The degree course for serious music producers.

Expand your skills. Produce quality music. Learn all you need for life as a professional music producer.

Course Overview

BA (Hons) Career Musician
Location: WaterBear, Brighton
Awarding body: Falmouth University
Study modes: 3yr (on site) or 2yr (online)
UCAS codes (course/campus): W3A2/W
Entry requirements: 104 UCAS tariff points

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If you’re a producer looking for a course that gives you the skills for a successful career in music, then the BA (Hons) Career Musician degree course is for you.

At WaterBear, we believe in smaller class sizes for effective learning, reinforced with personal 1-1 mentoring. We also believe you should have the freedom to explore what’s possible and push creative boundaries. That’s why all producers and artists on our 3-yr degree course learn in small groups on pro-standard gear in environments specially designed to stimulate creative output.

Every week, you’ll hone audio production skills, sound engineering techniques, compositional skills, and expand your creativity. You’ll be able to showcase your music live on stage in a real music venue, or in the studio. And you’ll learn all you need to know about the realities of being a professional producer in today’s music industry.  There are also regular networking events, masterclasses, collaboration and work opportunities so you can build your all-important contacts list.

As an audio producer, we know it’s all about having the technical skill to unlock creative potential. It’s also about working collaboratively and developing the confidence and ability to communicate what’s in your head. And knowing how and when to use different technologies is essential for that. That’s why music tech is fundamental to the course, using our cross-platform, state-of-the-art Apple Mac studios. And, like every other WaterBear student, you’ll get access to all  the other courses at the college, so you can dive into as much other content as you want.

All students at WaterBear get bookable access to a recording studio and mixing suite, as well as free rehearsal time. So you won’t need to worry about where to practice, record, mix and master your music.

The BA (Hons) Career Musician degree is designed to give you the perfect blend of artistic freedom alongside practical strategies to forge your own career in music.

It’s flexible and comprehensive so you can study in a way that suits you. And you can build your own music projects into the course. It’s fully accredited and approved by one of the UK’s leading specialist universities for the creative industries, Falmouth University.

And for students studying on the 2-yr online course, you’ll also receive a £750 bursary to invest in new equipment, a Pro Tools subscription and a Slate All Access software bundle, so you can learn on your own gear.

3-year full-time on-campus option starting September.

2-yr online accelerated option starting September and January.

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