BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON

Music

BA  |  Placement Year:   No

Are you a composer, a singer-songwriter, a producer, a performer, a DJ, a noise artist, an improviser, a curator or a music journalist? Then our brand new, bold and broad-based programme is for you. It’s a hybrid of core and bespoke activities catering to the new reality of a career in music. Our aim is to form a new generation of musical creators who are capable of navigating real-world projects and collaborations at the forefront of our changing world. At its heart is creativity, technology, collaboration, entrepreneurship and innovation.

Right from your very first week, we foster all the skills you’ll need for a career in music. Through an attractive range of engaging modules we place you, the creative musician, at the heart of our teaching, allowing you to develop independent and open-minded thinking. You can also combine your music-making with other disciplines such as theatre, creative writing, design, journalism and games.

We also offer a placement year, and with our unrivalled network of contacts across the music industry, this will provide you with that all-important link to the world of work.

We train our graduates to be highly-skilled, self-confident, inquisitive, robust and sought-after musicians who go on to a huge variety of careers in performance, recording, media, composition, arts management, teaching and music therapy. Our students love the teaching and ambience that our music team provide and have consistently rated Music at Brunel highly in the National Student Survey.

Programme description

Are you a composer, a singer-songwriter, a producer, a performer, a DJ, a noise artist, an improviser, a curator or a music journalist? Then our brand new, bold and broad-based programme is for you. It’s a hybrid of core and bespoke activities catering to the new reality of a career in music. Our aim is to form a new generation of musical creators who are capable of navigating real-world projects and collaborations at the forefront of our changing world. At its heart is creativity, technology, collaboration, entrepreneurship and innovation.

Right from your very first week, we foster all the skills you’ll need for a career in music. Through an attractive range of engaging modules we place you, the creative musician, at the heart of our teaching, allowing you to develop independent and open-minded thinking. You can also combine your music-making with other disciplines such as theatre, creative writing, design, journalism and games.

We also offer a placement year, and with our unrivalled network of contacts across the music industry, this will provide you with that all-important link to the world of work.

We train our graduates to be highly-skilled, self-confident, inquisitive, robust and sought-after musicians who go on to a huge variety of careers in performance, recording, media, composition, arts management, teaching and music therapy. Our students love the teaching and ambience that our music team provide and have consistently rated Music at Brunel highly in the National Student Survey.

Key Modules

Our graduates are highly-skilled, self-confident, inquisitive, robust and thoroughly-employable musicians who go on to a huge variety of careers in performance, recording, media, composition, arts management, teaching and music therapy. All careers in music are portfolio careers and the experiences from this degree programme place the interconnectivity of skills and of collaboration at its centre. Some examples of recent graduates show the broad range of employment in the music industry: 

  • Chief Executive, Shoreditch Town Hall, London
  • Music Therapist, Music for Health Research Centre
  • Freelance Bassist, Sound editor for Hollywood movies
  • Teacher, Head of Music, London
  • Project Manager, Arts Council England
  • Performing/Recording artist
  • Librarian, Royal Opera House
  • Venue Management Assistant, 606 Jazz Club
  • Singer-Songwriter-recording artist
  • Systems Engineer for Apple, New York       
Module & Subject

The degree course is modular. Modules are worth 20 or 40 credits and you must complete 120 credits for each year of your degree programme. All music students take the same modules in Year 1 (Performance I can be taken in a variety of ways and does not necessarily require a solo performance).

Year 1

Compulsory

  • Ensemble I: The Art of Performing
  • Materials of Music I: Inside the Language
  • Ways of Hearing I: Genres Through Time
  • Composing I: Capturing Ideas
  • Studio Production I: Introduction to the Art of Sound and Technology 
  • Professional Development I: Building a Collaborative Musical Project from A-Z

Level 2

Compulsory

  • Materials of Music II: Cultural Change and Evolution
  • Ways of Hearing II: The Theatre of Technology
  • Professional Development II: Communicating and Teaching

 Optional

  • Ensemble II: Leadership, Directing and Improvisation
  • Composing II: Craft and Development
  • Studio Production II: Advanced Techniques and Designing Your Own Tools
  • Arranging and Orchestrating: Colouring Techniques for Musicians
  • Interdisciplinary Project: Learning Collaboration

Level 3

Compulsory

  • Professional Independent Project

Optional

  • Ensemble III: Creating Performance
  • Materials of Music III: Advanced Technical Portfolio
  • Ways of Hearing III: Cultures and Subcultures
  • Composing III: Advanced Portfolio
  • Studio Production III: Taking Sonic Art To the Stage
Entry Requirements
  • GPA 4.0 or 75%

    75% is required in any specific subjects that are stated in GCE A-level entry requirements above.

    • IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
    • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
    • BrunELT: 65% (min 55% in all areas)
Foundation Campus
No Foundation
Course Option
Course Duration: 3 years
Course Fee:  14800.00
Course Level: 
Application Deadline 
International Student:   (15,July)
Location
Country:  UNITED KINGDOM
Campus Location:  Brunel University London, Kingston Lane Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 3PH
Intake Deadline
SEPTEMBER