BA (Hons) Electronic Music and Business

3-year (full-time on-campus) and 2-yr (online accelerated) options available.
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The only degree course inside the electronic music industry. 

Our BA (Hons) Electronic Music and Business degree is designed to give you the tools you’ll need for a sustainable career as an independent artist and self-reliant music professional. 

Uniquely, this degree is the world’s first to be delivered in partnership with a record label. You’ll get access to great opportunities through our collaboration with Toolroom Records – one of the most powerful brands in electronic music.  

The course is 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. 

For students studying the 2-yr online course, you’ll also receive a £750 bursary to invest in new equipment, so you can learn on your own gear.  You also get a free Slate All Access plug-in software bundle. 

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

2-yr online accelerated option starting January and September.

All the details...

You'll find all the information you need in the sections below.
  • Course duration 3 years (on campus in Brighton) or 2 years (fully online)
  • Suitable for electronic music producers, EDM artists and DJs
  • Course tuition fee £9250 per year (3-yr) or £9950 per year (2-yr)
  • Full tuition fee loan available. Maintenance loan available for 3-yr course
  • £15,000 equipment bursary available for one student via the Carl Cox Scholarship Award
  • UCAS course application page is here
  • Entry requirements: 104 UCAS points (guide only) or via accreditation of prior learning
  • Ready to apply? Click here

The degree 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 and push you to produce original, boundary-shifting music. And both the 3-yr and 2-yr accelerated options feature our hybrid, on-demand learning model. 

Who’s it for?

Every producer, DJ and electronic artist is unique, with their own path to follow. That’s why at WaterBear, we treat you as an individual. This course is specifically designed for:  

  • Producers
  • Freelance DJs
  • Electronic artists
  • Music managers
  • Sound designers and editors
  • Songwriters and composers

All lectures and content are available online for everyone, so you can access a wide range of content across different subject areas. You can design your own path through the degree and make it your own. 

All artists and musicians at WaterBear will make, mix and master their own music. We provide a supportive safe environment for you to experiment and create. You’ll also develop a personal career plan to help you achieve your goals. 

The Toolroom partnership 

Toolroom Records is one of the largest independent dance labels in the world.  With a genre-defining back catalogue spanning over 15 years, plus club residencies in Ibiza, New York, LA, Berlin, Tokyo, London and beyond, it’s one of the most powerful brands in electronic music. The Toolroom Academy, their educational arm, was established to identify and mentor the next generation of electronic music artists.   

We have partnered with Toolroom to create the world’s first degree programme delivered alongside a record label.  

In this degree, you’ll get cutting-edge production tuition from Toolroom’s artist roster, plus detailed A&R feedback on your music from renowned professionals.  Learn from a Grammy-nominated artist, getting relevant and essential tuition on how to make credible and label-ready electronic music.  

You’ll work on real-life music marketing campaigns, and you’ll benefit from a whole host of added value, including learning events at Toolroom HQ, exclusive sample packs and production tools, plus an invaluable black book of contacts.  

A truly unique opportunity to learn from inside the electronic music industry.  

How you will learn

3-yr full-time on-site option

You’ll spend around 8-10 hours each week on-site in timetabled teaching and learning activities. You’ll also get access to all your module content prior to your class lectures via WaterBear’s dedicated Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

On-site teaching and learning activities can include:

  • Lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops
  • One-to-one mentoring
  • Assignments, assessments and feedback sessions
  • Masterclasses
  • Live performances and gigs
  • Peer collaboration via ‘Jam Cloud’ (VLE)
  • Free rehearsal and recording time in professional studios
  • Networking and industry conference events

2-yr online accelerated option

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)
  • Networking and industry conference events

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:

  • Electronic music composition and performance
  • Music production
  • DJing
  • Sound design and editing
  • Games music composition
  • Film music composition
  • Mixing / remixing
  • Digital marketing and PR
  • Digital content creation
  • Artist, label and publishing services
  • Music education

Further study

After graduating, you'll have a number of routes to further study available, including the MA Music Entrepreneur course at WaterBear and other postgraduate specialist programmes.

Course modules

Level 4

Module title: Your Electronic Music

Making innovative music is the lifeblood of this course. This module is about creating 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.

Weekly timetabled classes include Composition in Electronic Music, Performance Workshop, Electronic Music Production Tools, The Art of Production and Music Project Management.

This module is assessed via the submission of an electronic music arrangement that showcases your best work, with supporting narrative to reflect on the process and result.

Module title: Your Electronic Music Industry

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

There is one weekly timetabled class that deals with this subject. Assessment is a case study of contrasting business models within the music industry.

Module title: Making Original Music 

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

Weekly timetabled classes include Electronic Music Creation, The Art of the Remix, Advanced Electronic Music Production, Production Techniques and Music Project Management.

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. Here we develop knowledge of current music industry practice to create career plans that are a). realistic and b). achievable.

There is one weekly timetabled class that deals with this subject. Assessment is a report to identify a viable, personalised career model.

Level 5

Module title: Originality 

Time to Stop and reflect. Who exactly are you? Being a competent Producer or DJ is one thing, but a real artist stands for so much more. Lots more in terms of music creation, production and experimentation in this module.

Weekly timetabled classes include Sonic Art & Synthesis, The Art of Mixing and Mastering and Music Project Management.

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

Module title: Event Management in Electronic Music 

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 weekly timetabled class 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 Electronic Music 

This module will push you to expand your music into new and ground-breaking environments. Different methods of creating, innovative production techniques, new ways of composing or performing. You'll use this as inspiration to create a wide range of new material.

Weekly timetabled classes include Innovation in Electronica, Producing and Collaborating with Others and Innovation in Music Project Management.

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 weekly timetabled class 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: Dissertation

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 weekly timetabled class associated with this module. 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.

There are two weekly timetabled classes associated with this module – Digital Presence and project Management.

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.

Weekly class time to support this module will take the form of regular group tutorials, to monitor your project progression.

Initial applications for the BA (Hons) 3-yr on-site and 2-yr online options can be made via the ‘Apply Now’ button at the top of the page, or by emailing enquiries@wbear.io.

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 interested in studying the 3-yr on-site course can also apply directly via UCAS here.

The BA (Hons) 3-year full-time course is also available to international students if they are based in the UK with settled status (no restrictions on how long you can stay). Students living outside of the UK can apply to study the 2-year accelerated online version of the course via the ‘Apply Now’ button at the top of the page, or by contacting enquiries@wbear.io.

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.

In order to get the most out of the BA (Hons) Electronic Music and Business course, it is essential that you have regular access to the correct resources. Having your own equipment will provide maximum flexibility to support both your college and personal project work.

Essential basics (3-yr course):

  • Computer (desktop, laptop, etc.)
  • DAW software
  • USB memory stick
  • Reliable Internet connection
  • Note-taking materials (pens, notepad, digital notebook, etc.)

We recommend (3-yr course):

  • 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)
  • Reliable, high speed Internet connection
  • Professional DAW software (ProTools, Logic, Ableton, Cubase, FL Studio, etc.)
  • External hard drive
  • Dynamic microphone(s) (e.g. Shure SM57 / SM58)
  • Audio interface (e.g. Focusrite Scarlett 2i2)
  • Headphones (e.g. Sennheiser HD 200, Beyerdynamic DT770)

Essential (2-yr course):

  • Note-taking materials (pens, notepad, digital notebook, etc.)
  • 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)
  • Reliable, high speed Internet connection
  • Professional DAW software (ProTools, Logic, Ableton, Cubase, FL Studio, etc)
  • External hard drive
  • Dynamic microphone(s) (e.g. Shure SM57 / SM58)
  • Audio interface (e.g. Focusrite Scarlett 2i2)
  • Headphones (e.g. Sennheiser HD 200, Beyerdynamic DT770)

We also recommend:

  • Condenser microphone(s) (e.g. Audio Technica at2020, AKG C3000B, Rode NT1A)
  • Professional video editing software (e.g. Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, Sony Vegas Pro)
  • Pop Shield and reflection filter

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