Bachelor of Arts (Hons) - Commercial Modern Music

4 years
15,950 GBP/year
Rolling admission
Rolling admission
Dublin / Ireland
BIMM - British & Irish Modern Music Institute

Program description

BA (Hons) Commercial Modern Music will help you turn your passion for music into a career.

This four-year programme uses deadline-driven project management to improve performance skills and career aspirations.

Live performance is the key to becoming a great musician at BIMM Dublin, so you'll spend a lot of time on stage to develop and establish your identity. You'll learn pop, punk, folk, and funk methods, music theory, and styles. The degree is both academically and musically difficult, balancing theory, practise, and analysis. You'll be part of a creative community of authors, performers, critical thinkers, and music business professionals with whom you can collaborate and network.

Program structure

Year 1

  • Styles 1
  • Techniques 1
  • Music Business and Study Skills
  • Artist Development and Entrepreurship
  • Live Performance Workshop
  • Music Theory and Keyboard Skills

Year 2

  • Styles 2
  • Techniques 2
  • Applied Music Business and Study Skills
  • Essential Development Skills
  • Performativity and Live Music
  • Applied Music Theory, Transcription and Keyboard Skills

Year 3

  • Research Methods
  • Cultural Perspectives
  • Professional Musicianship
  • Advanced Music Theory and Arrangement
  • Performance in Context
  • Studio Musicianship
  • Digital Marketing in the Music Business
  • Studio Recording
  • The Songwriter/Producer
  • Music Publishing

Year 4

  • Professional Project
  • Analytical Perspectives
  • Solo Performance
  • Ensemble Performance
  • Commercial Songwriting
  • Music Business Studies
  • Music Teaching Practice
  • Professional Development
  • Composition and Analysis


Tuition fees

  • 15,950 GBP/year

All international students must pay a deposit in order to secure their place on the course they have applied for. Deposit amounts will depend on if you are self-funded or if you have secured financial aid or a loan.

  • Self-funded international students: 4,000 GBP
  • Funded international students: 1,000 GBP

The deposit amount is deductible from your total fees.

Requirements for applicants

  • 6 Leaving Certificate subjects +25s + audition*
  • All applicants must attend an audition at which they can earn up to 600 additional points to add to their Leaving Cert points.

*a minimum of 4 O6/H7s are required to meet the minimum entry requirement.

About the university

The doors to the music business are wide open after attending BIMM. We have seven campuses in some of the most lively cultural centers in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Germany, making us the most connected music school in all of Europe. We have over 40 years of experience in the field and pride ourselves on our state-of-the-art facilities, world-class faculty, and unparalleled access to the industry.

All of our schools offer comprehensive music industry education, with classes covering everything from performing to running a record label, from making records to organizing concerts, and from songwriting to advertising. As a university, we take great satisfaction in the achievements of our alums and in the professionalism and adaptability of their skillsets.

Our facilities

We understand that in order to realize your full potential as a musician, you need access to state-of-the-art instruments and studios. That's why each of our eight universities has cutting-edge classroom and studio space on par with the best in the world.

Bands can practice on gear from Orange, Fender, Marshall, and Zildjian, among others, in dedicated rehearsal spaces. We have state-of-the-art recording facilities where you can lay down tracks of your latest music, and we also have post-production rooms where you can take your recordings to new heights. To help you develop your skills and realize your potential, we've worked with some of the best recording studios and concert halls in the world across all of our major music hubs.

Employability and careers

Students at BIMM Institute are taught to dream large and take calculated risks in their pursuit of knowledge. After all, potential employers will want proof that you are committed to and proficient in your field of study. Helping you demonstrate your abilities is our top priority.

You'll be joining a large community of experts and professionals in your field by signing on with us. We provide a wide variety of career development opportunities, from internships to master classes to a tailored recruitment service.

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