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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 | Te Pūkenga Manawatū in Palmerston North,  UCOL | Te Pūkenga Whanganui

Duration: One day per week over five weeks (Friday).

05 Aug 2022 - 02 Sep 2022

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, the UCOL | Te Pūkenga STAR Music Programme could be for you. You'll work as a team to write, record and perform a song in the UCOL | Te Pūkenga purpose-built music studios.

How to apply

If you're interested in applying for the UCOL | Te Pūkenga 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 the UCOL | Te Pūkenga 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 for Performing Artists and Film, TV and Music Technicians, see

 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

The UCOL | Te Pūkenga STAR Music Programme is part of a suite of 'STAR'programmes offered by UCOL | Te Pūkenga to secondary students seeking to explore their career options while still in school.

How to apply
If you're interested in applying for the  UCOL | Te Pūkenga Music Programme, talk to your careers advisor at school. Applications are arranged in partnership with your parents/caregivers and your school.

Fees-free for students. Upon successful application, your school will pay  UCOL | Te Pūkenga a fee.

 Additional Costs

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