Embrace diversity and celebrate original ideas. This course will help you to explore and enhance your creative voice, develop a range of practical skills, and build an industry-facing portfolio and network of contacts to enable you to launch your career. Develop skills in songwriting, performance, music production, visual media, live events and community music practice. You’ll have the opportunity to work with musicians, artists and music producers across our music degrees, and take part in our annual European Capital City Showcase in cities like Barcelona, Amsterdam and Prague. Work on live business briefs and graduate with a rich production portfolio and industry contacts, ready for a successful music career. Benefit from links with BBC Introducing (hosted on campus each year), EMI, and Gloucestershire-based Wychwood and 2000trees music festivals. Learn from lecturers with diverse industry experience including musical direction for Blur and Gorillaz, producer of music for Broken (2013) and 8 Minutes Idle (2012), producers for Sony and Universal and BAFTA award winners.
During your first year you’ll explore composition, performance and creative music production. With a market-focused approach you’ll write and record songs, develop audio-visual content and play gigs as part of a vibrant community of musicians. You’ll also examine music’s place in cultural, economic and political contexts. Performance continues as a focus in your second year, with regular live events, on and off campus. You’ll explore the potential of web and broadcast technologies as a live performance platform, as well as music for moving image. You’ll also develop expertise in business relevant to your musical area. This includes licensing and royalties, label management, live event management, marketing and global music opportunities. You’ll be able to choose from a range of optional modules to match your interests and career goals. Demonstrating your creative, commercial and academic expertise, you’ll create a product and live performance in your final year. You’ll also gain experience through a work placement, to inform your dissertation, relevant to your career plans. Recent destinations have included EMI, Universal Music, ITV, Warner Bros and the BBC.