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Popular Music

FdA

Foundation degree

Key facts

Award
FdA Popular Music
School
College of Liberal Arts
Campus or location
University Centre Weston
Taught by
University Centre Weston
Course length
Two years full-time
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: W340
Campus Code: C,WESTON

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our foundation programmes. See ‘Interested in applying’ for more information.

 

Equip yourself with industry skills, ready to enter the world of professional music.

  • Tailored to support musicians who wish to work as performers, session musicians, songwriters or arrangers.
  • Weekly performance and recording opportunities in venues around the south west.
  • Range of studio visits offering professional recording opportunities.

Professional music making, from concept to completion, is the focus of this Popular Music course. You’ll be supported with weekly individual lessons on your primary instrument, specialist workshops, and lectures on every aspect of current practice in the music industry.

We have established a network of industry links with top recording studios and regional festivals; you’ll learn from and collaborate with experienced professionals. We’ll help you graduate as a versatile musician with strong business skills.

“The lecturers are excellent musicians, highly motivated and very experienced in their fields – all of the lessons are brilliant! The degree has allowed us to focus on becoming better musicians, while giving us the support and facilities we need to reach a professional standard.”

– The Blue Horizon, Popular Music (Foundation Degree) graduates

What you'll learn

Overview

You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the whole process of professional music making, from the initial songwriting/composing, arranging and rehearsals to performance, recording, post-production and marketing. All strands of the course are taught through practical activity to encourage a thorough understanding of industry practices.

You’ll be encouraged to develop versatility, for example, through composing for string quartets or brass bands, and your technical skills will be developed in a wide variety of instrumental and vocal contexts. You’ll gain an understanding of key concepts in the perception of music and sound, developing your ear and musicality. You’ll also develop a thorough knowledge of live sound, music production and marketing, gaining key business skills such as events management, contractual consideration and finance.

Course structure

Year 1
Cover a wide variety of performance techniques, supported by session musicians and individual instrument tuition. We introduce you to studio production, alongside developing your understanding of the theoretical and cultural underpinnings of popular music.
Year 2
Cover live performance, live sound and events management, composing and arranging, and production and marketing. You’ll construct a promotional package featuring your professional recordings and performance experience.

How will I be assessed?

This course is assessed through observed studio and rehearsal practice, performances, essays, portfolios, and presentations.

How will I be taught?

This course is taught through lectures, seminars, workshops, group work, supervised studio activity, practical work, and individual instrument tuition. We also make use of industry specialists to deliver guest lectures and workshops.

Opportunities

Field trips

From Monnow Valley to St George’s Bristol, you’ll have opportunities to participate in studio and venue visits across the Popular Music modules. Please note that you will have to pay for some of these study visits.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

This course is taught at University Centre Weston, where you’ll benefit from access to recording studios, rehearsal rooms and performance space. Concerts, live-streamed performances and a wealth of professional recording opportunities create a unique professional and commercial experience.

Fees

UK and EU students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £7,950
Year 2 Published Jan 2018
Year 3 Published Jan 2019

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2018
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

International students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £13,500
Year 2 Published Jan 2018
Year 3 Published Jan 2019

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2018
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

Offers are usually made on the basis of a minimum of MMP/CDD or equivalent, preferably in a related area such as the BTEC Extended Diploma in Music Performance or A Level in Music. Applications from those studying only two A-levels or alternative qualifications will be considered on an individual basis. You’ll be required to submit an audio portfolio of work.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply webpages.

Interview and portfolio guidance

Your portfolio should consist of tracks you have produced which demonstrate your compositional achievements to date in your main area of specialism. We’ll ask you to complete a supporting document form which will give you an opportunity to provide descriptions, observations and analysis of your tracks.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk 

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