Diploma - Popular Music Performance

1 year
12,450 GBP
Rolling admission
Rolling admission
London / United Kingdom
BIMM - British & Irish Modern Music Institute

Program description

The one-year vocational diploma in popular music performance course will provide you the musical and employability skills you need to work in the music industry.

Performance abilities, instrumental technique, songwriting, performance technology, and musical aptitude and appreciation are the focus of all courses and assignments. Performers will also learn about the music industry and how to apply it to their careers while working on joint projects.
You will learn in a creative and innovative environment with other musicians, artists, and entrepreneurs, guided by industry professionals who teach to the highest standards and a guest program of prominent music industry professionals to help you pursue a career in music.

The course develops both intellectual and artistic qualities found in all music professionals, giving you many opportunity to expand on your existing knowledge and talent and turning you into a high-level musician who determines their career path.

Program structure

  • Techniques

  • Styles
  • Performance
  • Preparation 1
  • Performance
  • Preparation 2
  • Live Performance Workshop
  • Music Theory
  • Music Technology
  • Songwriting
  • Extended Studies
  • Extended Studies
  • Music Industry
  • Sound and Culture


Tuition fees

  • 12,450 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

  • Five GCSE qualifications with a minimum grade of C/4, including English Language and Maths and Grade 4-6 equivalency playing skills.
  • Overseas students where English is not their native language must meet a minimum English Language requirement of IELTS 5.5, with no lower than 5.5 to have been achieved.

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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