BA (Hons) Creative Musicianship - Guitar - London

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BA (Hons) Creative Musicianship - Guitar Course

If your ultimate career goal is to study music to become a professional guitar player, then IMCP is definitely the place for you. The Institute offers a selection of industry-aligned courses across a whole host of levels for guitarists looking to move towards an enduring career in the music business.

As a guitar player at ICMP, you’ll cover a broad spectrum of music education, from theory and music reading skills, developing competent levels of musicianship, and understanding the way the music business operates, to learning how to arrange, compose and record songs, and becoming skilled in the use of industry-standard music technology… all regardless of your chosen course or study level.

You’ll become an important part of the ICMP guitar community and will be challenged to play to professional standards, build your technical expertise, and make meaningful contributions to the musical situations you find yourself in. You may also be asked to master some of the additional skills the modern guitar player needs in today’s working environment, such as building advanced guitar techniques, studying drop tunings, and developing your stylistic awareness across a wide range of styles – all necessary abilities if you’re looking to become an adaptable, creative and modern session guitarist and educator. Also, depending on the course you choose, in addition to the electric guitar, you may also study acoustic guitar, banjo, classical guitar and mandolin.

You’ll complete your studies using a varied range of industry-standard equipment, including Fender, MusicMan and Yamaha instruments; Fender, Marshall, Orange, Victory and Blackstar amps; and pedals by brands such as Line 6, Electro Harmonix and Boss. 

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

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 guitar player. We’ll provide a studying experience that’s unique to you, and will work side by side to cultivate your natural talent, explore your future career goals, and provide ongoing opportunities for live performances, recording, auditioning, touring and career development. And you’ll significantly improve your guitar playing skills and performance expertise while you’re at it.

We understand that each student will have distinct career ambitions, and your vision of ‘success’ will be yours and yours alone, so we encourage you to follow your own unique path. At ICMP, your future is in your hands, and you’ll graduate feeling inspired and emboldened, with the tools, contacts, confidence and drive you need to push your career as a guitar player forward.

Entry Requirements

Applicants will typically have A levels, BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma or International Baccalaureate equivalent to 80 UCAS points. In addition, you should hold GCSE Grade C or above in English, 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.

Guitar Degree Course Fees

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


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