Popular Music, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
  • English (book IELTS)
    Language
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Embrace diversity and celebrate original ideas. This course will help you to explore and enhance your creative voice, develop a range of practical skills, and build an industry-facing portfolio and network of contacts to enable you to launch your career. Develop skills in songwriting, performance, music production, visual media, live events and community music practice. 

About

You’ll have the opportunity to work with musicians, artists and music producers across the music degrees, and take part in the annual European Capital City Showcase in cities like Barcelona, Amsterdam and Prague. Work on live business briefs and graduate with a rich production portfolio and industry contacts, ready for a successful music career. Benefit from links with BBC Introducing (hosted on campus each year), EMI, and Gloucestershire-based Wychwood and 2000trees music festivals. Learn from lecturers with diverse industry experience including musical direction for Blur and Gorillaz, producer of music for Broken (2013) and 8 Minutes Idle (2012), producers for Sony and Universal and BAFTA award winners.

You’ll benefit from excellent facilities and support as part of the close-knit Media School. This includes industry-standard technologies and a digital suite. Using the ground-breaking Dante Audio Networking system, you’re able to compose, perform and record your work in a dynamic range of spaces that are suited to individual, small and large-group projects.

This course is 100% coursework.

Accreditation

The course has industry-standard JAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Support) accreditation. This means that students develop industry-relevant for working in the music and entertainment industries, across the UK and internationally.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

During your first year you’ll explore composition, performance and creative music production. With a market-focused approach you’ll write and record songs, develop audio-visual content and play gigs as part of a vibrant community of musicians. You’ll also examine music’s place in cultural, economic and political contexts. Performance continues as a focus in your second year, with regular live events, on and off campus. You’ll explore the potential of web and broadcast technologies as a live performance platform, as well as music for moving image. You’ll also develop expertise in business relevant to your musical area. 

Courses Included:

  • Mapping the Music Industries 
  • Political Economy
  • Creative Strategies 1: Plug and Play
  • Creative Strategies 2: Polyphonic Me
  • Visual Musicianship
  • Music Cultures

        English Language Requirements

        You need the following IELTS score:

        • Minimum required score:

          6

          The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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        Academic Requirements

        • 112 tariff points
        • BBC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.
        • Grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application.
        • Selection by portfolio and interview.

        Tuition Fee

        • International Applies to you

          13500 GBP/year
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 13500 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
        • EU/EEA Applies to you

          9250 GBP/year
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
        We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

        Funding

        • No upfront tuition fees. You won’t have to pay any fees while you are studying; you can apply for a student tuition fee loan to cover the fees. This will be paid directly to the university.
        • You can also apply for a student maintenance loan to help towards your living costs up to £8,200 if you live away from home to study and up to £6,904 if you stay at home.
        • Additional non-repayable grants may be available for students with dependents and for students with disabilities.
        • Living cost loans and grants will be paid to students in three equal instalments over the academic year – one at the beginning of each term.
        • You will only start to repay the loan after you have graduated and are in employment and earning over £21,000. You will repay 9% of your income above £21,000. For example if you earn £25,000 you would repay £30 a month. (i.e. 9% of £4,000/12 months).

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