Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Performing Arts in United Kingdom

Compare BA Programs in Performing Arts in United Kingdom 2017

Performing Arts

A Bachelor of Arts (BA) is a degree rewarded to students who complete an undergraduate program that typically lasts four years. This type of degree can be focused on the sciences, liberal arts, or a mixture of the two. 

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Top Bachelor of Arts Programs in Performing Arts in United Kingdom 2017

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BA (Hons) Popular Music

Hereford College of Arts
Campus Full time Part time 3 years October 2017 United Kingdom Hertfordshire + 1 more

This new degree builds on the fantastically successful Extended Diploma in Music course the College has been offering at further education level for a number of years. It will have several defined pathways; to work independently as a self-contained composer-producer or opt for a more social-based pathway including teaching and workshop-leading as well as traditional live performance. [+]

Best Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Performing Arts in United Kingdom 2017. This new degree builds on the fantastically successful Extended Diploma in Music course the College has been offering at further education level for a number of years. It will have several defined pathways; to work independently as a self-contained composer-producer or opt for a more social-based pathway including teaching and workshop-leading as well as traditional live performance. Herefordshire has a wonderful tradition of music festivals and community music development as well as a burgeoning live music scene. Coupled with that are a number of recording studios with an industry reputation and a growing expat population of city-based musicians, composers, producers, music managers and agents – in short it is thriving! The HCA music degree taps into this industry to provide an excellent vocationally-based music education. Students will also have the opportunity to work on placement with local community music organisations, recording studios, and music festivals. Others may choose to set up their own initiatives. Either way, students will be fully supported by a team of experienced and well-qualified staff. Key Facts: Enables you to become a self-activating musician, initiating and developing your own employment opportunities Taps into a wealth of existing local and regional music initiatives Production-based modules Excellent rehearsal and studio facilities and production suites Strong team of in-house and visiting Industry based lecturers Critical Studies These studies are entirely focused around the students’ course area, providing a solid grounding in subject history and in critical ways of thinking about creative practice. The Critical Studies programme enables students to set their own work in a wider context, and also helps them develop a better understanding of how creative work can be interpreted and assessed. Click here for more details. Progression & Careers A very solid basis for working as a self-employed musician. Progression onto Masters programmes in a number of areas including: song writing, music business, production, education, events management and marketing, music journalism, performance. [-]

BA(Hons) Creative Music Performance

DIME ONLINE
Online Full time Part time 2 - 4 years January 2017 United Kingdom Hassocks + 1 more

The BA (Hons) Creative Music Performance course provides you with an opportunity to specialise in JTC Guitar and Drums. This course aims to empower learners by equipping them with a high level of instrumental skill and the ability to develop an authoritative, individual approach to the performance and creation of music. [+]

BA (Hons) Creative Music Performance – Pursuing Excellence in: JTC Guitar and Drums Introduction The BA (Hons) Creative Music Performance course provides you with an opportunity to specialise in JTC Guitar and Drums. This course aims to empower learners by equipping them with a high level of instrumental skill and the ability to develop an authoritative, individual approach to the performance and creation of music. On completion of the course you will have established a varied portfolio of creative work and have an understanding of how to develop your own unique approach to your specialism and the wider industry. Under the guidance and supervision of highly respected artists and educators you will perform as a soloist or within bands to devise systematic and effective practice routines, compositional processes and general musicianship skills. Alongside the creative development of instrumental technique, performance and composition skills, you will develop research and writing skills and reflect critically on your practice. The intensive nature of the course enables learners to become skilled practitioners and provides the freedom for them to develop their own unique and innovative methods of working. The online delivery mode provides you with flexible access to lectures and multi-media course content through an interactive online delivery platform. This allows you to study at a time and place that suits you, whilst providing opportunities to network with peers working nationally and internationally on the same programme of study. DIME ONLINE courses are offered in full-time accelerated mode, which enables you to complete your degree in two years. We also offer a part-time version for students who have work, family, and/or other commitments, which enables you to study at a less intensive pace over four years. Benefits World class artists and educators, active in the music industry and educational practice. Direct engagement with the industry through project-based work. A flexible learning model to suit your schedule. Collaboration within a global community, your regular interaction with peers and tutor group is not limited to geographical boundaries. How is the course taught? The delivery of the course will take place through a VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) called Canvas. A range of learning and teaching activities take place via this online delivery platform including: Substantial Weekly Lessons embedded into the delivery platform, featuring filmed tuition from the very best artists from around the world, underpinned by text, graphics or additional files as relevant. Signpost Sessions delivered by the Head of Department comprising film and text guidance on progression through the course, context, assessment, timing of feedback and providing inspiration and focus to the academic backbone of the course. Regular one-to-one tutorial guidance from the Head of Education and Head of Department on matters relating to the course, musical performance and student care. Exclusive Masterclasses from world famous artists comprising of bespoke filmed interviews and performances, angled towards supporting the learning aims of the courses. Online Conferencing to conduct real-time events and discussions within the course. Staff Throughout your studies with DIME you will come into contact with a range of artists, practitioners, educators, support and administrative staff. Your key contacts will be the Head of Education for DIME ONLINE and the Head of Department. You will enjoy regular contact with these people during your time with DIME. In addition, your education will be enhanced by input from a range of experts whose contributions include the provision of masterclasses, participation in Q&A and interviews and input to the design and writing of specific modules. Assessment The modes of assessment used in this award include: Portfolio of work Small in-lecture tasks (solo and group) Essays (critical, reflective, research-based) Case Studies Podcasts and digital media Project Presentation Project Documentation In some cases, more than one mode of assessment will be used within a module to ensure that the learner can demonstrate that they have met all of the learning outcomes. The work produced for these assessments develops graduate outcomes required in employment, such as a high level of managerial and entrepreneurial competency, time management, written and oral communication, portfolio production, and team working. This is alongside self-motivation, independence and creativity of thought. Careers DIME ONLINE is deeply committed to providing career advice and support. This starts in the recruitment of a roster of tutors who exemplify the values of a successful self-employed music professional in today’s music industry. DIME ONLINE courses and learning outcomes reflect the music business as it is today, and our commitment to course development will ensure their currency in the future. Students are encouraged through the course to form realistic and achievable career goals, underpinned by research and experience, providing a genuine understanding of the structure and operation within the industry. The philosophy is described as ‘designing your own professional life’ and a musician will see this theme recurring throughout the course. Further career opportunities/destinations may include: Solo or ensemble/group performer Author of educational materials (e.g. books, DVDs, etc.) Product demonstrator Music entrepreneurship Teaching Further study opportunities include: Postgraduate Diploma or Master of Arts PGCHE (teaching course) [-]

English & Drama - BA (Hons)

Cardiff Metropolitan University
Campus Full time 3 years August 2017 United Kingdom Cardiff

The Drama side of the degree introduces you to a range of theatre genres, playwrights and practitioners using both textual and practical exploration. You will be encouraged to consider the influences from which theatre is made, experiment with performance styles and analyse theatre practice. [+]

Best Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Performing Arts in United Kingdom 2017. The English portfolio of programmes at Cardiff Met have scored 90% and over in student satisfaction for the last three years. - We have strong connections with our stakeholders and offer a variety of work placement opportunities in the second year of study. - Opportunities to study abroad as part of an Erasmus exchange. - Distinctive degree that combines theory and practice. - A contemporary focus. - Embedded employability skills.​ English: The study of English will engage with your enthusiasm for reading and literature, and introduce you to advanced critical thinking in the form of theoretical practice. Your degree investigates the foundations of contemporary literature via an examination of the cultural narratives we tell ourselves. Modules involving myth, detective fiction and gothic and science fiction investigate our manner of representing the world around us. Likewise, an attention to the socio-political production of texts contextualises the study of contemporary English literature. Modules are taught by the research active team (including Dr Carmen Casaliggi, , Dr Dimitra Fimi, Dr Jeff Wallace, and Dr Kathryn Simpson) who have research interests in literature and place, J. R. R. Tolkien, legend, myth, and folklore, the relationship between art and literature, Romanticism, feminist literature, modernist literature (particularly DH Lawrence and Virginia Woolf), contemporary literature, the city, and posthumanism.. Drama: The Drama side of the degree introduces you to a range of theatre genres, playwrights and practitioners using both textual and practical exploration. You will be encouraged to consider the influences from which theatre is made, experiment with performance styles and analyse theatre practice. In addition you will be encouraged to develop your own skills as a performer. Assessment We're committed to innovative assessment practices that match identified learning outcomes for your module and degree. This means assessment, wherever possible, is linked to enhancing not only your subject knowledge but also skills vital in developing your employment opportunities. Examples of assessment include research portfolios, group work, creative writing portfolios, critical and reflective practice, reviews, poster presentations, annotated bibliographies and so on. Employability & Careers​ English and Drama are natural partners; the study of each augments, enriches and illuminates the study of the other. Holders of degrees from either of these departments have proved employable in a wide spectrum of careers; acting, directing, theatre management, film, media & television, teaching, management, journalism, law, administration, accountancy, PR, as well as further postgraduate study to MA and PhD levels. Both departments have impressive research communities. Employability Skills and Graduate Attributes: Many of the skills you will obtain as part of this degree are also useful in industries beyond those listed above. We ensure that our curriculum develops you as a graduate so that you demonstrate the following skills and attributes: - Problem solving & analytical abilities - Inter-personal and networking skills - Global citizen (with knowledge of diversity & sustainability) - Flexibility & Adaptability (life long learning) - Effective Communication skills - Creative & Innovative - Digital Literacy - Reflective practice. [-]

BA (Hons) in German and Drama

University of Kent, School of European Culture and Languages
Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury

German and Drama is an ideal combination for those wanting to gain a broad cultural insight and practical skills with an international focus. [+]

BA (Hons) in German and Drama German and Drama enables you to learn the language and culture of Germany and German-speaking countries, alongside learning the practical skills and cultural insights of the dramatic arts. You gain a deeper understanding of German dramatists, such as Goethe and Brecht, and will also have the opportunity to combine the two subjects in your final-year dissertation. German is one of Europe's most important languages for business and culture. Worldwide, it is the second-most widely used language on the internet (W3Techs 2014). It is also frequently used as a second language in Eastern Europe, serving as a means of communication across international boundaries. Fluency in the German language, combined with knowledge of political and cultural developments in the German-speaking world, opens up career opportunities in many areas of Europe. Along with our other European language departments, German has native-speaker language assistants and state-of-the art computing and audio-visual facilities. Many classes are taught in German, and you have the opportunity to spend a year studying, teaching English or working in a German-speaking country. University of Kent Drama students are taught by leading performance practitioners and lecturers from all around the world. Our range of industry-standard facilities include studios, performance spaces and workshops. There is a diverse array of modules to choose from that incorporate a distinctive balance of practical and theoretical elements, allowing you to develop the skills and vision needed for employment in the creative industries and beyond. Consequently, our Drama and Theatre courses are among the most popular in the country with strong National Student Survey results every year. German and Drama is therefore an ideal combination for those wanting to gain a broad cultural insight and practical skills with an international focus. [-]

BA (Hons) Drama and English and American Literature

University of Kent, School of English
Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury

As one of the most wide-ranging, multi-faceted and interdisciplinary of subjects in the Arts and Humanities, Drama and Theatre naturally lends itself to joint honours study. [+]

Best Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Performing Arts in United Kingdom 2017. BA (Hons) Drama and English and American Literature Overview As one of the most wide-ranging, multi-faceted and interdisciplinary of subjects in the Arts and Humanities, Drama and Theatre naturally lends itself to joint honours study. Students taking any of the joint honours programmes in the subject area will encounter aspects of drama, theatre and performance drawn from a wide range of historical epochs, languages and cultures, and have the opportunity to explore these in theory and practice, bringing their own specialist areas of study into play in both the seminar and the rehearsal room. English at Kent is challenging, flexible, and wide-ranging. It covers both only traditional areas (such as Shakespeare or Dickens) and newer fields such as American literature, creative writing, postcolonial literature and recent developments in literary theory. Studying for degree joint honours with another subject allows you the freedom to explore your other passions whilst developing skills associated with the study of literature. Teaching & Assessment Drama Teaching is through workshops, seminars, lectures and practical projects. Drama and Theatre modules are continuously assessed based on coursework, projects and presentations, performances, essays and dissertations. English and American Literature Modules are taught by weekly seminars. Core modules include a weekly lecture, plus individual supervision is offered for the Long Essay. Assessment at Stage 1 is by a mixture of coursework and examination. Some modules may include an optional practical element. Programme aims The programme aims to: produce independent, motivated graduates with a base of knowledge and analytical competence in drama and theatre who are equipped to meet the needs of, and to contribute creatively to the theatre and associated media and professions develop critical judgement and the skills and competencies of self-management and personal organisation to enable graduates to respond positively to the challenges of further study or training, and employment in career destinations including professional theatre, the arts and cultural industries, applied arts, community and education work, academia, and the media enhance the learning experience of our students through the use of a range of teaching and assessment methods which reflect and respond to the values and diversity inherent in drama and theatre studies produce graduates of value to the region and the nation, in possession of key skills, who have been enabled to develop their capacity to learn, and are prepared for employment or further study provide teaching that is informed by research and current developments in the drama and theatre as well as theatre practice and the arts offer an education in drama and theatre studies that provides a broad grounding in the subject in the early stages of study, becoming increasingly specialist in the later stages provide students with some creative competence and understanding grounded in and preparing for professional practice offer an education which provides a range of historical, conceptual and practical approaches to drama and theatre studies, introducing key practitioners, practices, and discourses, along with some practical skills required for making performance. Learning outcomes Knowledge and understanding You gain knowledge and understanding of: key practitioners, practices and theorists of performance, which may include writers, critics, directors, actors, artists, designers, and producers historical and contemporary contexts of the production and reception of performance the relationship of performance (its making and reception) to its material, cultural and historical context histories, forms and traditions of performance (and other disciplines contributing to performance), and theoretical explanations of their impact traditional and contemporary critical perspectives on performance, and of relevant theories, issues and debates informing performance and the academic subject the interplay between theory and practice the processes and components by which performance, or elements of performance, are created, realised and managed: including the reading of written text and other source material; processes of rehearsal; writing and dramaturgy, devising, directing, design, stage and technical management, and producing the impact of theatre and performance within a range of social, educational and community contexts the reading, analysis, documenting and interpreting of performance the role of the audience: the performance and production skills necessary to communicate with audiences. Intellectual skills You gain the following intellectual skills: read, understand and engage analytically with a range of texts, performances and other source material research, evaluate, and productively apply information from a number of sources (written, visual, aural) in order to develop and present a coherent understanding of the theory and practice of performance critique performance events and processes, both your own and of others undertake and manage extended independent and creative research understand processes of creativity and deploy and critique these in their own work record, document and analyse processes of making performance understand and apply appropriate interdisciplinary practices, concepts and skills present coherent arguments, verbally and in writing understand the relationship of performance to a range of critical, historical and cultural frameworks for its production and reception. Subject-specific skills You gain the following subject-specific skills: read and evaluate scripts, performance texts, and other theatre documents from a range of critical and practical perspectives envision the performance possibilities of a play text, script and other textual or documentary sources realise performances derived from a range of starting points, including a script, a theoretical position, documentary material, specific location or other stimuli, and to use a range of techniques, structures and working methods to develop those performances engage in the production and performance (and collaborate on the creation of performance) through one or several of: devising, directing, dramaturgy, design, stage management, sound and lighting, performance, production management and administration, and deploy the skills required of these disciplines engage with current debates on theatre arts, productions, cultural policy and funding practise creative, physical and vocal skills for practice-based work, including appropriate warm-up exercises and techniques use technical apparatus and associated resources necessary to realise the demands of production in live and recorded performance safely, efficiently and effectively document performance processes and events engage in research, whether independent, group or practice-based consider theories of spectatorship, developing an awareness of the audience or client group for performance and an ability to respond and adapt to it through flexible means. Transferable skills You gain the following transferable skills: working with others, collaboratively, utilising a variety of team structures and working methods, and understanding group dynamics and handling interpersonal issues developing and pursuing creative projects within specified resource constrains of time, space and/or budget, thus developing problem-solving skills managing workloads to meet deadlines, and sustaining focus for extended periods working on independent creative projects, developing autonomy and self management using information retrieval skills, involving the ability to use information resources and technology, gathering and critically evaluating material applying critical and creative skills in diverse forms of discourse and media identifying health and safety issues and undertake risk assessments negotiating effectively with a variety of agencies (inside and outside the programme) developing interpersonal skills communicating effectively, to a professional standard, coherent arguments and propositions in a variety of media, verbally and in writing, using appropriate communication and presentation technologies undertaking basic design, engineering, construction, and technical work demonstrating numeracy: using scale, simple equations, simple geometry, basic arithmetic, data collection, presentation and analysis reflecting on your own learning and development, identifying strategies for development, exploring strengths and weaknesses and developing, as the programme progresses, autonomy in learning and continuous professional development. Careers Drama The Department has developed partnerships with some of the major players in theatre in the UK including: Battersea Arts Centre, the RSC and The Gate. Selected programmes offer you the opportunity to go on work placements which can lead to future full-time employment, while the range of modules we offer ensures you develop key skills such as planning and organisation, teamworking, adaptability and leadership. Past graduates have become theatre producers, actors, literary managers, journalists, authors, directors, performers, scriptwriters for television, stand-up comedians, casting agents, event managers, arts administrators, community theatre officers for local councils, drama teachers, and many have gone on to postgraduate study. We also support past students to set up companies and remain in Kent with the Graduate Theatre Scheme. English and American Literature Throughout your studies, you learn to think critically and to work independently; your communication skills improve and you learn to express your opinions passionately and persuasively, both in writing and orally. These key transferable skills are essential for graduates as they move into the employment market. Our graduates have gone into: journalism, broadcasting and media, publishing, writing and teaching; more general areas such as banking, marketing analysis and project management; or on to further study for postgraduate qualifications. Entry requirements Home/EU students The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications, typical requirements are listed below, students offering alternative qualifications should contact the Admissions Office for further advice. It is not possible to offer places to all students who meet this typical offer/minimum requirement. Qualification & Typical offer/minimum requirement A level ABB including English Literature or English Language and Literature grade B Access to HE Diploma The University of Kent will not necessarily make conditional offers to all access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis. If an offer is made candidates will be required to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above. BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma) The university will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF;OCR) on a case by case basis please contact us via the enquiries tab for further advice on your individual circumstances. International Baccalaureate 34 points overall or 16 at HL including HL English A1/A2/B at 5/6/6 OR HL English Literature A/English Language and Literature A (or Literature A/Language and Literature A of another country) at HL 5 or SL 6 International students The University receives applications from over 140 different nationalities and consequently will consider applications from prospective students offering a wide range of international qualifications. Our International Development Office will be happy to advise prospective students on entry requirements. See our International Student website for further information about our country-specific requirements. Please note that if you need to increase your level of qualification ready for undergraduate study, we offer a number of International Foundation Programmes through Kent International Pathways. Qualification & Typical offer/minimum requirement English Language Requirements Please see our English language entry requirements web page. Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways. General entry requirements Please also see our general entry requirements. Key facts Schools: School of Arts, School of English Subject areas: Drama and Theatre | English Literature Award: BA (Hons) Honours type: Single honours UCAS code: QW34 Location: Canterbury Mode of study: Full-time only Duration: 3 years full-time Start: 28 September 2015 Total Kent credits: 360 Total ECTS credits: 180 [-]

BA (Hons) Applied Performance (Community and Education)

Birmingham City University Faculty of Art, Design and Media
Campus Full time 3 - 3 years September 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham

Our exciting BA (Hons) Applied Performance (Community and Education) provides stimulating, practical-based training to prepare you for a career within a variety of areas of applied performance; giving you the possibility to work as a performance maker/artist through devising, writing and physical movement-based work and as a practitioner delivering workshops in community and/or education settings. [+]

Entry Requirements

You should normally have an A-level or equivalent in drama, dance, performance or a related arts subject. We also welcome applicants with practical experience in the performing arts. You will normally need a range of GCSEs plus a minimum of one of the following:

240 UCAS tariff points

A-level in Drama or related subject (C), and two AS-levels both at grade (D)

Two A-levels, (C) Drama or related subject and (D) in another A-level

BTEC National Diploma (Merit) in Performing Arts

BTEC National Certificate (MM) in Performing Arts

GNVQ Advanced (Merit) in Performing Arts

Employability

The course focuses on preparing you for employment. Graduates have gone on to work within fields such as Theatre in Education, Theatre in Health, Theatre in Prisons and with Young Offenders, Community Arts or to teach in schools and further education colleges. We run our own graduate company, Outspoken, which employs students after they graduate, plus we offer paid internships at theatre companies each year.... [-]


BA Acting

University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Campus Full time 3 years August 2017 United Kingdom Carmarthen

BA Acting is an innovative and exciting programme designed for students who aspire to a career in the performance industry. The degree balances vocational actor training, contextual study and the creative exploration of performance theory. The range of transferable and presentational skills on offer could be applied in a variety of employment contexts. [+]

Best Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Performing Arts in United Kingdom 2017. BA Acting is an innovative and exciting programme designed for students who aspire to a career in the performance industry. The degree balances vocational actor training, contextual study and the creative exploration of performance theory. The range of transferable and presentational skills on offer could be applied in a variety of employment contexts. Course Overview BA Acting students will follow an intensive programme of practical study which blends the acquisition of performance skills with performance methodology and contextual studies. The first year concentrates on the student’s development as a performer, with modules in voice, movement and dance, acting and devising, while the second year tests these skills in a variety of theatrical genres and contexts. The final year is entirely production-based with a series of public productions culminating in a final performance project and showcase. Key Features There are many reasons to chose this course, including: Graduate student productions at the University and on tour Study abroad available in the Unite States Professional directors and other theatre practitioners are regular contributors to the course Touring theatre companies visit the University regularly Theatre visits to major UK theatres to enhance your knowledge and experience Rigorous training, practical study, a supportive atmosphere and personal attention Excellent facilities including the 375-seat Halliwell Theatre with its accompanying studios and workshops Opportunities to work with professional theatre companies and practitioners in order to develop your skills and career prospects Extensive team of theatre professionals work within the School as directors, designers and specialist tutors [-]

BA in Global Popular Music

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time September 2017 United Kingdom London

The BA Global Popular Music offers a unique programme that allows students to focus on popular and contemporary music styles and cultures in global perspective. [+]

BA in Global Popular Music Programme Code: W301 Subjects Preferred: Three A levels or equivalent with BBB (or equivalent); Music A level is NOT required. Start of programme: September 2015 Mode of Attendance: Full-time The BA Global Popular Music offers a unique programme that allows students to focus on popular and contemporary music styles and cultures in global perspective. The degree includes regional courses that build on the expertise of SOAS staff in music in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, world music performance, practical skills courses in multimedia, approaches to the study of popular music, and opportunities for directed independent study projects on topics ranging from K-Pop to hip-hop, Latin to Rai. The programme leads into careers and vocational pathways including arts management, festival administration and curating, music journalism, teaching, performing and composing, album production, and management and consultancy within the music industry in Europe, Asia and Africa. Structure Year 1 You will take six introductory courses plus one unit of open option courses. Year 1 compulsory courses: Global Pop - 155800089 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 Music and Culture - 155800060 (0.5 Unit) - full year Performance 1b - 155800062 (0.5 Unit): full year Sounds and Cultures - 155800071 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1 Studying Popular Music - 155800090 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1 Year 1 Optional Course: Great Works: recordings, objects, films -158100003 (0.5 unit) or Performance 1a - 155800061 (0.5 Unit) - full year Year 2 You will take one compulsory course and must choose one skills course in recording or in radio presenting and at least two courses on popular music (including, among others, Global Hip Hop, Pop and Politics in Israel, Music of Cuba. You can also select other courses offered within the Music Department (including generic courses such as Music and Gender, regional courses on musical traditions of Asia and Africa, and performance, available from the lists below, and up to one unit from our open option courses. Year 2 compulsory course: The Music Business - 155800053 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 Year 3 You will take two compulsory courses and choose one skills course, one popular music course and other courses offered within the Music Department (including generic courses such as Music, Shamanism and Healing, regional courses, and performance, available from the lists below, and up to one unit from our open option courses. Year 3 compulsory courses: Arts, Culture & Commodification: Themes in the Global Creative & Cultural Industries - 158100001 (0.5 Unit) Urban Soundscapes - 155800083 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1 Area Courses Atlantic Africa: (P)Layers of Mediation in African Popular Music (UG) - 155800079 (1 Unit) - Full Year Classical singing in India: continuity and change - 155800093 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 Jerusalem: Soundscapes of Nation and Conflict - 155800091 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1 Music and Religion in South Asia - 155800086 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1 Music in Africa - 155800022 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2016/2017 Music of Central Asia - 155800059 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1 Music, Religion and Society in the Middle East and North Africa - 155800092 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1 - Not Running 2016/2017 Musical Traditions of East Asia - 155800078 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 Pop and Politics in East Asia - 155800077 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1 - Not Running 2016/2017 Popular and Fusion Music in South East Asia (UG) - 155800081 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 Raga: concept and practice - 155800087 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 - Not Running 2016/2017 The World of Cuban Music - 155800058 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1 General Courses Arts, Culture and Commodification: Themes in the Global Creative and Cultural Industries - 158100001 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1 - Not Running 2016/2017 Composition - 155800082 (0.5 Unit) - Full Year Critical Readings in Arts and Cultures - 158100002 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1 Curating Global Arts - 158100004 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 Directed Study in Popular Music - 155800088 (0.5 Unit) - Not Running 2016/17 Gender and Music - 155800073 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 - Not Running 2016/2017 Global Hip-Hop - 155800084 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 Global Pop - 155800089 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 Introduction to Sound Recording - 155800069 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1 Music, Shamanism and Healing - 155800055 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1 - Not Running 2016/2017 Presenting World Music On Radio - 155800076 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 The Music Business - 155800053 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 Project Courses Extended Essay in Music 1 - 155800066 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1 Performance Courses Performance 2 - 155800042 (0.5 Unit) - Full Year Performance 3 - 155800045 (1 Unit) - Full Year Teaching & Learning The Department of Music has been highly rated for teaching and research in all recent assessment exercises, and is regularly ranked amongst the top Music departments in the UK in Good University Guides. The Department has a unique concentration of expertise in popular music of the major regions of Asia, the Middle East and Africa, and their diasporas. Its staff, research associates and teaching fellows have wide-ranging experience in the music industry, including the production of high profile albums, radio and print journalism, and concert and festival organisation. Our students have access to the world renowned SOAS Library, which holds numerous books, journals and recordings relevant to the study of ethnomusicology and world music, as well as the nearby British Library Sound Archive and other London libraries and museums. The Department also maintains a large working collection of musical instruments from Asia and Africa. A Student's Perspective "The enthusiasm that the lecturers have in their subjects is infectious and it ensures everybody succeeds. The extra curricular music scene is pretty unique and seriously enjoyable, one day you could be playing the kora, the next, gigging with the Cuban Big Band, the next, looking after Mory Kante and talking music with him after a gig in the Brunei Gallery! It’s all here under one roof." Liam Barnard [-]

BA in Performing Arts (Top-up)

University of Bolton
Campus Full time 2 - 3 semesters August 2017 United Kingdom Bolton

The course comprises 120 credits at Level HE6. The modules provide a good balance between critical and contextual studies, practice and professional development. The curriculum focuses on the development specific skills including research, text and non-text based production and professional development. The modules include: Research (20 credits), Text into Performance (20 credits), Street Arts (20 credits), Major Project (40 credits) and... [+]

Best Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Performing Arts in United Kingdom 2017. Performing Arts (Top-up) - BA (Hons) The course comprises 120 credits at Level HE6. The modules provide a good balance between critical and contextual studies, practice and professional development. The curriculum focuses on the development specific skills including research, text and non-text based production and professional development. The modules include: Research (20 credits), Text into Performance (20 credits), Street Arts (20 credits), Major Project (40 credits) and Professional Issues in Performance (20 credits). About the course The BA (Hons) Performing Arts (Top-up) invites students with appropriate prior learning, including HND, foundation degree or other completed HE4 and HE5 awards in performance related subjects, to enter directly into the final year of this degree at the University of Bolton and gain a BA (Hons) award in Performing Arts. Therefore students who have completed 240 credits at HE4 and HE5 are eligible to apply for this unique and successful BA (Hons) Performing Arts (Top-up). Special features The University of Bolton has a partnership with the Octagon Theatre in Bolton, close contacts with regional schools and colleges and a range of established and emerging small to medium sized creative industries with which students engage as a key feature of the programme. You will have excellent levels of access to subject and support staff and the University will provide ongoing help to you during your study in terms of academic and professional guidance. You will be invited to small group seminars and one-to- one tutorials on a regular basis. Staff delivering the programme have excellent academic qualifications, industry links and are actively engaged in scholarly and research focused activities. Key staff have recognised higher educational training qualifications and awards and a proven record of achievement in teaching and learning. What you will learn You will study a range of modules that explore performance practically and theoretically. On this programme, you will develop critical, contextual and analytical skills that will be applied to a range of texts, practices and professional environments. The programme encourages the development of reflective practice and will prepare you for the professional environment. What you will study You will study the theory and practice of performance, engage in rehearsal observations, attend dress-rehearsals and visit plays in production, lead workshop groups and create performances for specific audiences. The programme requires you to complete five core modules: Research (20 credits), Text into Performance (20 credits), Street Arts (20 credits), Major Project (40 credits) and Professional Issues in Performance (20 credits). Entry requirements Appropriate foundation degree, HND or equivalent (i.e. 120 credits at HE4 and 120 credits at HE5 totalling 240 credits). Applicants will also be required to attend an interview. [-]

BA Drama and English and American Literature (Hons)

University of Kent, School of Arts
Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury

As one of the most wide-ranging, multi-faceted and interdisciplinary of subjects in the Arts and Humanities, Drama and Theatre naturally lends itself to joint honours study. Students taking any of the joint honours programmes in the subject area will encounter aspects of drama, theatre and performance drawn from a wide range of historical epochs, languages and cultures, and have the opportunity to... [+]

BA Drama and English and American Literature (Hons) As one of the most wide-ranging, multi-faceted and interdisciplinary of subjects in the Arts and Humanities, Drama and Theatre naturally lends itself to joint honours study. Students taking any of the joint honours programmes in the subject area will encounter aspects of drama, theatre and performance drawn from a wide range of historical epochs, languages and cultures, and have the opportunity to explore these in theory and practice, bringing their own specialist areas of study into play in both the seminar and the rehearsal room. English at Kent is challenging, flexible, and wide-ranging. It covers both only traditional areas (such as Shakespeare or Dickens) and newer fields such as American literature, creative writing, postcolonial literature and recent developments in literary theory. Studying for degree joint honours with another subject allows you the freedom to explore your other passions whilst developing skills associated with the study of literature. Course structure The course structure below gives a flavour of the modules that will be available to you and provides details of the content of this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules, you may also have the option to take ‘wild’ modules from other programmes offered by the University in order that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas of interest to you or that may further enhance your employability. Stage 1 Possible modules may include: Modern Theatre: A Theoretical Landscape The Empty Space Romanticism Early Drama Readings in the Twentieth Century Writing America You have the opportunity to select wild modules in this stage Stage 2 Possible modules may include: The Contemporary Novelty, Enlightenment and Emancipation: 18th Century Literature Reading Victorian Literature Declaring Independence: 19th Century US Literature Modernism Early Modern Literature 1500-1700 Empire, New Nations and Migration Chaucer and Late Medieval English Literature Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama Theatres of the Past 2: The Moderns Theatre and Music Popular Performance European Naturalist Theatre & Its Legacy Physical Theatre 1 Acting Victorian and Edwardian Theatre Shakespeare's Theatre Site Specific Performance European Theatre from 1945 Puppet and Object Theatre Theatres of the Past 1: the Classics Performance and Art: Intermediality from Wagner to the Virtuals You have the opportunity to select wild modules in this stage Stage 3 Possible modules may include: Introduction to Stand Up Creative Project Theatre & Adaptation Playwriting I: For Beginners Cultural Policies in the British Theatre Dance & Discourse: Dramaturgies of Moving Bodies The Shakespeare Effect Applied Theatre Performing Classical Texts New Directions Theatre & Journalism Physical Theatre II Performing Lives: Theory & Practice of Autobiographical Theatre Performing Philosophy Clouds, Waves & Crows: Writing the Natural, 1800 to the Present Poetry and Crisis, from the First World War to Occupy Cross-Cultural Coming-of-Age Narratives The Global Eighteenth Century Thomas Hardy The 'Real' America: Class and Culture in the American Gilded Age Discord and Devotion: Society & Spirituality in Middle English Literatu The Contemporary Memoir The British Novel in the 1860s: Sensing Modern Life Virginia Woolf Animals, Humans, Writing Victorian Aestheticism and Decadence Charles Dickens and Victorian England Postcolonial Writing Language and Place in Colonial and Postcolonial Poetry Innovation and Experiment in New York, 1945- 1995 The Unknown: Reading and Writing Native American Literature Bodies of Evidence: Reading The Body In Eighteenth Century Literature Unruly Women and Other Insubordinates: the dramatic repertoire of the Q Image, Vision and Dream: Medieval Texts and Visual Culture Places and Journeys Heroes and Exiles: An Introduction to Old English Poetry The Brontes in Context American Crime Fiction Contemporary Irish Writing Writing Lives in Early Modern England: Diaries, Letters and Secret Selv The Stranger From Book to Blog: Geoffrey Chaucer and his Afterlives Harlem to Hogan's Alley: Black Writing in North America Discovery Space: New Theatres in Early Modern England Marriage, Desire and Divorce in Early Modern Literature Lyric, Ballad and Popular Song Teaching & Assessment Drama Teaching is through workshops, seminars, lectures and practical projects. Drama and Theatre modules are continuously assessed based on coursework, projects and presentations, performances, essays and dissertations. English and American Literature Modules are taught by weekly seminars. Core modules include a weekly lecture, plus individual supervision is offered for the Long Essay. Assessment at Stage 1 is by a mixture of coursework and examination. Some modules may include an optional practical element. Careers Drama The Department has developed partnerships with some of the major players in theatre in the UK including: Battersea Arts Centre, the RSC and The Gate. Selected programmes offer you the opportunity to go on work placements which can lead to future full-time employment, while the range of modules we offer ensures you develop key skills such as planning and organisation, teamworking, adaptability and leadership. Past graduates have become theatre producers, actors, literary managers, journalists, authors, directors, performers, scriptwriters for television, stand-up comedians, casting agents, event managers, arts administrators, community theatre officers for local councils, drama teachers, and many have gone on to postgraduate study. We also support past students to set up companies and remain in Kent with the Graduate Theatre Scheme. English and American Literature Throughout your studies, you learn to think critically and to work independently; your communication skills improve and you learn to express your opinions passionately and persuasively, both in writing and orally. These key transferable skills are essential for graduates as they move into the employment market. Our graduates have gone into: journalism, broadcasting and media, publishing, writing and teaching; more general areas such as banking, marketing analysis and project management; or on to further study for postgraduate qualifications. [-]

BA in Contemporary Performance Practice

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Campus Full time 4 years August 2017 United Kingdom Glasgow

Our students tell us that studying CPP at the Conservatoire is like nothing you could ever imagine. It’s total immersion in a challenging programme with the central philosophy that human beings make art in order to understand better the world in which they live. It’s for... [+]

BA in Contemporary Performance Practice

Our students tell us that studying CPP at the Conservatoire is like nothing you could ever imagine. It’s total immersion in a challenging programme with the central philosophy that human beings make art in order to understand better the world in which they live. It’s for aspiring performance makers who wish to develop their skills as innovative and socially engaged performers, directors, teachers, and cultural leaders, who can realize their aspirations to create and shape the future of new work. In one sense, this could be the programme for you if you are passionate about creating performance, but you’re unsure of what you’d specifically like to do in the field. You will be able to explore the realization of ideas through the disciplines of performance, education, installation, movement, research, and documentation. We will help you to develop your performance skills in our world-class facilities, working with our staff, visiting practitioners, directors, and lecturers, with regular opportunities to take part in specialist workshops and masterclasses. You will push yourself and push boundaries, creating new works with image, action, sound, and text. You will leave the Royal Conservatoire as an independent and entrepreneurial self-managing ‘ eco-centric’ artist with an awareness of the aesthetic, intellectual, social, emotional, political, and ecological considerations of a holistic and sustainable arts practice.... [-]


Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Puppetry: Design and Performance

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London
Campus Full time 3 years October 2017 United Kingdom London

Central pioneered the first UK degree in puppet theatre and continues to be one of the world’s leading institutions for the training of puppeteers, attracting national and international students. This course embraces the three concepts of design, performance and theatre making. [+]

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Puppetry: Design and Performance Overview Central pioneered the first UK degree in puppet theatre and continues to be one of the world’s leading institutions for the training of puppeteers, attracting national and international students. This course embraces the three concepts of design, performance and theatre making. About the course Students develop specific puppetry making, manipulation and performance skills, and also work closely with designers and performance arts students on collaborative projects to explore multi-disciplinary work in which puppets and animated forms perform alongside scenography, new writing, movement and experimental performance practices. Skills in design, sculpture, manipulation, visual performance, animation, movement, voice, devising and collaborative theatre making are developed. The course aims to develop practitioners who are able to initiate and develop their own projects as well as collaborating closely with others within a discipline that requires both technique and creativity. Course Detail Year 1 Make, perform and direct: An introduction to a range of collaborative and course-specific projects in order to explore puppet making and animation processes, principles of movement, writing, design skills, voice work, acting, animation and manipulation, and application of manipulation skills to specific projects. Puppetry students create a performance in response to a text and develop installation, site-specific and immersive theatre in collaboration with students on Central’s other courses. They also research traditional puppetry forms and contemporary puppetry companies of note. Year 2 Write, create: Collaborations with Performance Arts and Design for the Stage students on experimental and speculative performance projects; and development of a major puppetry production which will tour nationally and possibly internationally. Where negotiated, students will collaborate with Applied Theatre students, using puppetry in a community setting such as working with the charity MIND, creating performance for elderly dementia sufferers or assisting with a puppetry production created by prisoners. Students research different styles and practitioners such as Kantor, Meyerhold, Craig, symbolism and Dada. Year 3 Critique: Students negotiate personal development plans and carry out individual work to deepen learning in specific areas of interest. The personal development plan may be a professional placement with puppet theatre companies, working as an assistant director, in-school training in specific complementary areas, preparing solo work for performance, or an apprenticeship with makers. Placements On all years of this course students will develop projects for performance both within and outside Central, and work closely with professional practitioners and internationally recognised puppetry and visual theatre companies, who are all experts in their fields. Students are encouraged to engage with contemporary practice from the outset, to develop strong working relationships with professional practitioners and to forge their own identities as specialists in the field. Throughout the course there will be opportunities to experience puppetry in a variety of contexts, participate in frequent visits to shows, talks and workshops by visiting professionals, and benefit from ongoing collaboration with a number of arts bodies within London and beyond. Puppetry, Design and Performance students also undertake placements with a range of companies such as the National Theatre, Polka Theatre, Little Angel Theatre, Theatre-Rites, Dockteatern Tittut in Stockholm, Edinburgh Puppet Company, Blind Summit, CBeebies and ITV. Professional Focus Central collaborates with a large number of professional companies and practitioners, who visit as lecturers or host students on professional placements. The course works particularly closely with the Little Angel Theatre and students participate in masterclasses at Suspense, the International Festival of Adult Puppet Theatre. There are also talks by internationally recognised practitioners such as Sandglass Theatre, Jane Taylor (Handspring) and Thai puppeteers from Arts on Location. The course has excellent links with other related courses within the UK and with international puppetry courses. Students normally take at least one production each year to a major international festival. Recent productions and performances have been part of festivals such as Tallinn Treff Festival, Bialystok International Puppet Festival, Stuttgart Puppet Festival, Istanbul International Puppet Festival, Indonesia International Puppet Festival, Ghent Street Theatre Festival and the Toy Theatre Festival in New York. Community collaborations undertaken include work with local and national healthcare providers, hospitals, residential centres, schools and community centres. Recent Visiting Staff Stephen Mottram, Sue Dacre, Steve Tiplady, Gren Middleton, Sue Buckmaster, Dr John Bell, Rene Baker, Penny Francis MBE. Entry Requirements and Admissions Minimum Entry Requirements 3 A Levels at BBC, BTEC ND: DDM. Offers may vary from this, depending upon expected grades and performance at interview. Exceptional applicants who do not meet this requirement but demonstrate appropriate potential at interview and via their portfolio may be accepted. All candidates invited to interview are asked to bring a portfolio. Admission with Academic Credit For information on alternative entry requirements please see our website. Application Details See How to Apply section for Undergraduate courses. Interviews in London Find out more about the interview process for this course. International Interviews Each year Central hosts a number of interviews outside of the UK, with a team of tutors from Central traveling to meet applicants. The international interviews are designed to replicate the London-based interview experience in every aspect (other than a tour of our site!). See our Event Finder for listings of upcoming interview locations and dates. International Students Visit the International Students section to view details of English language requirements for Central's courses. Testimonial Matt Hutchinson Graduated 2011, recent work has included Animatronic Puppeteer for ABC Bear for TV/ORF Austria, Puppet Maker on several shows for Theatre-Rites, and Puppet Maker and Puppeteer working with surgical teams at Imperial College London to improve surgical training working and helping facilitate puppetry workshops. "Training at Central gave me focus, purpose and preparation for my future career. Puppetry is a vast and ever-developing sector of performance arts practice, and the course encourages students to really define and hone their own interests, ideas and approaches to work in a collaborative, supportive and nurturing environment. I felt I emerged not only as a specialist in my designated area of work, but as a well-rounded creative practitioner with a comprehensive understanding of theatre and performance practice." [-]

BA in Performing Arts

Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge Campus
Campus Full time August 2017 United Kingdom Cambridge

The BA (Hons) Performing Arts degree draws on the unique strengths of music and drama within the University, allowing you the opportunity to explore their connections and the creative potential of both disciplines. [+]

BA in Performing Arts

The BA (Hons) Performing Arts degree draws on the unique strengths of music and drama within the University, allowing you the opportunity to explore their connections and the creative potential of both disciplines. The emphasis of the course is on developing you as a confident, versatile and exciting practitioner, who is able to work across music and drama in innovative and dynamic ways.To support this, we offer an exciting and stimulating environment for performing arts students. Our outstanding facilities include two dedicated drama centres, complete with a flexible black-box performance space, the Mumford Theatre, a full-size receiving house for professional touring companies, and a purpose-built music centre with lecture and practice rooms, recital hall, and five state-of-the-art computer music studios. Plus there are countless opportunities to engage in performance locally.Performance activities lie at the heart of the performing arts degree and you will encounter an extensive and varied range of events to complement your academic studies. A team of visiting specialists of national and international repute provides free, individual instrumental and vocal tuition throughout the course, and visiting performers, practitioners and academics provide additional workshops, masterclasses and lectures.We are especially proud of our interdisciplinary performance events, where staff and students collaborate on projects across our disciplines. This has culminated in full-scale opera productions, such as Turandot, Peter Grimes, La Traviata, and La Bohème, alongside music-theatre projects, which have involved such things as dance, sensor technologies and actors. The chance to develop your creative skills in a professional, yet friendly atmosphere is sure to make this a challenging and hugely rewarding experience.... [-]


Acting for Live and Recorded Media

The Manchester College
Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 United Kingdom Manchester

This programme has been designed to prepare students for work in theatre and the related mediated industries of television, film and radio performance. [+]

What's the Acting for Live and Recorded Media course about? This programme has been designed to prepare students for work in theatre and the related mediated industries of television, film and radio performance. The course will allow students to experience a range of disciplines pertinent to today's actor and the professional industry. The college has two theatres, two performance venues and an outdoor, covered, amphitheatre, all the theatres are used for student productions and are supported by the professional technical team. The actor training programme is rooted in the training systems of Stanislavski. Within this you will explore practioners such as Uta Hagen, Sanford Meisner and Max Stafford-Clark to name a few. Students will follow a rigorous training programme that develops the actors movement, vocal, analytical and acting skills. These transferable performance skills are developed throughout the training to meet the needs of a range of texts, mediums and of the professional industry. Students receive assistance from the college in many ways, including portfolio and show reel production, audition preparation, and audition alerts. Students are assessed through a combination of practical work and written assessment. The dissertation process has an optional part practical strand as well the traditional written option. Students are assessed through a combination of practical work (80%) and written assessment (20%) - the course culminates in a 5000 word extended essay. What will I be able to do after I've completed this course? This programme trains actors for the professional theatre and its allied media industries and also provides excellent opportunities for students to progress to postgraduate studies. We have a strong progression rate for students progressing into employment, the Arden Theatre school has close links with agents which students will have exposure to throughout their third year. A professional development programme is imbedded into the third year of the course which helps students in making the transition from training into industry. How do I apply? All full-time applications from students in the UK and from overseas should be made using the online application system. Please note, the course information on this website is provided as a reference guide only and is subject to change. It is therefore important that you check all course details, including location, timetable, fee, etc, at enrolment as the college operates a no refund policy. [-]

BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance - Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocal

ICMP - The Institute Of Contemporary Music Performance
Campus Full time 3 years August 2017 United Kingdom London

The ICMP BMus (Hons) degree is for students who aspire to reach a high standard of musicianship and build a career in today’s music industry. A dynamic and challenging programme, this course will provide you with professional playing, performing and musicianship skills as well as the tools and knowledge required to develop and sustain a career in today’s modern and diverse music industry. [+]

Best Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Performing Arts in United Kingdom 2017. The ICMP BMus (Hons) degree is for students who aspire to reach a high standard of musicianship and build a career in today’s music industry. Course Overview A dynamic and challenging programme, this course will provide you with professional playing, performing and musicianship skills as well as the tools and knowledge required to develop and sustain a career in today’s modern and diverse music industry. During the course, you will develop relevant music industry skills and effectively prepare for the real world of the career musician through playing, practising and performing. You will be challenged to achieve high levels of musicianship and instrumental skill. The study of established genres, styles and repertoire sits at the core of the BMus degree. Students develop a wide and comprehensive understanding of genre conventions through study in their principal instrument, with the intention of enabling them to function in a variety of performance and music-making contexts upon entry into the workplace. This aim is supported by an embedded range of learning activities in subject areas such as music theory, music technology, music production, aural perception, technique and sight-reading. Ultimately, by graduating from the BMus degree you will become fluent and literate in the language of popular music, capable of working in creative and collaborative professional environments, and ready to begin your professional career. Successful completion of programme BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance at ICMP leads to the award of Bachelor of Music by the University of East London. COURSE DETAILS Year 1 - Level 4 In the first year, you will follow a core programme, developing music skills in performance, technique, theory and practice, music technology, stylistic awareness, collaboration, popular music history, songwriting, keyboard, percussion, and backing Harmony, Theory and Technique I As a musician, it is essential that you acquire the practical and theoretical skills required to support your core musical development. This module therefore focuses on developing these skills, which will allow you to fully express yourself on the instrument, combined with a solid technical foundation on your first study instrument. The module covers styles and genres of music; the study of musical notation; aural and transcribing; harmony and theory; plus an introduction to basic keyboard skills. Music Culture, Context and Criticism I This module introduces you to the means of recognising and interpreting the development of popular music genres, and enables you to develop the skills necessary to describe and explain popular music as a cultural phenomenon. Using a structured learning framework, you will engage with the investigation, analysis and critique of current debates and theories relating to the context within which popular music is produced, performed and consumed. Music Performance I As a musician, it is essential that you develop practical ensemble performance skills, and gain an awareness of authentic musical perspective, styles and historical context. On this module you will undertake live performance workshops, providing you with the opportunity to develop and deepen your performance and stagecraft skills. You will also participate in ensemble classes (vocals/backing vocals and percussion) that will further the development of these performance skills, and develop awareness of the appropriate stylistic idioms, essential communication skills and professional industry performance standards. Music Technology Alongside the development of your core musicianship, this module introduces and develops the skills required to create, organise and produce original work, an important skill for any musician. You will acquire a thorough introduction to the fundamentals of music technology, which will equip you with the tools necessary to understand and apply the principles of music processing and programming, and obtain a thorough introduction to the ethics of arrangement and the basic principles of song construction, including form, lyric writing, and rhythmic and harmonic construction. Year 2 - Level 5 In the second year, you will further develop the core skills gained in the first year of study. Additionally, you will develop the ability to control and present musical material for ensemble performance. Skill development is also enhanced in the second year by modules that focus on business and economic aspects of the modern music industry. Fundamental areas include online promotion and branding, and the development of creative music-writing skills, including creation, re-creation, and re-presentation. Level 5 is made up of the following modules: Harmony, Theory and Technique II This module consolidates and enhances the practical and theoretical skills required to support your continuing personal progress and development. It encompasses techniques classes, which are designed to develop the skills to allow self-expression on the instrument and the development of a secure technical foundation; styles classes, which provide a thorough study of the concepts associated with performance in the appropriate idioms; reading studies, which ensures a comprehensive knowledge of musical notation and the development of essential sight reading skills; aural and transcribing; a detailed study of the harmony and theory relevant to the performance of popular music; and the continued development of your keyboard skills. Music Performance II As a musician, it is essential that you develop and consolidate your practical ensemble performance skills, with a detailed awareness of authentic musical perspective, cultural and historical context, and stylistic specifics. On this module you will engage with live performance workshops, providing you with the opportunity to continue to develop your core performance and stagecraft skills, and ensemble classes (vocals/backing vocals and percussion) to further support the development of your performance and essential communication skills, and develop a comprehensive awareness of industry performance standards. Arranging and Composing On this module, you will consolidate and further develop the skills required to plan, create, organise, process, and produce original work to brief, via theoretical, analytical, and practical study. The module will expand your practical music processing and programming skills to aid and enhance composition, outline and contextualise standard music industry practices, protocols, standards, and expectations, and provide an introduction to the fundamentals of music arranging and composing concepts in a variety of specific styles within the popular music idiom. Importantly, the module focuses on practical ‘real world’ experience, providing invaluable knowledge and insight into both arranging and composing and the development of ensemble skills. Marketing and Monetising Your Music Essential to the career of every musician is a comprehensive awareness of the various facets of today’s rapidly evolving music industry. This module will establish the framework of the industry, exploring its three main sectors: recorded music, live music and publishing. It will deliver an overview of the contemporary music business, allowing you to develop an invaluable understanding of current monetisation models; effective marketing and promotion strategies; the role of management; and how to recognise and exploit changes in practice which have been brought about by the impact of the internet and new technologies. Music Culture, Context and Criticism II On this module, you will explore the relationships between popular music genres and experiment with a range of analytical approaches to justify intellectual positions. You will become able to interrogate and deconstruct popular music through a range of critical and political ‘lenses’, and, building on previous study, further develop your capacity for intellectual engagement with popular music through analysis and critique, while engaging in the current debates and theories relating to the context within which popular music is produced, performed and consumed. Year 3 - Level 6 In the third year, you will have the opportunity to study practical music skills to an advanced stage, both in individual and ensemble ‘real-world’ performance situations. Project options within the third year of the programme offer numerous opportunities for the construction of individual learning routes, so that you can develop more specialist skills in your chosen area of music study. Level 6 is made up of the following modules: Dissertation The dissertation, a major element of your undergraduate degree, requires you to plan, develop and realise an appropriate, independent research project under relevant subject-specialist supervision. This will enable you to demonstrate how you have developed and applied the skills of critical and/or historical analysis acquired in the programme so far, offer a critical analysis of a wide range source material, demonstrate independent thought and write lucidly. The dissertation is split into two parts, which are a series of lectures and seminars designed to inform your own work, supported by supervised sessions looking at the development and execution of your dissertation. Advanced Musical Performance Central to the ICMP BMus programme is the development of advanced music performance skills. This module therefore provides the opportunity to perform, create, and re-create music at an advanced level in various real and simulated professional scenarios, environments and situations. You will practice collectively, as part of an ensemble under direction, and individually, in a specialised field requiring advanced technique. Additionally you will develop a broad-based, highly focused, specialised, practical skill set to facilitate your participation in diverse individual and ensemble musical situations and environments including live performance, studio performance, clinics and demonstrations. Professional Project On this module you are provided with the support necessary for you to identify, plan and complete a project of your own choosing to a professional standard. You will have opportunity to understand the challenges and demands of working as a creative artist, and discuss and analyse project management best practice and methodologies prevalent in artistic project contexts. Instrumental and Vocal Teaching (Option) This module enables you to design, deploy and evaluate a variety of teaching, learning and assessment methods, preparing you for progression to postgraduate study, peripatetic teaching, or other music teaching roles. You will engage with subjects such as creating lesson plans; the psychology of learning; teaching methodologies; student assessment; the design of learning outcomes and course construction; small business and sole-trader practices; child protection (including safeguarding vulnerable adults); health and safety legislation and practice; and special educational needs. Event Management (Option) On this module you will develop the skills necessary to devise, plan, execute, and reflect on the development and realisation of a live performance event in a professional setting, drawing upon prior learning to investigate and evaluate event management from a variety of critical perspectives. The module engages you with a broad range of relevant, practical management techniques, including communication, negotiation, organisation, coordination, arbitration and resource management, and enables the development of essential transferable skills, such as venue operations, event culture and tour management, promotion and marketing and funding. Additionally you will acquire a functional understanding of the relevant legal issues, obligations and regulations such as public and personal liability, health and safety, and insurance. Composing to Brief On this module, you will consolidate and further develop the compositional skills required to plan, create, organise, process, and produce original work to brief, via theoretical, analytical, and practical study, and develop practical music processing and programming skills to aid and enhance composition. Additionally you will develop the planning and organisation skills through the preparation of composition for performance and recording; build a portfolio of work; and engage in a range of additional studies and activities that will enhance your employment opportunities as a music professional and enable you to effectively articulate, express, and realise your musical creativity and imagination. Ultimately, you will become able to function with confidence in a number of settings by using complex skills consistently with a high degree of co-ordination and fluidity. Key Facts The personalised learning experience equips you with the knowledge, understanding and skills for successful employment in the music industry The course enables the development of high-level instrumental skill and music literacy The London location provides opportunities to perform in gigs at top London venues and immerse yourself in the current music scene High-quality teaching by industry practitioners Extensive music industry links and access enable you to build that all-important network A high level of contact teaching hours is delivered in small groups in world-class facilities A creative and inspiring learning environment You can focus on realising your unique identity as a musician Provides preparation for being a professional and versatile musician Develops your musicianship across a diverse range of styles and scenarios Featured Success Story - Drew McConnell (Babyshambles) Drew McConnell (BMus graduate) is the bass guitarist and backing vocalist with Babyshambles, the band formed and fronted by frontman of The Libertines, Pete Doherty. Formerly in the band Elviss, McConnell participates in a number of side-projects, such as The Phoenix Drive and playing double bass and piano with Irish singer/songwriter Fionn Regan as well as writing and recording solo material. McConnell organises a musical collective named Helsinki with which he performs solo material as well as versions of songs by Babyshambles, such as a swing version of their single "Delivery". Among the members of this collective are Stephen Large of Squeeze and Albert Hammond Jr of The Strokes, the drummer Seb Rochford of Polar Bear and Acoustic Ladyland, drummer Jamie Morrison (of the Noisettes), guitarist Matt Parks (ICMP Alumni), Jonnie Fielding (violin), Larrikin Love and Fionn Regan. Featured Tutor - Andy Saphir A versatile pro guitarist, Andy has established himself as one of the UK country music scene’s top players and enjoyed a busy touring schedule for many years, gaining huge experience in many different live situations from small club gigs to festivals and theatres, both in the UK and Europe and has backed USA singer, Michael Twitty (son of country legend, Conway), toured with USA fiddle player/ singer John Permenter (Clint Black), and worked with Nashville based guitarist/ songwriter, Glen Mitchell (Lonestar, Billy Currington), as well as playing guitar on studio albums by various artists including X Factor finalist and ‘2 Shoes’ singer, Charley Bird and Celtic Thunder’s George Donaldson and Ryan Kelly. Andy is a regular contributor to top tuition publication Guitar Techniques magazine with his columns, ‘Hot Country Guitarists’, ‘Hot Country Lead’, ‘Modern Country’, and ‘Session Soloing’. He has also regularly contributed to Total Guitar magazine, for whom he has also interviewed the legendary Stanley Jordan, as well as contributing to Guitarist magazine. Currently, Andy tours with theatre shows, ‘Voice of The Heart, Karen Carpenter’ (a ‘Carpenters’ tribute show), ‘Forever in Blue Jeans’ (a fast paced ‘rock n roll hits through the years’ show), and top Eagles tribute band, ‘Desperado’. He very occasionally deps in premier Rolling Stones tribute act, ‘The Counterfeit Stones’, and plays other function band and country gigs. [-]