Music courses at Bath Spa University are ranked 10th out of 71 providers nationally for overall satisfaction, and BA (Hons) Commercial Music scored 88% for overall student satisfaction in NSS 2015!*
A vocational course for original songwriters and musicians
Typical offer range for UK / EU applicants
Commercial Music requires 320 tariff points, and we will require 260 of those points to come from A level/equivalent (including one B grade, usually in a specific subject) – for example BCC, ACD:
Candidates without standard qualifications but with music industry experience considered.
You will also need a high level of performance or composing skill (assessed via MP3s of your three best original tracks); music technology experience; performance experience.
Shortlisted candidates will be auditioned.
The course begins with original songs and projects and moves through marketing and management into entrepreneurialism. Your first year models the developmental stage of a record deal, with its focus on songwriting, performance and production: this is the raw material that will define the launch and release cycles of your second year.
You write songs, you write the journalistic and promotional material (Creative and Applied Writing) and you learn how to produce and develop your material in the recording studio (Audio Production and The Music Workstation).
Bands, projects, singers, musicians, live music
Performance (Double Module)
Audio Production and The Studio
The Music Workstation and the Studio
Creative Writing (Songwriting and promotional writing)
Applied Writing (Business and academic writing)
Image and Product (Double Module)
Performance, video and touring
Staging, Video and Live
Web, Promotion and Tour
Industry, commerce and management
Music Business Skills (Double Module)
Songwriting, studio production and performance
Entrepreneurialism, ideas and marketing
Scholarly and intellectual discourse
Many graduates from Commercial Music go on to work either in the music business or related fields. Employers of graduates include Sony, Universal Music Group, PRS for music, Mercury Records, One Little Indian, Union Square Records, PIAS, Atlantic Records and many more. Signed artists include The Heavy and Kill It Kid.
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