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Course Overview


Applied Music BA - (Hons)

What is special about this course?

Do you want to study music or creative sound production in your home region, in any genre or style, and prepare yourself for the music industry of the future? If so, then this BA (Hons) Applied Music course has been designed for you. Studying traditional, Celtic, pop, jazz, classical, rock, and now creative sound production, this course will give you the opportunity to explore the culture of the Highlands and Islands and focus your study towards the application of music in a variety of professional contexts.

Designed and delivered by professional musicians, educators and industry experts, this dynamic and highly innovative practical degree addresses the modern needs of the professional musician and sound producer. You will study with top individuals in their fields, to develop skills in performance, education, recording, creative production, business, enterprise, networking and communication which will help you access opportunities nationally, in Europe and the USA.

Our staff, students and alumni have built strong communities of practice throughout Scotland, from the Highlands and Islands - rich in traditional cultures - to the dynamic musical clusters in Glasgow and Scotland's central belt. The programme has a strong profile of graduate success within the music industry, with many employed in performance, educational contexts, touring, creative sound production, research and music business.

We know you may have more questions so our Programme Leader, Anna-Wendy Stevenson, has recorded a video answering the questions we are most often asked about the course.

Special features

  • The course will develop your mobility and versatility as a practitioner in music or sound production, with multi-venue delivery and compulsory residential sessions throughout the programme (you will be required to self-fund these sessions)

  • Performers can help choose their solo performance tutor, drawn from a list of top experts in the country, and will also get credit for playing in ensembles in the community

  • There will be various national and international performances and placements in music, education, community or health settings

  • The flexibility of the course enables you to fit your studies around your own commitments: you will be able to study where you want, full-time or part-time, at home, on-line, and through video-conferencing and Skype for most of the academic year

  • Residential experience in professional studios for those studying sound production modules

eNTRY Requirements

3 Scottish Highers at grade ABB or above, OR

  • 2 A levels at grade B or above

  • Additional entry requirements for performers: Grade 7 Associated Board or Trinity College or equivalent on first instrument (including grade 5 music theory or equivalent)

  • Consideration will also be given to candidates who can demonstrate a high level of ability in one or more of: composition and creative skills; and music technology, including computer-based music production

  • You will be required to attend an audition and interview to assess your technical ability

  • Applicants with other relevant qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis

  • Advanced entry to year two may be possible with an HNC (15 credits) with grade A in the Graded Unit

  • Advanced entry to year three may be possible with an HND with grade A in the Graded Unit

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