• Julian Gough
  • Head of Pathways and Engagement

    Julian Gough


Prepare yourself for further studies in music-oriented higher education programs

Your Foundation Program will speak volumes:

  • Provide you with creativity and musical aptitude that will prepare you for further studies in the undergraduate music and performing arts programs
  • Develop your Music Literacy skills while also focusing on Collaborative Music Making
  • Develop your musical understanding and discipline
  • Gain entry into the undergraduate courses on offer here at AIM


The Foundation Program shares two interrelated streams with other Bachelor and Diploma programs, namely: 


  1. Scholarship - addressing Music Literacy skills, contextual understanding, and academic practice 
  2. Industry Studies and Collaboration - focused on Collaborative Music Making 

    With the addition of: 
  3. Applied English – dedicated English for Academic Purposes (EAP) stream, equivalent to Australian Year 12 English and the attainment of IELTS 6.0 or higher. 


Students who satisfactorily complete the Foundation Program will have a pathway to demonstrate eligibility for entry into the currently accredited AIM courses: 

  • Bachelor of Music (by audition according to specialisation area: Contemporary Performance, Classical Performance, Music Theatre, Composition & Production, Audio Production, Arts Management) 
  • Bachelor of Entertainment Management 



    Entry into AIM’s Foundation Program is open to both international and domestic students based upon achievement of a satisfactory level (pass or above) of secondary Year 11 schooling (or equivalent), audition/interview (where relevant) and a minimum of 5.5 IELTS (overall) (or equivalent).  

    The purpose of the Foundation Program is to provide a pathway to Bachelor entry for these students, with particular focus on those who need to improve their English language level to meet entry requirements.

    This program will provide Applied English and Music subjects, equivalent to an Australian year 12 curriculum and is intended primarily as a pathway for international students, but can also be available to domestic students who need to improve their English.


    • Year 11 or equivalent (see Foundation Program Country Specific Entry Requirements) 
    • English Language Proficiency 5.5 IELTS (Overall) or equivalent (TOEFL Min: 46-50; PTE Min: 43-50).
      Note: Evidence of English language proficiency is only required if you are applying as an international student.
    • 17 years of age at the time of commencement
    • Digital portfolio submission Applicants are required to submit digital portfolio that covers all of their relevant music and creative experience
    • Supporting documents – identification (passport or birth certificate)
    • Resume covering music experience
    • Audition and Interview: If required, AIM will request for an audition and/or interview to assess skills and aptitudes to study. 



    Australian Year 11 (or equivalent) qualification with an overall average mark of >50%. 


    Successful completion of Senior Middle 2 (Gao ER) with 65% 

    Hong Kong 

      HKDSE: Secondary 4 with minimum 60% for best 5 subjects. 

      HKCEE: Secondary 4/5 with a minimum average of 55% 


      Completion of Year 11 with 65% average in best 4 academic subjects 


      SMA 2 with overall average of 7.0 in academic subjects


      Completion of Year 11 with minimum 3.0 out of 5.0 

      South Korea 

      Senior High School Leaving Certificate Year 2 with grade average in 4 academic subjects


      English med schools - Form 5 (60% avg) Chinese med schools - Form 5 (65% avg)


      Completion of SPM with a minimum of 3 C passes


      Singapore GCE O Level with passes in 3 subjects


      Senior High School Year 2 with 65% average; or Completion of Senior High School Year 3 


      Matayom 5 GPA 2.5 in academic subjects 


      Year 11 with grade average of 6.5

      *Othe countries that are not listed above will be assessed on a case by case basis. 

      (Note: final examinations of Industry Studies units of the Foundation Program may be taken as equivalent to audition if skills relevant to the desired Bachelor specialisation are demonstrated.) 

      Julian Gough - Head of Pathways and Engagement
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      Julian Gough

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        Head of Pathways and Engagement

      • Campus

        Sydney & Melbourne

      • Departments

      Julian has been active for 30 years, both nationally and internationally in the creative arts and has extensive experience in tertiary and secondary education, in Jazz and commercial performance, composition, musical direction and management.

      He has had numerous works performed internationally for major events and television productions, toured extensively as a saxophonist and composer and has recorded original works in several genres and has received an APRA composition award and two ARIA nominations. 

      Prior to his current role, Julian was the Principal of AIM Senior Secondary College and Head of Contemporary Music.

      As well as leading the Pathways and Engagement team, he oversees the Marketing and Recruitment teams across all of AIM. 

      Julian Gough - Head of Pathways and Engagement
        Dr Alistair Noble
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        Dr Alistair Noble

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          Executive Dean of Academic Affairs

        • Campus

          Sydney & Melbourne

        • Departments

        Dr Alistair Noble began his life in music as a pianist, studying with Isobel Grigor, Alan Jenkins, and Larry Sitsky. A subsequent interest in the work of Winifred Burston (a remarkable Australian pianist who had studied with Busoni in Berlin) led to a Masters Degree in musicology, based upon extensive archival research. Alongside this historical research, Alistair found that music analysis is a way to bring together many of his diverse interests in composition, performance, and critique of music. A PhD in this field, completed at the Australian National University, presented groundbreaking work on the music of American composer Morton Feldman.

        Alistair taught in the School of Music at the Australian National University for some years, in musicology, music theory, analysis, composition, and chamber music. He served as Head of Theory and Convenor of Graduate Studies. As an award-winning PhD supervisor, he has enjoyed working with many graduate-level researchers in a wide range of music-related areas and also in cognate fields such as film studies. He has been a guest-lecturer in many places, including the University of the Philippines, the Colloquium of the Paul Sacher Foundation, UNSW, and National Taiwan University. While at ANU, Alistair served for three years as  Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Social Sciences. 

        In 2013, Alistair published his updated Feldman research as Composing Ambiguity: the early music of Morton Feldman (Ashgate), which has been acclaimed internationally as a fundamentally important publication in this field.  

        During 2014, Alistair was an invited Visiting Associate Professor in the College of Music at the National Taiwan Normal University, teaching orchestration, composition, and graduate seminars in the analysis of pop music and the sociology of music. While in Taiwan, he had the opportunity to accompany colleagues on fieldwork trips to several remote indigenous villages during major festivals, in addition to experiencing first-hand a wide range of musical performances, including Beijing-style operas, Taiwanese Nanguan, and the interesting local noise/sound-art scenes (about which Alistair has since published articles). 

        In December 2015, he lectured on post-tonal music at the first Melbourne Music Analysis Summer School, held at Medley Hall, University of Melbourne. Recent compositions include the Glasteppich series (three pieces for piano, flute, and string orchestra) premiered by Arcko Symphonic with Michael Kieran Harvey and Kim Tan in December 2014, and Hauteurs/Temps (2015) for viola and percussion, to be premiered by Phoebe Green and Leah Scholes in 2016.

        Dr Alistair Noble