ACM (The Academy of Contemporary Music)

Commercial Songwriting ACM (The Academy of Contemporary Music) Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: Falmouth University

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Course summary

The BA (Hons) Commercial Songwriting programme provides its students with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to discover and channel their inner-songwriter, covering a combination of lyric creation, score production, music industry studies, song arrangement, writing for original artists, co-writing, writing to a brief for film, TV and sync, recorded music production, audio design for video games, music publishing and rights management.

Course details

Modules

Our tripartite commitment to our students’ academic, professional and personal development is recognised in our ever-evolving and always progressive curriculum.
Whether students choose to focus on music performance, songwriting, production or business management, we pride ourselves on delivering an immersive music industry education in which we match the highest quality of teaching and learning with an unparalleled student experience. With our students representing every corner of the field they one day hope to work in, ACM is a microcosm of the music industry in which people really can work together and learn by doing. We’re interested in our students’ careers as much as their studies, dedicating an entire department to supporting their professional development and helping them take their first steps into the music industry. ACM’s Industry Link team is headed up by Martin ‘Ace’ Kent (of Skunk Anansie fame). Through regular networking events, work placements, performance and audition opportunities, students are able to showcase their knowledge and talent to music industry executives (from labels, publishers, management companies and more) and gain first-hand feedback from those in the know. The department connects students to a network of top-tier industry partners in the music and wider creative industries, and also offers regular tutorial and masterclass opportunities with visiting guests. ACM students also enjoy an access all areas pass to Europe’s largest recording complex, in which the likes of Queen, Adele, Amy Winehouse, Will.i.am and countless others have recorded, and some still record, today. This joining of educational and professional environments, where over 50% of the UK Music chart is recorded, mixed or mastered in an average year, has created a unique end-to-end proposition for those wanting to pursue a career in the music and wider creative industries, not to be found anywhere else in music education.

Assessment method

ACM uses real-world activity, learning and problem scenarios for all of its assessments. Our ethos is to embody learning-by-doing and students are therefore assessed through the demonstration of this learning by industry professionals who bring the latest knowledge, highest calibre of creativity and their entire experience into the classroom. Assessment methods are varied and balanced to suit a wide range of learners and may take practical, written, portfolio or other form. Students are often given the opportunity to work collaboratively with those studying other music related disciplines, representative of the way in which the Music and wider Creative Industries also require collaboration. Showcasing work to industry is inbuilt into the assessment process thanks to our unique link with Metropolis Studios and students will receive feedback from industry experts, supporting their professional and career development in addition to their academia. All written and portfolio assessments are submitted electronically by way of our Virtual Learning Environment and where possible, feedback is delivered in audio and video form, as well as written..


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code WW38
Institution code A48
Campus name ACM London
Campus code L

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

ACM welcomes applicants from the UK, European Union and European Economic Area, as well as wider international applicants already in possession of a Tier 4 Visa or with other entitlement to be in the UK and study for the duration of the programme. We are unfortunately unable to sponsor and/or accept international applicants who don't already have a right to be in the UK with an entitlement to study.


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 104 points 104 UCAS points at A-Level or equivalent Level 3 qualification. For those who are not from the UK, you will be required to submit proof of EU Citizenship and Proof of English Language Proficiency.

Additional entry requirements

Audition

Every applicant will have their suitability assessed by way of an on-site audition. Online auditions may only be offered in exceptional circumstances. Full preparatory materials will be sent to you upon confirmation of your audition. Your audition will be an enjoyable experience so you should not feel at all nervous. The candidates you are applying alongside are just like you and we are most certainly NOT looking for perfection. In fact, we believe that perfection, especially in the arts, is something that you are always on the road towards but will never achieve as your own standards grow with you, so don’t set yourself that impossible bar, now. Instead, rest assured that we are looking for those people with passion and potential. We’re looking for diamonds in the rough. We’re looking for people who are ready to learn. If you’re a musician who needs to brush up on your sight reading, that’s ok. We’ll give you support with that. Or maybe you’re a future business exec who gets nervous about presentations? That’s ok, too. We’ll give you coaching to help make it better. We’ll go above and beyond in our efforts to widen participation in every way possible, for as long as you show strength of character and commitment to your studies. Your audition day will also serve as an opportunity to discover and experience all that ACM has to offer. Your access-all-areas pass to our South London campus on the edges of the beautiful Clapham Common (comprising professional practice and recording facilities, a world-class teaching faculty and a dedicated Industry-Link department for professional and career development), gives you plenty to look forward to. If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,000 Year 1
EU £9,000 Year 1
England £9,000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,000 Year 1
Scotland £9,000 Year 1
Wales £9,000 Year 1

Additional fee information

ACM London delivers qualifications by way of franchise for Falmouth University. Course Fees at ACM London are £9,000 per year, for which Student Loans are available to UK and EU applicants. Where we identify passion and potential for a career in music and issue you with an offer of study, we promise that we’ll do all we can to make sure that our immersive industry education is affordable to you. Our range of Scholarships reduces the cost of studying for those students who are academically, technically, creatively and/ or entrepreneurially gifted (see acm.ac.uk/scholarships for more information) whilst those from low income backgrounds can access our Bursary Scheme, to further improve the accessibility and affordability of studying at ACM. More information on matters relating to Student Finance can be obtained from our Student Finance team on 01483 500 800 or via email on studentfinance@acm.ac.uk . And so this is our pledge to you. If music is your passion, money will not stop you from choosing ACM.

Provider information

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ACM (The Academy of Contemporary Music)
The Rodboro Buildings
Bridge Street
Guildford
GU1 4SB


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01483 500 841


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