BA (Hons) Creative Musicianship - Bass Guitar Course

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BA (Hons) Creative Musicianship - Bass Guitar Course

If your ambition is to be a professional bass player, then you’ve definitely come to the right place. ICMP offers an industry-aligned bass guitar degree course for bassists looking to take that next step towards a long-term career in the music business.

Our Bass Guitar degree covers a broad spectrum of musical learning, from developing competent musicianship, theory and music reading skills, and understanding the way the music business operates, to arranging, composing and recording songs, and becoming skilled in the use of industry-standard music technology.

You’ll become part of the wider ICMP bass community and will be challenged to build your technical expertise, play to professional standards and make meaningful contributions to the rhythm sections, bands and working situations you find yourself in. You may also be asked to master some of the additional skills that the modern bassist needs in today’s working environment, such as leading a section or band, playing or programming synth bass, and performing on other instruments, like upright bass.

You’ll complete your studies using a wide range of industry-standard equipment, including Music Man, Fender and Yamaha instruments; Markbass, EBS, Hartke, Aguilar and Ampeg amps; and loopers and effect pedals by brands such as Line 6 and Boss. 

Bass Guitar Degree Course Overview:

The BA (Hons) Creative Musicianship degree focuses on developing your creativity and the expression of your own unique ‘creative voice’. 

This is done through performances, composition of original material, and multimedia interdisciplinary collaborations. Along with the development of musicianship and performance skills, the course also focuses on essential entrepreneurial and critical business skills that a creative musician needs in order to forge a successful career.

Through this course, you will develop expertise in your principal instrument, individually through one-to-one instrumental tuition across all three years, and collectively within a group workshop environment. You will also be given the opportunity to explore and analyse a range of genres to help inform your own artistic development and compositional ‘voice’. In the business and entrepreneurship modules, you will gain an understanding of marketing, branding, social networking and successful new business models, while developing broader communication, management and interpersonal skills. Using the latest technology, you will be given the opportunity to build a portfolio of your own original music, working in collaboration with other disciplines and media, such as film, dance, games and fashion. 

Successful completion of programme BA(Hons) Creative Musicianship at ICMP leads to the award of Bachelor of Arts by the University of East London.

Our Personalised Learning Approach

Our personalised learning approach means we really get to know you as a bass player. We’ll provide a learning experience that’s unique to you, and will work with you to nurture your natural talent, explore your future ambitions, and provide ongoing opportunities for live performances, auditioning, recording, touring and career development. And you’ll significantly improve your bass playing and performance skills while you’re at it.

We understand that each student will have different career motivations and your vision of ‘success’ will be unique, so we encourage you to follow your own individual path. At ICMP, your future is in your hands, and you’ll graduate feeling emboldened and inspired, with the tools, connections, self-confidence and head start you need to drive your career as a bass player forward.

Entry Requirements

Applicants will typically have A levels, BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma or International Baccalaureate equivalent to 80 UCAS points (2017 tariff) or 200 UCAS points (2016 tariff), or an ICMP Higher Diploma. In addition, you should hold GCSE Grade C or above in English and Maths, or suitable equivalent, such as Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Adult Literacy/Numeracy.

We also welcome applications from mature applicants who may have no formal qualifications but who can nevertheless demonstrate their suitability for study through appropriate skills and experience.

Bass Guitar Degree Course Fees

Studying a Bass course at ICMP makes financial sense too, with the fees for ICMP degrees significantly less than those at many traditional universities, and also much lower than other UK music education providers, making studying music at ICMP great value as well as great fun.

UK & EU students £6300 per year, Student loan funding available / UCAS W3C5

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