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Commercial Music

Entry requirements


We welcome applications from students who are completing an Access to Higher Education Diploma. We normally look for applicants to have studied a course that is in a similar subject and offers are usually made in line with our published tariff point range.

UCAS Tariff

104-120

A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required

You may also need to…

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Perform an audition

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subjects

Popular music performance

Music production

Popular music

- Explore the global nature of music-making in the 21st century

- Study for a degree that offers you a unique balance of practical, creative and critical learning opportunities

- Benefit from a strong emphasis on your professional development as an artist through songwriting, performance and production

- Access world-class practical and academic learning resources, including our industry- standard recording studio complex and multimedia centre

- Enjoy expert academic support in modules designed to enhance your portfolio and industry-focused employability

- Produce and perform music as an active stakeholder of both local and wider music industries and communities

Do you wish to explore the music industry and commercial songwriting? Do you aspire to produce your own music and perform it live? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. Our dynamic Commercial Music programme has been specially designed to facilitate music-making with industry in mind.

At the University of Winchester we have world-class technological resources and inspiring staff who lead through academic and creative opportunities for you. You will spend a great deal of your time in our industry-standard music production facilities where the recording studios and multimedia centre provide world-class resources. These are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

You are supported throughout by our core team of lecturing staff comprising highly skilled musicians, producers and academics, affording a challenging and industry-aligned experience for you.

This hands-on three-year degree course will enable you to take more control of the production process, from studio to stage. As a contemporary music maker you will embrace entrepreneurship and place creativity at the centre of your professional practice.

On our multi-disciplined programme you will explore engaging songwriting, modern live performance, and real-time business activity inside the music industry, including promotion, self-funded tours, and collaboration on songwriting and production projects with other artists.

Alongside these core stages, there is a strong emphasis on your professional development as an artist. This allows you to develop a keen sense of your transferable skills, as well as encouraging meaningful engagement with the music industry. Guest lectures, enrichment activities and volunteering are just some of the ways on offer to help you achieve a deeper understanding and experience of the music industry.

Having gained a unique balance of practical, creative and critical learning skills, graduates are well prepared to pursue successful careers in the music industry. They can find work in sound recording and music publishing industries, at record labels, in the entertainment business, or across the digital sector.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
International
£13,800
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Winchester

Department:

School of Media and Film

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.

95%
high
Popular music performance
95%
high
Music production
95%
high
Popular music

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

100%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
95%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
95%
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

95%
Library resources
100%
IT resources
100%
Course specific equipment and facilities
95%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
13%
Male students
87%
Female students
85%
2:1 or above
13%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
A*

After graduation


The stats in this section 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.

Design, and creative and performing arts

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£17,000
med
Average annual salary
91%
low
Employed or in further education
56%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

13%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
12%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
12%
Other elementary services occupations

What about your long term prospects?

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

Performing arts

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£12k

£12k

£19k

£19k

£22k

£22k

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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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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