Course Type: Higher Education

BA (Hons) Contemporary Popular Music (Top Up)

  • Course Code AAA0280
  • Day Weekdays
  • Time Daytime
  • Start Date 17th September 2018
  • Fee £5,995
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Baltic Campus

This course is a one-year programme aimed at students wanting to top up a Foundation Degree or an HND to BA (Hons) level. Upon completion of the programme, you’ll be fully prepared for employment in the music industry. You’ll have the opportunity to take part in fantastic work based learning projects and workshops in performing, teaching, working in the music industry and an individual project that you tailor to your own interests and specialisms.

This programme is designed to bring out the best in the skills and creativity you already have, we'll work with you to make sure when you graduate you'll have the entrepreneurial flair and talent to succeed in the music industry.

We'll also make sure you have the best contacts possible to ensure a successful career. Networking is an essential part of working in music and our teaching team are on hand to help you make connections with top class venues, events, festivals, professional music services and much more.

Previous students have gone on to work in the business locally and around the world. Our graduates work on cruises, tour theatres and prestigious venues, work as songwriters, are signed as performers and writers for labels, run whole music schools, teach, own production companies and studios and do much more. Alternatively you could also go on to a postgraduate course should you want to go on to further study.

The programme is designed to give you an in depth knowledge of Contemporary Popular Music practices in the areas of music facilitation, professional performance, creative studio techniques, music business and critical theoretical studies. Emphasis is placed on developing a critical and reflective approach to music practice, with an understanding of the social and economic context for the performance and production of contemporary popular music.

What will I study?

You will cover the following subject areas:

  • Music facilitation
  • Music enterprise
  • Performance practice
  • Production practice
  • Major project

About the Programme

This programme is more than a qualification; it is designed to give you the edge in the jobs market or if you’re moving onto further study. It is personal to you and is made up of a range of activities; the majority of time will be spent on the qualification you choose to study which will be a mix of practical work and theory, all shaped around the technical skills and knowledge that employers are looking for. Additionally you will have the opportunity to take part in enrichment activities including, joining the enterprise society, sport, jobs fairs, competitions, volunteering, visits and experiences linked to your career ambitions.
Success, progression and employment

The programme has been very successful, constantly yielding fantastic results. We have signed artists and songwriters, heads of festivals and private music companies, successful performers and writers, educators and more. Our graduates work locally but can also currently be found long term working as professional musicians in Verona, Italy; Shanghai, China, Hong Kong, Islamabad, Pakistan, America and more. Many tour abroad. Students have come specifically to study with us from Estonia, Australia, Italy, Hong Kong, Ireland, Pakistan as well as from around the UK.
Teaching, learning and assessment

The learning strategy is designed to empower students as independent learners. Consideration is given to both the diverse backgrounds and learning needs of the students. 

Assessment is used to monitor progress, measure attainment, maintain standards, and determine progression and award grades to student performance. Assessment is student-centred serving to motivate, promote learning and enable the students to gauge their progress. The range of assessment methods includes: assignments, group presentations, case studies, portfolios of practice evidence and electronic based tasks. Students must provide evidence of having completed the directed study tasks, as required for each module, in order to successfully complete each module.

You'll be given constructive feedback throughout your course meaning when it comes to assessment, you will be fully prepared.

You may be asked to an audition/ interview. 

Please note: Whilst every effort is made to run all advertised programmes, this course will run subject suitable student numbers.

The place of study

Our fantastic Baltic Campus is equipped with some of the best education facilities in the UK. And with industry standard recording studios, rehearsal spaces and a custom built 200 capacity performance theatre, all our music courses are well catered for.

Our facilities are recognised as being among the best in the country. This is one of the reasons that we were chosen as a founder college of the National Skills Academy Creative and Cultural (NSACC), a national network of colleges, companies and venues around the country that aim to improve the skill level within the Creative Industries.

Music and Music Technology are based within the Lower ground floor of the Purpose-built Baltic Campus. This building is equipped with state of the art technology, teaching rooms, study areas, digital recording studios, sequencing/score publishing workstations, and rehearsal areas.

The campus also offers an excellent library and resource centre, a theatre and open public performance areas as well as meeting rooms and canteen/bistro. All students undertake performances both within the college and in the community in local venues such as theatres, pubs, private clubs, schools and other places. As a student, you are able to make use of many facilities such as the union, sports activities, other courses, student advice centre and access fund as well as those areas mentioned above. In addition to this you may access both the college and the university’s web-based virtual learning environments via wireless broadband.

An interview is required and an audition is required.

How to apply

Applications can be made through UCAS; our institution code is G09. For more information you can contact us on 0191 490 2245.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be via the submission of a portfolio at the end of the programme. Your tutors will informaly assess your progress throughout giving you feedback and support through tutorial sessions.

Qualifications needed

A relevant foundation degree or equivalent (such as HND) in the subject area. It is suggested that the minimum grade profile is a good/clear pass.

There are loans available that you can apply for to help cover the costs of course fees and living costs(if studying full time).

For more information or advice, contact our finance support services on 0191 490 4627 or 0191 426 4329. Our support funds team can also be emailed at support.funds@gateshead.ac.uk