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BIMM Institute

Songwriting & Music Production

UCAS Code: 3C49

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

E,E

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

PPP

UCAS Tariff

32

Minimum of 2 A-levels at Grade E or above (32 UCAS points), OR BTEC Level 3 equivalent, and normally three GCSEs at a minimum grade C/4, including English Language. Mature applicants (19+) who do not hold the minimum entry criteria can be considered for RPP - Recognition of Prior Practice. This is an essay based submission focused on prior professional practice or experiential learning.

You may also need to…

Attend an interview

Perform an audition

Present a portfolio

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subjects

Music production

Popular music composition

**About the course**

If you are a songwriter that also wants to understand the creative and technical aspects of music production, then the BA (Hons) Songwriting & Music Production degree is right for you.

Here at BIMM, we know that today’s music industry highly values and requires multi-skilled music professionals. This can be seen in the line between songwriter and producer often blurring. For example, many songwriters act as producers, while many producers write or co-write songs. With the BA (Hons) Songwriting and Music Production degree, you’ll graduate with the essential skills to produce music in a recording studio and develop your songwriting technique for multiple genres.

You’ll focus on practical studio engineering and software skills, songwriting technique, writing in numerous styles and genres, application of acoustic theory, and approaches to answering professional briefs. As well as these subject-specific Songwriting and Music Production Core modules, you’ll also develop the necessary skills and knowledge to work effectively within the broader context of the music industry.

As your ambitions and career goals develop, so can your course. We offer optional modules so that you can focus your studies on your desired career direction. You’ll be able to specialise in modules that facilitate a career in a wide range of industries. These include the recording industry, the live music industry, the film and TV industry, the audio post-production industry and the education industry.

We also offer a varied learning experience to prepare you for the real industry. You’ll have a combination of predominantly practical classes, workshops and seminars, all led by experienced industry practitioners who are still active in the industry today.

And, because we know that everyone is different, you’ll have regular one-to-one tutorials to help tailor your education to your own needs. Our Student Services and Careers Team are also on hand to help you define and reach your personal and professional goals.

So, what are you waiting for? Combine your passion for songwriting and music production today for a fulfilling music industry career in the future.

**The BIMM Graduate**
We make sure that when you graduate, your attributes and skills mirror the employment and creative needs of the music industry – both today and in the future.

We aim to equip BIMM graduates with the following qualities, so they have a long lasting career.
- Employable and Entrepreneurial

- Creative, Collaborative and Connected

- Resilient and adaptable

- Globally Aware

- Professional

- Intellectually Curious

- Self-aware

**The course is approved and awarded by BIMM Institute**

Modules

Students can expect to study the following core modules:

YEAR 1:
- The Creative industries and you 1: Finding your path
- Context and culture of the creative industries
- Songwriting Techniques
- Styles and genres
- Creative technology
- Audio capture methods and equipment
- Audio fundamentals
- Mixing multi track audio

YEAR 2:
- The Creative industries and you 2: Creative collaboration
- Creativity, identity and agency
- Music creation with technology
- Songwriting and arrangement
- Studio practice and engineering
- Practical acoustics

YEAR 3
- The Creative industries and you 3: Professional Portfolio
- Final Project
- Showcase and showreel
- Answering a creative brief.

A range of optional modules can be selected in years 2 and 3, subject to availability and student demand. Please visit the course information page on the BIMM Institute website for a full break down.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods are varied and balanced to suit a wide range of students and may take practical, written, portfolio or other form. Students are given the opportunity to work collaboratively with those studying other music related disciplines, representative of the way in which the Music and wider Creative Industries also require collaboration. All written and portfolio assessments are submitted electronically by way of a Virtual Learning Environment and where possible, feedback is delivered in audio and/or video form, as well as written.

Examples of methods used:
- Practical Exams
- Written exams
- Practical coursework
- Multimedia coursework
- Written coursework
- Presentations

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,750
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Applicants from low income backgrounds can access our Bursary Schemes:

Low-income Scheme
Care Leaver bursary

Further information can be found on our website: https://www.bimm.ac.uk

The Uni


Course locations:

BIMM Institute Manchester

BIMM Institute London

BIMM Institute Birmingham

BIMM Institute Brighton

BIMM Institute Bristol

Department:

Music

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

65%
low
Music production
65%
low
Popular music composition

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Music

Teaching and learning

78%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
75%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
72%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

65%
Library resources
58%
IT resources
70%
Course specific equipment and facilities
50%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

After graduation


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Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Music production

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£12k

£12k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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