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Institute of Contemporary Music Performance

BA (Hons) Creative Musicianship - Guitar

UCAS Code: 3C5G

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

Entry requirements


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80

Applicants will typically have A Levels, BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma, or International Baccalaureate equivalent to 80 UCAS points, or an ICMP Higher Diploma. In addition, you should hold a GCSE Grade C or above in English and Maths, or suitable equivalent, such as Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Adult Literacy/Numeracy. We also welcome applications from mature students who may have no formal qualifications but can demonstrate their suitability for study through appropriate skills and experience.

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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Musicianship and performance studies

The BA (Hons) Creative Musicianship degree helps you identify exactly who you are as an artist, develops your creativity while expressing your own unique ‘creative voice’, and guides you towards your own definition of career success. It’s a fun and diverse course with the aim of producing competent self-producing artists and creative musicians who want to create and perform their own music. The degree is suitable for all musicians and caters for a range of different instruments, including guitar, bass, drums, vocals, keyboards, saxophones, harps, and many more options.

Over the course, you’ll develop expertise in your principal instrument, through group instrumental tuition across all three years, and collectively within a group workshop environment. In the business and entrepreneurship modules, you’ll gain an understanding of marketing, branding, social networking and successful new business models, while developing broader communication, management and interpersonal skills. Using the latest technology, you’ll be given the opportunity to build a portfolio of your own original music, working in collaboration with other disciplines and media, such as film, dance, games and fashion.

The learning style on the BA (Hons) Creative Musicianship degree is student-led and highly personalised. You’ll be encouraged to explore a variety of different directions as a creative artist, and will be making your own decisions about what’s best for your future career, with guidance and mentorship provided by your exceptionally experienced tutors. You’ll also gain a working knowledge of the way the music business operates, thanks to regular industry events, masterclasses, visits by special guest musicians, and ICMP’s connection with London’s Tileyard Studios – our exclusive industry partner and home to the UK’s largest professional music community. By the time you graduate from ICMP, you’ll be a confident and versatile creative artist with the ability to compose and produce your own work, and the drive, marketing skills and networking contacts to take your professional career to the next level.

This course will prepare you for a successful career in the music industry, in jobs such as independent artist and performer, or as a creative musician working in the fields of recording, publishing, sound design, library music, or writing for film, TV and media. If you’d prefer to continue your studies, this course provides a solid foundation for the ICMP Masters (MMus) in Popular Music Performance.

Modules

Year 1 (level 4)
- Performance and Context I
- Core Principles of Music Making
- Popular Music Debates
- Music, New Media and The Arts

Year 2 (level 5)
- Performance and Context II
- Exploring Music Making
- Writing About Music
- Marketing and Monetising Your Music
- Composition For Film and Media (Option)
- Entrepreneurial Practice (Option)
- Live and Studio Recording Techniques (Option)
- Live Performance Technology (Option)

Year 3 (level 6)
- Dissertation
- Recorded Project
- Performance Project
- Professional Project

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£7,500
per year
England
£7,500
per year
EU
£7,500
per year
International
£9,700
per year
Northern Ireland
£7,500
per year
Scotland
£7,500
per year
Wales
£7,500
per year

Extra funding

Taking a music degree course at ICMP makes financial sense, with the fees for ICMP music degrees significantly less than those at many traditional universities, and, also much lower than other UK music education providers - making studying music at ICMP in London great value as well as great fun.

For students to be eligible for SLC funding, they must be studying a designated course. Courses at the ICMP are designated each year by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

We have developed together with valued partners several scholarships and bursaries which supplement our outreach and widening participation activities and enhance access to our courses. Please contact our admissions team for more information.

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Department:

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64%
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Musicianship and performance studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Music

Teaching and learning

78%
Staff make the subject interesting
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
75%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
70%
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

71%
Library resources
55%
IT resources
77%
Course specific equipment and facilities
45%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

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Musicianship and performance studies

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