Music Business - BA (Hons)

UCAS Code:
W375
Attendance:
Full Time (2 years)
Starting:
September 2016

Delivered by respected external partners Access to Music, this two-year, full-time music business degree concisely provides the skills to enable you to confidently approach a management role in the music industry. You gain a solid mix of business skills, understand how new technology links with emerging music business models, and gain practical experience of developing music industry ventures.

What's covered in the course?

The course provides you with a solid understanding of business and management fundamentals. You explore key issues such as organisational structure, finance, managing people, and strategy and decision making.

You take a close look at the workings of the music industry, covering aspects such as music marketing, law and contracts, and publishing. You examine the changes that have taken place, and how the future might well look, especially with regard to the impact and influence of new technologies.

With this in mind, you investigate how to effectively apply platforms such as e-commerce and social networking, as well as website development, in producing successful commercial ventures.

You also get a chance to work on industry projects in association with ATOM Live and other local and national organisations. Through creating and developing music industry events, marketing campaigns and online distribution sites, you not only gain a hands-on, practical appreciation of contemporary music business challenges, but also start to put together a network of invaluable industry contacts.

“The small class sizes allow for a much more personal experience. You feel more like a developing music industry professional rather than just a student number. The prospect of gaining a degree in two years is a lot less daunting than having to wait three years to graduate. Regardless of how good you think you are, this course will help you discover your weak points and help you tackle them head on.”
Denise Thompson

Why Choose Us?

  • Delivered four days per week over six 15-week trimesters (which essentially means you learn for 45 weeks per year for two years), this accelerated course is a compact, comprehensive study, giving you invaluable practical experience.
  • Work on projects that allow you to see the realities of creating music industry ventures.
  • Explore the effect of new technologies on the creative industries and use technology to develop your business ideas.
  • Enjoy the encouragement and expert guidance of working professionals, able to share first-hand experience of the music industry at work.
  • Use the advanced facilities of Heath Mill Studios including six rehearsal rooms, a recording studio with two control rooms, a performance venue with a stage, PA and lighting, plus music technology suites.
  • Feel fully part of Birmingham City University’s vibrant and colourful student community, with all our facilities and services to hand.

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This course is open to International students

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This Access to Music course is delivered at Heath Mill Studios, Digbeth, Birmingham.

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Entry Requirements

You will need to have four passes at GCSE, including mathematics and English language. You should also have or expect to gain one of the following:

  • At least 200 UCAS points obtained from a minimum of one 12-unit or two 6-unit A levels
  • Rockschool Level 3 Music Practitioner qualification
  • National Diploma in a music-related subject

You will also be interviewed as part of the selection process.

Applicants with non-standard qualifications and / or experience are encouraged to apply and will be considered if they can demonstrate appropriate ability through their audition and interview.

Interviews

Your interview will be conducted by the Course Director and one member of academic staff. Sessions will last about 30 minutes and will take the following format:

  • Introductions
  • Interview on academic, professional and personal qualities, and intentions for progression supported by portfolio of work (including CDs, DVDs, photos, press etc)
  • Exploration of business ideas and projects
  • Opportunity for candidates to ask questions
New UCAS tariff

The UCAS tariff is changing

If you're considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it's important to know that the UCAS tariff system is changing.

UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – will be introducing a new system on how points are calculated.

More about the new tariff

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2016 FT 2 years £6,000 per year Apply via UCAS

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2016 FT 2 years £12,000 per year Apply via UCAS

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Portfolio Guidance

We would like you to bring along some of your work which demonstrates your abilities and interest in the media. This will provide valuable support for your application and enable tutors to make a prompt decision. However, do not worry if the work you bring is not media-related as we are also looking for potential, creativity and enthusiasm.

We require you to bring the following:

An example of written work

(e.g. an academic essay or report. This does not have to be media-related) 
AND

An example of your interest in the media

(e.g. details of any work experience you have undertaken in the media industry or a media-related hobby)
OR

An example of any practical media work

(e.g. a video, website, article, some design work, radio work, photography or scripts you have produced)

Please ensure that any work you bring along is clearly labelled with your name and UCAS number.

Please note:

  • You may bring your portfolio on a memory stick providing the memory stick itself is well marked with your name AND the work on the memory stick is organised into a folder labelled ‘Applicant Day’.
  • Photographs MUST NOT be submitted on memory stick; all photographs must be printed and brought in to the Applicant Day as part of your portfolio.

Additional costs

Our courses include activities such as performance, exhibitions, field trips and production of works or artefacts which may require you to purchase specific equipment, instruments, books, materials, hire of venues and accommodation, or other items. Many of these activities are essential and compulsory parts of your learning experience.

The link below gives you an estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on specific courses. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course.

All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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Guidance for UK/EU students

UCAS

UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

Applying through UCAS
 Register with UCAS
 Login to UCAS
 Complete your details
 Select your course
 Write a personal statement
 Get a reference
 Pay your application fee
 Send UCAS your application

Non-EU (International) students

There are three ways to apply:

1) Direct to the University

You will need to complete our International Application Form and submit it together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.

2) Through a country representative

Our in-country representatives can help you make your application and apply for a visa. They can also offer advice on travel, living in the UK and studying abroad.

3) Through UCAS

If you are applying for an undergraduate degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), you can apply through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

You can request a printed form from your school or nearest British Council office. You will be charged for applying through UCAS. Birmingham City University’s UCAS code is B25 BCITY.

Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

This course is not available part-time

Got any questions?

Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.

Loans and Grants

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Course structure

You take a close look at the workings of the music industry, covering aspects such as music marketing, law and contracts, and publishing. You examine the changes that have taken place, and how the future might well look, especially with regard to the impact and influence of new technologies.

With this in mind, you investigate how to effectively apply platforms such as e-commerce and social networking, as well as website development, in producing successful commercial ventures.

You also get a chance to work on industry projects in association with ATOM Live and other local and national organisations. Through creating and developing music industry events, marketing campaigns and online distribution sites, you not only gain a hands-on, practical appreciation of contemporary music business challenges, you also start to put together a network of invaluable industry contacts.

Study and work abroad

If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.

It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.

Find out more

OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Firewalking

BCU Graduate+

Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.

Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.

More about Graduate+

Careers

The course gives you the skills to move directly into employment or self-employment, as well as the encouragement to develop as an individual, showing you how to think critically and apply theory to find practical solutions.

Alternatively, you could choose to progress directly to postgraduate study via our excellent portfolio of Master’s awards.

International Students

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Studying in the UK is better

Overseas students studying in the UK are happier and have a better learning experience compared to those studying in other countries.

The International Undergraduate Students: The UK's Competitive Advantage report asked 365,754 international students studying outside their home country to give their feedback on what it's like to study in this country. And the UK scored top in every aspect.

So if you're looking at studying with us, you'll be making a good choice.

Overall measures: ranked positions
UK
Australia
Canada
NZ
US
Undergraduate 2014 2014 2014 2013 2014
Recommendation 1 4 3 5 2
Overall satisfaction 1 4 3 5 2
Arrival overall 1 2 4 5 3
Learning overall 1 4 3 5 2
Living overall 1 2 5 3 4
Support overall 1 4 5 3 2

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

BCUIC

BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Facilities

This Access to Music course is delivered at Heath Mill Studios, Digbeth, Birmingham.

The purpose-built ground-floor studios has six fully equipped band rehearsal rooms (with drum kits, guitar and bass amps, PAs and digital recorders), a 24-track digital recording studio with two control rooms plus a large performance space. There are also two Apple Mac technology suites, a media suite and several production pods. In short, everything you need for music-making whether in a band, as a singer/songwriter, or using a digital audio workstation or mixing desk.

Find out more about Heath Mill Studios

Our staff

Find out more about the staff who teach on this course.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

Already applied?

Email the applications team

+44 (0)121 331 6295