Massey University College of Creative Arts



With majors in: Music Technology; Music Practice; and Music Industry, students can choose whether they want to design new music technology, make new music, or immerse themselves in the business of music.

In today’s commercial music world successful practitioners need to be media-savvy entrepreneurs who are skilled in using and developing new production tools and distribution networks, as well as being in control of live performance and merchandising. Students of Commercial Music at Massey become familiar with composition and production techniques for interactive and digital platforms such as games and mobile applications, and are also be able to demonstrate an understanding of digital rights, music branding and music marketing that differs from traditional business models.

The BCommMus degree offers core courses where students join with other majors to study music video production, web development, gigs, touring, recording and music media. The critical content of the programme spans new musicology, free culture, the political economy of music, and music philosophy.

All majors foreground music as the primary discipline, whether explored through a creative, critical, technical or commercial context.




Duration: 3 year full-time
Commences: February 2018
No. of students per intake: 100

Entry criteria: Entrants to all courses must meet Massey University admission requirements. Entrance to practice and composition papers is also by audition.

Emphasis: Launched in 2017, the Bachelor of Commercial Music degree is the most progressive Music programme in NZ. Future focused and cross-genre, the programme emphasises new technology, is industry engaged and taught by some of the country’s best practicing musicians, industry professionals and academics.
The brand-new studios were designed by leading UK studio designer Andy Munro, and feature the very latest in recording, practice and post-production facilities and gear.
The degree offers a choice of three majors – Music Technology, Music Practice and Music Industry. The Music Technology major covers software and hardware development including programming and electronics, as well as studio engineering, live sound and lighting.
The Music Practice major focuses on performance, composition and arrangement, studio production, and also addresses artistry and musical development.
Courses in the Music Industry major include artist development, music publishing, live music, label development, and future trends in music. Students from all three majors collaborate across a number of core core studio subjects, enabling them to produce, promote and perform a gig, a music video, and a short tour. Other shared core studios look critically at aspects of the contemporary music industry, such as web development, social media, and musicology. Students also take elective courses of their own choosing.

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Qualification gained: Bachelor of Commercial Music degree

Career prospects: music software developer, music hardware development, digital music distribution, creative technologist, professional musician, producer, promoter, label representative, music marketing, artist manager, songwriter, sound engineer, publisher, booking agent, composer for film/TV/games.

Facilities: Music and media studios, lecture and classroom spaces, computer labs.

College of Creative Arts

Address: Massey University, College of Creative Arts, PO Box 756, Wellington 6140

Phone: 0800 MASSEY / (04) 801 5799




Established in 2016, the Bachelor of Commercial Music at Massey University in Wellington is the most progressive music programme in New Zealand. It is future-focused, technology-driven and industry-engaged, with a faculty that includes some of New Zealand’s top music industry professionals.