BA (Hons) Songwriting & Music Business

UCAS CODE: 3C47

INSTITUTION CODE: B39

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A 3 year full-time degree available at:


The BA (Hons) Songwriting and Music Business will see you nurture your talents as a songwriter while making the most of our unparalleled music industry connections. You’ll graduate with an in-depth knowledge of your art as well as with invaluable experiences of the industry that supports it.

You’ll focus on songwriting techniques, styles and genres, working with bands, music publishing and marketing. These topics ensure that once you graduate, you’ll be a musician with detailed knowledge of how the music business works.

By combining your creative and artistic practices with your interest in business, you’ll be able to progress into a wide range of careers. These careers include becoming a self-managed artist or songwriter, composer for film or TV, entering into music publishing and copyright collection, live performance of original material or professional qualifications in areas such as entertainment law or music and business education.

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As you progress through the course, you can specialise in topics that interest you most. This is possible through our optional modules, such as creative performance, session skills, songwriting, technology, composing for film and TV, arranging, recording, teaching and research. By having these optional modules in place, you’ll be able to tailor your course to meet the career outcome that’s meant for you.

Day to day collaboration with fellow songwriters, performers, producers and event management students will help you gain real-world experiences. You’ll also gain further real-world experience via our unrivalled work experience opportunities.

These work opportunities give you the chance to develop hands-on industry knowledge through placements and internships with a variety of music-focused employers. You’ll also be supported in entrepreneurial ventures of your own design.

Throughout your degree, you’ll be taught by experienced and inspiring lecturers who are still active in the industry today. They’ll be there – along with our Student Services and Careers Team – to help you define and reach your personal and professional goals.

So, what are you waiting for? Combine your passion for songwriting and music business today for a fulfilling music industry career in the future.

Course specification

Mode of attendance: Full-time

Length of course: This course is taught as a three-year course at levels four, five and six.

Awarding institution: BIMM University

Campus delivery: London, Brighton, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester and Berlin

UCAS code: 3C47

Language of study: English

Final award: BA (Hons) Songwriting and Music Business

Admissions Criteria: Minimum of 2 A-levels at Grade C or above (64 UCAS points), OR BTEC Level 3 equivalent, and normally three GCSEs at a minimum grade C/4, including English Language.

Minimum requirements

Successful completion of a BIMM admissions assessment.

Minimum of 2 A-levels at Grade C or above (64 UCAS points), OR BTEC Level 3 equivalent, and normally three GCSEs at a minimum grade C/4, including English Language.

IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 to be achieved in each band.

Progression

Graduates can progress directly to employment in the recording industry, the live music industry, the film and TV industry, the audio post-production industry and education industry.

Course fees

Please visit our Fees page for information on access to student loans. Please note, UK students eligible for loans are able to borrow the full course fee for BIMM Music Institute degrees.

Our undergraduate degree courses allow you to define your own route to success via a range of optional modules. First, you’ll learn the necessary employability skills and find where you’ll fit in the industry. Then, you’ll be able to build your course according to your interests and career aspirations.

We are currently undertaking a review of modules on this course as we believe there are a number of improvements we can make to enhance the overall student experience. Please be assured that we are not making significant changes to the overall course content. We are collaborating with our current students to redesign assessments to better equip our graduates for the evolving needs of the industry.

To view the latest undergraduate course overview document for 2024/25 entry, please click here.

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The optional modules advertised as available for BIMM Music Institute courses are subject to variation dependant on minimum student numbers and the availability of specialist resources at each college (Please refer to our terms and conditions for further detail).

Manchester
Phoebe Pope
Lecturer, Songwriting & Music Production

Phoebe is a lecturer at BIMM, specialising in music technology, songwriting, and live performance. Phoebe began…

Berlin
Sandra Passaro
Music Business Lecturer

Sandra teaches Music Business at BIMM Music Institute Berlin. She is the founder and owner of…

Brighton
Sigrid Jakobsen
Deputy Course Leader for Performance

Sigrid Jakobsen is a diverse music performance coach specializing in vocals/heavy vocals, songwriting, and confidence-building. After…

Bristol
Simon Beddoe
Music Business and Event Management Lecturer

Simon Beddoe is a trumpet/flugel horn player, composer, arranger and lecturer. He studied jazz at the…

Brighton
Simon Gray
Deputy Course Leader, Songwriting

Simon is the Deputy Course Leader for Songwriting at BIMM Music Institute Brighton. Having graduated with…

Sky Deep
Live Sound and Performance Lecturer

From launching a label, curating a festival and running a successful club-night to producing award-winning films,…

Bristol
Stephen Barnes
Senior Lecturer, Marketing, Media, Music Business, Event Management

Stephen has been active in the music and entertainment industry in various guises for nearly 30…

Manchester
Steve Marsden
Lecturer, Music Theory, Guitar and Songwriting

Steve’s a professional guitarist and music educator with over a decade's worth of touring, recording and…

Manchester
Steve Trafford
Course Leader, Songwriting

Steve Trafford is the Course Leader for Songwriting at BIMM Music Institute Manchester. He is a…

Any questions?

For any questions regarding our courses or if you’d like more information on how to apply to BIMM Music Institute, please contact our Enquiries Team on 01273 840 346 or email [email protected].

 

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