This course allows me to work and network with other musicians constantly, a valuable skill for anyone wanting a career in music. I know I’ll be graduating with all the knowledge and tools I need to be successful in the music industry.
This course allows me to work and network with other musicians constantly, a valuable skill for anyone wanting a career in music. I know I’ll be graduating with all the knowledge and tools I need to be successful in the music industry.Niamh
A foundation year helps you develop the study skills and self-confidence needed for higher education when you don’t reach the entry requirements for your subject.
Learn the skills you need to enjoy a successful career in the music industry. You’ll release tracks on C3U, our student-run record label. Our purpose-built creative arts building provides the latest recording facilities, sound-proofed practice rooms, performance spaces and editing software.
Our supportive tutors are highly skilled musicians with real world international experience. They’ll give you the chance to perform, produce and compose music across a range of styles for stage, screen and studio environments.
Wherever your passion in music lies, our course offers you plenty of opportunity to hone your skills and study areas of commercial music that are new to you.
Popular music is at the heart of this course and you'll be developing strong skills in performance, instrumental technique, songwriting and composition in specialist studios.
During the foundation year, you'll learn about core aspects of commercial music and you'll gain skills to prepare you to study at degree level.
As you progress through the degree, you'll have opportunities to perform, record, produce and compose music and you'll study the creative, technological and managerial elements of the music business as an industry.
Applicants should normally have 32 UCAS Tariff points. We will also welcome applications from students with few or no formal Level 3 qualifications who wish to return to education and applicants may be asked to attend an interview.
All applications will be considered on an individual basis according to qualifications, background and experience. Particular importance is placed upon instrumental/vocal ability, songwriting skills and/or sound production experience.
During the foundation year, you'll gain an introduction to commercial music and you'll develop essential study skills to help you throughout your degree.
Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.
Each academic year is divided into two semesters, which are separated by a two week assessment period in January. During each semester you'll take three 20 credit modules.
The teaching on each module will vary but typically includes lectures, practical workshops and seminars. You'll also have regular access to your module tutors and you'll be supported in one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
Information about modules and a variety of learning and support materials is available through our virtual learning environment and you'll have access to IT and library facilities throughout the course.
All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.
When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves working on performance, composition or production projects, reading, practicing your instrument and rehearsing and preparing for coursework assignments, workshops or seminars.
Your module tutor will direct you towards specific activities to complete before class.
For the Independent Project in Year 3, you'll undertake independent research, working under the supervision of a member of the course team who you'll meet with regularly.
Your contact hours will depend on the optional modules selected. Typically, a 20 credit module involves 3-4 contact hours per week, but there are variations in some modules, particularly where a module might be delivered predominantly by individual tutorials or in smaller groups for instance.
Your overall workload typically consists of around 10-12 contact hours per week plus additional hours of independent study, practice and rehearsals for instance.
The teaching team consists of highly qualified academics and practitioners who have a range of expertise and experience. Current staff include a professor, principal lecturer, senior lecturers and associate lecturers.
All staff are practitioners and are active as performers, producers, composers and/or researchers.
You should note that members of the teaching team might change.
The balance of assessment type depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose, but you will be assessed by a range of methods including practical work (such as performances, recordings, composition work – in the form of recordings or scores), written work (such as commentaries and essays), and presentations.
You will receive feedback on all your assessments and we aim to provide you with your feedback within 15 working days of hand-in.
The 2020/21 annual tuition fees for this course are:
|UK / EU||Overseas|
|Full-time - Foundation Year 0||£7,050||£9,910|
|Full-time - years 1-3 *||£9,250||£13,000|
Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.
* The tuition fees of £9,250 / £13,000 relate to 2020/21 only. Please read the 2020/21 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2020/21 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.
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