Popular Music (BA Hons)

Popular Music

BA (Hons)

Make music that matters

Graduate with a budding music career already under your belt.

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Unique opportunities

Amazing student experiences lead to graduate success.

Ben Cipolla.

Ben Cipolla performed on the main stage at Wychwood Festival two years running and has also played a coveted set at Glastonbury

Students in Amsterdam.

Students taking a breather between gigs in Amsterdam as part of their European Showcase tour

Students playing a gig.

Playing full-to-capacity gigs, even in your first year

Exceptional new facilities

Industry-standard recording studios, rehearsal rooms and production labs in one specialist space

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Learn from the best in the industry

Mark Daman Thomas, Lecturer in Popular Music and Creative Industries

Mark Daman Thomas

Lecturer in Popular Music and Creative Industries

"I've worked in the music business for over 10 years as a songwriter, musician, record label director and live music promoter. I've got over 12 years live and touring experience, including in the USA, Japan and Europe."

Mark has always been fascinated with the music business, and enjoys delving into current trends and theories. He has released 5 albums, 2 mini-albums and 3 Eps with his bands Islet, Attack + Defend and as 'Farm Hand'. He has also played many international festivals including Primavera, SXSW and Eurosonic, and has recorded live sessions for BBC Radio 1, BBC 6Music and BBC Radio 3.

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Creative Freedom

Our popular music students produce their own musical masterpieces using top of the range facilities and equipment.

Course details

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Course outline

Embrace diversity and celebrate original ideas. This course will help you to explore and enhance your creative voice, develop a range of practical skills, and build an industry-facing portfolio and network of contacts to enable you to launch your career. Develop skills in songwriting, performance, music production, visual media, live events and community music practice.

You’ll have the opportunity to work with musicians, artists and music producers across our music degrees, and take part in our annual European Capital City Showcase in cities like Barcelona, Amsterdam and Prague. Work on live business briefs and graduate with a rich production portfolio and industry contacts, ready for a successful music career.

Benefit from links with BBC Introducing (hosted on campus each year), EMI, and Gloucestershire-based Wychwood and 2000trees music festivals. Learn from lecturers with diverse industry experience including musical direction for Blur and Gorillaz, producer of music for Broken (2013) and 8 Minutes Idle (2012), producers for Sony and Universal and BAFTA award winners.

During your first year you’ll explore composition, performance and creative music production. With a market-focused approach you’ll write and record songs, develop audio-visual content and play gigs as part of a vibrant community of musicians. You’ll also examine music’s place in cultural, economic and political contexts.

Performance continues as a focus in your second year, with regular live events, on and off campus. You’ll explore the potential of web and broadcast technologies as a live performance platform, as well as music for moving image. You’ll also develop expertise in business relevant to your musical area. This includes licensing and royalties, label management, live event management, marketing and global music opportunities. You’ll be able to choose from a range of optional modules to match your interests and career goals.

Demonstrating your creative, commercial and academic expertise, you’ll create a product and live performance in your final year. You’ll also gain experience through a work placement, to inform your dissertation, relevant to your career plans. Recent destinations have included EMI, Universal Music, ITV, Warner Bros and the BBC.

You’ll benefit from excellent facilities and support as part of our close-knit Media School. This includes industry-standard technologies and a digital suite. Using our ground-breaking Dante Audio Networking system, you’re able to compose, perform and record your work in a dynamic range of spaces that are suited to individual, small and large-group projects.

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Study style

This course is 100% coursework.

Course modules

You'll study a variety of modules from 'Music Production' to 'Songwriting and Performance'.

Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.

Industry links

Across our music and media courses, students have undertaken work placements with EMI, Universal Music, ITV, Warner Bros and the BBC. They have also worked technical sound roles for local festivals, 2000trees and Wychwood, and work with the Media School’s BBC Introducing broadcasts. Our staff have a huge range of combined business experience including working with the BBC, Universal, Sony, Virgin, Orange and O2. In lectures and workshops, you’ll also hear from professional content creators and taste-makers who tour, record, design and produce music and media projects.  

Careers

  • Recording artist
  • Live performer
  • Songwriter
  • Music entrepreneur
  • Community music and education practitioner
  • Media Composer

Study mode

Full-Time

Length

3 Years (Full-Time)

Campus

Park, Cheltenham

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2020 entry

Because we want to offer this course to creative students with talent and potential (and because we know that exam grades don't always tell the whole story), we make offers following an audition instead of using tariff points.

You will need to have, or be studying for, a NQF level 3 qualification – that's A-level/BTEC/Welsh Baccalaureate or equivalent.

Once you apply, we will invite you to audition so we can decide whether to make you an offer.

Check out our Audition Guide to learn what to expect and help you prepare.

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required.
Please contact our admissions team if you have a question.

Fees

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.

UCAS Codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BA (Hons) - 3 years full-timeW300

School of Media

Our School of Media provides industry-standard, specialist facilities so you can develop your creative talent. Our studios and production spaces are an exciting place to work together with students from different subjects on creative projects.

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