Our BA (Hons) Electronic Music and Business (Toolroom Academy) 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 be learning and working alongside 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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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'll 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 that represents 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 the genre. How did they do it? How can you employ these insights into your own music projects, right now?
Expanding your skills and abilities. Pushing technical boundaries, producing innovative experimental work, or creating a hit 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? Being a competent producer or DJ is one thing, but being an artist stands for so much more. Loads of music creation, production, experimentation 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 show the world what you’re made of. Working to put on shows and events. From live streams, to solo sets, to a fully-fledged national tour. It’s all fair game.
Expanding 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
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 modules 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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