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Course Overview


Popular Music BA - (Hons)

What is special about this course?

Created by professional musicians, this honours degree will help you to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence required by employers, and for self-employment, in the music industry.

The BA (Hons) Popular Music degree at Perth College UHI is a highly rated and well-established music course that will equip you with the portfolio of skills and knowledge required for a successful career in today’s music industries. On successful completion you will be able to enter areas of employment such as performing, composing, song-writing, instrumental teaching, music production and enter academic teaching and research through future postgraduate study.

By learning from staff who are professional performers, composers and academics, you will be encouraged to thoroughly develop both your creative talents and your critical thinking in a positive, stimulating learning environment.

You will develop and strengthen a variety of skills such as music theory, research and analysis and be supported and guided by staff to explore your full creative potential in all course work - from song writing and composition, to collaboration in band/ensemble work, to how you engage with research in understanding the field of music industries. Additionally, you will engage with studies in music business and audio to complement your core coursework in popular music.

Special features

  • You will benefit from excellent facilities on campus, including music production workstations (Pro-Tools and Logic), band rehearsal rooms, a professional performance theatre and access to three acoustically designed Eastlake state-of-the-art recording studios

  • You will experience real life scenarios of performance situations

  • Instrumental study is part of the course

  • An impressive guest speaker programme forms part of the course

  • You will have the opportunity to perform solo and with a band

  • You will have the opportunity to network with and perform in renowned venues and festivals around Scotland

  • You can study full time or part time to suit your personal circumstances

eNTRY Requirements

Entry to year one, HNC, is 1 Scottish Higher at grade C or above OR1 A level at grade D or above ORNC MusicProspective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above are encouraged to applyYou will be asked to attend an interview. You should prepare and perform a piece that demonstrates your skillset on your instrument or voice and, for writers, this can be an original composition or song. As a guideline, grade 4/5 is a rough equivalent of performance level for this course. However, consideration will also be given to musicians with similar experience that have not participated in graded repertoire. The interview will give you the opportunity to see our campus, meet staff and learn more about the course, including the resources and learning opportunities we offer to support your development.Advanced entry to year two:Direct entry to year two may be possible if you have completed the HNC Music, with 15 credits, and a B in the graded unit.

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