Course Outline

There are no compulsory subjects at MIC. Students are free to select subjects in their areas of strength, interest and those that are most relevant to their future goals. It should be noted that most universities require a pass in four semesters of English as a prerequisite. To obtain a Queensland Certificate of Education students must also pass a minimum of one semester of both English and Maths.

English (OP) – This course allows students to study the classics of literature and poetry, including The Crucible and Hamlet, in a contemporary context. Students will study themes ranging from Representations of Music and Musicians in the Media to Issues of Power and Control.

Business Management (OP)–This course provides theoretical and practical opportunities for students to successfully navigate their way through a music industry career. Students will gain hands-on experience in event organisation and management, music marketing, micro-business operations and managing staff in a live music venue setting.

Mathematics A (OP)–Maths as a subject applies maths to real-life situations. Wherever possible the subjects studied and assessment instruments are geared towards an application in the music industry. Very rarely do the students ask “When are we ever going to use this?” At MIC we explore situations within Maths A which include: budgeting for the recording and release of an EP, understanding the musicians award, what tax deductions musicians and performers are entitled to claim, calculation of minimum area required at a venue for a capacity crowd, bracing to support the structure of musical instruments and analysis of data of attendances at gigs to make predictions. Although this course is not compulsory it is highly recommended for any student wishing to sit the QCS test and obtain an OP.

Music (OP)–The Music course at MIC is designed to be as relevant as possible to the skills needed in the music industry. Students develop their abilities in the areas of performing, composing, music theory and recording technology while being encouraged to get active in the local scene.

Music Extension (OP)–Music Extension is offered in Year 12 only due to QCAA restrictions. In Music Extension students have the option to specialise in either performance or composition. This subject provides opportunities to further develop key skills for a career in the industry.

Film, Television & New Media (OP)–During this course students will have the opportunity to learn film making techniques and put them into practice during hands-on production development. Students will use state-of-the-art equipment and software to produce music video clips, youth-focused TV pilots, short films and documentaries.

Visual Art (OP)–In Visual Art students are encouraged to explore their world and philosophies using various creative media. In Year 11 the course of study is focused on Diversification. Across semesters one and two, students are encouraged to discover a wide variety of possible responses through making and appraising experiences relating to Multiplicity, Gender and Existence. In Year 12 the underpinning focus is Specialisation. Students do this by reviewing their views on their own practice and gaining insight into the importance of Art and relating to the concepts of Truth and Reality, Excess and Restraint and Personal Artistic Extension.

Drama (OP)–In Drama students explore all three aspects of theatrical life; performance; design; and critique. Skills learned in Drama can build confidence and stage presence that can enhance live music performances.

All subjects listed are QCAA-approved Authority subjects and will allow students to be eligible for an Overall Position (OP).

DIPLOMA OF MUSIC INDUSTRY (CUA50815) – This is a new qualification offered by MIC and COSAMP at an additional cost to regular tuition fees. Read more about the diploma here.

Media Arts in Practice – The media arts comprise a range of art forms that have in common their composition and transmission through film, television, print,  and web-based media. Increasingly, they are characterised by digitisation and transmission via electronic media. At MIC there are 4 units/area of study: The Art of Promotion; Media and Social Issues; Documenting the Lives of Others; Careers in the Media Arts. Students will learn practical skills across multiple software programs including, PhotoShop, InDesign, Illustrator, and Premier Pro.

Pre-Vocational Mathematics – an Authority-Registered (non-OP) subject designed to help students improve their numeracy by building their confidence and success in making meaning of mathematics. Students study 5 topics (number, data, location and time, measurement and finance) integrated into a Music Industry context. The tasks our students complete include:

  • Budgeting for a tour and mobile phone
  • Survey Design
  • Music Festival Design
  • Data Analysis of a local venue
  • Planning the school formal
  • Organising an itinerary and budget for a holiday
  • Safety brochure for Schoolies week
Pre-Vocational Maths is recommended for students who have experienced difficulty with Maths in previous years and/or students who do not require an OP at the end of year 12

The Timetable

Our timetable is designed to give students the best opportunity to gain depth of learning in all subjects and industry areas. Each day begins at 10 am and is divided into three 1 hour 30 minute classroom teaching sessions. The 1hr 30m sessions allow the teaching staff to cover theoretical aspects of the subject and provide opportunities for the students to experience practical, hands-on application of the theory in the same session.