Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £12,500 *
Duration 3 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

The Commercial Music degree has been designed both to reflect the changing demands of global music industries, and to produce graduates who can shape those industries going forward. The degree offers you the opportunity to learn, practice and experiment with the artistic and business strategies in today’s music industry. The development and delivery of the course is guided by advice from leading music industry figures, and draws on producers, musicians and business people for its teaching staff.

The University of Westminster has a strong reputation and links with leading popular music centres around the world, and the amazing success of our staff and alumni networks remains one of the core strengths in our provision of opportunities for our graduates.

The course prepares you to take on leading roles in the development of the music industries, and encourages you to focus all your energies into understanding the music industries from every angle, maximising your career potential. It also equips you with the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.

Our music courses are based at our state-of-the-art Harrow Campus, one of the main media education campuses in Europe, where facilities include 12 professional recording studios, a new teaching recording studio, and an array of television, post-production, radio, film, video and multimedia facilities.

Since its inception in 1993, the course has developed with engagement and input from industry, and our main aims are to nurture your practical and theoretical understanding of the business of commercial music, prepare you for entrepreneurial participation in commercial music markets at home and abroad, and develop your ability to use production processes to create musical works.

Course structure

We will develop your critical understanding of the relationships between the music industry and the broader social and cultural environment, and encourage you to be an agent of change in the creative industry and society.

Learning and teaching is delivered in a variety of ways: as well as set-piece lectures, we make innovative use of technology and blended learning through blogs, discussion boards, skype-based tutorials, online tests, and student-generated conferences. Assessments are equally wide ranging, and may include live debates, reflective journals, rough mixes, public rehearsals and comprehension exercises.

Subjects of study include:

  • Business Negotiation
  • Composing for Musicians
  • Creative Vision and Local Markets
  • Live Technologies
  • Music Business

  • Performance and Stagecraft
  • Production Techniques – Development
  • Reading Audiences

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Conference Paper
  • Creative Synthesis and Sound Designs
  • Creative Vision and Global Markets
  • Music Business Game
  • Musicpreneurship
  • Performing Identity
  • Production Techniques – Specialisation

Credit Level 5

Subjects of study include:

  • Bridging Into Work
  • Final Major Project
  • Producing Content to a Brief
  • Publishing Research
  • Pushing Musical Boundaries

Credit Level 6

Westminster Plus Electives

 
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As part of your course you may be able to take elective modules. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable.

Find out about Westminster Plus Electives.

Entry Requirements

Typical offer

  • A Levels – CCC
  • International Baccalaureate – 26 points (minimum)
  • Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma – MPP
  • Access to HE Diploma - Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 30 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction
  • GCSEs – minimum grade C in Maths and English

We require evidence of a high level of ability in performance, composition, studio production or business, assessed by interview and audition.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process.

Typical offer

  • International Baccalaureate – 26 points (minimum)

We require evidence of a high level of ability in performance, composition, studio production or business, assessed by interview and audition

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Careers

The Commercial Music BA has graduates in all of the major labels, and many of our graduates and their colleagues come back each year to share their skills with current students. Other industry executives provide a core of completely up-to-date teaching and offer internships to our final-year students.

In addition, there is an optional work experience module at Level 6, called Bridging Into Work: all of the internships within this module are with companies either created, managed or extensively peopled with Commercial Music BA graduates from past years.

The successful record of accomplishment of the alumni has demonstrated the achievements of the students and the staff who teach on the course, in being the first course of its kind.

Alumni are now working in every area of the music industry across the globe. Our business students are not only some of the new entrepreneurs of the digital age but they are also executives in major and independent music companies. Many of our alumni are successful artists and record producers who have already enjoyed chart-topping success.

Graduates from Commercial Music BA Honours go on to work as (for example):

  • Record company executive
  • Music entrepreneur
  • Music producer
  • Artist
  • Songwriter
  • Music Industry journalist
  • Venue and live music management  
  • Artist management
  • Music lawyer

Charlotte Baker graduated in 2016, and is a Tour Manager for the rapper Angel Haze and Snoh Aalegra, and artist manager of AYA. For ten hours a year she returns to the BA Commercial Music as a ‘Professional Tutor’ – a kind of life-coach for new students.

Sigala graduated in 2013, and had a UK Number 1 single in September 2015 with ‘Easy Love’, and another three UK Top Ten singles in 2015 and 2016, when he was signed to Sony on a multi-year, multi-million-pound deal.

Nathan Cassells graduated in 2011, and in 2012 co-wrote and co-produced the song ‘What Now’ for Rihanna’s Unapologetic album. The single peaked at Number 21 in the UK and Number 25 in the US.

Tom Overbury graduated in 2010, and is Senior A&R Manager with Warner Chappell UK, a colleague of fellow BA Commercial Music graduate and A&R Executive Amber Davis (graduated in 2003). Tom was named as one of ’30 under 30’ rising global music industry executives by Music Week in 2014.

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • market yourself effectively to employers
  • write better CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

Facilities

We offer fully equipped rehearsal rooms, state-of-the-art recording studios and a brand new live music venue. We aim to give our students first-hand experience of "real world" recording environments and to set them on their paths to successful music industry careers.

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Music at Westminster

See our facilities and hear from staff and students in this short video.

The Ultimate Seminar

Watch a video about the 2016 panel event with leading figures from the music industry.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £12,500 (Price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Course Location

The vibrant home of Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design, the Harrow Campus offers one of the richest portfolios of creative industry research and learning in Europe. The recent redevelopment of the campus has seen the creation of fluid, informal learning spaces, dedicated project and gallery spaces and a revamped library. For more details, visit our Harrow Campus page.

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