Bachelor of Arts (Hons) - Popular Music Performance and Music Business

3 years
15,950 GBP/year
Rolling admission
Rolling admission
Multiple Locations / United Kingdom
BIMM - British & Irish Modern Music Institute

Program description

Our BA (Hons) Popular Music Performance and Music Business degree develops entrepreneurial abilities. This course is great if you want to self-manage your own band or project, release your own work, and improve your live appearance.

You'll learn performance, technique, musicianship, artist management, releasing music, live music, music publishing, and marketing. These topics provide you the tools to become a successful musician and understand the industry. You'll learn in big live rooms, smaller studios, and lecture-based classrooms.

Our knowledgeable, inspiring, and sought-after professors will guide you. Optional modules let you customise your course. Optional modules include creative performance, session skills, songwriting, technology, composing, arranging, recording, teaching, and research. You'll finish the course with a portfolio that gives you the skills and motivation to succeed in a fast-paced creative industry.

You'll get unmatched work experience. Through placements and internships, you can gain hands-on industry experience.

Program structure

Year 1

Semester 1

  • The Creative Industries & You 1: Finding Your Path
  • Performance Skills
  • Core Instrument Skills
  • The Music Business

Semester 2

  • Context & Culture of the Creative Industries
  • Applied Instrument Skills
  • Releasing Music
  • Marketing & PR

Year 2

Semester 1

  • The Creative Industries & You 2: Collaborative Entrepreneurship
  • Interpretive Instrument Skills
  • Business & Enterprise

Semester 2

  • Creativity, Identity & Agency
  • Digital Performance Portfolio
  • Financing Creativity

Year 3

Semester 1

  • Final Project
  • Performance Showcase
  • Audience Experience & Motivation

Semester 2

  • Final Project
  • Creative Industries & You 3: Professional Portfolio


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

  • Successful completion of a BIMM admissions assessment.
  • Minimum of 2 A-levels at Grade C or above (64 UCAS points), OR BTEC Level 3 equivalent, and normally three GCSEs at a minimum grade C/4, including English Language.
  • IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 to be achieved in each band.

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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