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Music Practitioner

Course Code: UFM0003
  • Level: 5
  • Qualification: Foundation Degree
  • Awarding body: Plymouth Marjon University
  • Duration: Two years
  • Course type: Full-time
  • Time of day: Daytime
  • When you'll study: Three days a week, 9.00am - 4.30pm or 1.00pm - 8.30pm

What's it all about?

Full Fee

Full-time £14,900 (£7,450 per year)

This Music Practitioner Foundation Degree is a unique and innovative programme designed for those musicians wishing to continue their music studies at university level. This two-year course focuses on the language of music, devising, performing, recording, composing, songwriting, improvisation, context and collaboration with other creative media.

You will be able to take the work that you have made at the College and apply its principles elsewhere. You will be able to reach out, beyond the City and nationally, indeed internationally, to other cities via touring and festivals. It has been shaped by feedback from recent successful students, who were asked what it is they “want and need” from higher education and, as a result, is designed to support students in finding employment.

During the course, students will be deeply immersed in the industry structures and business processes necessary to help them develop their skills as independent freelance music practitioners.

The course will enable you to develop the creative, technical and employability skills essential for working in today’s highly diverse music industry. You will organise and take part in activities ranging from staging events, publishing original music, and liaising and collaborating with a broad range of clients in a wide range of performance contexts throughout the year.


Course information

You will study the following subject areas:

First year modules:

  • Performing and Stagecraft
  • Instrumental Technique
  • The Language of Music
  • It goes up to 11 (Live Music Production
  • Raising the roof: Live Performance Project.

Second year modules:

  • Developing Composing & Arranging Skills
  • Recording Techniques
  • Navigating a Changing Music Industry
  • Sound & Vision (Collaboration with Media students)
  • Big World Out There (music in terms of genre, place and time).

We welcome applications from those who have all of the following:

  • 64 UCAS tariff points (to include a full level 3 qualification)
  • five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, to include English and maths

or alternatively:

  • equivalent qualifications
  • relevant work experience.

Should entry requirements not be met then individual cases will be considered.

You will be required to undertake an audition and interview.

International students will be expected to meet the English language requirements of IELTS 5.5 or equivalent and have the equivalent of the above level 3 qualifications or professional experience.

You will be assessed through assignments, written, practical and/or work-based (depending on the topic).

Upon successful completion you may progress to the BA (Hons) Music top-up degree at the College.

Other employment routes include a wide range of careers within the music industry, such as live performance; composing, producing and distributing your own music; collaborating with other media such as film, television, theatre, dance and computer game design.

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.

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