The University of Wollongong has reintroduced a music major in its Creative Arts faculty in response to demand from budding musicians.
It has been three years since a bachelor of creative arts (music) took new students, with the last intake graduating at the end of last year.
The university used the time to seek feedback from past music students in order to improve subject content and delivery and had planned to reintroduce the major as long as it had enough interested students.
Music lecturer Terumi Narushima said many prospective students, parents and community members had asked when a music major would be available again over the past few years.
"Music is one of those things you can't kill off. There's a lot of people in the community who support it and will be glad to see this up and running again," she said.
"When that course was terminated, there was a big hole left in the Illawarra for talented musicians, so it was really important to many of us to relaunch a new and exciting music course to give the area and students wanting to do music at tertiary level a course."
She said the required subjects were hands-on and taught performance, research and production, with a particular focus on contemporary practice and learning how to compose music.
The three-year course was announced last night and begins in 2014, although some of its subjects were available as electives this year.
Admission is based on the HSC ATAR and outstanding results in relevant subjects.