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Music with Foundation Year BA (Hons)

Middlesex University

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Course options

  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    Hendon Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

The Foundation Year in Performing Arts is offered as an entry route to a dance, music or theatre degree for students who don't yet meet the entry requirements for degree-level study. You will enrol on a four-year course which includes the one-year foundation year. The number of students who progress to degree study is very high. The Foundation Year in Performing Arts is taught in our excellent studios and facilities at our Hendon campus by the same lecturing staff who teach on our degree courses. You are taught in small group seminars, workshops and lectures.


Combining science, technology, history and arts, with social and cultural studies, business and media, you’ll learn how music plays a pivotal role across a range of industries. You’ll also get plenty of unique opportunities to see this in action by collaborating with students working in areas including dance, theatre, animation, film, TV production and computer games.

Led by our knowledgeable lecturers, our music degree will build your experience as a performer, composer, music producer and music director ­– and you’ll be continuously encouraged to optimise the skills that give you a unique and competitive edge.

You’ll build your experience in the recording studio, conducting, and performing with orchestral players from manuscript. You’ll also have the opportunity to attend lectures by industry professionals (including a masterclass with visiting Professor of Piano Martino Tirimo), along with composition workshops and concerts of student compositions by the renowned Allegri String Quartet.

Course content

You will have the opportunity to explore music technology, studio music production, sound art, and live computer sound transformation. You'll consider analysis analysis to learn the means and meaning of music. Concepts in music history will be discussed and contemporary music will be studied. You'll learn harmony, counterpoint, instrumentation, orchestration and musicianship, and you will learn to write and/or perform music convincingly in a range of styles.

What will yo​u gain?

As well as cultural capital gained through an in-depth knowledge of musical repertoires and practices, you will also acquire skills in original music composition, music performance and critical thinking. During your third year, you have the opportunity to propose a topic of your own choosing to investigate and explore, along with the guidance of an allocated supervising tutor.


You'll be assessed through a range of outputs: coursework essays and other forms of writing; compositions in score and recorded formats; closed and public performances; individual and group presentations; online submissions; practical and written tests and projects. Verbal and written feedback is provided to you on an ongoing basis, both before and after submission/presentation of work.


Careers in music continue to grow. Music is an excellent choice of study because it combines science, technology, history, arts, social and cultural studies, business and media.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 14,000per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

Entry requirements

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UCAS Points : 48


University information

Middlesex University

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  • Campus address

    Middlesex University, Hendon Campus, The Burroughs, Barnet, NW4 4BT, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    58th out of 85 5

  • Entry standards

    / Max 214
    115 53%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    60 60%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.17 83%



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