BA (Hons) Music & Sound Top-Up

Equivalent to the 3rd year of a degree, this flexible top-up year is designed to follow on from our Foundation Degree in Music & Sound, but would also suit any applicants studying a music related HND, Foundation Degree or indeed those with recognised industry experience backed up with qualifications. Validated by the University of West London, the course has been developed to mirror the modern music industry, allowing students to learn the skills to become independent, multi-skilled music practitioners, fluent with various forms of multi-media.
Before the start of each semester, you will be asked to pick any optional modules to study in addition to the core modules. The details of these follow below.
For Industry Professionals: We offer the opportunity to fast-track students with industry experience (5+ years) onto the BA (Hons). We map your previous experience against the two years of the foundation degree allowing you to progress straight onto the final year and achieve a full BA (Hons) in one year.

How long will it last?

Full time 2 x 12 week semesters Part-time 3 x 12 week semesters

Entry Requirements

Foundation degree or equivalent qualification in relevant subject. Fast-track option: 5+ years industry experience.

What subjects will I study?

Core Modules
Level 6 Project
Engage in a large-scale project in an area of your choice: performance, songwriting, composition, dissertation, music production, event management or multi-media
Music & Sound for Media
Study the academic theories behind matching music and sound with media and put them into practice when creating your own soundtrack to a given film clip.
Recording Project
There is a large market for music that film and TV production companies can take ‘off the shelf’ for genres such as sport, gameshows, wildlife etc. In this module, you will create your own portfolio of original music suitable for submitting to a publisher that covers a wide range of moods, styles and uses.
Freelance Portfolio
Develop a viable music industry product with all accompanying business research and requirements (business plan, website etc). This will be your calling card when you graduate.
Optional Modules
Showcase Studies
This performance-based module helps students to work towards presenting a live showcase that is supported by relevant and effective promotional materials.
Advanced Studio Production
Create your own portfolio of professional productions while developing a keen understanding of the techniques and working practices of leading producers.
Advanced Radio Production
Enjoy the challenges of making your own short radio play production that encompasses theme music, incidental music, sound effects (foley) and dialogue editing.
Music Management Project
This module is largely self-directed: with the option of specialising in music or artists management, retail management or crowd funding.

What happens next?

Following successful completion, you may progress to post-graduate level study e.g. M.Mus or MA and PgCert. For example- the AMS online M.Mus Music Performance.

Fees and Funding

Fees per academic year are £7495.

Subject to eligibility you can apply for a student loan to cover fees.
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If you are not eligible for a UK student loan you will need to fund the course yourself. Payment is made direct to the partner institution and will be invoiced by them following your enrolment. You can either pay in one lump sum, or three instalments.

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