The degree course for dedicated songwriters.



Hone your craft. Create great music. Build the confidence and skills to become the artist you want to be.

Passionate about songwriting? You need a course that gives you the confidence and freedom to experiment, challenge and explore the possibilities of your art. The BA (Hons) Career Musician degree is the course for you.

At WaterBear, we believe in smaller class sizes for effective learning, reinforced with personal 1-1 mentoring. We also believe you should have the freedom to explore what’s possible and push creative boundaries. That’s why all artists and songwriters on our 3-yr degree course learn in small groups in environments specially designed to stimulate creativity.

Every week, you’ll hone songcraft, compositional skills and stagecraft, and expand your repertoire. You’ll be able to perform your music live on stage in a real music venue. And you’ll learn all you need to know about the realities of being a professional artist in today’s music industry.  There are also regular networking events, masterclasses, collaboration and work opportunities so you can build your all-important contacts list.

As an artist, we know it’s all about finding your voice and unlocking your creative potential. It’s also about developing the confidence to say what you want to the world. And knowing how to best capture your music is essential for that. That’s why music tech is also a key part of the course, using our state-of-the-art Apple Mac studios. And, like every other WaterBear student, you’ll get access to all  the other courses at the college, so you can dive into as much other content as you want.

All students at WaterBear get bookable access to free rehearsal and recording studio time, so you won’t need to worry about where to practice and record yourself or your band.

The BA (Hons) Career Musician degree is designed to give you the perfect blend of artistic freedom alongside practical strategies to forge your own career in music.

It’s flexible and comprehensive so you can study in a way that suits you. And you can build your own music projects into the course. It’s fully accredited and approved by one of the UK’s leading specialist universities for the creative industries, Falmouth University.

And for students studying on the 2-yr online course, you’ll also receive a £750 bursary to invest in new equipment, a Pro Tools subscription and a Slate All Access software bundle, so you can learn on your own gear.

3-year full-time on-campus option starting September.

2-yr online accelerated option starting September and January.

Course Overview

  • BA (Hons) Career Musician
  • Location: WaterBear, Brighton
  • Awarding body: Falmouth University
  • Study modes: 3yr (on site) or 2yr (online)
  • UCAS codes (course/campus): W3A2/W
  • Entry requirements: 104 UCAS tariff points

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