Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £13,400 *
Duration 3 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

The Music: Production, Performance and Enterprise degree will equip you for a successful career in all areas of the commercial and popular music industries. The course will inspire you to develop expertise and experience in the key fields of commercial music: music production; music performance; music business/enterprise. Nowadays, only by having knowledge and understanding of all three specific areas will you be sufficiently prepared for employment and a sustained career in music.

You might enter the course with a combination of aspirations to be a music artist, producer, performer, songwriter, composer, musicologist, journalist, DJ, technologist, entrepreneur, business specialist or educator - this course nurtures those aspirations, whilst also ensuring that a broad range of music-related skills are developed as well. The course also incorporates a strong focus on reflective practice and contextual studies, meaning that our students are positioned to become innovators and thought leaders for the future of the music industries, which change constantly and are impacted significantly by advances in technology advance. Graduates of the course are therefore empowered to follow a specific future career path, whilst also exhibiting the transferable skills required for employment in all areas of the music industry.

The course has two enrolment options: you may choose the standard BA award if you intend to specialise in either music production or music business, or the BMus award, which is intended for those who elect to take specialist modules associated with music performance and instrumental musicianship. However, it is important for all applicants to understand that Business and Enterprise will be studied by all students regardless of award.

Our music industry links in the thriving London community allow us to provide guest lectures from leading professionals and maximise opportunities for graduates to network and begin their careers whilst on the course. As part of an arts dedicated campus, the course also offers unique opportunities to collaborate with students from other academic disciplines including film, TV, radio, fashion and media, and provides networking opportunities with relevant professional societies and organisations. As a result, our graduates have excellent employment opportunities and the ability to build successful careers in many diverse areas of the creative industries.

Course structure

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course.

To help you make an informed decision, you can have a look at how marks have been calculated and study time has been distributed on this course in the past.

Subjects of study include:

  • Artist Development
  • Individual and Professional Development
  • Music Business and Enterprise (Core for Enterprise pathway)
  • Music in Context
  • Music Industries Management
  • Performance and Musicianship (Core for Music Performance pathway)
  • Producing Music (Core for Music Production pathway)
  • Recording Techniques

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Emerging Music Markets
  • Individual and Professional Development
  • Live Music Management (Core for Enterprise pathway)
  • Performance and Musicianship (Core for Performance Pathway)
  • Studio and Live Production (Core for Production pathway)
  • The Artist: Product and Persona
  • The Creative Industries and You

Credit Level 5

Subjects of study include:

  • Bridging Into Work
  • Final Major Project
  • Music Business Specialism (Core for Enterprise pathway)
  • Music Contracts and Intellectual Property
  • Music Performance Specialism (Core for Performance pathway)
  • Music Production Specialism (Core for Production pathway)
  • Research Essay

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

One of the following (or an equivalent qualification):

  • A Levels - CCC
  • International Baccalaureate - 26 points (minimum)
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma - MMP
  • Access to HE Diploma - Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 27 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction

In addition to one of the above, you should have:

  • GCSEs – minimum grade 4 in Maths and English (Grade C in grading system prior to 2017)

If your first language is not English, you should have an IELTS score of 6.0 overall, with a score of 5.5 in each element.

Our course encourages a diverse range of music styles and genres, covering everything including Rock, Pop, R&B, Grime, Jazz, Acoustic, EDM and more. Applicants with backgrounds and interests in music which fall outside of conventional music education such as DJs, underground music or electronica artists are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants who meet the entry requirements will be asked to submit a short portfolio of work relevant to their chosen specialism of music production, performance or music business/enterprise.

Successful applicants will be invited to attend an applicant open day spending time working alongside staff and students.

Typical offer

  • International Baccalaureate – 26 points (not to include Higher Level science)

If your first language is not English, you should have an IELTS score of 6.0 overall, with a score of 5.5 in each element.

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Careers

This course equips students for varied and diverse career opportunities, allowing you to follow a specific future career path, whilst also gaining the transferable skills required for employment in all areas of the music industry. Students are encouraged to develop their professional status whilst they are enrolled on the course, and to incorporate professional and industry-focused activities into their academic work. The music industries incorporate many different career paths including direct employment, freelance working and other entrepreneurial activities - this course will prepare you for each of these career approaches and will ensure that, regardless of your specialism, you are an asset to the music and creative industries with many options open.

Westminster music students have gone on to have successful careers as: music artists; freelance musicians; music producers; studio engineers; songwriters; film sound designers; music publishers; branding and marketing experts; artist managers, record label executives; music venue managers; live music promoters; social media managers; entertainment lawyers; music therapists; music educators; academics; music journalists.

 

    Our graduates and Alumni have gone on to have huge diverse success, including members of successful bands Rudimental, The Feeling, Plan B and Arctic Lake as well as successful artists such as Jamie Woon, Tom Baxter, Emmy The Great, globally established Trance act Above and Beyond and Grammy winning Al Shux. Our graduates are employed throughout the London music industries at, for example, major and independent record labels, production studios and concert venues as well as working for media companies in general, such as Disney, and in areas of entertainment law.

    • Charlotte Baker graduated in 2016, and took a position as tour manager for the rapper Angel Haze and Snoh Aalegra, and artist manager of AYA.
    • Kaz Rodriguez graduated in 2014 and has gone on to have a distinguished career as a professional drummer, recently being selected to perform as part of Katy Perry’s three-year long world tour.
    • 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 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.
    • Chelsea Zevenbergen graduated in 2010 and has gone on to become an establishing artist manager having assisted/managed artists for ATC Laura Mvula, Eliza Doolittle and now works as part of the team at East City Management managing Alt-J and Wolf Alice to name a few from their artist roster.
    • Szjerdene Mulcare graduated in 2010 and has gone on to become an established vocalist and musician primarily working with the British artist Bonobo, featuring on his 2013 album The North Borders (Ninja Tune), and the accompanying world tour which continues into 2018.
    • Andrew Stafford graduated in 2009 and has gone on to set up a very successful company, Big Sync Music, as the world's first, full service, creative licensing agency to work directly for brands and ad agencies. Clients include many well known, household brands such as Heinz, Pepsico, Unilever, Samsung, BMW, ASDA, The National Lottery and Unicef, and many more.

    We have strong links with various record labels, publishers, writers and managers, as well as the music rights organisations PRS and PPL. We encourage as many students as possible to attend industry events to grow their contacts and to seek working opportunities. This is facilitated by providing many students with free passes to attend industry conferences, workshops and expos.

    Industry professionals are invited to speak at weekly events on campus, and this offers our students additional opportunities to extend their networks and to ask key, critical questions.

    We host weekly masterclasses given by diverse and successful performance practitioners and music producers - these also offer an opportunity for our students to perform and play back their music to industry guests and panels including label A&R, publishers and artist managers.

    Students have recently completed internships for various record labels and artist management companies including Domino Records, Solar Management, Beggars Banquet, Mute, Big Sync Music, East City Management and Full Time Hobby.

    Our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you to achieve your full potential.
     
    With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we provide you with a variety of opportunities to work and develop new skills. As a University of Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.
     
    We can help you:
        •    find work placements, graduate jobs or voluntary experience related to your course
        •    discover international opportunities to enhance your employability
        •    write effective CVs and application forms
        •    develop your interview and enterprise skills
        •    plan your career with our career consultants
        •    gain insights into your chosen industry through mentoring
        •    meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events 
     
    Find out more about the Careers and Employability Service.

     

    Find out more about other employability initiatives at the University of Westminster. 

    Student work

    Tracks from the University of Westminster’s music students - past and present - have been curated for your enjoyment in a special playlist on Spotify.

    From Sigala to Michael Kiwanuka, Jamie Woon to Rudimental, we have created a Spotify playlist that brings together some audio highlights from some of our talented and influential students.

    All tracks on the playlist are either performed, written or produced by our Music students.

    Head over to Spotify to listen to the full playlist.

    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: £13,400 (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.

    Contact us

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    +44 (0)20 7915 5511

    [email protected]

    Opening hours (GMT): 9am–4.30pm Monday to Friday

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