University of Westminster
Foundation Degree Creative Music Production and Business FdA
University of Westminster

Key Course Facts

Course Description

This innovative and creative course is aimed at music producers and musicians who want to develop professional production and musicianship skills, and then go on to learn the business skills needed to create a sustainable career within the music industry. A feature of the course is that it requires no academic entry qualifications, and entry is based on interview and previous production experience plus an interest in the business side of music enterprise. Applicants do require a good basic standard of knowledge in Logic Pro X DAW and may be asked to take a test. The two-year course has been designed in response to the ever-increasing demand for high quality practical and vocational training at a Higher Educational Level, by those wishing to develop their skills and experience in the music industry, both as a creative music maker and as a business entrepreneur. With excellent links to the music industry, it is a programme designed to firstly develop students' creative and technological skills and ability, and then to focus on how students can channel these skills into their career and business development. This course is collaboration between Community Music - a vibrant and innovative music education and training company based in central London and the University of Westminster. Community Music has a long standing tradition of training and artist development using up to date industry standard equipment and facilities. The University of Westminster has a thriving music department and commercial music degree with state-of-the-art recording studios and extensive library and IT facilities.

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 12 graduates of Foundation Degree Creative Music Production and Business FdA at University of Westminster for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Music.

Overall student satisfaction
89 /100
12 total respondents
The NSS is commissioned by the <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="https://www.officeforstudents.org.uk/advice-and-guidance/student-information-and-data/national-student-survey-nss">Office for Students</a>

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

Entry Requirements / Admissions

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 5.5
    • Foundation / Pathway Courses
    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees
    • 6.0
    • Undergraduate Degrees
Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
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Visa Requirements for International Students

Visa requirement

All international students (including citizens from EU countries) intending to study this or any other academic programme for more than 6 months in the UK require a Student Visa.

International students younger than 18 years require a special Child Student Visa. Exceptions from this general rule may apply to holders of other UK work visas, British National Overseas visa, family member visa and recognised refugees or asylum seekers.

Permission to work while studying

University of Westminster is listed by the UK government as an institution licensed to sponsor migrant students.

Student visa holders from licensed institutions are entitled to work during their full-time bachelor's, master's or Phd studies for
- 20h/week during the term
- Full-time outside term time (e.g. vacations, work placements, once course ended)

After completion of a bachelor's or master's programme of at least 12 months Student Visa holders of licensed institutions can convert their visa into a Graduate Visa which entitles graduates to work for 2 years in the UK.

Costs

Tuition Fees Foundation Degree Creative Music Production and Business FdA

England UK £6000 year 1
Northern Ireland £6000 year 1
Scotland £6000 year 1
Wales £6000 year 1
Channel Islands £6000 year 1
EU £14400 year 1
International £14400 year 1

Average student cost of living in London

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, 2023

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)

University Rankings

Positions of University of Westminster in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of University of Westminster in related subject specific rankings.

Arts Visual & Performing

    • #60 
    • #72 
    Music
    The Guardian UK University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 11 September, 2021]
    • #64 
    • #77 
    Music
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]

See all university rankings of University of Westminster

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About University of Westminster

The University of Westminster is a publicly funded research university located in London, England. Beginning its existence as a polytechnic institute in 1838, it only became an officially recognized university much later, in 1992. Westminster’s primary campus can be found on Regent Street of central London, with its secondary campuses being in the districts of Fitzrovia, Marylebone and Harrow.

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Where is this programme taught

Community Music
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