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BA (Hons) Electronic Music & Business

(3 years, on-site)

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The only degree course inside the electronic music industry.

The BA (Hons) Electronic Music & 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. 

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.  

The course is flexible so you can 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. 

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

2-yr online accelerated option starting January and September.

Course duration: 3 years, full time
Course location: Delivered on Campus in Brighton
Suitable for: Electronic music producers, artists and DJs
Course tuition fees: £9250 per year
UCAS: Course code W3N0, Institution code F33
Tuition fee loan available: Yes
Maintenance loan available: Yes
Scholarships available: Beatport Scholarship Award
Bursaries available: All students can apply for innovation cash bursaries.
Course entry requirements: 104 UCAS points (guide only) or via accreditation of prior learning
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Key Information
  • Course duration: 3 years, full time
  • Course location: Delivered on campus in Brighton
  • Suitable for: Electronic music producers, artists and DJs
  • Full tuition fee loan available. Maintenance loan available for 3-yr course
  • Course tuition fees: £9250 per year
  • Scholarships available: The Beatport Scholarship Award. Click here for details. 
  • Bursaries available: All students can apply for innovation cash bursaries. 
  • UCAS course application page is here
  • Entry requirements: 104 UCAS points (guide only) or via accreditation of prior learning
  • Ready to apply? Click here
Course Overview

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.

 

Who’s it for?

This course has been specifically designed for:

  • Producers
  • 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.

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.  You’ll be able to access a wide range of content, resources and tuition 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

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

In this degree, you’ll get cutting-edge tuition 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 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 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

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 Performance, Production & Business* course 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.

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? And 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 Performance, 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. You will 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: 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.

Weekly timetabled classes include Sonic Art, Sound Design, Stylistic Development in Electronic Music, Electronic Music Workshop 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 Pre-Production, Performance & Realisation, Innovation in Music Project Management, Innovation in Songwriting and Production.

This module is assessed via the submission of studio or 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: 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 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.

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) 3-yr on-site and 2-yr online options can be made via the ‘Apply Now’ button below.

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You can also apply directly via UCAS here.

UCAS Course codes are as follows:

Course code: W3N0
Institution code: F33
Campus name: WaterBear, Brighton
Campus code: W

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

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.

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) Electronic Music & 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:

  • Computer (desktop, laptop, etc.) (Purchase cost around £250-£400)
  • DAW software (Purchase cost around £50-£100)
  • USB memory stick (Purchase cost around £10)
  • Reliable Internet connection
  • Note-taking materials (pens, notepad, digital notebook, etc.) (Purchase cost around £20)

We recommend:

  • 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, 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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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.

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Kieron Pepper

Director of Artist Development and Mentor

Performance and Songwriting
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Aidan Hampson

Tutor and Mentor

Amba Tremain

Tutor and Mentor

Vocals
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Joe Newman

Head of Electronic Music & Business

Electronic Music
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Rasha Shaheen

Director of Education

Business and Innovation
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George Donoghue

Head of Audio Production and Mentor

Audio Production
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Hannah Boulton

Tutor and Mentor

Vocals and Songwriting
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Jade Williams

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Pete Riley

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Tom Stevens

Senior Programme Manager (BA) and Tutor

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Matt White

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Guitar / Business and Innovation
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Martin Tibbetts

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Georgia Train

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Toby Moore

Head of MA Entrepreneurship

Business and Innovation
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Georgie Palzeaird

Head of Student Experience

Radio Presenter and Journalist
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Ruth Daniel

Tutor and Mentor

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Pat Heath

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Kat Ward

BA Programme Officer

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Lulu Minns

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Dan Harvey

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Stacey Haber

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Steve Hillier

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Jack Kingslake

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John Hart

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Rob Town

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Tutor

Audio Production & Live Sound
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Adam Goodlet

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Toby Lawrence

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Tim Belcher

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Electronic Music
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Stuart Brewer

Tutor and Mentor

Guitar and Electronic Music
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