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1 year(s) full-time


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Assumed Knowledge

2020: AUD$ 28,000 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
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Degree overview

  • Complete your studies at the innovative James Morrison Academy of Music.  
  • Study a unique degree that is solely focused on jazz music.
  • Graduate with advanced research skills.  
  • Be taught by some of the finest jazz educators in the world, including acclaimed Australian jazz musician James Morrison.



Embark on an exciting one-year journey, immersing yourself in the world of jazz history, styles, analysis and arrangements at the innovative James Morrison Academy of Music in Mount Gambier.

In this unique honours degree, you will be introduced to high level research, and you'll develop the skills to engage in rigorous research and analysis. Taught by world-renowned jazz musicians and educators, including acclaimed Australian jazz musician James Morrison, this degree will ensure you have what it takes to succeed as a professional jazz musician.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

This honours degree offers you the opportunity to develop advanced research and analytical skills; you will also complete a thesis or creative artefact plus exegesis under the supervision of an academic supervisor. Courses studied are practice-based theoretical and technical, catering for the needs of a successful, professional jazz musician.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Honours Thesis 1 LANG 4010 9
Research Methodologies and Methods SOCU 4006 9
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Honours Thesis 2 LANG 4011 9
Key Ideas and Theories SOCU 5021 9

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.



Your studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • essays
  • research proposals
  • annotated bibliographies
  • reviews
  • honours thesis or artefact plus exegesis

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities


The honours component includes a minimum of one year of advanced studies in research and professional practice. You will receive First Class, Second Class or Third Class Honours, depending on your performance. You will graduate with industry experience and connections, and a higher level qualification than a bachelor degree. Your honours year will prepare you for further higher degree studies by research and/or future leadership roles.

Why Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (JMA (Mt Gambier))

Why this Degree

We have teamed up with one of the most highly recognised Australian jazz musician, James Morrison, to offer a degree that is solely focussed on jazz music.

At the vibrant and creative James Morrison Academy of Music, located in Mount Gambier, you will receive practical experience and tutelage from a variety of professional musicians, including James Morrison himself.

Graduating with an honours degree will set you apart from the crowd, ensuring you have a competitive edge and are well-placed for a career in industry, research or further postgraduate study.

Real-world connections

You will be immersed in a highly creative, vibrant environment, and will be taught by some of this country’s leading musicians. There is no better place to study jazz and to build your network of industry contacts. We host regular University-wide employee master classes, employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Career outcomes

Your career

This degree is for people who want to be involved in the music industry, and have a particular love and affiliation for jazz music. The employment prospects for music professionals in Australia is expected to grow moderately through until November 20201. Careers to consider include: 

  • composer: create original musical scores 
  • music director: also known as conductors, they direct musical groups such as orchestras and choirs 
  • musician/singer: perform music for live audiences and recordings 

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.


Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

This degree is taught in Mount Gambier at the James Morrison Academy of Music. This degree offers a unique experience to aspiring musicians where they can work with some of the finest jazz educators in the world. The courses are performance-based, where students don’t just learn about music – they learn how to make music.

The James Morrison Academy of Music is situated in the 'Old Town Hall' in Mount Gambier right in the heart of the city. Apart from having all the facilities we need within this beautiful historic building, we are also right next to the City Library and Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre, creating a cultural precinct around the Cave Gardens. 

Student services

Student services

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services 

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

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