A twelve-week process during which you’ll develop a feel for sensory imagery, metaphor and a facility for narrative tension. Meanwhile you apply various creative approaches to harmonic constructions and melodic devices. Of the songs generated here, some may go on to become part of your final Major Project showcase. The aim is to allow songs and writings of all genres to flourish.
Song, identity and culture
Here you investigate and unravel your personal songwriting ‘DNA’. You’ll look at your own work and that of others, in the context of artistic identity and culture. Lectures focus on style and genre, lyrical perspectives, character and identity, whilst you study a range of your own favourite songs and artists.You may wish to approach your study of song through a focus on genre, social or artistic movement, perhaps through a thematic perspective you may choose to develop. You then use our extensive library resources to research techniques and principles which distinguish these songs.
You’ll negotiate collaboration with other students within a professional context. For example, songwriters might collaborate in the traditional manner of successful and acclaimed songwriting teams, or may work with choreographers, film makers, poets, composers, arrangers or remixers. All we require is that you negotiate the human and professional decisions required of the experience. You’ll work within a professionally focused environment in a manner appropriate to your interests. The module acknowledges that contemporary arts practice is an evolving concept that functions across an international community, aided by technology and powered by innovative collaborative practice.
Research methodologies and context
A ‘pathfinder’ contextual study into an economic/cultural context for your future song outputs. From folk to hip-hop, indie, metal, etc., each industrial context possesses a uniquely different set of venues, publishers, labels, agents, producers and performers. Each of these contexts are defined by a set of modes and approaches which ultimately reflect audience and market. You assemble a methodology with which to report on a socio-economic cultural context appropriate for your particular form of song. This training is a firm foundation for further study as a postgraduate researcher, should that be your goal.
Bring all your research and preparation into focus. You are asked to present a showcase artefact representing the songs developed during your time on the course. Usually this is an album. For some it will be several projects for differing contexts, like a writer’s showcase for a publisher. Some students choose to perform live and record the performance, though most students engage with contemporary production processes. Your final showcase is yours to define; this is your calling card and the beginning of a new journey.