Falmouth University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Career Musician (online)

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Course summary

Our BA(Hons) Career Musician degree at WaterBear, the college of music, is designed to give you the perfect blend of artistic freedom alongside practical strategies to forge your own career. It's flexible and comprehensive. You can build your own music projects into the course. And the degree is only two years. Plus it's validated and internationally recognised by one of the UK's leading specialist Higher Education providers for the creative industries, Falmouth University. The degree course is 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. Full-time 2-year accelerated online (distance learning). Starts September and January.

Course details


Year One (Level 4) Module title: Your Music Creating original work or interpreting cover versions that represent you as an individual. Making music that tells your story as an artist. This is me today, and this is where I am going. Module title: Your Music Industry The music industry, past and present. Exciting case studies of artists that have made an important contribution to music. How did they do it? How can you employ these insights into your own music projects, right now? Module title: Your Musical Development Expanding your skills and abilities. Pushing the boundaries of instrumental or vocal technique, producing lo-fi experimental work, or writing a hit pop song. The direction you take your music is controlled by you. Module title: Your Strategy Creating your individual career plan, with careful design and thorough testing. Here we develop knowledge of current music industry practice to create career plans that are a). realistic and b). achievable. Year Two (Level 5) Module title: Who Are You? Time to Stop and reflect. Who exactly are you? Competent musicians can play, sing and write well, but an artist stands for so much more. Loads of music creation, production, performance and soul searching will help you become the best possible version of you. Module title: Making Things Happen Now's the time for the rehearsal and practice to stop and for you to show the world what you're made of. Working as a team to put on shows and events. From live streams, to solo acoustic shows, to a fully-fledged national tour. It's all fair game. Module title: Innovation in Music Expanding your music into new and ground-breaking environments. Different methods of recording. Innovative playing techniques. New ways of writing songs or performing. You'll use this as inspiration to create a wide range of original or creative covers. Module title: Innovation in Music Business Just because it's about the 'music business', doesn't mean this module is dry. No way. You'll bring all your creative faculties to the table to create innovative new business models for the future music industry. Year Three (Level 6) Module title: Dissertation A dissertation isn't just a long essay. It's so much more than that. Yes, you'll be honing your academic chops as you undertake formal research. But you'll also be preparing the ground for your ambitious final project (Destinations). This is where you do the prep. Module title: Journeys Having thought about what to do for that final project, you'll now need to prepare for it. A lot. This is where we will do that work together, and document the process. You'll be getting plenty of mentoring and guidance too, so don't worry. Module title: Destinations The big one. The final project. The springboard into your creative future. You are encouraged to be practical and realistic, but also ambitious and to challenge yourself. There is no limit to where you can take this or what you can do. Anything is possible. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the course leader.

How to apply

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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.

Entry requirements

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 Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you must take an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) to fulfil government visa requirements, or have a recognised language test approved and vouched for by the University. 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 http://www.ukcisa.org.uk/.

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Fees and funding

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Career Musician (online) at Falmouth University - UCAS