenous issues in professional practices and engage responsibly in communicating with and about Indigenous people and communities
5.1 Graduates possess the awareness and skills to behave ethically in personal and professional contexts
5.2 Graduates are innovative agents for change in the creative industries of their local and wider communities
6.1 Graduates possess reflective and analytical skills enabling them to synthesise ideas from a diverse range of sources and communicate effectively to different audiences using appropriate media and modes
6.2 Graduates possess the technical and creative skills to express themselves in multi-platform contexts
CII.1.2 Select, apply and evaluate various techniques and technologies for investigating and interpreting complex systems
CII.1.3 Discern common qualities of complex systems and model their behaviour
CII.1.4 Generate insights from the creative translation of models and patterns across different systems
CII.2.1 Recognise the nature of open, complex, dynamic and networked problems
CII.2.2 Explore the relevance of patterns, frameworks, approaches and methods from different disciplines, professional practices or fields of inquiry for gaining insights into particular problems, proposals, practices, contexts and systems
CII.2.3 Analyse problem situations or contexts from multiple disciplinary or personal perspectives and integrate findings in creative and useful ways
CII.2.4 Test the value of different patterns, frameworks and methods for exploring and addressing complex challenges
CII.2.5 Interrogate and generate ways to create value and evaluate outcomes
CII.2.6 Examine, articulate and appreciate the speculative or actual value of outcomes for different stakeholders, communities or cultures over time
CII.3.1 Communicate, explore, network and negotiate in ways that are inclusive of and mine for ideas from diverse disciplines
CII.3.2 Design, develop and apply appropriate team-based decision making frameworks and participate collaboratively in teams according to proposed intentions
CII.3.3 Use a range of appropriate media, tools, techniques and methods creatively and critically in multi-disciplinary teams to discover, investigate, design, produce and communicate ideas or artefacts
CII.3.4 Articulate often-complex ideas simply, succinctly and persuasively to a diverse team or audience
CII.3.5 Create environments to support inspiration and reflexivity so that inter- and trans-disciplinary practices can develop and thrive
CII.3.6 Recognise problems, challenges and opportunities that require transdisciplinary practices and assemble relevant teams to begin dealing with those problems, challenges and opportunities
CII.4.1 Identify significant issues, challenges or opportunities and assess potential to act creatively on them
CII.4.2 Work within different community, organisational or cultural contexts to design and develop ideas, strategies and practices for betterment
CII.4.3 Make decisions that recognise the humanity of others by engaging ethically and with sensitivity to the values of particular groups, communities, organisations or cultures
CII.4.4 Take a leadership role in identifying and working to address community, organisational or cultural issues, challenges and opportunities through innovation
CII.5.1 Imagine and design initiatives within existing organisational structures (intrapreneurship) or by building a new context (entrepreneurship)
CII.5.2 Explore and articulate the transformation required to create and implement innovation, with sensitivity to the creative destruction that this requires
CII.5.3 Identify required capabilities for realising an idea and create a venture team to achieve the aspirations of a particular innovation
CII.5.4 Communicate confidently and with diplomacy to influence essential stakeholders or decision makers and to achieve impact

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed an Australian Year 12 qualification, Australian Qualifications Framework Diploma, or equivalent Australian or overseas qualification at the required level.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64 with a writing score of 50; or C1A/C2P: 176-184 with a writing score of 169.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Course duration and attendance

The course is offered on a four-year, full-time basis.

Course structure

Students must complete 240 credit points, comprising 80 credit points of major subjects, 16 credit points of core subjects, 48 credit points of electives and a 96-credit-point creative intelligence and innovation core.

Industrial training/professional practice

Studio-based subjects are highly flexible, allowing students to foster their specialisation and interests through practical professionally oriented projects. Songwriting, production and sound design skills are applied to real-world needs, and all students have the opportunity for a professional internship. Students run a public-facing digital music label releasing and promoting their own work. Broadcast opportunities are also available for student podcast productions. Entrepreneurship training provides a strong foundation for professional graduate enterprises.

In the final year of the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation, students can undertake between 6 and 12 credit points of internship (work experience) that relates to innovation within their research, career development or core degree specialisations. For students undertaking 12 credit points of internship, international internships may be negotiated.

This course involves significant industry engagement as part of the learning process. Students may be required to relinquish intellectual property when they opt in to certain industry-related experiences, particularly relating to internships and capstone projects.

Course completion requirements

MAJ10063 Music and Sound Design 80cp
STM91672 Communication Literacies stream 16cp
CBK92109 Electives 48cp
STM90839 Core subjects (Creative Intelligence and Innovation) 96cp
Total 240cp

Course diagram

Course diagram: C10465

Course program

The typical program shown below is for a full-time student commencing in Autumn session.

Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
50816 Audio Cultures   8cp
50817 Audio and Music Production   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK92109 Electives 48cp  
July session
81511 Problems to Possibilities   8cp
Spring session
54001 Digital Literacies   8cp
50824 Songwriting and Composition for Context   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK92109 Electives 48cp  
December session
81512 Creative Practice and Methods   8cp
Year 2
Autumn session
54002 Communicating Difference   8cp
50818 Podcasting   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK92109 Electives 48cp  
July session
81513 Past, Present, Future of Innovation   8cp
Spring session
50819 Composing with Sound   8cp
50820 Sound Design   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK92109 Electives 48cp  
Year 3
February session
81514 Creativity and Complexity   8cp
Autumn session
50826 Music Business and Professional Practice   8cp
50825 Screen Soundtrack Production   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK92109 Electives 48cp  
July session
81515 Leading Innovation   8cp
Spring session
50823 Sound Project   8cp
54003 Creative Entrepreneurship   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK92109 Electives 48cp  
Summer session
81516 Initiatives and Entrepreneurship   8cp
81522 Innovation Internship A   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
81521 Envisioning Futures 6cp  
81528 New Knowledge-making Lab 6cp  
81531 Industry Innovation Project   12cp
Spring session
81524 Transdisciplinary Practice at the Cutting Edge   6cp
81532 Creative Intelligence Capstone   12cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
81525 Innovation Internship B 6cp  
81523 Speculative Start-up 6cp  
81541 Research Proposal 6cp  

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222