Join us for an open day in Brighton. Book your place here

BA (Hons) Career Musician

(2 years, online)

ionicons-v5-cPlay Video
Study in a way that suits you. On your own terms. Online.

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

It's fully online, giving you the ultimate freedom and flexibility to study in a way that suits you. And every student on the course receives £750 to invest in new equipment, together with free ProTools software and Slate plugins. 

You can build your own music projects into the course, and you’ll finish the degree in only two years. It’s fully approved by one of the UK’s leading specialist universities for the creative industries, Falmouth University.

2-year accelerated online option starting September and January

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

Course duration: 2 years, full time
Course location: Online
Suitable for: Vocalists, songwriters, guitarists, drummers, bass players and audio producers
Course tuition fees: £9950 per year
UCAS: Apply directly to us (no UCAS)
Tuition fee loan available: Yes
Maintenance loan available: No
Scholarships / bursaries available: All scholarships for this course will be confirmed June 2022
Course entry requirements: 104 UCAS points (guide only) or via accreditation of prior learning
Apply Now
Key Information
  • Course duration 2 years
  • Course delivered fully online
  • Suitable for vocalists, songwriters, guitarists, drummers, bass players and audio producers
  • Course tuition fee £9950 per year
  • £750 cash bursary, ProTools subscription and Slate plug in bundle given to all students
  • Full tuition fee loan available
  • All scholarships for this course will be confirmed June 2022
  • Entry requirements: 104 UCAS points (guide only) or via accreditation of prior learning
  • Apply directly to us (no UCAS)
  • Ready to apply? Click here
Course Overview

The 2-year accelerated online version of the BA (Hons) Career Musician degree is perfect for musicians who don't want to put their lives on hold to go to a traditional university, but still want the qualification. The course is built on three fundamental elements – your music, your career and your projects. It deals with what really matters in the industry. It will expand your options pushing you to create original, boundary-shifting music.

You'll get a £750 grant to invest in music equipment, so you can learn on your own gear. You'll also get a ProTools subscription and Slate All Access software bundle included in the course fee.

 

Who’s it for?

This course has been specifically designed for:

  • Vocalists
  • Guitarists
  • Drummers
  • Bassists
  • Songwriters and composers
  • Audio producers
  • Music managers
  • Tour and event managers
  • Technicians

Every musician has their own story to tell and their own path to follow. You might be a drummer who also wants to sing better. Or a songwriter wanting to improve your recording and mixing skills. Or maybe you just want to stay fully focussed on developing your voice or instrument. No problem. Everything is online, so you can mix and match different subjects to suit your needs and really make the degree your own.

We provide a supportive, safe environment for you to experiment and create. You'll also develop a personal career plan to support your ambitions.

 

How you will learn

You'll get access to all of your course content via WaterBear's dedicated Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). You'll also be able to participate in tutorials, discussions and meetings using video conferencing.

Online teaching and learning activities can include:

  • Lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops
  • One-to-one mentoring
  • Assignments, assessments and feedback sessions
  • Masterclasses
  • Virtual performances and gigs
  • Performance and peer collaboration via ‘Jam Cloud (VLE)'

You'll also be invited to attend regular events, masterclasses and other activities happening at the WaterBear campus in Brighton, which is optional.

 

Career pathways

This course is designed to develop careers in:

  • Music performance and composition
  • Audio/visual production
  • Studio recording
  • Music production and engineering
  • Live sound engineering
  • Digital marketing and PR
  • Digital content creation
  • Tour, artist and events management
  • Artist, label and publishing services
  • Technical support
  • Music education

 

Further study

After graduating, you will have a number of routes to further study available, including the MA Music Industry Enterprise and MA Music Performance, Production and Business* courses at WaterBear, and other postgraduate specialist programmes.

* Subject to approval Spring 2022

Modules and Assessment

Course modules

 

Level 4

Module title: Your Music

Making innovative music is the lifeblood of this course. This module is about creating and performing music that represents you as an individual. Music that tells your story and shows the world who you are. This is me today, and this is where I am going.

Online content includes Technical Development, Pre-Production, Audio Production Tools, Composition with Technology, The Art of Production and Songwriting.

Supporting webinars include weekly Project Management group sessions and bi-weekly online Songwriting, Performance and Audio Production workshops.

This module is assessed via the submission of a demo recording that showcases your best work, with supporting narrative to reflect on the process and result.

 

Module title: Your Music Industry

This module deals with the music industry, past and present. Exciting case studies of artists that have made an important contribution to music. How did they do it? And how can you employ these insights into your own music projects, right now?

There is one bi-weekly timetabled webinar common to all pathways that deals with this subject. Assessment is a case study of contrasting business models within the music industry.

 

Module title: Your Musical Development

Building on from the Your Music module, this is all about expanding your skills and abilities. Pushing the boundaries of instrumental or vocal technique, producing experimental work, or writing a hit pop song. The direction you take your music is controlled by you.

Online content includes Technical Development, Pre-Production, Audio Production Techniques, Technology in Music, The Art of the Remix and Creative Songwriting.

Supporting webinars include weekly Project Management group sessions and bi-weekly online Songwriting, Performance and Audio Production workshops.

This module is assessed via the submission of demo recordings that showcase your best contrasting work, with supporting narrative to reflect on the process and result.

 

Module title: Your Strategy

Creating your individual career plan, with careful design and thorough testing. You will develop knowledge of current music industry practice to create career plans that are a). realistic and b). achievable.

There is one bi-weekly timetabled webinar common to all pathways that deals with this subject. Assessment is a report to identify a viable, personalised career model.

 

Level 5

Module title: Who Are You?

Time to Stop and reflect. Who exactly are you? Competent musicians can play, sing and write well, but a real artist stands for so much more. Lots more in terms of music creation, production and performance in this module.

Online content includes Stylistic Development, Pre-Production, The Art of Mixing & Mastering, Sonic Art and The Art of Arrangement.

Supporting webinars include weekly Project Management group sessions and bi-weekly online Songwriting, Performance and Audio Production workshops.

This module is assessed via the submission of studio and live recordings, with supporting case study analysis to illustrate your key influences.

 

Module title: Making Things Happen

Now's the time for the rehearsal and practice to stop and for you to show the world what you're made of. Working as a team to put on shows and events. From live streams and solo shows to a fully-fledged national tour. It's all fair game.

There is one bi-weekly timetabled webinar common to all pathways that deals with this subject. Assessment is via a live event that you will curate, as part of a team. The scale and scope of the event is up to you.

 

Module title: Innovation in Music

This module will push you to expand your music into new and ground-breaking environments. Different methods of recording, innovative playing and performance techniques, new ways of composing. You'll use this as inspiration to create a wide range of original and creative cover material.

Online content includes Innovation in Performance, Songwriting and Production.

Supporting webinars include weekly Project Management group sessions and bi-weekly online Songwriting, Performance and Audio Production workshops.

This module is assessed via the submission of studio and live recordings that showcase your innovation, with accompanying programme notes and press release.

 

Module title: Innovation in Music Business

In this business-focussed module, you’ll bring all your creative faculties to the table to create innovative new business models for the future music industry.

There is one bi-weekly timetabled webinar common to all pathways that deals with this subject. Assessment is via a business plan submission designed to illustrate an innovative and viable new business idea.

 

Level 6

Module title: Research Project

A dissertation isn't just a long essay. It's so much more than that. Yes, you'll be honing your academic chops as you undertake formal research. But you'll also be preparing the ground for your ambitious final project (Destinations).

There is one bi-weekly timetabled webinar common to all pathways that deals with this subject. The Dissertation assessment will take the form of a research project focussed on a specific area relevant to today’s music scene.

 

Module title: Journeys

Having thought about what to do for that final project, you'll now need to prepare for it. This is where that work will be done, and the process documented. You'll be getting plenty of mentoring and guidance too, so don't worry.

Online content studied includes Digital Presence along with supporting webinars in weekly Project Management group sessions and bi-weekly online Songwriting, Performance and Audio Production workshops.

Assessment in this module is via the submission of Preparation Portfolio, including proposals, timeline and rationale.

 

Module title: Destinations

The big one. The final project. The springboard into your creative future. You are encouraged to be practical and realistic, but also ambitious and to challenge yourself. There is no limit to where you can take this or what you can do. Anything is possible.

Supporting webinars include weekly Project Management group sessions and bi-weekly online Songwriting, Performance and Audio Production workshops.

Weekly webinar time to support this module will take the form of regular online group tutorials, to ensure progression.

 

Course structure and modules may change as part of our regular review processes. Any changes affecting students’ expected programme delivery are communicated in advance.

How to Apply

Initial applications for the BA (Hons) 2-year accelerated course can be made via the 'Apply Now' page.

We consider all applications on their own merit and potential. We’ll invite you to a 1-1 session, either in person or by video conference. This is where you’ll have the opportunity to find out all about WaterBear and talk about your music, achievements and career goals. For more information about the 1-1 session, click here.

International Students

Students living outside of the UK are eligible to apply for the 2-year accelerated online version of the course.

Language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you’ll need to achieve equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. We accept a range of equivalent approved tests too. Visit the English Language Requirements page of the Falmouth University website for more information.

Resources

In order to get the most out of the BA (Hons) 2-year online course, it’s essential to have regular access to the resources below.

Essential:

  • Your instrument (instrumentalists)
  • Expendables (strings, sticks, picks, leads, etc.)
  • Note-taking materials (pens, notepad, manuscript paper, etc.) (Purchase cost around £20)
  • Computer (laptop / desktop) capable of running DAW, audio interface, plug-ins and A/V processing software (recommended 8-16GB RAM, 7,200 RPM Hard Drive, 8MB buffer, 1TB hard drive) (Purchase cost around £600-£800)
  • Reliable, high speed Internet connection
  • Professional DAW software (ProTools, Logic, Cubase, Ableton, etc.) (Purchase cost around £200-£450)
  • External hard drive (Purchase cost around £25-£50)
  • Dynamic microphone(s) (e.g. Shure SM57 / SM58) (Purchase cost around £80-£100)
  • Audio interface (e.g. Focusrite Scarlett 2i2) (Purchase cost around £100-£200)
  • Headphones (e.g. Sennheiser HD 200, Beyerdynamic DT770) (Purchase cost around £75-£150)
  • Basic video editing software (Purchase cost around £25-£50)

 

We recommend:

  • Condenser microphone(s) (e.g. Audio Technica at2020, AKG C3000B, Rode NT1A) (Purchase cost around £100-£150)
  • Professional video editing software (e.g. Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, Sony Vegas Pro) (Purchase cost around £150-£250)
  • Pop Shield and reflection filter (Purchase cost around £50)

Applying for Courses

Applying for a course at WaterBear is simple, whether it’s a BA (Hons) or master’s. Click the link below to find out all about the application process or, if you’re ready now, just hit the Apply Now button and we’ll be right in touch.

Meet our Tutors and Mentors

At WaterBear, we’re proud to work with some of the industry’s most accomplished music professionals. Tutors and mentors who are all highly experienced at every level of the music industry. Check out their information below. As working professionals, the tutoring team may be subject to occasional change and availability may vary.

Filter by Department

Filter by Course

Kieron Pepper

Director of Artist Development and Mentor

Performance and Songwriting
Read More

Aidan Hampson

Tutor and Mentor

Amba Tremain

Tutor and Mentor

Vocals
Read More

Joe Newman

Head of Electronic Music & Business

Electronic Music
Read More

Rasha Shaheen

Director of Education

Business and Innovation
Read More

George Donoghue

Head of Audio Production and Mentor

Audio Production
Read More

Hannah Boulton

Tutor and Mentor

Vocals and Songwriting
Read More

Jade Williams

Tutor and Mentor

Vocals
Read More

Pete Riley

Tutor

Tom Stevens

Senior Programme Manager (BA) and Tutor

Business and Innovation
Read More

Matt White

Tutor and Mentor

Guitar / Business and Innovation
Read More

Martin Tibbetts

Tutor and Mentor

Business and Innovation
Read More

Georgia Train

Tutor and Mentor

Songwriting / Business and Innovation
Read More

Sam Bell

Tutor and Mentor

Guitar
Read More

Adam Bushell

Co-Founder and CEO

play

Bruce John Dickinson

Founder Director

Guitar
Read More

Liam Colin Kearley

Tutor

Drums / Live Performance
Read More

Demelza Mather

Tutor

Toby Moore

Head of MA Entrepreneurship

Business and Innovation
Read More

Georgie Palzeaird

Head of Student Experience

Radio Presenter and Journalist
Read More

Ruth Daniel

Tutor and Mentor

Business and Innovation
Read More

Pat Heath

Tutor

Guitar
Read More

Kat Ward

BA Programme Officer

Business and Innovation
Read More

Lulu Minns

Mentor

Business and Innovation
Read More

Dan Harvey

Mentor

Business and Innovation
Read More

Stacey Haber

Mentor

Business and Innovation
Read More

Steve Hillier

Tutor

Songwriting
Read More

Kieran Daniel

Tutor

Jack Kingslake

Tutor

Electronic Music
Read More

John Hart

Tutor and Mentor

Business and Innovation
Read More

Rob Town

Tutor

Business and Innovation
Read More

Mark Roberts

Tutor

Audio Production
Read More

Abi D’Arcy

Tutor

Songwriting and Vocals
Read More

Lisa McKeown

Tutor

Business and Innovation
Read More

Nick Williams

Tutor

Songwriting
Read More

George Holliday

Tutor

Songwriting
Read More

Megan Sayer

Tutor and Mentor

Vocals
Read More

Claire Spooner

Tutor

Electronic Music
Read More

Sam Coveney

Tutor

Audio Production & Live Sound
Read More

Adam Goodlet

Tutor and Mentor

Audio Production
Read More

Toby Lawrence

Mentor

Tim Belcher

Tutor

Electronic Music
Read More

Stuart Brewer

Tutor and Mentor

Guitar and Electronic Music
Read More

Open Days

Our Open Days are relaxed and informal and provide you with the opportunity to find out everything you need to know about WaterBear. You’ll be able to ask questions, chat with staff and students and experience the unique college environment for yourself. Click the link below to find out more and book your place.
Register Now

General Enquiry

If you have a question about this course or any other aspect of life at WaterBear, just drop us a line. We’ll be happy to hear from you.

Other Courses

BA (Hons) Career Musician

(3 years, on-site)

For dedicated musicians and artists ready to commit to a life in music.
Discover

BA (Hons) Electronic Music & Business

(3 years, on-site)

For dedicated electronic music artists and DJs wanting to sharpen their skills and get their music heard.
Discover

BA (Hons) Electronic Music & Business (online)

(2 years, online)

For self-motivated electronic music artists and DJs who want a degree but with the flexibility of online study.
Discover

MA Music Performance, Production & Business

(1-year full time)

For music degree graduates who want to take their music to the next level.
Discover

MA Music Industry Enterprise

(1-year full time)

For music professionals wanting to amplify their music projects and careers.
Discover

MA Music Industry Enterprise (online)

(2 years part time, online)

For music professionals who want a master’s but can’t commit to a full-time course.
Discover
Back To Top

Tel: +44 (0) 1273 726230
Email: [email protected]

WaterBear Education Ltd, Hanover House,
118 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XG, UK  Map

Why We're WaterBear...

- ‘Water bear’ is the common name for a Tardigrade.
- Tardigrades are micro creatures, found everywhere on earth.
- They are the most resilient creatures known.
- They can survive and adapt to their surroundings, even in outer space.
- Their resilience and ability to adapt and survive inspires us in everything we do. We love them.

© 2022 WaterBear, The College of Music. All rights reserved.
Site by: 
Bozboz
crossmenuplus-circle