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MA Music Industry Enterprise

(1 year, full time)

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If you’re a music industry professional who wants a high-level qualification that’s designed to drive you forward to the next stage of your career, this is the master’s degree for you.

The MA Music Industry Enterprise course at WaterBear can fast-track your professional career in just one year. Your own projects underpin the course to offer a deeper level of personal and professional development. It’s fully approved by one of the UK’s leading specialist universities for the creative industries, Falmouth University.

This comprehensive postgraduate qualification will help you become an adaptive thinker, creator and entrepreneur within a music industry that shapes the zeitgeist of contemporary culture. It is built on three fundamental elements – your past, your present and the bridge to your future. It’s flexible, innovative and the degree course is designed to fit around your life.

1-year full-time (blended learning or online distance learning) starting September.

Course duration: 1 year
Course location: Delivered on campus in Brighton and online
Suitable for: Music industry professionals
Course tuition fees: £9950
UCAS: Course application page
Tuition fee loan available: Yes
Maintenance loan available: No
Scholarships / bursaries available: Innovation cash bursaries available to all students
Course entry requirements: An undergraduate degree or via accreditation of prior learning
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Key Information
  • Course duration: 1 year
  • Course location: Delivered on campus in Brighton and online
  • Suitable for: Music industry professionals
  • Course tuition fees: £9950
  • Tuition fee loan available: yes
  • Maintenance loan available: no
  • Scholarships / bursaries available: Innovation cash bursaries available to all students
  • Course entry requirements: An undergraduate degree or via accreditation of prior learning
  • Ready to apply? Click here
Course Overview

The MA Music Industry Enterprise is a 1-year course. You can study remotely online via distance learning or if you prefer, with a blend of onsite and online activity.

The course is constructed to focus on three fundamental elements:

  • Your Past
    Reflect upon and document your experience and knowledge.
  • Your Present
    Define and hone your skills, to sharpen your commercial edge.
  • The Bridge to Your Future
    Become a recognised expert in your field.

 

Who it's for?

This course is for music industry professionals. who want to develop the commercial and entrepreneurial side of their careers. You may be looking to upskill in areas like digital marketing, social media and other aspects of the modern music professional's life. Or simply feel the need to gain a high-level qualification and be a recognised expert in your field. Whatever your reasons, gaining the MA will give you more professional choices, more potential income streams and those all-important letters after your name.

The course will take you on a journey of critical reflection, development of professional practice through mentoring, culminating in the completion of a major commercial project. Areas of focus include in-depth analysis of the music industry, development of personal skills and the realisation of ideas through submission of a major project.

You will develop autonomy whilst learning to apply critical thinking and research skills to your work. You'll gain academic proficiency and professional credibility. You'll also develop your entrepreneurialism to maximise areas of potential revenue and enterprise.

This MA has a work-based learning approach. This means you don't necessarily need an undergraduate degree to enrol, if you have the right amount of professional experience.

 

How you will learn

You'll get access to all of your module content via WaterBear's dedicated Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). You'll also be able to participate in tutorials, discussions and meetings using video conferencing. In term time, the on-site weekly seminars can be attended in person, or remotely online.

Online and on-site teaching and learning activities can include:

  • Lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops
  • One-to-one mentoring
  • Assignments, assessments and feedback sessions
  • Masterclasses
  • Conferences and events
  • Peer collaboration and networking

 

Career pathways

This course is designed to further develop careers in music and the wider creative industries. These typically include:

  • Music performance and production (e.g. touring, studio, digital, etc.)
  • Music business and management
  • Music education
  • Music research and development
  • Music journalism and PR
  • Digital marketing
  • Digital content creation
  • Publishing and record label services
  • Live sound
  • Tour management
  • Event management
  • Further study

Further academic study routes available include Postgraduate Practice & Research (e.g. PhD, Professional Doctorate) and PGCert HE (teaching programme).

Modules and Assessment

Module title: Your Goals

So, you've already achieved a lot and have lots more going on. Now it's time to take stock, document and celebrate those skills and achievements. Then let's figure out where you want to be. You've got more to offer than you think!

Module title: Your Niche

Having the right skills and abilities is only one piece of the puzzle. It's also knowing how your area of the industry is operating, right now. Through case studies, action research and critical thinking, we'll analyse and define your own space within the current scene.

Module title: Your Development

This is where WaterBear really goes into bat for you. Here you get high-level specialist 1-1 music industry mentoring. Mentors chosen by you. They'll fill the gaps and join the dots. We want nothing holding you back in the lead up to your final project work.

Module title: Your Innovation

Working at postgraduate level will give your work the gravitas it deserves. We'll show you how to produce project pitches that demonstrate professional credibility and are a) realistic and b) achievable.

Module title: Your Enterprise

This is the final double module that concludes the MA. Here we bring all the strands of work, reflection, research and analysis together to deliver a major professional project. This might feature your current real-world work. It is the bridge into your future.

 

Course structure and modules may change as part of our regular review processes. Any changes affecting students’ expected programme delivery are communicated in advance.

 

Assessment methods typically include written, audio and video based submissions, presentations, evidence portfolios and business plans.

How to Apply

Initial applications for the MA Music Industry Enterprise 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 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 MA Music Industry Enterprise course is available for students located outside of the UK. These students will study the course remotely online via distance learning.

Language requirements

If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to achieve equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.5 overall score, with at least 6.0 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 MA Music Industry Enterprise course, it's essential to have regular access to the resources below. Having your own equipment will provide maximum flexibility for both your college and professional work.

Essential basics:

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

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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

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Aidan Hampson

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Head of Electronic Music & Business

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Rasha Shaheen

Director of Education

Business and Innovation
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Head of Audio Production and Mentor

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Hannah Boulton

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Jade Williams

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Tom Stevens

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Matt White

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Martin Tibbetts

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Toby Moore

Head of MA Entrepreneurship

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Georgie Palzeaird

Head of Student Experience

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Ruth Daniel

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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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Tim Belcher

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