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BA (Hons) Electronic Music & Business

(2 years, online)

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The BA (Hons) Electronic Music & Business online degree is designed to give you the tools you’ll need for a sustainable career as an independent artist and self-reliant music professional in just 2 years.

WaterBear’s unique collaboration with Toolroom Records means you’ll get unrivalled opportunities to work with one of the most iconic record labels in electronic music. You’ll also get £750 to invest in new equipment, together with free DAW software and Slate plugins.

The course is fully online giving you the ultimate freedom and flexibility to study in a way that suits you. And you can build your own music projects into the course. It’s fully approved by one of the UK’s leading specialist universities for the creative industries, Falmouth University.

2-yr online accelerated 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: Electronic music producers, artists and DJs
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
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Key Information
  • Course duration 2 years, full time
  • Course location: Online
  • Suitable for: Electronic music producers, artists and DJs
  • Course tuition fee: £9950 per year
  • Tuition fee loan available: Yes
  • Maintenance loan available: No
  • Scholarships available: All scholarships for this course will be confirmed June 2022
  • Apply directly to us (no UCAS)
  • Course entry requirements: 104 UCAS points (guide only) or via accreditation of prior learning
  • Ready to apply? Click here
Course Overview

The 2-year accelerated online version of the BA (Hons) Electronic Music & Business degree is perfect for producers and artists who don't want to put their lives on hold to go to a traditional university, but still want the qualification. The degree is built on three fundamental elements – your music, your career and your projects. It deals with what really matters in music and the industry. It will expand your options and push you to produce original, high-quality 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 DAW subscription and Slate All Access software bundle included in the course fee.

 

Who’s it for?

This course is specifically designed for:  

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

All lectures and content from all of our courses 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.

Every producer, DJ and electronic artist is unique, with their own path to follow. That’s why at WaterBear, you’re treated as an individual. All artists and musicians at WaterBear will make, mix and master their own music, either solo or in collaboration. Everything is online, so you can mix and match different content 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 help you achieve your goals.

 

The Toolroom collaboration

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

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.

As part of this degree, you’ll get help and guidance from Toolroom artists, plus detailed A&R feedback on your music from renowned professionals. You’ll work on real-life music marketing campaigns, and you’ll benefit from a whole host of added value, including learning events with the team at Toolroom HQ, exclusive sample packs and production tools, plus an invaluable black book of contacts. This is a truly unique opportunity to learn from inside the electronic music industry.

 

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:

  • 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 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 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.

Online content includes Composition in Electronic Music, Live Electronic Music Performance, Electronic Music Production Tools, The Art of Production, Electronic Music Production & Arrangement (Toolroom) and Music Theory.

Supporting webinars include weekly Project Management group webinars as well as bi-weekly drop-in production workshops.

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? And how can you employ these insights into your own music projects, right now?

There is one bi-weekly timetabled webinar 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.

Online content includes Electronic Music Creation, The Art of the Remix, Production Techniques, Creativity Unlocked (Toolroom) and Project Management.

Supporting webinars include weekly Project Management group sessions and bi-weekly online drop-in Music 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 that deals with this subject. Assessment is a report to identify a viable, personalised career model.

 

Level 5

Module title: Your Musical Direction

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.

Online content includes Sonic Art, Sound Design, Stylistic Development in Electronic Music, and Project Management.

Supporting webinars include weekly Project Management group sessions and bi-weekly online drop-in Electronic Production workshops.

This module is assessed via the submission of studio or 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 bi-weekly timetabled webinar 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.

Online content includes Innovation in Electronic Music and Innovation in Music Project Management.

Supporting webinars include weekly Project Management group sessions and bi-weekly online Electronic Music Production drop-in workshops.

This module is assessed via the submission of studio or live recordings that showcase your innovation, with accompanying programme notes, innovation pitch 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 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 associated with this module. The Research Project 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.

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

Online content includes Destinations (Your Plans to Reality) and Content Creation.

Assessment in this module is via the submission of a Portfolio of work and project outcomes, contextual presentation of work and next steps career strategy.

 

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’ button below.

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We consider all applications on their own merit and potential. We'll invite you to a 1-1 applicant 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:

  • 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)
  • Note-taking materials (pens, notepad, digital notebook, etc.) (Purchase cost around £20)
  • Reliable, high speed Internet connection
  • Professional DAW software (ProTools, Logic, Ableton, Cubase, FL Studio, 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)

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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.

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Kieron Pepper

Director of Artist Development and Mentor

Performance and Songwriting
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Aidan Hampson

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Joe Newman

Head of Electronic Music & Business

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Director of Education

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Head of Audio Production and Mentor

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Kat Ward

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