FdA Popular Music
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Why choose this course
This course will equip you with the necessary skills to enter the diverse and exciting field of popular music. The course is ideal for you if you wish to work as a session musician; become a freelance player/producer of your own music or promote your own band.
You will study with experts in the field, undergoing rigorous training in a broad range of performance styles. You will have frequent opportunities to play with accomplished industry professionals and create working musical relationships with your peers.
Course structure and content
As well as individual and group lessons, regularly visiting artists deliver specialist workshops. An emphasis upon performance is supported through detailed coverage of music theory in popular song, improvisation and the arrangement of music for strings and brass. Student concerts and recordings take place in the specifically designed Performance Space at the College on a weekly basis, as well as events and festivals in venues in and around Bristol.
Plenty of studio opportunities and training in engineering, mixing and production techniques from industry professionals will give you the skills you need to make top quality recordings of your music. You will construct a promotional package based around a demo, and learn how to establish a meaningful presence within the music industry through the study and application of marketing techniques and the analysis of commercial musical trends. The development of promotional skills will be put into practice through the staging of a series of live concerts.
- Studio production
- Understanding and composing popular music
- Performing, composing and arranging
- Live sound and events management
- Producing and marketing your music.
- Portfolios of creative and practical work
- Written reports.
In partnerhip with
- £7,500 per year (full-time).
Students will be able to apply for the following funding (based on individual circumstances):
- Tuition Fee Loan
- Maintenance Loan
- Maintenance Grant
- University Bursary and/or National Scholarship
- Weston College Scholarships
A UCAS tariff in the range of 180-220 points with a minimum grade C in related 80 points in a related subject gained from at least one of the following:
- BTEC National Diploma/Certificate in Music Practicor a related subject
- Two or more A Levels ideally including one in music or a related subject
- Advanced Diploma in Creative and Media/Extended Diploma in a related subject
- Access to Higher Education course.
If you do not possess the relevant entry requirements, previous experience may be taken into account. Applicants will be assessed on an individual basis.
An audition will be required.
- You will have the opportunity to apply to progress to the Top-up year of the Honours Degree in Popular Music (subject to approval) and/ or related courses at Bath Spa on successful completion of this course
- Progress to a Top-up year at another university
- Enter employment in the field of performance, events management or teaching profession
- Enter live sound music industry
- Become a freelance Performer-Producer.
How to apply
Full-time course: complete a UCAS online application form and submit it electronically (ucas.com). The UCAS website provides detailed information about making your application, so if you need any further details please visit their site.
- Fill in a University and College Admissions Service (UCAS) application form online following UCAS guidelines and submit it through the website, ucas.com. The UCAS website gives lots of information about making your application, so you can find more details there.
- We will get your application through UCAS and may invite you to an interview or audition with a course tutor.
- We will let UCAS know what we decide about your application as soon as possible after your interview.
- UCAS will let you know what we decide via UCAS track so login regularly. Remember to apply for your funding at direct.gov.uk/studentfinance. More information about the tariff can be found at ucas.ac.uk/students/ucas_tariff.
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: W340
Campus Code: C