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Course summary

The Songwriting degree is designed for those who have aspirations of being an artist, writing music for the church, or working within the broader music industry. This course is focused on developing the range of techniques, skills and approaches required to be a songwriter. Throughout your study you will receive expert tuition and practical experience in the areas of lyric writing, melody composition, prosody and form. Further modules will focus on the development of a portfolio of material, both in a recorded and live performance context. As a Songwriting student you will study directly alongside musicians and sound, video and lighting technicians. This unique environment provides regular access to those with the skillsets to bring your songs to life—whether on stage or in the studio. In order to fully develop your skill, the Songwriting degree contains a regular roster of guest speakers and lecturers, as we draw upon those that have expertise in every area of the music industry to help prepare you for life beyond your studies. When combined with the strong Biblical discipleship ethos that exists at Nexus ICA, the result is that you will be better equipped within your career, church and beyond. A vibrant, faith-filled community Nexus ICA is committed to the education of the whole person, and a strong sense of community is an integral part of what we do. There are regular opportunities to spend time together as a whole school, and staff and students come together weekly to socialise, pray and worship together. It is a key part of our educational ethos that education best takes place in smaller groups. Our staff-to-student ratio allows us to adopt a unique approach, where staff have the time to work alongside each student and create an experience that is tailored to them. There are many opportunities throughout the duration of the course to get involved in a variety of aspects of life here at Nexus ICA. Students are encouraged to contribute to a wide-range of causes and events during their time here, creating a diverse learning experience that will enrich many aspects of your life. Committed to your career There is a growing demand for songwriters, both within a church context and within the wider music industries. The Songwriting BA (Hons) can be the springboard between you and an incredibly rewarding and long-lasting career. The course is designed to develop the many employability skills that enable people to thrive within their careers, and each student should leave Nexus ICA with radically improved communication skills, work ethic and time management—the attributes that, time and time again, enable people to ensure they are always in demand. If you aspire to become a professional songwriter, then this course can help turn these dreams into a reality.


Modules Year 1 • Lyrics, Harmony & Melody • Arrangement & Accompaniment • Pursuit of Worship 1; Identity & Principles • Form and Production • Song Analysis • Live Performance Workshop Modules Year 2 • Contemporary Christian Song • The Integration of Art & Faith • Pursuit of Worship 2; Application & Context • Writing to Brief • Music Technology; A Creative Approach • Contextual Studies Modules Year 3 • Professional Development & Career Planning (Core Module) • Music Performance & Professional Practice (Core Module) • Research Project (Core Module) • Artistic Voice (Core Module) • Understanding Creative Industries (Optional) • Contemporary Worship Practice (Optional)

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Minimum three GCSEs including English Language at Grade 4 or above (Grade C or above if you studied previous to 2017)

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2024/25 tuition fees tbc
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