Songwriting and Production at Institute of Contemporary Music Performance - UCAS

Course summary

If you’re looking to launch a career as a professional writer–producer, the BA (Hons) Songwriting and Production degree will teach you everything you need to know to succeed. Whether you're a beatmaker with an ever-growing sample library, a multi-instrumentalist backing-track wizard at home in the studio, or a writer–producer looking to co-write and pitch on other artist’s projects, you’ll take your writing and production skills to the next level, with personalised guidance from our expert ICMP songwriting tutors along the way. During your three years on this industry-aligned course, you’ll cover the entire spectrum of contemporary songwriting from both a practical and theoretical perspective – from melody and topline, and lyrics and concepts, to chords and track. You’ll learn to confidently produce songs for yourself and others, gaining in-the-box production skills across a range of digital audio workstations (DAWs), as well as advanced mixing and recording skills. Many of your classes will be taught in ICMP’s high-tech industry-standard recording studios at our Queen’s Park campus, where you’ll become proficient at using the studio equipment, software and plugins. During your time with us, you’ll collaborate with talented students on this programme’s ‘sister’ course – the BA (Hons) Songwriting and Artist Development degree – as well as musicians and entrepreneurs across other ICMP disciplines. Each week, you’ll write at least two songs to brief across a wide spectrum of contemporary songwriting genres, styles and approaches – from the melodies of pop and alternative, to the beatmaking of hip-hop, grime and drill. As you progress your creative output, you’ll engage in ‘A&R-style’ feedback sessions and intimate group discussions to critique each other’s work and learn to evaluate your own. As a writer–producer, you’ll be encouraged to cultivate your own distinctive songwriting style and creative production abilities, with a view to developing and maintaining a successful career in songwriting and producing, whatever that may look like. At ICMP, our talented tutors all have active careers in both higher education and music, so you’ll develop your craft learning from London’s best songwriters, music producers and musicians. They’ll encourage you to establish a unique music industry career path where you control exactly where, when and how you progress. You’ll also be presented with many exciting opportunities to learn about music entrepreneurship and build your network and career portfolio, such as songwriting-and-production-specific masterclasses and events, visits from industry representatives, and opportunities to perform at ICMP’s Songwriters’ Circle nights. By the time you graduate ‘career ready’, you’ll have developed a strong understanding of the culture and history of songwriting; expertise in enterprise, business and marketing; and, perhaps most importantly, a creative portfolio of more than 100 songs. Course Currently subject to validation.


Year 1 (Level 4)
• Creative Songwriting: Exploring Songcraft
• Creative Songwriting II: Establishing Songcraft
• Music Theory for Writer–Producers
• Music Business For Songwriters
• Digital Music Production
• Creative Mixing Techniques.

Year 2 (Level 5)
• Applied Songwriting: Extending Songcraft
• Applied Songwriting II: Embedding Songcraft
• Marketing Strategies For Songwriters
• Advanced Digital Music Production
• Advanced Mixing Technologies • Studio Recording.

Year 3 (Level 6)
• Advanced Songwriting: Creative Portfolio And Repertoire
• Professional Practice
• The Enterprising Songwriter (Writer–Producer)
• The Enterprising Songwriter II (Writer–Producer II)

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

International students will typically hold a relevant equivalent qualification, please check your qualification with our Admissions team. In addition, you should hold a relevant English language qualification equivalent to CEFR Level B2. ICMP are able to sponsor students that require a Student Route Visa to study in the UK. For more information on the application process contact [email protected].

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Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £10250 Year 1
International £15250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

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Sponsorship information

For students to be eligible for SLC funding, they must be studying a designated course. Courses at the ICMP are designated each year by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. We have developed together with valued partners several scholarships and bursaries which supplement our outreach and widening participation activities and enhance access to our courses. Please contact our admissions team for more information.

Songwriting and Production at Institute of Contemporary Music Performance - UCAS