Leeds College of Music

Music (Songwriting) with Foundation Year Leeds College of Music Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: University of Hull

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Delivered through one-to-one tuition with songwriters and regular timetabled sessions in band practice rooms, this course supports students’ development into highly skilled songwriters. Focus is placed on original composition as well as developing skills in industry-standard software like Logic Pro. Additional business focused modules are embedded throughout the programme, enabling students to forge a sustainable career in a highly competitive field.

This course follows the same specifications as our three year BA (Hons) Music (Songwriting) except that the extra Foundation Year allows for students who need an extra year of study to achieve the standard of our entry requirements for the 3-year BA. The Foundation Year modules include one to one tuition in composition, as well as skills development of group composition, music theory and aural skills. Contextual Studies focuses on the repertoire of your chosen pathway, as well as cross pathway musicology and practical and collaborative sessions focusing on creative skills. The Musicianship Skills modules allows all students who have completed their Grade 5 theory prior to the start of the course to choose an elective module to supplement the core curriculum. The list of options includes subjects like music technology, keyboard skills and creative performance techniques.

On completion of the Foundation Year you will continue to Year 1 of the BA (Hons) Music (Songwriting).

Course details

Modules

The programme has strands in Specialist Study and Contextual Studies and that span the four levels of the programme, as well as a Professional Studies strand throughout Levels 4, 5 and 6. Students focus primarily on their Specialist Study.

Foundation Year (Level 3)
Compulsory modules:
Specialist Study Composition Foundation
Specialist Group Study Composition Foundation
Contextual Studies Foundation
Musicianship Skills
Aural and Theory

Year 1 (Level 4)
Compulsory modules:
Specialist Study Composition 1
Specialist Group Study 1
Contextual Studies 1
Professional Studies 1: Working in the Creative Industries
Creative Project

Year 2 (Level 5)
Compulsory modules:
Specialist Study Composition 2
Specialist Group Study 2
Contextual Studies 2

Contextual Studies 2 optional modules, one of:
Arranging and Orchestration
Collaborative Composition
Entrepreneurship
Introduction to Music Technology
Music and Ideology
Music for the Moving Image
Musical Direction
Performance with Electronics

Professional Studies 2 optional modules, one of:
Artistic Management
Business Start-up
Concerts and Touring
Instrumental Music Tuition
Self-Promotion and Music Marketing
Structure and Functions of the Film Music Industry
Working with Music in the Community

Year 3 (Level 6)
Compulsory modules:
Specialist Study Composition 3
Final Project

Students select either an Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Project or a Practice in Context Research Project for their Final Project module.

Contextual Studies 3 optional modules, one of:
Composed Theatre
Composition and Production for Film and Television
Computer-Based Composition
Electroacoustic Composition
Emerging Music Models
Extended Improvisation
Intercultural Music
Software Environments – Performance and Sound Creation

Professional Studies 3 optional modules, one of:
Business Leadership and Ethics
Community Music Project
Film Music – Aesthetics and Narrative Function
Live Music Management
Music Journalism

Module specifications can be found via the Leeds College of Music website:
https://www.lcm.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate-study-18plus/undergraduate-courses/ba-hons-music-songwriting-with-foundation-year/

Assessment method

The course is assessed in a variety of ways to reflect the diversity of creative and professional practice. Assessment methods include portfolios, audio recordings, presentations, technical tests, essays, oral exams, and performances. The exact nature of assessments will depend on the Musicianship Skills, Contextual Studies and Professional Studies module options chosen at Level 3, Level 5 and Level 6, as well as the choice of project for the Final Project module at Level 6. Formal assessments tend to take place at the end of each semester or the end of the year. There are a handful of assignments with deadlines halfway through a semester.


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 W3J4
Institution code L30
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

International applicants

Please visit the international page on our website for further information: https://www.lcm.ac.uk/courses/international-applicants/


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 64 points 64 UCAS tariff points from Level 3 studies or equivalent which normally include A Level Music or a BTEC Extended Diploma in a Music-related subject.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 A minimum of 3 GCSEs including English Language at Grade C / Grade 4 or above or equivalent international qualification, e.g. IELTS 6.0 (5.5 in each component).

UCAS tariff points from music graded exams are also accepted (highest achieved per instrument (grade 6 and above), commensurate with ABRSM, London College of Music, Trinity College, Rock School).

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

https://www.lcm.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate-study-18plus/entry-requirements/

Additional entry requirements

Interview

Applicants are required to attend an audition for this course. Further details will be sent when your application has been received.

Other

Audition, Interview and Portfolio guides can be found on our website: https://www.lcm.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate-study-18plus/audition-information/

Audition

Applicants are required to attend an audition for this course. Further details will be sent when your application has been received.


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 5.5 in each components (IELTS Academic)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £17,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please visit our website for further information: HOME/EU: https://www.lcm.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate-study-18plus/fees-funding/ INTERNATIONAL: https://www.lcm.ac.uk/courses/international-applicants/fees-funding/tuition-fees-scholarships/ International Students - 4 Year courses: £14,000 for the Foundation Year, then £17,250 per year thereafter

Provider information

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Leeds College of Music
3 Quarry Hill
Leeds
LS2 7PD


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