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BA (Hons) Commercial Music

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The BA (Hons) in Commercial Music is a high-level qualification that has a unique approach to developing careers in music. It is available as a 3-year on-site programme, or as a 2-year accelerated online Distance Learning option. The programme is built on three fundamental pillars – your music, your career and your projects.

Who is it for?

The BA (Hons) Commercial Music 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
Events Managers
Event Technicians

Course Duration

3 years full-time on-campus (September start) or 2 years accelerated via online Distance Learning (September or January start)

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 Subjects & Modules

The programme 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 BA (Hons) programme incorporates a set of modules that cover a broad range of subject areas. These modules underpin the development of a well-rounded skill set associated with the requirements for a stable career in the music industry. Modules are grouped into four key strands – Musical Development, Popular Music Studies, Audio Production and Music Industry.

Career Pathways

This course is designed to develop careers in:

Music performance and composition
Audio/visual production
Studio recording
Music production and engineering
Live sound engineering
Digital marketing and PR
Digital content creation
Tour, artist and events management
Artist, label and publishing services
Technical support
Music education

Further Study

After graduating, students will be have a number of available options for further study, including MA Music Industry Innovation and Enterprise at WaterBear, MA Creative Industries Innovation and Enterprise at WaterBear, Other postgraduate specialist programmes

Fees & Finance

The tuition fee for UK/EU students is £9,250 for each year of the programme. This also applies to the 2-year Distance Learning course. If you are a UK resident, undergraduate tuition fee and maintenance loans are available for eligible students. You may also be able to access a tuition fee loan and help with living costs if you’re from an EU country and based in the UK.

How to Apply

Entry Requirements
A Levels (or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC / Cambridge Technical / etc.) equal to to a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff Points (BTEC / Cambridge Technical: MMM), or international equivalent.

International Students
The BA (Hons) 2-year online Distance Learning option is also open to students located outside of the UK and EU. International students must have a minimum level of English equivalent to IELTS 6.5 overall and for each component.

Submitting your application
As a prospective WaterBear student, you will be invited to a one-to-one consultation to discuss your music, achievements and career goals. This is also your chance to find out all about us.

BA (Hons) 3-year programme
Initial applications for the BA (Hons) 3-year programme can be made by applying directly to WaterBear on or via ‘Apply Now’ at the top of the page.
To apply via UCAS, visit and use the following codes:
Campus name: WaterBear, Brighton
Course code: W340
Campus code: X
Institution code: C58

BA (Hons) 2-year Distance Learning programme
Applications for the BA (Hons) 2-year Distance Learning programme are made by applying directly to WaterBear on or via ‘Apply Now’ at the top of the page.

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