BIMM University

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: BIMM Limited

Popular Music Performance

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Course summary

Establish your own exciting route in the live music sector with BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance. This course is perfect if you’re a musician looking to take your technical, performance and musicianship skills to a professional level. Applicants will be required to choose a discipline of focus for the duration of their studies as follows:

  • Guitar
  • Bass
  • Drums
  • Vocals
  • Keyboard
The programme combines core topics such as performance, technique, musicianship, theory and technology to help you find and develop your niche as a performer. You’ll be able to further tailor your course to your own artistic and career aims through our wide range of optional modules. These include a specific focus in areas such as creative performance, session skills, songwriting, composing, arranging and more. You’ll become equipped with the skills and drive required to be successful in any musical situation. You’ll become fully immersed in the flourishing BIMM community with plenty of opportunities to collaborate with a diverse range of talented peers. And you’ll spend a lot of time on stage, too. You’ll have the chance to play live and perform with your fellow students.Throughout these performances, you’ll receive expert guidance from our BIMM lecturers. Our lecturers who guide you through your studies are all experienced and highly sought after professionals with invaluable expertise and experience that will help you progress through the course. Day-to-day learning will be in large live rooms, smaller studio settings and lecture-based classrooms using our world-class facilities. So, what are you waiting for? Start your career in Popular Music Performance today. The BIMM Graduate We make sure that when you graduate, your attributes and skills mirror the employment and creative needs of the music industry – both today and in the future. We aim to equip BIMM graduates with the following qualities, so they have a long lasting career:
  • Employable and Entrepreneurial
  • Creative, Collaborative and Connected
  • Resilient and adaptable
  • Globally Aware
  • Professional
  • Intellectually Curious
  • Self-aware

Subject options

This course offers the following subject options:

  • Bass
  • Drums
  • Guitar
  • Keyboard
  • Vocals

Modules

Students can expect to study the following core modules: Year 1 The Creative Industries and you 1: Finding your path Performance Skills Core Instrument Skills Digital Music Context & Culture of the Creative Industries Applied Instrument Skills Applied Performance Creative Technology Year 2 The Creative Industries and you 2: Creative Collaboration Creativity, Identity and Agency Contextualised Performance Interpretive Instrument Skills Digital Performance Portfolio Year 3 Final Project Creative Industries and you 3: Professional Portfolio Performance Showcase A range of optional modules can be selected in years 2 and 3, subject to availability and student demand. Please visit the course information page on the BIMM Institute website for a full break down.

Assessment method

Assessment methods are varied and balanced to suit a wide range of learners: Practical Exams Written exams Practical coursework Multimedia coursework Written coursework Presentations Video/Multimedia submissions Project/Portfolio submission Analysis Ensemble/Individual performance


How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

BIMM University welcomes applicants from International countries that will require a Student Visa to study in the UK. Applicants must meet requirements set by UKVI. Upon acceptance of an offer you will be required to attend a consultation with a member of the International Admissions team. International students can currently study at our Brighton, Bristol, London and Manchester campuses.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Additional entry requirements

Audition

Once your application is received, you will be contacted by a member of the admissions team to arrange an audition in person or by a demo submission. Full guidelines on what to prepare will be emailed to you.

Interview

Other

Our auditions and interviews are conducted in a relaxed and supportive manner. They are as much about you assessing us and making sure BIMM Institute is the right place for you to study. The audition or interview also gives you another opportunity to learn more about the course you have applied for. Auditions, Interviews and Portfolio Submissions Depending on which course you choose, you may need to attend an audition, interview or submit a portfolio of work as part of your application. We have plenty of handy resources online to help you prepare for your audition or interview. The BIMM Institute Admissions Team will also send you preparation guidelines, which will be specifically for the course you have applied for. Undergraduate Courses including Joint Hons Requiring an Audition*: • Performance (Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocals and Keyboards) • Songwriting (supporting material also required) Non-Performance Undergraduate Courses and Interviews*: • Music Business • Event Management • Music Marketing, Media and Communication Undergraduate Courses Requiring a Portfolio and Interview*: • Music and Sound Production • Electronic Music Production *Auditions/Interviews can be completed virtually by Zoom, or in person.


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6a minimum of 5.5 must be achieved in each band (Reading, writing, listening, speaking)
Cambridge English AdvancedLevel B2A minimum overall score of 170, and no lower than 165 in each band
TOEFL (iBT)80the minimum points must met in each band: Listening - 19 Reading - 19 Speaking - 21 Writing - 21

We also accept the following qualifications: - ESOL Skills for Life Level B2 (Higher B2 on CEFR Scale) - IGCSE English Language (First Language) at C/4 or above - IGCSE English Language (Second Language) at B/3 or above - International Baccalaureate English Language at 5 or above in English A or B Applicants must have met the minimum requirement and be in receipt of results prior to enrolment.


Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1
EU £15950* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
International £15950* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

The tuition fee shown is for year 1 of study only. Fees may be subject to increase on an annual basis, and do not cover additional costs such as: Visa application costs Living costs (rent/bills/travel) Equipment required for your course (computer and software/instrument/books) BIMM Institute offers financial support packages that range from £150- £1,500 per academic year. Details can be viewed on the website: www.bimm.ac.uk/fair-access-fund/ Whilst BIMM Institute cannot commit to payment amounts prior to enrolment, we do aim to allocate the budget across eligible applicants and will confirm the exact payment amount and schedule post enrolment.

Sponsorship information

Applicants from low income backgrounds can access our Bursary Schemes: Low-income Scheme Care Leaver bursary Further information can be found on our website: https://www.bimm.ac.uk

Popular Music Performance at BIMM University - UCAS