BIMM - British and Irish Modern Music Institute
Popular Music Performance & Music Business BA (Hons)
BIMM - British and Irish Modern Music Institute

Course modalities offered

Key Course Facts

Course Description

About the course

Our joint honours in Music Production and Music Business is perfect if you’re the type of producer who wants to run the studio yourself. It’s also ideal if you’re an aspiring entrepreneur wishing to understand the creative and technical aspects of music production.

You’ll learn the fundamental skills to produce music in a recording studio and use a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). Alongside these practical skills, you’ll also develop your understanding of the commercial elements of running a business.

We’ll teach you all you need to know via a combination of predominantly practical classes, workshops and seminars, all led by experienced industry practitioners. Each of our lecturers is active within today’s music industry. This means they’ll have the up-to-the-minute knowledge and insider insights that you won’t find anywhere else.

And, because we realise that everyone is different, we offer one-to-one tutorials to support you in tailoring your own education. Our tutorials will help to ensure that your learning is set to meet your motives, interests, learning pace and needs.

Within the subject-specific Music Production and Music Business Core modules, you’ll focus on practical studio engineering and software skills, refined industry knowledge, application of acoustic theory and approaches to answering professional briefs, among others. You’ll also learn the necessary tools and expertise to be able to work within broader areas of the music industry.

As the course progresses, you’ll have the chance to craft your course through a range of optional modules in Year 2 and 3. These options mean that you’ll have the refined knowledge and expertise to start a career in a variety of industries. These include the recording industry, the live music industry, the film and TV industry, the audio post-production industry and the education industry.

So, what are you waiting for? Combine your passion for music production and music business today for a fulfilling music industry career in the future.

The BIMM Graduate We make sure that when you graduate, your attributes and skills mirror the employment and creative needs of the music industry – both today and in the future.

We aim to equip BIMM graduates with the following qualities, so they have a long lasting career.

  • Employable and Entrepreneurial

  • Creative, Collaborative and Connected

  • Resilient and adaptable

  • Globally Aware

  • Professional

  • Intellectually Curious

  • Self-aware

This course is approved and awarded by BIMM Institute

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 723 graduates of Popular Music Performance & Music Business BA (Hons) at BIMM - British and Irish Modern Music Institute for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Music.

Overall student satisfaction
62 /100
723 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students

Salary

Salary of all UK Graduates of Music

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £19045 £17710 £21517
25-75 percentile range £15951 - £23247 £12504 - £22119 £15656 - £27019

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Popular Music Performance & Music Business, BA (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Assessment methods are varied and balanced to suit a wide range of students and may take practical, written, portfolio or other form. Students are given the opportunity to work collaboratively with those studying other music related disciplines, representative of the way in which the Music and wider Creative Industries also require collaboration. All written and portfolio assessments are submitted electronically by way of a Virtual Learning Environment and where possible, feedback is delivered in audio and/or video form, as well as written. Examples of methods used: - Practical Exams - Written exams - Practical coursework - Multimedia coursework - Written coursework - Presentations

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

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. Mature applicants (19+) who do not hold the minimum entry criteria can be considered for RPP - Recognition of Prior Practice. This is an essay based submission focused on prior professional practice or experiential learning

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

test Grade Additional Details
IELTS (Academic) 6 a minimum of 5.5 must be achieved in each band (Reading, writing, listening, speaking)
Cambridge English Advanced A minimum overall score of 170, and no lower than 165 in each band
TOEFL (iBT) 80 the minimum points must met in each band: Listening - 19 Reading - 19 Speaking - 21 Writing - 21
PTE Academic 50 A minimum score of 50 overall. At least 42 must be achieved in all four skills

BIMM Institute welcomes applicants from International countries that will require a Student Visa to study in the UK. Applicants must meet requirements set by UKVI. Upon acceptance of an offer you will be required to attend a consultation with a member of

Applicants from low income backgrounds can access our Bursary Schemes: Low-income Scheme Care Leaver bursary Further information can be found on our website: https://www.bimm.ac.uk
Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still be able to join Popular Music Performance & Music Business, BA (Hons).

Costs

Tuition Fees Popular Music Performance & Music Business BA (Hons)

Ireland £9250 year 1
EU £15950 year 1
England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
International £15950 year 1

Additional fee information

The tuition fee shown is for year 1 of study only.
Fees may be subject to increase on an annual basis, and do not cover additional costs such as:

Visa application costs
Living costs rent/bills/travel
Equipment required for your course
computer and software/instrument/books

BIMM offer two bursaries on an annual basis:

Low-income Scheme
Care Leaver bursary

Further information can be found on our website: https://www.bimm.ac.uk

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
  
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

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About BIMM - British and Irish Modern Music Institute

The British and Irish Modern Music Institute is a group consisting of eight member colleges, with its locations spread mainly across the United Kingdom, and two locations in Germany. With each campus situated in a major city full of cultural activity, students can expect to have the opportunity to bring their musical abilities to real performance situations outside of the college building. In terms of staffing, BIMM only hires and works with experienced professionals in their respective industries, ensuring applicants that they’re in the best hands for moving forward in their music career.

Where is this programme taught

BIMM Brighton - West
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BIMM Manchester - Great Marlborough Street
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