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Music BA (Hons)

Are you passionate about Music and want to make a career of it? BA Music will help you realise your future in music. Our Music degree is a hands-on course which teaches you new ways to create and use music. The course prepares students for careers in the rapidly changing world of the music industry. Our graduates have gone on to forge successful careers as performers, music teachers composers, sound designers and producers not only within the music industry, but in fields such as film, TV, animation, web and computer games.

You will get to work on real-world projects throughout the course, and perform your own gigs and shows at professional venues. The course gives you the skills for marketing and event-management and working under commission and the opportunity to put them into practice. You will also get the opportunity to build a professional portfolio and CV.

BA (Hons) Music at UCLan is about the composition and performance of original music using music technology, voice and electric or acoustic instruments. You will learn by doing and, as you progress throughout the course, opportunity will be given to concentrate on areas of personal interest through self-defined projects. Study also includes relevant aspects of the music business such as strategies for marketing, working under commission and event management.

Each December, students from  present a series of performances around Preston under the heading of Winter Sound. In spring we have a night of music called Avant Garden. Finally, the academic year ends with Future Sound, a weekend festival that brings together performances by undergraduates, postgraduate students, alumni, tutors and external artists. 

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By opening up my perceptions of music and delving into different genres, the course has helped me to appreciate music more deeply. It has also given me the opportunity to work with lots of other musicians and I now feel more confident as a creative musician.

Luke French

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Work experience is central to our Music course and you will be encouraged to put on gigs and shows at various venues. As part of the curriculum you will have the opportunity to run music festivals, work in schools or at record labels. You can also organise professional public performances and events both within the University and at local external venues such as the Continental and The Ferret.

Each year in May, our Year 2 (Year 3 if you started in the Foundation Entry) students run a Music Festival – The Production Line –at the Media Factory in UCLan, taking responsibility for everything from marketing, publicity, sound and lighting to video. In addition to this the Applied Project module in Year 2 (Year 3 if you started in the Foundation Entry) will give you the chance to work with live briefs and experience working with clients and students on other courses such as dance, film, animation and games to provide them with music.

In addition to academic study of the creative industries, there are also practical project building skills learned at each level of study:

  • Level 1 – Marketing: a project to create a marketing strategy based around creative work produced on the course
  • Level 2 - Event Management: 2nd year students manage all aspects of the end of year finalists shows
  • Level 3 - Career planning: You will develop career plans through research, visits, internships, applications and other means. You will also present portfolios of work in ways appropriate to a professional environment

This September the Faculty of Culture and Creative Industries is offering Foundation students a unique opportunity to ‘Futureproof’ their ambitions and gain a National qualification free of charge as part of your studies.

Futureproof includes the PEARL qualification, a national GQAL accredited certificate, that will enable you to transfer key skills that can be taken forward into all areas of life, especially employment or further study.

The course will open doors for you with creative businesses and offers you extra coaching and access to high profile industry professionals. You will get additional support to help you recognise your strengths and apply them in creative work environments.

The five areas PEARL focuses on are, self-awareness, social skills, managing feelings, empathy and motivation.

Join us now to be a part of this innovative learning experience!

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: 3 Years

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:

    W300

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Fees 2018/19

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)

  • View 2017/18 Fees

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 104 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Distinction
Pass Access Course: 106 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 104 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent 

The audition will consist of you playing a piece or short selection of pieces of music that you have been involved in composing. The pieces can be played back from CD or performed live. If you need any specific equipment, such as guitar amplifier or drum kit, please inform us before your audition - to do this, or for any other queries, please contact the Music Practice admission tutor Simon Partridge on 01772 895987 or email: sbpartridge@uclan.ac.uk.

Not got the grades?

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

Foundation Entry Route

Course Overview

Year 1

Composition and Performance 1 
Studio Composition
Music Research 1
Directed and Applied Music 1
Industry 1 

Year 2

Composition and Performance 2
Music Research 2
Directed and Applied Music
Industry 2  

Year 3

Composition and Performance 3
Music Research 3
Directed and Applied Music 3
Industry 3

Late Applications

As part of the enrichment of the Professional Practice strand industry figures, some of the graduates of the course will speak to you on a variety of relevant topics from intellectual property rights to uses of technology.

Visiting artists and speakers have included Chris Corsano: workshop covering techniques used with Bjork and Sonic Youth; Damo Suzuki who performed in the student run Future Sound festival; Kelly Wood, the North West Regional Officer for the Musicians Union covering a range of industrial issues and Tim Roe, a graduate of the course who now works for Sony, overseeing content for computer games and enhanced DVDs.

The course has a blog: www.musiclan.net and Facebook group: www.facebook.com/UCLANMUSIC/.

English Regions Skills Review 2015

UCLan has received a special mention in the English Regions Skills Review 2015 for its investigative work in bridging the gap between education and the workplace. According to the Report:

The bond between education and the industry is far stronger in the regions. The links between the industry and colleges and universities are well forged and productive. Both sides are keen to work together . . . The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is investigating a Spark finishing school to concentrate on specific skills gaps identified by this research (and others) around production management (among others).

At the forefront of this is the ‘soap-in-a-week’ collaboration in which ITV Studios and UCLan are partnering up. Cast and crew from Emmerdale and Coronation Street will work with UCLan students from a host of courses to brainstorm ideas, storyline the first episode, script, rehearse, shoot and show it, all in five days. ITV will be there for guidance only and the idea and execution will be done entirely by the students. For further information on this story, to receive a copy of the English Regions Skills Review, or for more details about how UCLan is bridging the gap between education and the creative industries, contact Emma Speed on 01772 895959.

Industry Links

Links with professional venues and arts organisations across the North West of England. The course has a programme of external speakers from the music industry. Professional musicians and external artists perform alongside students at the courses two main festivals: Wintersound and Futuresound. All staff are active musicians, composers and active industry practitioners

Professional Accreditation.

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The course is accredited by JAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Support), who provide a link between education and the creative industries.  The course is also part of UCLan’s JAMES Integrated Learning Centre.

Learning Environment and Assessment

The course is practical in nature and is tailored around your chosen music career path. There are no exams, but you are assessed in differing ways, such as through performance, music composition, presentation and essay. The lessons take place in rehearsal rooms, recording studios and specialist classrooms. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with others on the course as well as students from dance, computer game, film and media. The course takes place in The Media Factory, which house a whole array of specialist media production and teaching facilities.

There are rehearsal rooms, project studios, 3 main theatres and 2 professional recording studios that you have access to 24 hours a day 7 days a week.* You also have access to a whole host of professional music and media production equipment via the stores in The Media Factory.

*there are a few days where the studios are not available during the year.

Opportunities

The course prepares students for careers in the rapidly changing world of the music industry.

Our graduates have gone on to forge successful careers as performers, music teachers composers, sound designers and producers not only within the music industry, but in fields such as film, TV, animation, web and computer games. You will get to work on real-world projects throughout the course, and perform your own gigs and shows at professional venues.

The course gives you the skills for marketing and event-management and working under commission and the opportunity to put them into practice. You will also get the opportunity to build a professional portfolio and CV.

The course also lets you progress onto our postgraduate programmes:

Facilities

You will have 24/7 access to the Media Factory housing state-of-the-art industry standard facilities. The building houses rehearsal and recording studios, theatres, a digital television studio with control galleries, a film and photographic studio, video editing rooms and industry standard Apple Mac suites.

Important Information

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2017 Entry | 2018 Entry

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

* Tuition Fees

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.