BA (Hons) Songwriting - London

Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP)

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BA (Hons) Songwriting Course

If your ambition is to be a professional songwriter, then ICMP is the college for you. ICMP offers a number of industry-aligned contemporary music education courses across a variety of different levels for songwriters looking to take those next steps towards a successful and ongoing career in the music business.

Our customised learning approach means we really get to know you as a songwriter. We’ll provide a music education experience that’s bespoke to you, and will work with you to help achieve your future aspirations, foster your natural talent, and give you regular access to opportunities which allow you to develop your personal project art, broaden your music community, improve your collaborative writing skills, and help you to hone your creative voice. And you’ll significantly improve your songwriting skills while you’re at it.

We understand that all our students have different career motivations and your version 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 inspired and confident, with the skills, networking, self-assurance and flying start you need to propel your career as a songwriter forward.

Course Overview

The course is industry-led and practically focused. It is designed for those who want to be professional songwriters. It provides an opportunity for intensive and practical study in songwriting while expanding your creative repertoire, extending your knowledge of the music business, and deepening your understanding of the history and culture of songwriting.

On this course, you will benefit from: industry-style ‘Artist and Repertoire’ (A&R) feedback personalised to your individual writing goals; weekly performance classes to showcase your material with a professional band; a wide range of studio-based applications and recording skills tailored for songwriters; opportunities to co-write songs to real music industry briefs with expert feedback and tuition; opportunities to deepen your knowledge of reading, writing and arranging music; and an opportunity to enhance your creative practice by exploring music cultures and contexts through a dissertation research project.

Additionally, students on the BA (Hons) Songwriting degree will be offered many chances to undertake collaborative work, both with other ICMP programmes in London and alongside a range of professional organisations. These opportunities, offered in addition to the curriculum, provide a fantastic chance for students to build their showreels and networks. In the third year of the course, students benefit from a mentorship scheme with an established industry practitioner, providing an opportunity to study and deepen your skills and knowledge in a professional environment. 

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

Entry Requirements

Applicants will typically have A levels, BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma or International Baccalaureate equivalent to 80 UCAS points, 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. All applicants will be invited to audition.

This course is also available as a one-year Cert HE option.

Course Fees

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

£6300 per year, Student Loan funding available / UCAS Code W3W8

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