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BA (Hons) Contemporary Music (Audio Technology)

BA (Hons) Contemporary Music (Audio Technology)

School of Arts


JPT/BPP(U)(N/212/6/0029/PA6234) 09/20

About The Programme

The BA (Hons) Contemporary Music (Audio Technology) aims to train versatile musicians and music producers. It is both a technical and creative degree programme, providing students with solid music theory and academic knowledge, while developing skills with audio technology through studio practice and interdisciplinary collaborative projects. Subjects and areas covered include composition, arrangement, sound design and film scoring, as well as music theory, history and aural training.

This programme is ideal for any student with a strong interest in music, production, sound and audio technology. The programme is also open to individuals with no prior formal musical training who are passionate about pursuing a career in music. Graduates will be equipped to work in the music industry as producers, composers, sound engineers and creative artists; or in the broader creative industries through work on film, TV, video games, theatre, dance, entertainment and many more.


March & August

3 Years (full-time)


Career Prospects

Graduates could work within and beyond the music industry (such as film, radio, television, digital media, theatre, dance, events, concerts, advertising, entertainment-leisure industries) in the following areas:

  • Music Producer
  • Music Artiste (eg. Singer-Songwriter, Vocalist, Musician)
  • Composer
  • Film Composer
  • Recording Studio Engineer
  • Mixing Engineer
  • Sound Designer for Digital Media, Film, TV, Theatre
  • Sound Recordist for Digital Media, Film, TV
  • Music Supervisor for Digital Media, Film, TV
  • Video Game Sound Designer
  • Video Game Music Composer / Programmer
  • Digital Application (Apps) Sound Design
  • Digital Application (Apps) Music Programmer
  • DJ
  • Live Sound Engineer for Concerts, Events
  • Music Arranger
  • Orchestrator
  • Music Educator / Academic
  • Music Researcher / Consultant
  • Music Journalist
  • Creative Industry Entrepreneur
  • Music Business & Management
  • Online Music Platform Management
  • Artist Management
  • Entertainment Events Management
  • Studio Owner
  • Music Label Owner
  • Music Venue Owner


Programme Structure

  • World Music
  • Audio Technology
  • Studio Technique
  • Contemporary Music Composition & Arrangement 1
  • Introduction to Filmmaking
  • Aural & Keyboard Skills 1
  • Aural & Keyboard Skills 2
  • Music Theory & Analysis 1
  • Music Theory & Analysis 2
  • Music History 1
  • Music History 2
  • Academic Writing & Communication Skills
  • Introduction to Sound Design
  • Contemporary Music Composition & Arrangement 2
  • Malaysian Music
  • Sound & the Environment
  • Research Methods
  • Film Scoring
  • Aural & Keyboard Skills 3
  • Aural & Keyboard Skills 4
  • Media & Cultural Studies OR Music Theory & Analysis 3
  • Collaborative Projects OR Music History 3
  • Filmmaking: Short Film OR Music Theory & Analysis 4
  • Music Business
  • Research Project
  • Popular Music Studies
  • Creative Industries & Entrepreneurship
  • Arts & Society in Malaysia
  • Internship
  • Pop Song Production Project
  • Music Portfolio Production Project

For Local students:

  • Islamic and Asian Civilisations
  • Ethnic Relations
  • Community Service
  • Bahasa Kebangsaan A (applicable to students who did not sit for SPM or did not obtain a Credit in SPM Bahasa Melayu)

For International students:

  • Malay Language for Communication 2
  • Malaysian Studies 3
  • Community Service

Entry Requirement

STPM Average C or CGPA 2.0 (minimum 2 Principals)
A Level minimum 8 points
Australian Matriculation ATAR 55
Canadian Matriculation 55%
MUFY 55%
Sunway Foundation in Arts 50%
Sunway Foundation in Science and Technology 50%
UEC Maximum 28 points from 5 subjects (all Grade Bs)
IB Completed with minimum 24 points (excluding bonus points)

*Candidates also need to undergo and pass an audition. 

English Language Requirements

TOEFL 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), 80 (internet-based)
PTE Acedemic 50 overall (minimum 46 in each skill)
MUET Band 4
SPM English B3 or B+
UEC English B4
O-Level English (1119) Credit
Sunway Intensive English Programme Pass Level 4 with minimum 65%
ESL/ English Satisfactory level in English in Pre-University programmes where the medium of instruction is English
AUDITION All candidates must undertake a LIVE AUDITION.
They should prepare three 1½ minute pieces to be sung or performed on any instrument of their choice. Please contact for more details.


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