Bath Spa University Commercial Music

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Bath Spa University Commercial Music

Commercial Music at Bath Spa University is all about creation: songs, projects, bands and entrepreneurial ideas. In writing, designing, promoting, performing, researching, touring and launching your creative material you will acquire a range of skills with which to broaden your future career choices. If you have a flair for original musical ideas, then Commercial Music can take you on a creative journey to inspire and define a lifelong career. You will write original material and songs, and around this we explore identity, promotion and the wider music business context for your creativity. Some of our graduates are signed artists, and some work for record labels and in music publishing. Others are employed in the entertainment business, and across the digital sector. All share a passion for music, and all of our students are songwriters, lyricists and composers, and all perform regularly on the course. On campus, we encourage artistic collaboration across many genres.

Commercial Music is unique in UK higher education with its focus on songwriting. Bath Spa University is host to the annual UK Songwriting Festival, and hosts the world’s first Masters Degree in Songwriting. All of the teaching team is active musicians, producers, performers and writers with a portfolio of recorded and published work. You have access to industry-standard equipment throughout your course – there are five high specification recording studios, running Pro Tools HD and Logic Pro on Apple Macs. We have a production lab (TN.115) with 50 audio and multi-media workstations running Logic Pro, Pro Tools and Adobe Creative S 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.

  • Performance (Double Module)
  • Bands, Projects, Singers, Musicians, Live Music
  • Production
  • Audio Production and The Studio
  • The Music Workstation and the Studio
  • Writing
  • Creative Writing (Songwriting and promotional writing)
  • Applied Writing (Business and academic writing)
  • Image and Product (Double Module)
  • Cultural studies
  • Performance, Video and Touring
  • Music Business Skills (Double Module)
  • Industry, Commerce and Management
  • Web, Promotion and Tour
  • Staging, Video and Live
  • Research
  • Scholarly and Intellectual Discourse
  • Creative Enterprise
  • Entrepreneurialism, Ideas and Marketing
  • Songwriting, Studio Production and Performance
  • Portfolio