AIM Course Eligibility Criteria

 

Undergraduate Programs   There are 4 eligible background pathways for entry into our AIM undergraduate degree programs:

a.   Applicants with recent Higher Education (tertiary) study - at least 6 months full time (at Bachelor degree level or higher

b. Applicants with completed Vocational Education study (at VET Certificate 4 level or higher)

c.  Applicants with completed secondary education matriculation in the last 2 years  (NSW HSC or recognised equivalent) 

d. Mature age applicants (21+yrs) not meeting the above criteria but with previous work / life experience deemed relevant by AIM. 

Postgraduate Programs   There are 3 eligible background pathways for entry into our AIM postgraduate degree programs:

a. Applicants holding a bachelors degree qualification or higher from a recognised tertiary institution 

b. Applicants hold a recognised VET qualification 

c. Applicants without bachelor level or VET qualifications, but possessing extensive industry experience at a professional level, demonstrating potential to undertake this level of study.

Note that in addition to meeting the above eligibility criteria applicants will still need to fulfill the specific course portfolio submission entry requirements as outlined below.

You can find out more about course entry eligibility criteria and the admission process at AIM in the attached AIM Admissions summary document.  

 

AIM Course Entry Process

Entry into all undergraduate and postgraduate courses at AIM for domestic students require the following procedures to be completed:

  1. Application Form submitted
  2. Portfolio submitted and interview/audition (if required) undertaken to review work and assess skills & aptitude to study
  3. Supporting identification and background documents provided (where required)
  4. Evidence submitted of your prior study: Year 12 or equivalent school results (for Bachelor and Diploma), or Bachelor degree or mature entry with experience (for postgraduate).

 

Individual department course entry requirements:

Entrance is by portfolio submission plus short interview if required. Audio Technology applicants are required to:

  • submit a portfolio containing up to TWO examples of recorded work where the applicant has completed or significantly contributed to the sound recording and/or production. The portfolio audio works should include a credit list; containing, for example: arranger, producer, musicians, engineer, etc. 
  • provide certified Academic Transcripts of previous study (including HSC and formal music grades). Year 12 school leavers should provide this once received.
  • provide a resume that covers ALL musical experience, including live and recorded music production.

Please note: In order to be considered for the Bachelor of Music (Audio) degree, students should ideally possess basic knowledge of one of the following digital audio workstation platforms: - Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Ableton, Reason, or Garageband.

The interview process if required, can be conducted in person, via video or streaming.  It will involve audio knowledge and musicianship assessment.   

Entry is by portfolio submission with the option of a short interview if required. Arts Management applicants are required to:

  • Complete and submit an Application Form

  • Provide a portfolio of produced work containing a minimum 2 x recordings of you performing your chosen instrument. This can be a production or filmed live performance. 

  • Your portfolio should include a credit list relating to your works, containing, for example: name of composer, lyricist, arranger, producer, musicians, sound engineer, etc.

  • Submit identification (passport or birth certificate) documents 

  • Provide resume and references

  • Interview if required, can be undertaken in person, or remotely via video or streaming. 

Entrance is by portfolio submission, plus audition / interview and musicianship assessment if required.

Classical Performance applicants are required to:

  • submit a portfolio containing performance recordings of TWO contrasting pieces of music on their chosen instrument. The total of the two pieces should not exceed 15 minutes. (An accompanist may be included on request, if required).
  • provide certified academic transcripts of previous study (including HSC or VCE). Year 12 school leavers should provide this once received.
  • provide a resume as part of the portfolio that covers ALL musical experience.
  • an additional audition or interview process, if required, can be conducted in person, via video or streaming. 

Entrance by submission of portfolio containing 2 x recordings of original creative compositions. Each piece to include a credit list; containing, for example: name of composer, lyricist, arranger, producer, musicians, engineer, etc.

Submission of work can also include: scores, lyric sheets, lead sheets if appropriate; and a short explanation of the two pieces submitted -  creative inspiration, musical techniques, technical skills used. 

An additional candidate interview may be requested for musicianship assessment. (see below). The interview process, if required, can be conducted in person, via video or streaming. 

Composition & Music Production applicants are required to:

  • provide original Certified Academic Transcripts AND copies for us to keep, of previous study (including HSC or VCE). Year 12 school leavers should provide this once received;
  • provide a copy of your birth certificate or passport;
  • provide a resume that covers all previous musical study, experience and interests;

Please note: If you are required to attend an interview, this will include an assessment of theoretical and practical musicianship skills, as well as familiarity with standard music software tools. This will often be obvious from the digital portfolio. If you have concerns about your musicianship skills enquire about Open AIM’s Music Skills Classes, which will help you prepare. Live performances during the interview (in place of recordings) or printed scores/lyric sheets/lead sheets are not recommended, but will be considered.

For VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education) Students; Satisfactory completion of the VCE and Units 3 and 4 English. Any of the four VCE English studies - English, English as an Additional Language, Literature or English Language - satisfies the requirement for English; however, Units 3 and 4 must be completed in sequence and in the same calendar year.

VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning): The completion of Senior VCAL will be recognised for entry in the Diploma of Music providing you meet all other entry requirements.

Entrance is by submission of a portfolio. Contemporary Performance applicants are required to:

  • Submit a portfolio, featuring the performance of TWO contrasting pieces of music on your chosen instrument (ONE song may be original).  Drummers must submit recordings of several different styles - each around 30 seconds in length.
  • Your submission can include your own backing track or feature an accompanist. You may also submit work unaccompanied.
  • Provide certified academic transcripts of previous study (including HSC or VCE). Year 12 school leavers should provide this once received.
  • Provide a resume/portfolio that covers ALL musical experience.

For VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education) Students; Satisfactory completion of the VCE and Units 3 and 4 English. Any of the four VCE English studies - English, English as an Additional Language, Literature or English Language - satisfies the requirement for English; however, Units 3 and 4 must be completed in sequence and in the same calendar year.

VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning): The completion of Senior VCAL will be recognised for entry in the Diploma of Music providing you meet all other entry requirements.

If required to attend an audition in addition to your submitted portfolio; you will be notified of this following the assessment of your portfolio. Drummers - please bring your own sticks, cymbals & hi hat clutch.  Guitarists should bring their own leads. Amps will be provided.

Entrance is by portfolio submission with the option of a followup interview or audition. Music Theatre applicants are required to:

  • Submit a portfolio containing performance recordings of TWO contrasting Music Theatre songs.

  • An accompanist can be utilised in your recorded performance. (Preferable to backing tracks).

  • Provide a resume/portfolio that covers all previous musical training and experience.

  • If required to attend an interview / audition you will be advised following assessment of your portfolio. In-person audition may involve performance of a short monologue (1-2 minutes) and/ or participation in a group movement workshop. Wear appropriate clothing. Remote Interview will be conducted by skype or video streaming. 

Entrance is by portfolio submission with the option of a followup interview or audition. Bachelor of Performance applicants are required to:

  • Submit a portfolio containing performance recordings of TWO contrasting monologues.
  • Provide a resume/portfolio that covers all previous drama production and stagecraft experience.
  • If required to attend an interview / audition you will be advised following assessment of your portfolio. 

The portfolio submission process and any subsequent audition /interview is an opportunity to demonstrate your potential for success in this unique theatre performance degree.

What do you need to prepare?

  • Choose a monologue that can best reflect your performance strengths. Avoid monologues from TV programs or films.
  • Select a piece that is appropriate to your age and sex and that showcases your abilities.
  • Monologues should be no longer than two minutes. 
  • It is advisable to read the whole play or work from which the monologue you have chosen to submit. This will help you understand the character and their situation.
  • As you rehearse your monologue consider who you are talking to and what you want from them. Use your imagination to envisage the world you are attempting to create.
  • Use your own accent. Don’t feel pressured to perfect another accent.

Audition Tips

If required to attend an audition, the process will begin with a group warm up, followed by an individual presentation of your monologue and a short interview. After the initial presentation we may rework your monologue and/or discuss some of your decisions. This is not a test! We are simply interested in your ideas and your potential to be flexible. The interview will be an opportunity for you to ask any questions you have about the course and for us to have a discussion about your expectations.

We understand that auditioning can make you nervous. Prepare to the best of your ability and then try to relax. We want to see your potential and for you to enjoy the experience.

We recommend that all applicants should be 18 or over by the 31st December of the first year of your enrolment. We also recommend that you have a Band 4 in Advanced English or a Band 5 in Standard English. However, in the case of an exceptional audition, these requirements may be waived.

Entrance is by submission of a prepared portfolio and possible short follow up interview if required. Applicants are required to:

  • Provide a portfolio that covers ALL business & entertainment experience.
  • Score an ATAR of 70 &/or possess relevant industry experience.
  • Provide Certified Academic transcripts of previous study; especially in Arts/Entertainment, Mathematics & English (including HSC). Year 12 school leavers should provide this once received.

For VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education) Students: Satisfactory completion of the VCE and Units 3 and 4 English. Any of the four VCE English studies - English, English as an Additional Language, Literature or English Language - satisfies the requirement for English; however, Units 3 and 4 must be completed in sequence and in the same calendar year.

Please Note: VCAL is not an approved minimum entry for Bachelor of Entertainment Management (BEM).

Applicants applying for Postgraduate Studies in Music must:

  • Provide copies of academic transcripts of previous study for us to keep (these copies must be in English). If you do not have a relevant undergraduate degree, you must provide evidence of professional work in your desired field.
  • Provide a copy of your Passport or Birth Certificate.
  • Provide a resume (in English) that covers all previous music study, experiences and interests.
  • Provide copies of any certificates or references that may support your application to study at AIM.
  • All International Applicants must submit an IELTS (or Equivalent) of 6.5 with no overall band score less than 6.0.
  • Complete online Application Form

 

Please also refer to individual department graduate entry requirements as follows:

  • Audio
  • Composition & Music Production
  • Classical Performance
  • Music Theatre
  • Contemporary Performance

Applicants need to have completed Year 10 or equivalent. Entry is through interview and audition with the Senior Secondary College Head of School.

Students should prepare one piece of work to perform for an entry interview /  audition. The purpose of this process is to assess suitability for Senior High School studies at AIM.

More information on application and entry requirements for AIM Senior Secondary College can be found here

Interstate Applicants

Interstate domestic applicants are required to send a DVD of their performance in lieu of an audition, or a DVD/CD of their creative work in lieu of a production interview. A phone/skype interview may also be required.

 

Supporting Documents & Previous Study

Applicants seeking entry into AIM's bachelor and postgraduate degree programs are expected to have completed the senior secondary studies (NSW Higher School Certificate or equivalent) and are asked to provide evidence of prior studies. All supporting documents submitted with the application must be coloured copies or scans of the original, and AIM reserves the right to contact the issuing organisation for verification purposes. Where a mature-aged applicant does not have secondary education qualifications or equivalent qualifications, the applicant may be required to undertake a tertiary preparation assessment. Domestic students wishing to use VET qualifications as equivalence to NSW HSC, must have completed full time study of no less than 2 years in an accredited Certificate IV level course or higher.

Recognition of Prior Learning
and Experience (RPL)

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is an assessment process that involves assessment of an individual’s relevant prior learning (including formal, informal and non-formal learning) to determine the credit outcomes of an individual application for credit (National Quality Council Training Packages glossary).

RPL at AIM is conducted via written statement in which applicants address specific criteria. It allows candidates to demonstrate how they will use the knowledge, skills, abilities and personal qualities gained through life experience to succeed in studies at the AIM.

RPL is an optional, alternative pathway to tertiary study intended for people without formal educational qualifications.

The current Recognition of Prior Learning policy at AIM can be found here.

The following additional background and procedure information for student admission into AIM Degree programs is provided below as per AIM's 2018 Admissions Transparency documentation requirements:

Bachelor of Music   

Bachelor of Performance 

Bachelor of Entertainment Management 

 

The AIM Recruitment Team are available to assist and guide you through the process of filling out and submitting these forms. 

AIM Admissions Policy (incorporating English Language Proficiency)

If You Are Unsuccessful

If a student is not successful in the audition/interview for a Bachelor Degree or Diploma course, counselling and/or a second audition or interview may be arranged to determine the best possible strategy for assisting the student to achieve their academic aspirations. This may involve being offered a place in our Diploma of Music course. It is possible for Diploma students to transfer into the Bachelor of Music, based on their progress and results.