Music Business BA(Hons)
Campus Milton Road Campus
Qualification SCQF Level 10
Study mode Full time
Duration 41 weeks
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Our BA (Hons) top-up degree, validated by Kingston University London, is delivered over one year, as opposed to the two years typically required in Scotland. This new and innovative programme is designed to enable you to explore and specialise in a variety of areas in the music business (artist management, record label management, marketing and PR, touring and live events, digital content creation and artist development)
Through a range of individual supervision, lectures and seminars from music industry professionals you will realise individual and collaborative professional projects in your specialist area, equipping you with the skills and knowledge required to create your own brand or business and maximise your employability in the industry
In realising your own projects, you will have a lot of opportunities to collaborate and build your network by drawing on the vast range of venues and organisations in the capital city and further afield through our large network of industry partners. In addition, you will be able to draw on our 600+ music, sound and music business students and our wider creative industry faculty which includes over 3500 students studying broadcast media, computing, photography, art & design, and performing arts to achieve ambitious creative projects and build your creative network
As one of the largest music and sound productions schools in Scotland you will benefit from our world-class facilities across two campuses including two 125+ seat auditoriums, more than ten studios with SSL AWS 900 and TOFT consoles, over 100 fully equipped brand-new Mac workstations, and fully equipped rehearsals rooms, all bookable by our degree students. You will also be able to book a range of equipment including high-quality microphones, recording devices, and instruments, and have access to all industry-standard audio and video editing software
Employability and the transferrable skills required to succeed in a rapidly changing industry are at the programme's core. From drawing on a wide range of industry partners, and stakeholders we know the sector requires agile, confident and innovative graduates who collaborate and understand the global context of the music and entertainment industries, emerging business streams and the skills and knowledge associated with roles across the creative industries. This course will prepare you with these skills and knowledge.What you will learn
Professional Project (60 Credits)
You will undertake a professional project where you will be free to choose the sector of the Music Industry and the specialism you want to focus on. This allows you to extend and develop your individual skills and practice in the Live Music Industry, Recorded Music Sector or Music Publishing within a professional context.
It is envisaged that, where possible, projects will take place in the public sphere (events, music releases, and promotional activities) in contexts that are as realistic an experience as possible.
Working with an assigned project supervisor and drawing on a series of lectures, seminars and workshops, students will devise and complete projects that build on established industry practices and emerging trends with a focus on innovation, collaboration, creativity, and establishing an identity in the music industry. The aim is to create a springboard for the profession or the higher education institution to which you aspire. This module is led by Michael Hall and is co-delivered by Bruce Craigie.
- To locate professional practice in the music business in an authentic real-world setting
- To develop a depth of understanding of a specialist field including established and emerging trends and practices
- To begin establishing a network as a bridge to professional opportunities.
- To create professionals with initiative and independence
- To create professionals who can effectively engage audiences/
- employers/ stakeholders
Digital Marketing and Promotion (30 Credits)
The focus of this module is to enable you to develop and apply digital skills at an industry-appropriate level and to develop promotional content that connects with an audience in an effective way. You will create a marketing plan for an event or release for your chosen artists and then, collaborating and networking with artists, band members, photographers, graphic artists and videographers as appropriate you will co-ordinate and create promotional material for your campaign. The research will be made into industry trends and new and emerging digital platforms, developing and expanding skills within these. Once the promotion is underway, you will reflect on the success or otherwise of the various elements of your promotional activity and re-calibrate activities to maximise the success of the campaign. This module is led by Paul Turnbull.
- Develop the ability to market strategically and encourage adaptability
- Develop a range of digital skills relevant to current industry practice to enhance employability
- Encourage creativity and innovation when creating content
- Nurture self-sufficiency in digital marketing and promotion
Artist Development (30 credits)
The focus of this module is the creation of an artist development plan from the perspective of artist management. This involves an analysis of your choice of artist, group, or producer with regard to their aims, ambitions and current profile. This will include the current stage of their artistic development, presence and activity on digital platforms, legal issues and funding, merchandise and fanbase. From this analysis, you will create a plan for the development of the artist. The plan will consider current innovative developments in the industry including the emergent and prevailing trends in digital platforms, rights management and the current state of the market. This module is led by Michael Hall.
- Increase knowledge of new models, opportunities, and income streams in the Music Industry
- Encourage the ability to develop interpersonal and presentation skills
- Develop insight and skills in the interrelation between artists and the market
- Develop skills in planning and organising
We continue to work with partners and organisations across the UK to provide placement and work experience opportunities for our students. Our students have previously worked with Wide Days and a number of other national and independent music industry organisations.
How the course is assessed
- Project based course work (50%)
- Written assignment (15%)
- Practice-based assignments (35%)
Number of days per week
- 15 hours per week taught
- 7 hours per week student-led learning
- SQCF L8/RCF L5 equivalent i.e. FdA Music Business. We will also consider applications from students who have studied on related academic programs such as Events, Marketing and Business (please contact our admissions team for more information).
Information on Tests / Auditions / Interview Requirements
Successful completion of HND programme at Edinburgh College. External candidates will be invited for an interview. Please contact our admissions team for more information.
English Proficiency RequirementsIELTS 6 required.Further information regarding IELTS levels and certification is available from our admissions team.
Progression and Articulation Routes
While no formal articulation agreements are currently in place for post-graduate courses in Music Business, graduates will have achieved the academic profile to apply for courses such as:
- Music Industries MSc at University of Glasgow
- Music Industry Studies MA at University of Liverpool
- Music Management MA at University of Sheffield
- Music Industry Management and Artist Development MA at University of West London
- Music Business Management MA at University of Westminster, London
- Music Business (MA) at University of Wales Trinity Saint David
You can go onto a wide range of roles within the Music Industries including employment in the Live Music Industry, the Recorded Music Sector, Marketing and PR, Event Management and the Music Publishing Industry.
Katie studied HND Music Business at Edinburgh College before coming back to join the BA (Hons) year where she achieved first class honours. After starting her events company Underground Sounds, as well as Wee PR, Katie now also works as social media manager for music venue Mac arts, as well as working for music PR company Aimless Play. She has a monthly radio show on EHFM called Good Soup with fellow ex music business student, Craig Wares and Katie is also currently an artist in residence at Edinburgh CollegeKatie Guthrie - BA (Hons) student
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