Adjusted Study Design for 2020 only
Teachers should note that they should only access the 2020 Adjusted Study Design. Deletions are in red coloured text and strike through while changes are in blue coloured text and highlighted. It is imperative that the revised 2020 Adjusted Study Design is used for the remainder of 2020.
Examinations will be based on the key knowledge and skills contained in the 2020 Adjusted Study Design. The 2020 Adjusted Study Design includes adjustments to the key knowledge and skills and the scope of the assessment. Teachers can be assured that students will only be externally assessed on the content in the 2020 Adjusted Study Design.
Please note: corrections have been made to the VCE Adjusted Study Design for 2020 to fix inconsistencies and errors in the original adjusted version (published on 1 May 2020). The corrections made were:
- page 74 – correction to the written examination description
- pages 11, 69 and 73 – correction to the contribution to final assessment
Teachers need to ensure they access and download the updated version provided above.
Frequently asked questions for 2020 Adjusted Study Design
Frequently asked questions raised during the VCE adjusted study design webinar for VCE Music.
The VCE Music Study Design comprises:
VCE Music Performance Units 1 and 2
VCE Music Performance Units 3 and 4
VCE Music Investigation Units 3 and 4
VCE Music Style and Composition Units 1-4
Private providers of VCE Music
Information for private providers seeking authorisation to offer VCE Music.
Advice for teachers
Learning activities and assessment advice for teachers, including performance descriptions.
A summary of the VCE Music Study Design for 2017-2022.
VCE Music Performance - Study Review Plan (docx - 84.9kb)
VCE Music Investigation - Study Review Plan (docx - 83.92kb)
VCE Music Style and Composition - Study Review Plan (docx - 83.84kb)
The Study Review Plan provides key information on the review of VCE Music, being conducted in 2020/21. VCE study designs currently under review in 2020/21 will now be delivered by schools in 2023 (rather than 2022).
Consultation on the proposed VCE Music Study Design will be conducted in 2020/21. The draft study design and consultation questionnaire will be available for consideration on this page during 2020/21. To register your interest for the public consultation, please complete the
Study Design - Accreditation period 2017–2022
The accreditation period has been extended and expires 31 December 2022. Do not use in 2020 refer to the Adjusted Study Design for 2020 at the top of this webpage.
VCE Music Study Design amendment (January 2018)
Curriculum Manager - Performing Arts
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Curriculum Managers lead, manage and support the production, review and development of senior secondary curriculum and assessment materials. They also provide policy advice and implementation support for Foundation to Year 12 curriculum and assessment.