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Course summary

The flexible, online degree course for today’s independent, self-motivated musicians. The BA (Hons) Songwriting & Music Performance* degree is designed to give you the perfect blend of artistic freedom alongside practical skills and strategies to develop your career. The 2-yr accelerated online courses means you can work in a way that suits you, on your own terms. The course will help you reach your music goals and realise your full potential. It focusses on what’s really important – the creation of high-quality original music and great live music performance. It's also fully online, giving you the ultimate freedom and flexibility to fit study around your life, not the other way around. As an artist, 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 understanding how to build an audience. You’ll be able to access a wide range of content, resources and tuition to suit your individual needs. All online content from our full range of courses is accessible to everyone, so you can tailor your own learning journey. You can build your own music projects into the course, and you’ll complete the degree in only two years. This course is taught online by WaterBear, and awarded by Falmouth University


The 2-year accelerated online BA (Hons) Songwriting & Music Performance degree is perfect for musicians who don't want to put their lives on hold and commit to a traditional 3-yr campus-based degree course. The course is accelerated to run for just 2 years, with the optimal flexibility of online, on-demand learning. It’s built on three fundamental elements – your music, your career and your projects. It deals with what really matters in the industry. It will expand your options pushing you to create original, boundary-shifting music. This course has been specifically designed for: • Singer-songwriters • Solo artists • Band and session musicians • Vocalists • Guitarists • Drummers • Bassists • Composers • Multi-instrumentalists You’ll hone songwriting and compositional skills, instrumental / vocal techniques, stylistic knowledge, improvisation and expand your creative repertoire. You’ll be able collaborate with other WaterBear musicians and artists from around the world. And you’ll learn all you need to know about building your career as a professional in today’s music industry. There are also regular online networking events, masterclasses, collaboration and work opportunities so you can build your all-important contacts list. Everything is online, so you can mix and match different subjects to suit your needs and really make the degree your own. We provide a supportive, safe environment for you to experiment and create. You'll also develop a personal career plan to support your ambitions. Level 4 Modules: Your Artistic Development Your Music Industry Creative Music Making Your Strategy Level 5 Modules: Your Style Your Events Technology and the Creative Industry Innovation in Music Business Level 6 Modules: Specialist Report Your Working Life Professional Project Course structure and modules may change as part of our regular review processes. Any changes affecting students’ expected programme delivery are communicated in advance.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate English language skills that are sufficiently developed for successful completion of your studies. We accept a range of recognised English language qualifications that are equivalent to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.

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Qualification requirements

If you are able to demonstrate relevant, current, equivalent experience instead of formal qualifications, we encourage you to apply. Please contact our Applicant Services team before applying, for advice regarding your individual experience and eligibility. If you are an international applicant and require a Student visa to study in the UK, you must have a recognised English language test approved and vouched for by the University at the appropriate level. Our Applicant Services team can help you with any general questions you may have about study visas or suitable language tests. For more specific advice, we recommend you also consult UKCISA

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Songwriting & Music Performance (Online) at Falmouth University - UCAS