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STAR Music

STAR Music


Discover if a career in music is right for you while still in secondary school with UCOL's STAR Music Programme.

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Quick info

Locations: UCOL Manawatū in Palmerston North, UCOL Whanganui

Duration: Every Friday a week for five weeks.

22 Oct 2021 - 19 Nov 2021

Domestic Fees: *
Fees-free to students. Fees apply to participating schools.Scholarship info

International Fees:*
Not applicable.

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

Are you interested in writing or performing music? If so, UCOL's STAR Music Programme could be for you. You'll work as a team to write, record and perform a song in UCOL's purpose-built music studios.

How to apply

If you're interested in applying for UCOL's STAR Music Programme, talk to your careers advisor at school. Application is arranged in partnership with your parents/caregivers and your school.

 Career & Study Outcomes

Successful completion of UCOL's STAR Music Programme is the first step in a journey. Equipped with new skills and a taste for the industry, you will know what you need to do to pursue a career in music. If this is for you, you can undertake further tertiary studies in:

To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries, see Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Occupation Outlook for Performing Artists and Film, TV and Music Technicians.

 Learning Facilities

Dedicated recording and editing studios.

 Domestic Entry Requirements

For year 11 - 13 secondary school students (NZ Citizens, permanent residents or students with an applicable visa allowing them to be enrolled in a secondary school).

Applications are to be received from participating schools.

Students must have experience with vocals and/or an instrument.


For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

 Advice & Guidance

UCOL's STAR Music Programmeis part of a suite of 'STAR'programmes offered by UCOL to secondary students seeking to explore their career options while still in school.

How to apply
If you're interested in applying forUCOL's MusicProgramme, talk to your careers advisor at school. Applicationis arranged in partnership with your parents/caregivers and your school.

Fees-free for students.Upon successful applicationyour school willpay UCOL a fee.

 Additional Costs

There are no additional costs associated with this programme. Simply, bring a pen, paper and your lunch each week.