Institute of Contemporary Music Performance

BA (Hons) Creative Musicianship Institute of Contemporary Music Performance Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: University of East London


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Course summary

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The BA (Hons) Creative Musicianship degree helps you identify exactly who you are as an artist, develops your creativity while expressing your own unique ‘creative voice’, and guides you towards your own definition of career success. It’s a fun and diverse course with the aim of producing competent self-producing artists and creative musicians who want to create and perform their own music. The degree is suitable for all musicians and caters for a range of different instruments, including guitar, bass, drums, vocals, keyboards, saxophones, harps, and many more options.

Over the course, you’ll develop expertise in your principal instrument, through group instrumental tuition across all three years, and collectively within a group workshop environment. In the business and entrepreneurship modules, you’ll gain an understanding of marketing, branding, social networking and successful new business models, while developing broader communication, management and interpersonal skills. Using the latest technology, you’ll be given the opportunity to build a portfolio of your own original music, working in collaboration with other disciplines and media, such as film, dance, games and fashion.

The learning style on the BA (Hons) Creative Musicianship degree is student-led and highly personalised. You’ll be encouraged to explore a variety of different directions as a creative artist, and will be making your own decisions about what’s best for your future career, with guidance and mentorship provided by your exceptionally experienced tutors. You’ll also gain a working knowledge of the way the music business operates, thanks to regular industry events, masterclasses, visits by special guest musicians, and ICMP’s connection with London’s Tileyard Studios – our exclusive industry partner and home to the UK’s largest professional music community. By the time you graduate from ICMP, you’ll be a confident and versatile creative artist with the ability to compose and produce your own work, and the drive, marketing skills and networking contacts to take your professional career to the next level.

This course will prepare you for a successful career in the music industry, in jobs such as independent artist and performer, or as a creative musician working in the fields of recording, publishing, sound design, library music, or writing for film, TV and media. If you’d prefer to continue your studies, this course provides a solid foundation for the ICMP Masters (MMus) in Popular Music Performance.

Course details

Subject options

This course offers the following subject options:

  • Bass
  • Drums
  • Guitar
  • Keys
  • Vocals


Year 1 (level 4)

  • Performance and Context I
  • Core Principles of Music Making
  • Popular Music Debates
  • Music, New Media and The Arts

Year 2 (level 5)

  • Performance and Context II
  • Exploring Music Making
  • Writing About Music
  • Marketing and Monetising Your Music
  • Composition For Film and Media (Option)
  • Entrepreneurial Practice (Option)
  • Live and Studio Recording Techniques (Option)
  • Live Performance Technology (Option)

Year 3 (level 6)

  • Dissertation
  • Recorded Project
  • Performance Project
  • Professional Project

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2019.

If you already have a 2019 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice in Track – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

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 W3C5
Institution code I25
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

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 Tier 4 Visa to study in the UK. For more information on the application process contact

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 80 points

Additional entry requirements


All applicants will be invited to attend an audition/interview


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

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £7,500 Year 1
EU £7,500 Year 1
International £9,700 Year 1
England £7,500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7,500 Year 1
Scotland £7,500 Year 1
Wales £7,500 Year 1

Additional fee information

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

Sponsorship information

Taking a music degree course at ICMP makes financial sense, with the fees for ICMP music degrees significantly less than those at many traditional universities, and, also much lower than other UK music education providers - making studying music at ICMP in London great value as well as great fun. 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.

Provider information

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Institute of Contemporary Music Performance
1B Dyne Road

Clearing contact details

ICMP Admissions Team

020 7328 0222

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020 7328 0222