Created for today's new DIY music environment, this innovative degree has been uniquely designed for music performers of the 21st Century. Developed in conjunction with the industry this course is the first of its kind in Europe and designed for the new breed of artists; it covers the most important aspects for individuals to manage themselves in this rapidly evolving industry. Why study at Buckinghamshire New University? BNU has been delivering courses in the music industry for over 25 years, we have a wealth of expertise from within our network of lecturing staff, guest speakers, and alumni, all with a track record of success in a wide variety of roles in the music business internationally. All our music degrees at Buckinghamshire New University come with membership of UK Music’s Music Academic Partnership (MAP). UK Music is the collective voice of the UK’s world-leading music industry. We represent all sectors of our industry – bringing them together to collaborate, campaign, and champion music. The members of UK Music are: AIM, BPI, FAC, The Ivors Academy, MMF, MPA, MPG, MU, PPL, PRS for Music. UK Music also has an informal association with LIVE (Live music Industry Venues & Entertainment). MAP is a ground-breaking collaboration between educational institutions and UK Music, and is designed to maximise the relationship between the industry and educational institutions in order to inform the next generation of industry professionals. Fundamentally MAP provides extra opportunities to individuals who want to build careers out of their passion for music. This helps to future-proof the music industry by ensuring new entrants have the right mix of experience and skills. What facilities can I use? Our state-of-the-art recording studios and Sennheiser Sound Lab, which has been fully equipped by our partners, Sennheiser, a world leading production supplier, give you access to the space and technology you need. From individual edit rooms up to large Pro Tools HD studios with attached live rooms and vocal booths, we have it all to help you gain hands-on experience. We have other top-quality suppliers, including Midas, Focusrite, Novation and AC Lighting, so you can get your hands on the same tools as the best in the business. What will I study? Created for today's music industry environment, this innovative degree has been uniquely designed for music performers of the 21st century. There is a strong focus on online digital promotion and marketing techniques as well as learning about music publishing, contracts, intellectual property and entrepreneurship. There's an emphasis on the analysis of music through the study of genres, a unique A&R ('artists and repertoire') module and performance workshops run by experienced music industry professionals where you will receive mentoring on how to improve aspects of your music. You'll spend time in the studio exploring production techniques and in your last year, learn how to set up your own production company. How will I be taught and assessed? Our teaching staff have a wealth of professional and academic experience, with many still actively working in the music industry. You’ll also engage with our dynamic programme of visiting lectures and can benefit from live project briefs, master classes, and plenty of networking opportunities. You’ll also benefit from our expert-lecturers who have a wealth of knowledge and experience within the industry. A variety of assessment vehicles will be used as appropriate to the modules you take, including assignments carried out in your own time, in-class assignments, workshops and presentations. Assessments will be appropriate to the task, achievable, motivating and vocationally focussed, forming a constructive part of your learning process.
Year one Entertainment Industry Framework Introduction to Recording Music Cultures Professional Performance Reflection The DIY Musician Principles of Marketing Introduction to Pro tools Professional Performance Context Year two The Music Entrepreneur Recording and mixing techniques Creative Audio Production (optional) Professional Performance & Musicianship (optional) IP and the Music Industry Professional Performance Practice Professional Performance Application Research Methods Year three Professional Production Project Music Industry Issues A&R Professional Performance Strategy Professional Performance Entrepreneurship Placement Plus (optional) Dissertation (optional) Social Media Marketing
A variety of assessment methods will be used to best reflect the modules you take. You'll work on in-class assignments, workshops and presentations. Each assessment will be appropriate to the task at hand and vocationally focussed, forming a constructive part of your learning process.
How to apply
This course has limited vacancies, and is no longer accepting applications from some students. See the list below for where you normally live, to check if you’re eligible to apply.
Republic of Ireland
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
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For information about applying to Buckinghamshire New University as an International applicant, please visit https://www.bucks.ac.uk/study/international
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year.
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
|Republic of Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Buckinghamshire New University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships. For more information, please visit https://www.bucks.ac.uk/study/fees-and-funding/financial-support-bursaries-and-scholarships