Diploma - Professional Musicianship (Songwriting)

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

Program description

If you're interested in improving your musical skills but only have 4.5 hours a week to devote to studying, this one-year practical and vocational course is perfect for you.

Live performance is the foundation of a great musician's education at BIMM Dublin. As a result, you'll put in a lot of time perfecting your performance methods in order to grow as an artist.

Our instructors at BIMM are professionals in the music industry and songwriting who will guide you with their years of expertise and knowledge.

You'll learn not just how to play by the notes, but also the philosophy behind them.

Program structure

Semester 1

  • Songcraft
  • Song stylistics

Semester 2

  • Live Arrangement & Performance
  • Creative Music theory

Module names and structure may be subject to change.


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

  • The minimum entry requirement is the successful completion of one module at Level 5. This is equivalent to one O6 (formerly one Ordinary Level D3) in any subject at Leaving Cert.
  • Applicants must be 17 on 1st January in the year of entry. All applicants are made directly to BIMM Institute Dublin. All applicants must also attend an audition to determine their eligibility for the course.
  • Overseas students where English is not their native language must meet a minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.0. We require 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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