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  • Qualification

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

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP-21

  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

This course is designed for practising musicians who want to understand the technical environment within which commercial music takes place.

The BA (Hons) Popular Music programme is one of the few courses of its type in the country and is designed to equip you with the ability to interact and innovate within a vibrant environment, nurturing a specialism in popular music and related industries. The area of popular music is a dynamic, well established creative aspect of the music industry involving sophisticated craft, technical, analytical and scholarly approaches.

You will develop a wide range of disciplines through performance, composition, technology, media production and musicology. You will also develop an in-depth appreciation of the increasing significance of popular music in economic and professional terms.

Here's what you can expect from this course:

  • You'll explore popular music performance, composition and production together with music technology. We'll help you to develop your creative and entrepreneurial flair so you can respond to technological and artistic innovations in the industry.
  • You'll develop your skills on your chosen instrument through group based learning activities. You'll also develop your expertise in composition and song writing and will study the social and business context of the world of commercial music.
  • You'll have regular opportunities to perform in public, and we'll encourage you to take part in the local music scene.
  • You will be taught by experienced lecturers, many with international research portfolios and current professional experience.
  • You will be inspired by our recording studios and rehearsal facilities, which will enable you to produce professional quality recordings of your performances.
  • You will benefit from our strong links with the music industry and will be invited to participate in our yearly Music Production Show, with guest presentations from industry professional such as: Sound on Sound, Avid, Yamaha, Ableton and Focusrite.
  • In the 2020 National Student Survey (NSS), 95% of students said they were satisfied with the academic support on the course. The NSS is managed by the Office for Students and gathers opinions of current students on the course.

The music technology part of the course covers the technology of the recording studio, video production, along with the application of music software on digital audio workstations and the production/post-production of music for a variety of commercial applications.‌

This course is accredited by JAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Support) so that you can be confident that the course meets the high standards demanded by industry.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 14,045per year

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

University information

University of Derby

  • University League Table

    99th

  • Campus address

    University of Derby, Kedleston Road, Derby, Derby, DE22 1GB, England

The award-winning international team offers guidance from initial enquiry to graduation and beyond.
There are a range of scholarships and discounts available to international students.
The University of Derby has around 1,700 students from 100 countries, studying at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    77th out of 85 12

  • Entry standards

    / Max 214
    106 49%

    73rd

    21
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    50 50%

    68th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.02 80%

    44th

    29

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