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Bachelor of Commercial Music (Honours)

Key facts

  • Available at Wellington
  • One year full time
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

Make something more of your music

Refine your specialist music skills with postgraduate study in Commercial Music. Singer, DJ, lighting tech or tour manager—whatever your jam, we’ll help you get further.

This one-year Honours programme gives you the opportunity to build on your achievements in the Bachelor of Commercial Music and develop a major project, and sets you up for an industry career or further research.

What is it like?

Find out more about entry requirements, fees and courses in the planning section.

The Bachelor of Commercial Music (Honours) is a one-year degree, with taught courses followed by a significant independent project. You’ll get one-on-one mentorship and support from our industry-connected academics.

Start in Semester 1 by advancing your research, development and prototyping skills and learn about how to professionalise your work.

Then in Semester 2 you’ll focus on developing a project of your own, which will be supported by a written thesis. Your creative practice will be research-driven, as you critically explore your place in the complex, ever-changing music industry.

As a Bachelor of Commercial Music (Honours) student you’ll have access to Toi Rauwhārangi College of Creative Arts’ state-of-the-art facilities, including world-class recording facilities and technology labs as well as a range of immersive media technologies. Learn from well-connected academics working in the industry with extensive research and performance expertise.

A good fit if you:

  • Achieved highly in the Bachelor of Commercial Music
  • Want to refine your specialist music skills and become an advanced practitioner
  • Want to support your creative practice with research
  • Are interested in a Masters or PhD down the track


Postgraduate study in Commercial Music will give you the edge in a competitive industry — setting you up with the knowledge, critical understanding and technical skills to succeed. You could leave your Honours year with an album ready to release, a tour planned, or a portfolio of artist management skills.

The Bachelor of Commercial Music (Honours) will also give you the research skills and qualification to proceed with Masters or PhD study.

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