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Songwriting

Institute of Contemporary Music Performance

  • September, 2020 Start Date

  • 3 years Duration

  • Full Time Study Mode

  • £7500.00 Course Fee

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Course Description

The BA (Hons) Songwriting course is a practically focused, industry aligned course designed for those looking to become a professional songwriter. As a specialist music industry education provider, we don’t attempt to ‘teach’ you how to write songs but, instead, guide you through a structured and personalised journey that enables you to develop your own individual writing ability and creative style.

Each week, you’ll explore the art and craft of contemporary songwriting, and will write at least two songs to brief which cover a range of topics, styles, genres and approaches. You’ll collaborate with other ICMP London students to showcase your material with a professional band and will engage in small group ‘A&R-style’ feedback and critical discussion with your songwriting tutors and talented peers, regularly critiquing each other’s works-in-progress across all three years of the degree.

Our core aim is to nurture your creative individuality and independence as a songwriter and empower you with the knowledge, skills and understanding required to establish and maintain a songwriting career, in whatever form you choose. You’ll achieve this with the help of our impressive teaching faculty, made up of highly experienced songwriters and music producers, all of whom have active careers in both the music industry and the higher education sector.

Our songwriting course offers many opportunities for collaborative work, both within ICMP and with the wider music and creative industries, providing excellent opportunities for building your showreel and networking within the music business. The final year sees a research-based dissertation and frequent interaction with established industry professionals, allowing students to leave ICMP ‘career-ready’.

By the time you graduate from your songwriting course, you’ll have a deep understanding of the discipline; an impressive creative repertoire of work; a grasp of the history and culture of songwriting; solid production and recording skills; and expertise in musicianship, business, entrepreneurship and live performance. You’ll also have gained a working knowledge of the way the music industry operates, thanks to regular songwriting-specific masterclasses and events, visits from industry specialists, and ICMP’s connection with Tileyard Studios in London – our exclusive industry partner which is home to the UK’s largest professional music community

The BA (Hons) Songwriting course is a practically focused, industry aligned course designed for those looking to become a professional songwriter. As a specialist music industry education provider, we don’t attempt to ‘teach’ you how to write songs but, instead, guide you through a structured and personalised journey that enables you to develop your own individual...

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Course Content

During your first year on the course, you’ll develop your technical and creative skills by exploring a range of songwriting approaches, methods and styles. Working in small groups, you’ll begin to expand your song portfolio by writing, performing and producing both individual and co-written material, and will undertake weekly tutor and peer feedback sessions to help develop your critical awareness of the process of songwriting.

CREATIVE SONGWRITING

THE PRACTICING SONGWRITER

THEORY FOR SONGWRITERS

MUSIC CULTURE, CONTEXT AND CRITICISM I

In Year 2, you’ll continue to develop as a songwriter, with more focus on industry application. This includes writing to brief, developing business and entrepreneurial awareness, and the option to focus on either live performance, or composition and production. Modules also build on your critical and contextual knowledge in preparation for a Dissertation in Year 3.

APPLIED SONGWRITING

MARKETING AND MONETISING YOUR MUSIC

MUSIC CULTURE, CONTEXT AND CRITICISM II

MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR SONGWRITERS (OPTION)

PRINCIPLES OF CREATIVE PRODUCTION (OPTION)

PRINCIPLES OF CREATIVE PERFORMANCE (OPTION)

In your final year, you’ll start to build professional momentum and experience, with opportunities to present a complete portfolio of songs, submit a self-directed professional project, create a business strategy for entry into the music industry, and author a Dissertation on a topic of your choice.

CREATIVE IDENTITY AND REPERTOIRE

THE BUSINESS OF SONGWRITING

PROFESSIONAL PROJECT

DISSERTATION

 

 

During your first year on the course, you’ll develop your technical and creative skills by exploring a range of songwriting approaches, methods and styles. Working in small groups, you’ll begin to expand your song portfolio by writing, performing and producing both individual and co-written material, and will undertake weekly tutor and peer feedback sessions to help develop your...

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Available Dates

Location Start Date Price  

Classroom

Dyne Road

Full Time, 3 years

September, 2020

£7500.00

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Entry Requirements

Songwriting course applicants will typically have A Levels, BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma, or International Baccalaureate equivalent to 80 UCAS points, or an ICMP Higher Diploma.

In addition, you should hold a GCSE Grade C or 4 or above in English, or suitable equivalent, such as Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Adult Literacy/Numeracy.

We also welcome applications from mature applicants who may have no formal qualifications but can demonstrate their suitability for study through appropriate skills and experience.

International students will typically hold a relevant equivalent qualification – please check your qualification with our Admissions Team. In addition, you should hold a relevant English language qualification equivalent to CEFR Level B2.

All applicants will be invited to attend an audition/interview. 

Songwriting course applicants will typically have A Levels, BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma, or International Baccalaureate equivalent to 80 UCAS points, or an ICMP Higher Diploma. In addition, you should hold a GCSE Grade C or 4 or above in English, or suitable equivalent, such as Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Adult Literacy/Numeracy. We also welcome...

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Assessment Methods

You will be taught at our campus in Kilburn, utilising our live rooms, tech suites and in-house music studio facilities as well as classrooms and lecture rooms. You will have access to use these facilities outside of class time while you are a student at ICMP in order to rehearse and record your music.

You will be taught through a variety of teaching and learning methods including lectures, small group tutorials, performance workshops, music technology workshops tutorials and one to one instrumental tuition.

You will have access to the Student Services Department for support and advice concerning welfare, finance, personal development, safeguarding etc. You'll also have access to our Professional Development team ‘The Hub, who provide bespoke music industry careers advice and access to unique industry opportunities.

As a student of UEL you will also enjoy access to a range of UEL facilities, including the 24/7 multimedia libraries, with over 300,000 books, journals, audio-visual resources and archives, 500 electronic books and 25,000 electronic journals and databases.

Modules are assessed through a variety of means, including practical exams and performance, submission of course work, projects, examination and essays.

You will be taught at our campus in Kilburn, utilising our live rooms, tech suites and in-house music studio facilities as well as classrooms and lecture rooms. You will have access to use these facilities outside of class time while you are a student at ICMP in order to rehearse and record your music. You will be taught through a variety of teaching and...

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Additional Information

Taking a songwriting course at ICMP London makes financial sense too, with the fees for ICMP music degrees significantly less than those at many traditional universities, and, also lower than other UK music education providers - making studying music at ICMP in London great value as well as great fun.

2019/20 Course Fees: £7,500 (UK & EU Students) | £9,700 (Non-EU Students)

Please visit our Fees page for information on access to Student Loans. Please note, students eligible for Loans are able to borrow the full course fee for ICMP degrees, unlike many other UK music schools where students are required to pay additional top-up fees themselves.

EU Students, applying to start their course in 2019, will continue to be eligible for both home fee status and have access to student finance. This entitlement will remain in place for the duration of the course.

Taking a songwriting course at ICMP London makes financial sense too, with the fees for ICMP music degrees significantly less than those at many traditional universities, and, also lower than other UK music education providers - making studying music at ICMP in London great value as well as great fun. 2019/20 Course Fees: £7,500 (UK & EU...

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Student Satisfaction

Source: NSS

Overall student satisfaction
69%
of students were satisfied overall
The teaching on my course
97% of students strongly agree that staff are good explaining things
90% of students strongly agree that staff have made the subject interesting
66% of students strongly agree that the course is intellectually stimulating
72% of students strongly agree that the course has challenged them to achieve their best work
Learning opportunities
83% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth
69% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to bring information and ideas together from different topics
76% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to apply what they have learnt
Assessment and feedback
97% of students strongly agree that the criteria used in marking have been clear in advance
72% of students strongly agree that the marking and assessment has been fair
90% of students strongly agree that the teedback on their work has been timely
72% of students strongly agree that they have received helpful comments on my work
Academic support
93% of students strongly agree that they have been able to contact staff when they needed to
83% of students strongly agree that they have received sufficient advice and guidance in relation to their course
83% of students strongly agree that good advice was available when they needed to make study choices on their course
Organisation and management
55% of students strongly agree that the course is well organised and running smoothly
55% of students strongly agree that the timetable works efficiently for them
52% of students strongly agree that any changes in the course or teaching have been communicated effectively
Learning resources
79% of students strongly agree that the IT resources and facilities provided have supported their learning well
44% of students strongly agree that the library resources (e.g. books, online services and learning spaces) have supported their learning well
64% of students strongly agree that they have been able to 3ess course-specific resources (e.g. equipment, facilities, software, collections) when they needed to
Learning community
69% of students strongly agree that they feel part of a community of staff and students
76% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to work with other students as part of their course
Student voice
86% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to provide feedback on their course
83% of students strongly agree that staff value students’ views and opinions about the course
62% of students strongly agree that it is clear how students’ feedback on the course has been acted on
68% of students strongly agree that the students’ union (association or guild) effectively represents students’ academic interests

University TEF Outcome

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Statistics

Source: hesa.ac.uk

  • UCAS Points64

  • Employment Rate90%

  • Average Graduate Salary£21000

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