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Course summary

This creative exploration programme explores composition, performance and production in a collaborative environment. It will develop your artistic identity and help establish yourself as a music professional. The BA (Hons) Creative Musicianship degree is a highly flexible and interdisciplinary programme that moulds itself around you and your artistic journey, not the other way around. You’ll dive into a fascinating array of creative areas and build the foundations of your professional portfolio career in music, allowing you to pursue multiple career paths simultaneously and develop a wide range of transferable skills. We'll encourage you to explore your artistic identity freely – investigating new creative avenues and never discounting left-of-field ideas. Musically inspired creatives of all kinds are welcome to join our Creative Musicianship programme, including artists, producers, songwriters, and performers who play any instrument. Our team of expert tutor-mentors will empower you to choose your own path, discover and nurture your creative identity, and broaden your horizons in line with your own interests. No matter what your goal is as a creative musician, this degree will equip you with all the tools you need to succeed. Within ICMP's truly collaborative environment, you'll learn how to connect technique and music theory, develop and refine your creative process, analyse and reimagine conventional music genres, and write and play live with groups of your peers. Along the way, you’ll gradually create an industry-standard portfolio of your own original music, acquiring all the songwriting, composition, and arrangement chops it takes to make it happen. Throughout the Creative Musicianship programme, we’ll encourage you to question established ideas and articulate your own decisions and discoveries, including delving into genres you may not have previously explored. Our team also curates an exclusive Creative Musicianship events programme, featuring guest lectures and masterclasses from renowned musicians, artists, and industry insiders, who all actively work on the cutting edge of music. Music technology also plays a central role in this course, from the inner workings of the recording studio to the lighting and video rigs found in performance venues across the world. You’ll sharpen your skills using the latest gadgets and gear – and as this course moulds itself around you, you’ll be actively encouraged to experiment with every piece of tech you come across. You’ll find innovative and creative ways to turn your visions into reality, both in the studio and on stage. Across the whole Creative Musicianship degree, you’ll plug into equipment provided by the likes of Apple, Boss, Shure, Korg, Yamaha, Orange, Ableton, Audient and Zildjian. Our Tech Hub will give you access to over 1,000 pieces of gear, all kept up to date and in line with professional industry standards. Every creative musician is also an entrepreneur – and with this in mind, our select team of successful industry specialists will show you exactly how the music business works. We’ll break down all the key concepts, and explain how they fit together. You’ll cover recorded and live music, publishing, marketing strategies, and everything you need to know about building your own unique and thriving business. By the time you graduate from ICMP, you’ll be able to confidently forge a successful and durable music career that perfectly fits your creative identity and evolution as an artist. COURSE MODULES YEAR 1 • PERFORMANCE PRACTICE • EXPLORING CREATIVITY • EXPLORING CREATIVE TECHNOLOGY • MUSICAL LANGUAGE & TECHNIQUE • THE MUSIC INDUSTRY YEAR 2 • PERFORMANCE PRACTICE II • CREATIVE PRACTICE • CREATIVE PRODUCTION • MUSICAL LANGUAGE & TECHNIQUE II • MARKETING STRATEGIES YEAR 3 • CREATIVE PROJECT • PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE • CREATIVE ENTREPRENEURSHIP I • CREATIVE ENTREPRENEURSHIP II

Subject options

This course offers the following subject options:

  • Bass
  • Drums
  • Guitar
  • Keys
  • Vocals


YEAR 1 (LEVEL 4) • Performance Practice I – 40cr • Creative Exploration – 20cr • Creative Facilitation – 20cr • Musical Language & Technique I – 20cr • The Music Industry – 20cr YEAR 2 (LEVEL 5) • Performance Practice II – 40cr • Creative Application – 20cr • Creative Production – 20cr • Musical Language & Technique II – 20cr • Marketing Strategies – 20cr YEAR 3 (LEVEL 6) • Creative Project – 40cr • Musical Identity & Repertoire – 40cr • Creative Entrepreneurship I – 20cr • Creative Entrepreneurship II – 20cr

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

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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All applicants will be invited to attend an audition/interview


When filling in your application please document which instrument you would like to study.

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Fees and funding

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

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

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.

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