Music Business - BA (Hons)

UCAS Code:
W375
Attendance:
Full Time (2 years)
Starting:
September 2018

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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Open Days

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Access to Music Open Days

To welcome all new home and EU undergraduate degree students starting in 2017 or 2018, we're giving at least £150 worth of credit to spend in a host of ways, on books and a range of learning materials. Even better, it doesn’t have to be repaid.

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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 80 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

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2018 FT 2 years TBC

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2018 FT 2 years TBC

The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

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.

Personal statement

UK / EU students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.*

The personal statement 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.

*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.

Sorry, this course is not available part-time

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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.

Student stories

Natalie Chan

Natalie Chan

This course appealed to Natalie because she can work on things that she has a genuine interest and passion for, whilst gaining professional level training in business management and marketing.

Natalie enjoys being taught at the Custard Factory in the heart of the city’s creative hub in Digbeth. She finds the variety of music venues and studios gives you a sense that you’re actually working in the music industry.

Read more in Natalie's blog

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.

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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.

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:

The UK remains one of the world's leading study destinations

The UK remains one of the world's leading study destinations for international students.

The first-class experience offered by universities are reflected in the world’s largest survey of international students. International students are more likely to recommend the UK than any other leading English-language study destination.

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.

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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