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BA (Hons) Commercial Music

The 3 Year or 2 Year Accelerated BA (Hons) Commercial Music programme is designed to develop and hone the essential skills required of today’s music industry professionals.  Students take a range of modules in different subject areas to provide broad foundational knowledge, whilst honing their own professional practice in key areas of interest as the course progresses.

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-site (September start) or 2 years accelerated via online Distance Learning (January start).

Practical Musicianship
Production Values
Professional Studio Practice
Creative Music Development
Commercial Project
Professional Musicianship
Mixing Priciples
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

Students graduating from this programme will be have a number of viable progression options available to them spanning many areas of the music industry, including:

Music performance
Audio production and engineering
Composition (artist, film, television, radio, games, etc.)
Live sound and tour management
Music business and management
Artist and label services
Festival production
Events management
Publishing and retail
Music journalism
Marketing and PR

Further Study

Students graduating from this programme with a minimum of 2:2 (Hons) will be eligible to apply
for Masters level courses at WaterBear or at other UK / International Universities.

Fees & Finance

The BA (Hons) Commercial Music tuition fee is £9,250 for each year of the programme. This also applies to the 2-year distance learning option. 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.

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How to Apply

Entry Requirements
A levels (or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC / Cambridge Technical / etc.) equivalent to a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff Points (BTEC / Cambridge Technical: DMM).

Submitting your application
Applications for the BA (Hons) programme can be made through UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. You will need to quote the course and institution codes provided below when making your application. All applicants will also be invited to a one-to-one consultation, which is an essential part of the WaterBear application process.  The consultation can be done prior or subsequent to the UCAS application. To book a consultation please visit the website, call or email.

You must use the following codes when applying via UCAS:

Campus name: WaterBear, Brighton
Course code: W340
Campus code: X
Institution code: C58

Application Support

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