Popular Music BA (Hons)

Attendance
Duration
Location
Start Date
Duration
3 Years
Location
Waterside
Start Date
September

Overview Updated 04/10/2018

Our Popular Music course will help you to develop your musical creativity, critical analysis and recording skills, giving you the opportunity to become a fully equipped musician for the 21st century.

We will give you all the skills you need to become a creative music practitioner, helping you to understand how to work in a range of areas in the music and media industry, as well as the teaching profession and other related areas.

Course

Highlights

  • 100% overall student satisfaction
  • Accredited by UK Music Academic Partnership
  • Work placements in the industry
  • Learn new instruments for free

HP Laptop and software included with this course.

Additional

Information

Industry Equipment

Your teaching will take place at Waterside Campus, but there are a range of specialist spaces which we will be keeping at Avenue Campus.

In our recording studio, our mixing console is an Audient ASP8024 DLC with full patchbay. This truly analogue desk with an embedded computer control surface sounds fantastic and introduces you to recording as quickly as possible.

Within six weeks we expect you to start using the recording studio to capture your music in a format that you can then use to promote yourself.

The software we use includes ProTools 11 HDX, Logic Pro 9, Ableton Live 9.

Course Details

Our degree in Popular Music equips you with the skills your need to compose, record and produce music. You will graduate with a 360° view of the music industry, your place within it and how you can move forward from here. The course follows three strands:

  • Performing and Composing
  • Recording and Producing
  • Thinking and Writing

When you graduate you will be more than a performer and engineer, you will understand why music is important culturally and economically and understand how the music industry fits together. With the changes to music distribution and marketing that have taken place over the past ten years, musicians need to be a part of this change rather than pursuing old ideas of labels and deals.

Read more…

Open Day

See for yourself

Our Open Days offer you a fantastic opportunity to get a real taste of university life at Northampton and discover how studying here will be a life-changing experience.

Each Open Day has a packed programme of subjects talks, advice sessions and activities designed to give you all the information you need about studying at The University of Northampton.

To find out more about the day, please feel free to have a look at our Open Day Guide.

Careers

Career Opportunities

This course is an excellent foundation for careers in all parts of the music industry including: musician, performer, producer, songwriter, artist liaison and more.

Research

We are committed to delivering outstanding research that makes a difference to society. Our Research Institutes and Centres work closely with external partner organisations, locally, nationally and internationally. We produce internationally renowned and relevant research and disseminate knowledge on an international scale.

Visit our Research Hub page for more information.

Contacts

Course enquiries
study@northampton.ac.uk

Application status enquiries
admissions2019@northampton.ac.uk

Current student enquiries
SID@northampton.ac.uk

International student enquiries
international@northampton.ac.uk

Enquire online
Online enquiry form

Applying for 2019
Facebook Applicant Group

Office hours:
Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

Phone Call

0300 303 2772
+44 (0)1604 892134
+44 (0)1604 892546

English Language Requirements

All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

  • Minimum standard – IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent)
    for study at undergraduate level.

For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

Entry Requirements

Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer is BCC at A-Level or DMM at BTEC. All qualified applicants will be invited for interview. We welcome international applications and applications from students with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications.

For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

Foundation Study Framework Entry Requirements

Admission to this foundation programme is normally DEE at A-Level or MPP at BTEC. However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the programme you wish to study.

 

Course Content

You will have free instrumental lessons every week from music professionals while rehearsing as ensembles and analysing a variety of genres to develop their own ideas. All popular music students use the recording studio to capture their ideas as groups and individuals using ProTools and Logic Pro. We focus on developing your skills as musicians, recording engineers and critical thinkers.

  • DAW 1 (20 Credits)
    Module code: MUS1124
    Core Module Y
  • Popular Music Studies 1 (20 Credits) Credits)
    Module code: MUS1125
    Core Module Y
  • Performance 1 (20 Credits)
    Module code: MUS1127
    Core Module Y
  • The Recording Studio (20 Credits)
    Module code: MUS1128
    Core Module Y
  • Cultural Theory 1 (20 Credits) Credits)
    Module code: MUS1129
    Core Module Y
  • Composition and Theory 1 (20 Credits)
    Module code: MUS1130
    Core Module Y

Course Stats

Facilities &

Special Features

Tony Platt is the recording studio tutor at the University of Northampton.

During his career, Tony has worked as a sound engineer and record producer for a diverse mix of artists, ranging from Johnny Cash to AC/DC.

Tony has been involved within music production since the early 1970s, predominantly within the world of rock. However, his personal discography is impressive working with musical idols such as Bob Marley within his early years, and the likes of Two Tone Club in more recent times.

Tony is also the Managing Director of the prestigious Music Producers Guild Awards held in London as well as member of the steering group for the APRS/MPG education initiative JAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Support) whilst still undertaking lecturing at the University.

His depth of knowledge and understanding within music production are vital for students to gain a key understanding of the industry and how to succeed in an extremely competitive environment.

We are privileged to have Tony’s name associated with the university and are sure he will inspire a new generation of music students in the future.

Find out more about Tony’s biography and discography.

Special course features include

  • introducing you to a critical engagement with popular music
  • fostering musicianship and studio craft
  • developing performance skills
  • exploring the music industry in the digital age
  • fully equipped recording studios
  • full access to a range of instruments and free tuition on an instrument you don’t play

Postgraduate Opportunities

Further your study

Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees to give you a CV that will catch the eye of employers.

Changing Futures Week

Industry trips and tricks

Changing Futures is a five-day, University wide showcase of activities and industry speakers to help students explore skills and activities to develop their academic and personal lives.

Business and Enterprise

We are committed to supporting and encouraging business growth and we are involved in a variety of initiatives which seek to benefit the wider community as well as students and staff of the University.

Discover what businesses we work with and what opportunities may be available to you on our Business and Enterprise pages.

Fees & Funding

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: 9,250
Part Time: £1,350 per 20 credit module
Foundation: £6,500 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)

Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2018/19. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.

Additional Costs

  • 1TB portable hard drive (approximately £50)
  • a good pair of closed back headphones (approximately £60-100)
  • core texts for first year modules:Bennett et al. The Popular Music Studies Reader – £28.99
  • John Storey, Cultural Theory and Popular Culture:  An Introduction – £27.99
  • consumables for individual instruments (jack leads, capos, plectrums, drum skins, drum sticks, reeds, strings etc.)
  • CDRs for submitting recorded coursework (approximately £5 for 50)
  • contribution to course trips

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

International: £12,000
International Foundation Fee: £9,400

For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.

Additional Costs

  • 1TB portable hard drive (approximately £50)
  • a good pair of closed back headphones (approximately £60-100)
  • core texts for first year modules:Bennett et al. The Popular Music Studies Reader – £28.99
  • John Storey, Cultural Theory and Popular Culture:  An Introduction – £27.99
  • consumables for individual instruments (jack leads, capos, plectrums, drum skins, drum sticks, reeds, strings etc.)
  • CDRs for submitting recorded coursework (approximately £5 for 50)
  • contribution to course trips

Scholarships

EU and International Scholarships

Sir Thomas White Scholarship

The Sir Thomas White scholarship will support and acknowledge an academically gifted student, with the proviso that the selection panel is confident that there is…

TD Lewis Scholarship

The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,500.  This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence…

The Chancellor's Fund

The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply. The…

Wilson Endowment Scholarship

The Wilson Endowment Scholarship provides a £1,500 scholarship to undergraduate students from the Northamptonshire area. The endowed scholarship was donated in memory of Mr Lynn Wilson,…

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Foundation Study Framework

Our Foundation Study Framework offers an exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the entry requirements for this course, we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year course which includes our Foundation Study Framework.

The Foundation Study Framework will help you to develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you will need in order to successfully progress to the full award.  The Foundation Study Framework provides you with a practical and group-based approach to learning that supports your development and your transition to Higher Education, whilst also studying a number of specialist modules.

Read more…


*Course data provided by Unistats

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Updated 04/10/2018

  • Our Popular Music course will help you to develop your musical creativity, critical analysis and recording skills, giving you the opportunity to become a fully equipped musician for the 21st century.

    We will give you all the skills you need to become a creative music practitioner, helping you to understand how to work in a range of areas in the music and media industry, as well as the teaching profession and other related areas.

    Course

    Highlights

    • 100% overall student satisfaction
    • Accredited by UK Music Academic Partnership
    • Work placements in the industry
    • Learn new instruments for free

    HP Laptop and software included with this course.

  • Our degree in Popular Music equips you with the skills your need to compose, record and produce music. You will graduate with a 360° view of the music industry, your place within it and how you can move forward from here. The course follows three strands:

    • Performing and Composing
    • Recording and Producing
    • Thinking and Writing

    When you graduate you will be more than a performer and engineer, you will understand why music is important culturally and economically and understand how the music industry fits together. With the changes to music distribution and marketing that have taken place over the past ten years, musicians need to be a part of this change rather than pursuing old ideas of labels and deals.

    Read more…

    Additional

    Information

    Industry Equipment

    Your teaching will take place at Waterside Campus, but there are a range of specialist spaces which we will be keeping at Avenue Campus.

    In our recording studio, our mixing console is an Audient ASP8024 DLC with full patchbay. This truly analogue desk with an embedded computer control surface sounds fantastic and introduces you to recording as quickly as possible.

    Within six weeks we expect you to start using the recording studio to capture your music in a format that you can then use to promote yourself.

    The software we use includes ProTools 11 HDX, Logic Pro 9, Ableton Live 9.

    • See for yourself

      Our Open Days offer you a fantastic opportunity to get a real taste of university life at Northampton and discover how studying here will be a life-changing experience.

      Each Open Day has a packed programme of subjects talks, advice sessions and activities designed to give you all the information you need about studying at The University of Northampton.

      To find out more about the day, please feel free to have a look at our Open Day Guide.

    • Career Opportunities

      This course is an excellent foundation for careers in all parts of the music industry including: musician, performer, producer, songwriter, artist liaison and more.

    • We are committed to delivering outstanding research that makes a difference to society. Our Research Institutes and Centres work closely with external partner organisations, locally, nationally and internationally. We produce internationally renowned and relevant research and disseminate knowledge on an international scale.

      Visit our Research Hub page for more information.

  • Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer is BCC at A-Level or DMM at BTEC. All qualified applicants will be invited for interview. We welcome international applications and applications from students with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications.

    For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

    Foundation Study Framework Entry Requirements

    Admission to this foundation programme is normally DEE at A-Level or MPP at BTEC. However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the programme you wish to study.

     

    Contacts

    Course enquiries
    study@northampton.ac.uk

    Application status enquiries
    admissions2019@northampton.ac.uk

    Current student enquiries
    SID@northampton.ac.uk

    International student enquiries
    international@northampton.ac.uk

    Enquire online
    Online enquiry form

    Applying for 2019
    Facebook Applicant Group

    Office hours:
    Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
    Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

    Phone Call

    0300 303 2772

    +44 (0)1604 892134

    +44 (0)1604 892546

  • You will have free instrumental lessons every week from music professionals while rehearsing as ensembles and analysing a variety of genres to develop their own ideas. All popular music students use the recording studio to capture their ideas as groups and individuals using ProTools and Logic Pro. We focus on developing your skills as musicians, recording engineers and critical thinkers.

    • DAW 1 (20 Credits)
      Module code: MUS1124
      Core Module Y
    • Popular Music Studies 1 (20 Credits) Credits)
      Module code: MUS1125
      Core Module Y
    • Performance 1 (20 Credits)
      Module code: MUS1127
      Core Module Y
    • The Recording Studio (20 Credits)
      Module code: MUS1128
      Core Module Y
    • Cultural Theory 1 (20 Credits) Credits)
      Module code: MUS1129
      Core Module Y
    • Composition and Theory 1 (20 Credits)
      Module code: MUS1130
      Core Module Y
    • Further your study

      Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees to give you a CV that will catch the eye of employers.

    • Industry trips and tricks

      Changing Futures is a five-day, University wide showcase of activities and industry speakers to help students explore skills and activities to develop their academic and personal lives.

    • We are committed to supporting and encouraging business growth and we are involved in a variety of initiatives which seek to benefit the wider community as well as students and staff of the University.

      Discover what businesses we work with and what opportunities may be available to you on our Business and Enterprise pages.

  • Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: 9,250
    Part Time: £1,350 per 20 credit module
    Foundation: £6,500 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)

    Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2018/19. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.

    Additional Costs

    • 1TB portable hard drive (approximately £50)
    • a good pair of closed back headphones (approximately £60-100)
    • core texts for first year modules:Bennett et al. The Popular Music Studies Reader – £28.99
    • John Storey, Cultural Theory and Popular Culture:  An Introduction – £27.99
    • consumables for individual instruments (jack leads, capos, plectrums, drum skins, drum sticks, reeds, strings etc.)
    • CDRs for submitting recorded coursework (approximately £5 for 50)
    • contribution to course trips

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    International: £12,000
    International Foundation Fee: £9,400

    For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.

    Additional Costs

    • 1TB portable hard drive (approximately £50)
    • a good pair of closed back headphones (approximately £60-100)
    • core texts for first year modules:Bennett et al. The Popular Music Studies Reader – £28.99
    • John Storey, Cultural Theory and Popular Culture:  An Introduction – £27.99
    • consumables for individual instruments (jack leads, capos, plectrums, drum skins, drum sticks, reeds, strings etc.)
    • CDRs for submitting recorded coursework (approximately £5 for 50)
    • contribution to course trips

    Scholarships

    EU and International Scholarships

    Sir Thomas White Scholarship

    The Sir Thomas White scholarship will support and acknowledge an academically gifted student, with the proviso that the selection panel is confident that there is…

    TD Lewis Scholarship

    The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,500.  This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence…

    The Chancellor's Fund

    The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply. The…

    Wilson Endowment Scholarship

    The Wilson Endowment Scholarship provides a £1,500 scholarship to undergraduate students from the Northamptonshire area. The endowed scholarship was donated in memory of Mr Lynn Wilson,…

  • Our Foundation Study Framework offers an exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

    If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the entry requirements for this course, we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year course which includes our Foundation Study Framework.

    The Foundation Study Framework will help you to develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you will need in order to successfully progress to the full award.  The Foundation Study Framework provides you with a practical and group-based approach to learning that supports your development and your transition to Higher Education, whilst also studying a number of specialist modules.

    Read more…

*Course data provided by Unistats

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