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BA (Hons) Career Musician | 2 yr online *

At WaterBear, we know that the music industry is changing – quickly. WaterBear Online is spearheading this revolutionary drive in music education, delivering interactive and engaging online BA (Hons) & Masters courses to musicians around the world. The BA (Hons) Career Musician 2-yr accelerated programme is a high-level qualification, designed for today’s independent, self-motivated musician. The course is built on three fundamental pillars – your music, your career and your projects, and offers a unique approach to developing careers in music. The creation of original and innovative music is central to this exciting modern qualification.

Who is it for?

The BA (Hons) Career Musician course has been put together for people who want to develop a stable and rewarding career in the music industry. Its comprehensive syllabus provides a firm foundation for the development of a long-term career. This course is suitable for:

Tour Managers
Event Managers
Event Technicians

Course Duration

2 years accelerated via online Distance Learning (May, September or January start) or 3 years full-time on-site (September start).

*subject to approval

Practical Musicianship+
Production Values+
Professional Studio Practice+
Creative Music Development+
Commercial Project+
Professional Musicianship+
Mixing Principles+
Music in Education+
Practical Arranging+
Rock & Pop in Context+
The Modern Music Industry+
Digital Culture+
Live Sound & Event Management+
Recording Principles+
Composition for the Moving Image+

Course Subject & Modules

The BA (Hons) course covers many key subject areas including music performance, instrumental and vocal technique, songwriting and arranging, recording, mixing, mastering, social media, business studies, music history, tour management, live events and national touring. The modules cover a broad range of subject areas. You will focus on the development of your core specialism skills (guitar, vocals, drums, bass, audio production, composition, etc.) whilst also broadening your skillset in other areas such as recording, mixing and mastering, additional instrument or vocal study, music business and other practical project work. The modules underpin the development of a well-rounded, broad skillset associated with the requirements for a stable career in the music industry and are grouped into three key strands – your music, your career and your projects.

Level 4 Modules

Your Music
Your Music Industry
Your Musical Development
Your Strategy

Level 5 Modules

Who Are You?
Making Things Happen
Innovation in Music
Innovation in Music Business


Level 6 Modules

How You'll Learn

You’ll be able to access all your module content via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). You’ll also be able to participate in tutorials, discussions and meetings using video conferencing. Online teaching and learning activities can include:

Lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops
One-to-one mentoring
Assessments and feedback sessions
Performance and peer collaboration through the ‘Jam Cloud’ site on the Canvas VLE

You’ll also be invited to attend regular events, masterclasses and other activities happening at the WaterBear campus in Brighton, which is optional.

Fees & Finance

The tuition fee for the 2-year Distance Learning course is £9,950 for each year of the programme. If you are a UK resident, undergraduate tuition fee loans are available for eligible students. You may also be able to access a tuition fee loan if you’re from an EU country and based in the UK.

In order to get the most out of the BA (Hons) Career Musician online accelerated 2 year course, it is essential that you have regular access to the following resources from the outset of the course. Curriculum activities will require the regular useage of equipment equal or similar to that listed below:

Essential resources:

Recommended resources:


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