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The CASM Foundation Year unlocks a wide choice of study and career pathways.

CASM entry auditions are now open!

Are you a musical Indigenous Australian who is 17 or over? Audition now to join the CASM Foundation Year!

It offers an inspiring and engaging suite of courses designed to prepare Australian Indigenous students for entry into degree programs such as the Bachelor of Music, the Bachelor of Media, and the Bachelor of Arts.

Download our Information Guide for Applicants to learn more about the interview and audition process.

The CASM Foundation Year is delivered over two semesters, is HECS-free, and is ABSTUDY approved.

Students can study a range musical styles including traditional Australian Indigenous genres, rock, blues, country, reggae, jazz, rap, hip hop, soul, and metal. Courses in the CASM Foundation Year focus on:

  • Australian Indigenous music and languages
  • musical performance
  • instrumental/vocal studies
  • songwriting/composition
  • arranging
  • theory of music and notation
  • aural musicianship
  • academic writing and research skills
  • creative problem solving
  • sound recording and production
  • industry skills
  • entrepreneurialism and career management

Entry to the CASM Foundation Year is based on audition, and you do not need to have completed Year 12 at school. The CASM Foundation Year does not attract higher education contribution scheme/loan program (HECS - HELP) fees.

Studying in Adelaide

Adelaide is a recognised international hub for Australian Indigenous music that supports many global music-industry careers.

CASM prepares graduates to pursue professional careers as live performers, recording artists, composers, arrangers, educators, researchers, sound engineers, producers, arts administrators, and more. Students learn about the music industry and how music initiatives can be applied across a range of community heritage and development needs.

CASM graduates have gone on to study and work in fields as diverse as music, teacher training, education, sound engineering, psychology, community development, youth work, arts policy and management, health, linguistics, theatre, media, broadcasting, visual arts, and dance.

Student support

The CASM Foundation Year is a unique program of study that is available to students from anywhere in Australia and ABSTUDY approved. Studies at CASM may be taken part-time. However, ABSTUDY support requires a 0.75 full-time equivalent study load. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can obtain support through Wirltu Yarlu Aboriginal Education, as well as the University’s wider support services.

Academic support is provided through the Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme (ITAS), which offers free tutoring for Indigenous students. Wirltu Yarlu also provides student support in areas such as ABSTUDY, housing, course advice, financial assistance, facilities, learning support, mentoring, scholarships, and cadetships.

Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music (CASM)

Level 6, Schulz Building

Phone: 08 8313 5795