Foundation Diploma in Professional Musicianship - Songwriting

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A 1-year part-time diploma available at:

This one-year practical and vocational course is ideal if you want to further your musical abilities on a part-time basis of 4.5 hours a week.

At BIMM Dublin, we understand that live performance is the key to you becoming a great musician. So, you’ll spend a lot of time working on your techniques and styles to help you develop and find your niche as a performer.

You’ll receive expert guidance from your highly skilled BIMM lecturers, all of whom have had vast experience in music industry and songwriting while continuing to be a part of the business today.

You’ll also study music theory and the fundamental skills required to read and perform music notation

BIMM Songwriting student performing live

During your time on the course, you’ll connect with like-minded fellow musicians for exciting collaboration projects and will get to plug into unique networking opportunities. These include Masterclasses with global music industry professionals. You’ll also have the opportunity to audition for the BIMM Album and the BIMM end-of-term gigs.

All in all, it’s a fantastic part-time introduction to modern music and the industry that surrounds it.

The course is fully validated by BIMM Institute and successful completion will gain you 60 CATS credits at Level 4 in the National Framework of Qualifications for England & Northern Ireland.

This is the equivalent to 30 ECTS credits at Level 6 on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications.

It’s a great gateway to taking your first steps in a music industry career.

So, what are you waiting for? To make your way as a musician, connect with us, and we’ll connect you to a life in music.

BIMM students creating, songwriting and guitar

Course specification

Mode of attendance: Part-time

Length of course: 1 year

Awarding institution: BIMM Institute

Campus delivery: Dublin

Language of study: English

Final award and exit awards: 60 CATS Credits (Equivalent to 30 ECTS Credits)

Admissions Criteria: Successful completion of one module at Level 5. This is equivalent to one O6 (formerly one Ordinary Level D3) in any subject at Leaving Cert.

Minimum requirements

The minimum entry requirement is the successful completion of one module at Level 5. This is equivalent to one O6 (formerly one Ordinary Level D3) in any subject at Leaving Cert.

Applicants must be 17 on 1st January in the year of entry. All applicants are made directly to BIMM Institute Dublin. All applicants must also attend an audition to determine their eligibility for the course.

Overseas students where English is not their native language must meet a minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.0. We require a minimum of 5.5 to be achieved in each band.


Graduates can progress directly to a career in the music industry or can continue their study with BA (Hons) Commercial Modern Music in Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocals or Songwriting at BIMM Institute.

Course fees

Because we’re Europe’s largest and most prestigious music institute, we’re uniquely positioned to offer outstanding value and quality to all our students.

Module names and structure may be subject to change.

In this module, you will explore and develop professional songwriting techniques and stylistic approaches. You will take a look at instrumentation and song arrangement ideas in collaborative live performance workshops.

An interesting and highly interactive musical adventure, the module will adapt and cater to individuals’ requirements, while providing opportunities to network and perform with instrumentalists from the Diploma’s other ‘streams’.

This module provides the student with an introduction to the fundamentals of music theory, with practical applications of theoretical concepts on the piano keyboard. It will also facilitate the development of aural recognition and transcription skills, to better prepare the student for the range of musical situations they are likely to encounter as a professional musician.

The component parts of the module will be delivered in mixed-discipline groups in a combined lecture/workshop format, utilising a variety of methods including; tutor-led lectures/tasks, group work, e-learning through your VLE and independent study and research.

All students will have access to a piano keyboard in class, with an emphasis on the practical demonstration and application of all theory concepts studied.

In this module, the student has the opportunity to explore specific composition and arrangement techniques when working in a wide range of genres. Not only will this allow them to more fully understand the mechanics of songwriting, but it will also provide a heightened ability when working within their own personal style.

Any questions?

For any questions regarding our courses or if you’d like more information on how to apply to BIMM Institute, please contact our Admissions Team on +353 1 5133 666 or email [email protected].


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