Every student on the BA (Hons) online degree course will receive a £750 bursary to invest in your own equipment plus Pro Tools and Slate plugins.
Our BA (Hons) Career Musician degree at WaterBear, the college of music, is designed to give you the perfect blend of artistic freedom alongside practical strategies to forge your own career.
It's flexible and comprehensive. You can build your own music projects into the course. And the degree is only two years. Plus it's validated and internationally recognised by one of the UK's leading specialist Higher Education providers for the creative industries, Falmouth University.
The degree 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.
2-year accelerated online (distance learning). Starts September and January.
The 2-year accelerated online (distance learning) 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.
You'll get a £750 bursary to invest in music or studio 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.
Every musician has their own story to tell and their own path to follow. That's why at WaterBear, we treat you as an individual and you can select to study a wide range of subject areas. Your main interest may be:
Everything is online, so you can mix and match different subjects. You can design your own path through the degree, and make it your own.
You're a drummer who also wants to sing better? Or a songwriter who needs to improve your recording and mixing skills? Or just want to stay fully focussed on your main interest? No problem. How and what you study is completely up to you.
All musicians at WaterBear will make, record, mix and master their music. We provide a supportive, safe environment to experiment and create. You'll also develop a personal career plan to support your ambitions.
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:
You'll also be invited to attend regular events, masterclasses and other activities happening at the WaterBear campus in Brighton, which is optional.
This course is designed to develop careers in:
After graduating, you will have a number of routes to further study available, including the MA Music Entrepreneur course at WaterBear and other postgraduate specialist programmes.
Creating original work or interpreting cover versions that represent you as an individual. Making music that tells your story as an artist. This is me today, and this is where I am going.
The music industry, past and present. Exciting case studies of artists that have made an important contribution to music. How did they do it? How can you employ these insights into your own music projects, right now?
Expanding your skills and abilities. Pushing the boundaries of instrumental or vocal technique, producing lo-fi experimental work, or writing a hit pop song. The direction you take your music is controlled by you.
Creating your individual career plan, with careful design and thorough testing. Here we develop knowledge of current music industry practice to create career plans that are a). realistic and b). achievable.
Time to Stop and reflect. Who exactly are you? Competent musicians can play, sing and write well, but an artist stands for so much more. Loads of music creation, production, performance and soul searching will help you become the best possible version of you.
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, to solo acoustic shows, to a fully-fledged national tour. It's all fair game.
Expanding your music into new and ground-breaking environments. Different methods of recording. Innovative playing techniques. New ways of writing songs or performing. You'll use this as inspiration to create a wide range of original or creative covers.
Just because it's about the 'music business', doesn't mean this module is dry. No way. You'll bring all your creative faculties to the table to create innovative new business models for the future music industry.
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). This is where you do the prep.
Having thought about what to do for that final project, you'll now need to prepare for it. A lot. This is where we will do that work together, and document the process. You'll be getting plenty of mentoring and guidance too, so don't worry.
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.
We consider all applications on their own merit and potential. We’ll invite you to a 1-1 consultation, 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. Find out more about the 1-1 Consultation process here.
Students living outside of the UK are eligible to apply for the 2-year accelerated online version of the course.
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.
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.