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Institute of Contemporary Music Performance

BA (Hons) Songwriting

UCAS Code: W3W8

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

Entry requirements


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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

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The BA (Hons) Songwriting is a practically focused, industry-led course designed for those looking to become professional songwriters.

As a specialist music education provider, we don’t attempt to ‘teach’ you how to write songs but, instead, guide you through a structured and personalised journey that enables you to develop your own individual writing ability and style. Each week, you’ll explore the art and craft of contemporary songwriting, and will write at least two songs to brief which cover a range of topics, styles, genres and approaches. You’ll collaborate with other ICMP students to showcase your material with a professional band and will engage in small group ‘A&R-style’ feedback and critical discussion with your professional songwriting tutors and talented peers, regularly critiquing each other ’s works-in-progress across all three years of the degree.

Our core aim is to nurture your individuality and independence as a writer and empower you with the knowledge, skills and understanding required to establish and maintain a songwriting career, in whatever form you choose. You’ll achieve this with the help of our impressive teaching faculty, made up of highly practiced songwriters and producers, all of whom have active careers in both the music industry and the higher education sector.

The degree offers many opportunities for collaborative work, both within ICMP and with the wider music and creative industries, providing excellent opportunities for building your showreel and networking within the music business. The final year sees a research-based dissertation and frequent interaction with established industry professionals, allowing students to leave ICMP ‘career-ready ’. By the time you graduate, you’ll have a deep understanding of the discipline of songwriting; an impressive creative repertoire of work; a grasp of the history and culture of songwriting; solid production and recording skills; and expertise in musicianship, business, entrepreneurship and live performance. You’ll also have gained a working knowledge of the way the music industry operates, thanks to regular songwriting-specific masterclasses and events, visits from industry specialists, and ICMP’s connection with the wider London music industry.

This course will prepare you for a career in the music industry, in jobs such as performing songwriter, producer, standalone songwriter, songwriting tutor and music business executive, or you can progress to further postgraduate study in songwriting.

Modules

Year 1 (level 4)
- Creative Songwriting
- The Practicing Songwriter
- Theory For Songwriters
- Popular Music Debates

Year 2 (level 5)
- Applied Songwriting
- Marketing and Monetising Your Music
- Writing About Music
- Music Composition For Songwriters (Option) •
- Principles of Creative Production (Option)
- Principles of Creative Performance (Option)

Year 3 (level 6)
- Creative Identity and Repertoire
- The Business of Songwriting
- Professional Project
- Dissertation

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£11,700
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
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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How do students rate their degree experience?

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Music

Teaching and learning

70%
Staff make the subject interesting
84%
Staff are good at explaining things
75%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
71%
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

70%
Library resources
55%
IT resources
69%
Course specific equipment and facilities
39%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

After graduation


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