If you have a passion for working in the music industry, then our BA/BSc (Hons) Music Business and Management course is for you. As well as providing you with an overview of the industry, it will give you the chance to explore your own areas of interest and allow you to develop the skills you need to thrive in this fast-moving, and increasingly global, sector.
Whether you picture yourself working in record company management, music marketing, in A&R, artist management or live music events & promotion, this course will give you everything you need to achieve your goals.
With an impressive network of industry connections, the BSc (Hons) Music Business and Management course at UCA Epsom will afford you the opportunity to build a professional network in one of the most competitive, creative professions. London is the centre of the music industry in the UK, Europe and, arguably, the world and you will leave the course with the knowledge, skills and the contacts to operate in the music industry either in the UK or abroad.
BA/BSc (Hons) Music Business and Management is part of the Business School and, alongside the core music content, you will benefit from engagement with the wider Business School curriculum which covers merchandising, e-commerce, social media marketing, branding, advertising, fashion, entrepreneurship and innovation.
You also have the option to complete a Professional Practice Year as part of this course, see below for more details.
*Course subject to updating.
Length of study:
- Three years full-time
- Or, Four years full-time with Professional Practice Year
In the first year, you will look at how the principles of marketing and promotion have been developed to take advantage of online media and technology. You will learn about the different theories which drive marketing and promotion in an ever-evolving industry. You will examine the history of music and how it has shaped culture and society.
This is very much a ‘live’ course and you will be working directly with bands and breaking artists on their marketing, brand and promotion, as well as managers, record labels and other industry partners. That includes creating your own music podcast and promotional video and practising the skills involved in audio and visual content, which are increasingly used to market and promote acts. You will also get to know how to use data as a tool for creative artist development.
You will have access to audio recorders, video and still cameras and photographic studios as well as laser cutting and 3D printing. Our Virtual Reality headsets and software mean you can experiment with ground-breaking VR/AR technology. All this will ensure you can explore the development of music product for marketing, e-commerce and unique fan experiences.
In your second year, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of branding within music, as well as the role of marketing and Public Relations. You will learn about the live music industry and how it fits in with the recorded music sector and you will be organising your own gigs or music events. As part of the Professional Practice unit, you will spend two months at a work placement/internship with a music company.
You will gain a deeper understanding of the current working structures and operations of global music markets, explore how music industry practitioners and executives interact with artists and gain an understanding of how music companies are managed.
Professional Practice Year (if undertaken)
If you opt to complete a professional practice year, this will take place in year three. You will undertake a placement within the creative industries to further develop your skills and CV.
While you study the Professional Practice Year, you will be required to pay a reduced tuition fee for that year. This fee will be determined using government funding regulations. Based on current regulations, we expect this to be a maximum of 20% of the tuition fee rate that you are charged for your second year of study. You will also incur additional travel and accommodation costs during this year. The University will provide you with further advice and guidance about this as you approach your Professional Practice Year.
In your final year, you will combine all these skills, knowledge and experience into your Final Major Project, where you’ll demonstrate your understanding of the music market and how your ideas can be successful in the exciting, ever-changing world of today’s global music industry.
Fees and additional course costs
The course fees per year for 2020 entry are:
- UK and EU students - £9,250
- International students - £16,250 (standard fee)
- International students - £15,600 (full early payment fee)
If you opt to study the Professional Practice Year, you will be required to pay a reduced tuition fee for that year. This fee will be determined using government funding regulations. Based on current regulations, we expect this to be a maximum of 20% of the tuition fee rate that you are charged for your second year of study. You will also incur additional travel and accommodation costs during this year. The University will provide you with further advice and guidance about this as you approach your Professional Practice Year.
Additional course costs
In addition to the tuition fees please see the additional course costs for 2020 entry.
These fees are correct for the stated academic year only. Costs may increase each year during a student’s period of continued registration on course in line with inflation (subject to any maximum regulated tuition fee limit). Any adjustment for continuing students will be at or below the RPI-X forecast rate.
Professional Practice Year
You have the option to complete a Professional Practice Year as part of this course.
You’ll spend two years learning with us, before putting what you’ve learned into practice through a year-long industry placement.
Our Professional Practice placements give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, equipping you to be confident and engaged in creative workplaces. These qualities are widely recognised by employers and a significant proportion of placement students nationally are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.
Throughout your placement, your course team will support you, making use of our extensive industry connections to help facilitate you to find about the right placement for you. On conclusion of the placement, you’ll return to complete your final year of study – applying what you’ve learned on the job.
The first of its kind in the UK, our new Business School for the Creative Industries builds on our long tradition of collaborating with employers to cultivate leadership, entrepreneurial and problem-solving skills.
Dedicated studio space for tutorials, workshops, group and independent working with course recording area with the booth for radio and podcast production. Campus digital media suites with Macs and PCs programmed with the latest design software and fully-equipped photographic studios with lighting rigs, green screen lighting and set up.
UK entry requirements
The standard entry requirements* for this course are:
One of the following:
- 112 new UCAS tariff points
- Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
- Distinction, Merit, Merit at BTEC Extended Diploma
- Merit at UAL Extended Diploma
- 112 new UCAS tariff points from an accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma in an appropriate subject
- 27-30 total points in the International Baccalaureate Diploma with at least 15 IB points at Higher Level.
- And four GCSE passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 4-9 including English (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2).
Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis, and we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds to apply.
*We occasionally make offers which are lower than the standard entry criteria, to students who have faced difficulties that have affected their performance and who were expected to achieve higher results.
International entry requirements
To view the equivalent entry requirements for your country please check our website.
For this course, we’ll ask you to attend an Applicant Day. You do not have to bring a portfolio, but come prepared to talk about your musical interests and any work or projects you’ve done in relation to music business and management. You might have taken photographs, put on a live band performance, or worked on a college radio show. Anything you’re proud of, we’d like to hear about.
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