Higher Education

Start Date: Level: Study mode: Course Location: Course Type:
September TBC Full-Time Bede Campus University Level Qualification Apply Enquire

What’s it all about?

The programme is a mix of practical/performance skills, producing music and academic study. It is designed to give you a platform for gaining different employment pathways within the Music Industry, or further study in either music or education.

A previous qualification up to level 5 is required, such as a Foundation Degree, HND, or equivalent.

This course is suject to successful audition.

Study level Cost Additional fees
19+ please enquire In some cases, instrumentalists will need their own equipment. Guitarists and bass guitarists would need to bring their own instruments, as with brass, woodwind or string players. We also try to arrange course-related trips, which are not covered in the course fees.

A variety of teaching and learning methods will be used that encourage learners’ creative and musical development.

Methods used will encourage both individual and collaborative learning through the use of practical workshops, live performance projects, interactive lectures, seminars, guest lectures, tutorials, discussion and critiques and rehearsals.

Students will critically reflect on their own development of skills and performance and that of others. There will be opportunities presented to attend a variety of shows, encompassing different genres.

Assessment can by via the form of live performance work, ensemble sessions, presentations, portfolios, essays, podcasts, online blogs and practical demonstrations.

It is desirable that you have a Level 2 in English and Maths (e.g. GCSEs at grade 4 or above).

We have exceptional relationships with professional venues, studios and other educational establishments that you will benefit from during your time on the course.

The BA (Hons) Top Up programme is designed to build on either a Foundation Degree or a Higher Ntional Diploma programme. It aims to develop previously gained skills and knowledge to Level 6.

You will study modules including:

- Performance Project (20 credits)
- Community Music and Education (20 credits)
- Music & Sound Creation and Production (20 credits)
- Collaborative Practice (20 credits)
- Major Study (40 credits)

University of Cumbria

What’s next?

You could continue with academic study with a Masters programme, or study a qualification in teaching.

Alternatively, you could gain employment within the music industry

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