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Music Business (including foundation year) - BA (Hons)

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Why study this course?

Our Music Business (including foundation year) BA (Hons) degree is a four-year course with a built-in foundation year (Year 0). It’s the perfect start to your university education if you’re interested in studying music business at undergraduate level but you’re unable to meet the entry requirements or don't have the traditional qualifications required to start a standard degree.

On graduation you’ll be well-prepared to enter an exciting career in the music and entertainment industry.

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More about this course

The foundation year of this music business course will provide a general introduction to business and is shared with some of our other business-related foundation year courses.

You will then go on to study more specialised aspects of music business in Year 1, 2 and 3. We’re one of the first institutions to provide hands-on experience of music business while also teaching you about digital strategies, business models and digital royalties.

Exploring music management in the digital age, you’ll study the same course content as our students on the traditional three-year Music Business BA (Hons) degree, graduating from the degree with the same title and award as those who studied the traditional course.

As well as having the opportunity to develop your business and management expertise during your classes, we supplement your learning with access to our very own business incubator, Accelerator. Accelerator provides advice, support, networks, knowledge and resources to help you turn your business idea into reality.

This is the ideal degree to propel you into a career in the music industry, but should you decide during your foundation year that you’d like to specialise in a different area of business, there is also some flexibility to allow you to do this.

Assessment

Assessments on the course include business reports, essays, individual and group research projects and a final year project.

Fees and key information

Course type
Undergraduate
UCAS code W303
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Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • at least one A level (or a minimum of 40 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma)
  • English Language GCSE at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent)

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2019/20 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 0 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday morning
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Monday afternoon
    • all year (January start) - Thursday morning

    This sister module to MN3100 focuses on the skills needed for success in business. It provides students with opportunities to become aware of the essential communication,
    problem-solving, decision-making, commercial awareness, and the various other skills needed for succeeding in business. It is also designed to introduce and reinforce essential transferable skills with a focus on personal development, planning and reflective learning. The module aims to:

    • enhance and develop students’ communication and study skills in preparation for an undergraduate degree in Business
    • develop self-awareness, and reinforce the concept of reflective practice to allow students to develop into effective reflective practitioners
    • introduce students to researching subject material from a wide variety of sources
    • create in students a keen awareness of the business environment and to develop creative and dynamic approaches to contemporary business problems

    The module aims include helping students to improve their:

    • academic reading and Writing
    • researching and report writing
    • application of knowledge
    • communicating and presenting orally and in writing
    • problem solving and decision making
    • self-assessment and reflection
    • Creativity

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday morning
    • all year (January start) - Thursday afternoon

    This module introduces students to how universities work and how they can be successful in their studies. It provides an overview of the opportunities and challenges at university. The module is designed to provide students with the main elements of the learning process. An important distinction is that students enter university to learn, not to be taught, and this module is designed to provide students with guidance in the learning process. It introduces the concept of the learning cycle and learning styles. It provides students with an overview of how memory to store information as well as enabling recall of previously encountered information, so that students can build on it and re-store it as new information.

    This module also introduces students to the different courses offered by the university
    to prepare them for their decision regarding which course they wish to take following successful completion on this foundational course. In addition, students are introduced to, and will practice, a wide range of skills necessary for successful academic study, such as exam technique, academic literacy, creativity and critical thinking.

    The module aims to:
     provide students with a sound understanding of what is required to succeed when studying at university level;
     provide a framework for the development of a range of academic, research, and attributes that will contribute to life-long learning and employability;
     provide students with ‘tasters’ (that is introductions) to all GSBL’s programmes of study to enable them to make informed decisions regarding their future study.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Friday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Friday morning
    • all year (January start) - Monday morning

    This module introduces students to the contexts of business. Business functions including innovation, operations, marketing, human resource management, finance and accounting, all of which interact with one another, can only be fully understood when the environmental, organisational, and strategic contexts within which the business operates are also understood. The focus of this module is the development of students’ understanding of how business organisations work and operate in the wider environment. Students’ have opportunities to examine the various functions of businesses and their relevant environments. They will analyse a variety of business situations and cases. This module introduces students to the concept of globalisation in terms of its impact on socio-cultural, political, economic and technological factors. The main aim of the module is to introduce students to the impact of various contexts on business itself, and to provide them with opportunities to enhance a wide range of academic and business skills such as commercial awareness, and sensitivity in terms of people and cultures.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday morning
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday morning
    • all year (January start) - Friday morning

    This module aims to provide students with a thorough overview of the numerical and technological skills needed to analyse data in the context of business analysis. The module encompasses aspects of mathematics, statistics and information technology relevant to not only the business management course but also to all other UG courses. The module focuses on numbers and data and their computational and analysis techniques that leads to the understanding of Accounting, Finance, Business, Aviation and Economics related information. Students will make use of a range of facilities on Excel to calculate, analyse and present efficiently.

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Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday morning

    This module aims to provide an overview of the music business. It does so by exploring the relevance of content and structure of the music business within the context of creative industries. It pays special attention to the structural and developmental aspects of the music business, its core business practices and support structures. This module covers both traditional and emerging business approaches and explores relationships between different players and key sectors within music business. Key sectors are also examined in broader industry contexts.
    This module provides a basic understanding of the music business. It does so by examining key practices within the context of essential business skills. It also aims to introduce analytical tools used in business studies. This introductory module examines key skills across the essential fields of practice within traditional and new music business sectors, sub-sectors and start-ups.
    Providing a robust understanding of key foundations of music business and essential business skills, this module also enables and encourages students to undertake independent study. Such independent study, coupled with key business principles of the music business will enable learners to develop an understanding of research and critical skills. By doing so, students will be able to become reflective learners. Embedded within this module are essential academic skills suited for Higher Education, which will find further application in the overall curriculum and study for the Degree.

    Aims of the module:

    This module aims to provide students with a wide-ranging foundation, essential for the understanding of music business. This should enable students to identify and prepare for a variety of career paths within the Music Business (Live, Recording, Publishing and Digital Sectors). It also enables students to understand the links within the broader context of Creative Industries, further enabling them to identify career prospects in neighbouring areas (events, media, PR, marketing etc.)
    1. To introduce the essential understanding of what constitutes the modern Music Business within the context of Creative Industries by presenting the overall integration of diverse practices that form the complex field of the Music Business within its broader industry context.
    2. To introduce students to the overall landscape of the Music Business within the context of creative, cultural and entertainment sectors, thus introducing them to their subject specialism.
    3. to provide a solid foundation for further study of the complexities of the Music Industry and associated sectors and industries by introducing a comprehensive understanding of their critical aspects.
    4. to introduce students to a range of key theories, basic analytical tools and essential methods needed for the further understanding of music business career pathways within the context of independent learning and personal professional development
    5. To introduce the fundamental elements and interpret the roles of different players and markets in the music business and associated content industries.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday afternoon
    • all year (January start) - Monday evening

    The service sector has been growing significantly for more than fifty years to the extent that in the developed world, most people earn their living from producing services than making manufactured goods. In fact, well over three-quarters of the active population in the developed world work in service-related industries, including aviation and creative industries. Services therefore have a major impact on national economies.

    The subject of Services Marketing has grown in response to this. Latterly, however, manufacturing and technology industries have also recognised the need to provide services not only as a means of adding value to the physical products they market, but also as the basis for a different orientation to the management of their businesses.

    This module will address the key issues, concepts and models, which form the core of services marketing management theory and practice, focusing on aviation and creative industries.

    The module aims to provide an understanding of the marketing management process in the context of aviation and creative industries. The module also aims to assist students in the acquisition of the following skills:
    • Academic writing & reading
    • Application of knowledge and presenting and interpreting data
    • Communicating/Presenting, orally and in writing
    • Inter-personal/Inter-cultural communication

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday morning

    The module aims to explore the nature of music publishing and copyright in the digital age, focusing on the management and exploitation of important music rights. Supported by the latest practice and industry commentary, we shall consider the recent disruption and development of the music business and how the future is being shaped by technology and consumer trends. The module will analyse the business activities of; major and independent publishers, songwriters and performers, as well as other key music publishing personnel. It will examine the various collection societies for handling copyright blanket licensing and other associated royalty collection and distribution.
    Module aims:
    1. To understand the importance and role of music publishing within the music and related industries
    2. To introduce the major and independent music publishing organisations and corporates
    3. To explain the internal operations of music publishing businesses.
    4. To introduce the relationship between publishing and other music business income streams
    5. Understand why the music and creative media industries are commonly known as the ‘copyright industries’

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday morning

    Combining aspects of popular music studies and critical/contextual business analysis, the first half of this module explores the development of popular music within the context of scenes and genres, looking at the interplay of cultural and commercial drivers behind creative enterprise. Popular music genres, youth cultures, music scenes, pioneering artists, classic albums, talent discovery, the role of independents, and the concept of artist development will all factor in.
    Additionally, popular music will be explored in the context of marketable genres, artists and their business role, the development of repertoires and portfolios in a creative business context and the overall economic impact of creative change within the context of cultural/creative practice.
    Methods will be introduced concerning critical awareness of audience reception, which will be further developed in the context of objectively measurable aspects of creativity, such as perception of music.
    The second half of the module begins by considering globalisation in the music business and moves on to examine strategies and best practice for stakeholders in maximising the opportunities for successful commercial engagement with international markets. Particular emphasis will be given to developing an understanding of new and diverse market territories for the distribution and exploitation of music-based products and services. The emerging markets of China, India, Brazil, Mexico, and Nigeria will be critically examined from a management strategy perspective.

    Module Aims:

    1. To develop students’ understanding of the evolution of popular music.
    2. To introduce students to the various elements of popular culture.
    3. To connect relevant economic concepts in production and consumption of popular culture to the creative dynamics and changes in styles, genres and modes of communication.
    4. To understand the analytical tools at students’ disposal, including but not limited to critical theory, semiotics, music psychology and political economy of the creative industries.
    5. To comprehensively introduce globalisation of music
    6. To create an overview of the impact of global music repertoire
    7. To introduce the context of global music licensing and market strategies

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday morning

    This module introduces students to essential components of revenue streams for music, media, entertainment and a variety of creative-content management across the creative and cultural industries. This integrative, introductory module addresses the gap in a number of curricula across CCI courses, where there is demand for such taught content. This module and its primary and principal approach will result in establishing a sound foundation of knowledge and understanding of key principles in new revenue stream generation awarded to creative managers across a number of CCI sectors.

    Some of the most notable success stories of modernisation and change come from music and entertainment industries, forming the core of this module’s curriculum. Also, a number of digital platforms, leisure formats and creative experiences, devices and services will be presented as part of this module. Students will have the freedom to choose, under Tutorial guidance, the focus of their individual enquiry and research for assessment, designed to facilitate innovative learning focusing on carefully selected examples of best practice. Understanding of creative- and experience-economies, and an ability to read commissioned market reports form important business skills which student will attain through this original module, key to Music Business Students, and relevant to a number of CCI courses beyond music.

    Module Aims:

    1. To familiarise students with key concepts in creative economies and the experience economy.
    2. To provide students with the basic skills of contextualising and interpretation of market reports created and completed by some leading research firms, such as Mintel.
    3. To introduce students to the notion of revenue streams based on the use and monetisation of cultural, artistic, musical and design content across creative industry sectors
    4. To introduce students to basic principles of revenue generation in music, media, entertainment, games, and other creative content sectors and industries.

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Year 2 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday afternoon

    The live entertainment sector is the fastest growing part of the entertainment industries at present, and this trend is set to continue in the foreseeable future. The scale of mergers and acquisitions that have created global live entertainment giants such as Live Nation has contributed to this trend. Moreover, the trend of blending experiences across sectors, formats, genres and media has led to the growth in new types of blended events such as interactive streaming for theatre, special events, festivals, talent shows, competitions, and awards ceremonies (Google/YouTube music video awards) amongst others – a growing area of industry practice beyond music and events and encompassing fashion, culture, PR etc.

    As one of the world’s entertainment industry capitals, London has a lot to offer students willing to embark on the practical training and learning in this area. To boost employability and enhance student experience, we have partnered with one of the most prestigious music venues in London and the world to create the means for enabling students to connect theory and practice in live and blended events environment. Whilst testing their knowledge and understanding, students develop entrepreneurial skills and learn the key aspects of the law, branding, marketing and management of live entertainment events, merchandising and venue- or set management. This module contains significant practice and team work will be at the centre of setting up real life events to network and present work to real industry clients, panels and investors with the aim of honing you skills to professional level and testing them in a market environment.

    We attained considerable synergies already through existing partnerships with industry partners such as Club Fandango, Concert Live and MMF, enhancing employability and skills. We are set to continue broadening this collaborative approach that benefits students.

    Module Aims:

    1. To introduce and apply the knowledge of venue management practice, live promotion, concert touring and booking methods.

    2. To explore the live sector as a growth area of the international entertainment industry and explain the roles of agents and promoters in the UK and internationally.

    3. To place the live entertainment and venue management within the context of the music, events and related creative businesses within the UK, Europe and worldwide

    4. To assess budgetary and marketing priorities in promotion, exploring ticketing and booking procedures in use today

    5. To address PR implications within the live sector, together with merchandising concepts, sponsorship and brands in live entertainment and venue management

    6. To understand the use of technology in events promotion, dissemination and delivery: e.g. digital events marketing, live streaming and on-site creative entertainment (on set)

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday morning

    This module develops student’s knowledge of the music business by focusing on historical and contemporary issues and the acquisition of practical skills.
    The module provides an intellectual framework for the management of the music business, within the UK and internationally. It uses case study examples and industry frameworks,and enables students to develop the necessary management competencies to operate successfully as managers and/or performers within the music business.
    It will cover key areas from artist management activities, recorded music, digital technology, business planning, production, royalties, through to live music, distribution, promotion, copyright and management contract issues.
    The aim is to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the scope and nature of the music management processes, from the development of creative ‘product’, to its consumption by the end-consumer.
    The module aims:
    1. To explain the role of management and managers within the music business
    2. To explain the contractual relationships and legal and financial implications
    3. To enable students to understand how to manage the business affairs of performing artists, enterprises and start-up businesses in the music business
    4. To develop the attributes of self-evaluation and a creative and ethical approach in a variety of contexts

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon

    This module begins by considering the contractual environment within the music business and associated sectors. Important contractual areas will be critically examined including management agreements, recording agreements, self-release and 360 degree deals, publishing agreements, production agreements, live performance agreements, sponsorship and merchandising agreements. The emphasis will be on enhanced practical understanding of contractual frameworks, best negotiating practice, and the role and use of legal agreements within the business imperatives of music companies and within the career strategies of artists and managers.
    In addition, the broader “entertainment” business will be explored in relation to its evolving legal framework.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Monday afternoon

    ‘Skills, Methods and Analysis’ aims to equip students with knowledge and elementary skills of data collection, presentation and analysis utilised in management research. The module will be divided into three short parts focusing on skills (writing, referencing and research ethics), methods (sampling, qualitative and quantitative research methods) and analysis (coding and data presentation).

    Through the series of practical exercises students will become familiar with the concept and variety of research methods available in the business and social research area. The module serves as an underpinning for the dissertation or consultancy projects in level 6. Additionally, on successful completion of the module, students who would like to try using research methods in practical setting, can choose an optional and self-funded ‘Applied Research with Field Course’ module in the Spring semester.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday morning

    ‘The Applied Research with Field Course’ is designed around the model of research-informed teaching, with emphasis on learning through problem-solving and self-managed projects. The module serves as an optional continuum to ‘Skills, Analysis and Methods’ module and aims to stimulate development of students’ ability to relate theoretical material to real world case study, making clear links between theory, research methodology, data collection and analysis.
    For the length of the module, students cooperate and work in groups, to gather amount of data sufficient to complete their independent projects. Given the case study destination, students research relevant to their discipline aspects of the destination and decide on subject-specific problem to be investigated using primary research. In the next stage, students design research framework focusing on research question, suitable methodology and sampling. In the process, the encouragement is given to the use of mixed methodologies (interviews, surveys, audits, participant observation and visual methodologies) to enable students to practice in field a range of tools and develop skills of independent researcher. During the field course, students are expected to conform to the professional code of conduct.
    Additionally, the module aims to create group cohesion and the sense of course belonging, which is fundamental to improving retention rates as well as overall levels of student satisfaction.
    The aim of the module is to provide students with an opportunity to design research project and practice research skills in an unfamiliar environment, via residential field course. This serves as a practical underpinning for the dissertation module and ability to verify and address student’s individual strengths and weaknesses as a researcher.

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Year 3 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Friday morning

    This module provides a critical understanding of the interface between the creative industries and the artists who provide the underlying content for these industries. Specifically, record company A&R (Artist and Repertoire) roles and functions, and management functions, are examined and the underlying principles of successful A&R practice are distilled, from what is often erroneously considered to be an area of subjectivity. The module will examine the extent to which there is an objective, quantifiable process for the successful undertaking of A&R activities. Theoretical and practical components will shape the student's understanding of the critical functions of discovery, assessment, and development of talent within the creative industries. The expertise of Rob Dickins (LMBS Visiting Professor, former Chairman of Warners) will be provided through his involvement in the delivery of certain guest lectures, and will give students an insight into best and worst industry practice in this area. Particular emphasis will be given to developing an understanding of the new and diverse needs for creative talent in the evolving music industry. A&R skills are perhaps of greater importance than ever, even if they will be utilised increasingly outside of the traditional record company framework.
    The skill sets associated with effective processes of discovering, assessing and developing creative talent are central to those required by the students of the music industry, but have wide transferable benefits for those studying other creative sectors such as fashion or events, and the module can therefore stand as an EoK module and also a study abroad module

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Friday morning

    This module will analyse, scrutinise and critically evaluate new and conventional methods of the music business in both theory and practice, focusing on changing business models and creative business innovation. Theoretical models will be critically assessed within the unique context of music business with particular attention being paid to the monetisation of music through the utilisation of streaming, apps and networks. These methods, approaches and creative phenomena find application with regards to the transformation of modes of delivery, types of content, convergence of media and consumer devices. Opportunities and threats from within the music business and lateral phenomena (e.g. digital strategies) will be analysed through the prism of entrepreneurship and corporate decision-making in both practice and theory.

    Students will be expected to critically evaluate business practices and market positioning, examine new sources of reliable research information regarding the new types of business customers and end users, and evaluate tactical alliances and shifts in music services and competing leisure markets.

    Innovation and change are explored within the context of new business models, from traditional portfolio/catalogue development to new delivery models, to tactical alliances between and within emerging businesses. This will be done by utilising and challenging key concepts in strategic management and recognising the relevance of cultural knowledge in Research & Development in this area of creative industries. Case study research and business simulation methods will be encouraged in analysis, aiming to develop new approaches to business modelling and innovation in this ever-changing area of business practice. Best practice will entail synthesis in business modelling.

    Module Aims:
    This advanced module aims to equip students with a refined and robust skillset for analysis, evaluation and implementation in business modelling and strategic practice.

    1. To map and analyse patterns of change and development in innovative management practices through the transformation of music industries and music-related sectors
    2. To explore specific contexts within which management of innovation takes place and fully contextualise the analysis of enterprising practice behind the development of new business models
    3. To develop multidisciplinary synthesis of creative management, innovation and implementation in music experience/service portfolios, identifying multiple factors that shape music business modelling in practice
    4. To address key conceptual solutions, operations and skills sets utilised for monetisation of cultural/creative value by means of innovation and strategic management within music business contexts
    5. To apply the understanding of strategy and tactics within the context of music business innovation

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday morning

    The module will introduce students to intellectual property law and its impact on the entertainment industries. The module will pay particular attention to the economic value of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) and the modes of their commercial exploitation. The module will address the nature of intellectual property rights and the law which governs their exercise, including copyright, trade marks, passing off, confidential information, and patents. An emphasis will be placed upon teaching students how best to create, protect and monetise intellectual property across the entertainment sector.
    The skill sets associated with effective processes of developing, protecting and exploiting IPRs are central to those required by the students of the music business, but have wide transferable benefits for those studying other creative and entertainment sectors such as fashion or events, and the module can therefore stand as an EoK module and also a study abroad module.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Friday afternoon

    This module explores the theoretical and practical matters of strategic decisions in music business marketing processes. Strategic relationships within the music business are especially intensified as a result of transformation of consumer behaviour, economic and business structures and modes of development in content promotion and delivery.

    The module will critically and strategically examine the applications and roles of Marketing, Public Relations, Communications and Engagement models in music online, both in theory and practice.

    The practical component consists of industry-supported real-life interactive marketing campaigns involving all students. The practical application of Strategic Management theory, Marketing and Public Relations, user/audience Engagement concepts/tactics, and state of the art digital communications/promotions techniques will form the focus this module.

    The research component of this module will be central to the success of live marketing and publicity campaigns involving all students on this module.

    This module will thus focus on Graduate Employability by enabling final year students to apply their knowledge attained across a number of disciplines taught on the Degree. They will be able to test such theoretical knowledge attained in practical settings. It will also enhance their communication, planning, reflection and presentation skills.

    Moreover, this module will enable students to apply a synthesis of skills and knowledges attained throughout their Degree by means of field-based, industry-focused problem-solving and decision-making, self-management and time-management. Finally, they will be able to both apply, and critically reflect their digital literacy and numeracy skills in campaign planning and market research, analysing data, application of knowledge and especially – in Career Management.

    Working with real-life clients and evaluated by Marketing Experts and Industry Partners including our Visiting Professors, students on this module will be enabled to enter the World of Work through this enterprise- and innovation-based module, with a starting point that would provide them with a unique competitive edge, and with the support of our Business Relations and Employability Team. This module should be delivered as an integral part of our Work-Related Learning Portfolio.

    Module Aims:
    1. Enabling student attainment of the mastery of marketing planning and innovation in creative enterprises within Music/Media Industry contexts.
    2. To examine, explore and apply the skills necessary for the purpose of marketing, public relations and communications modelling in music and digital media, in both theory and practice.
    3. To analyse and reflect on strategic roles of Marketing and PR in Music and Interactive Media with practical reference to various sectors of the industry.
    4. To evaluate and pragmatically address real-life inter-relationship between content-owners, artists, various music companies, media and audiences (users/consumers/fans).
    5. To apply the theory of marketing and strategic management to practical commercial imperatives in music by enabling real-life experience of industry environments.
    6. To apply constructive and practice-based reflective critique of unconventional Music Marketing and Public Relations approaches and techniques by going beyond textbook definitions and developing testable marketing solutions.
    7. To enhance graduate employability through real-life industry practice, decision making, creative work and liaising with lead Experts, expanding and documenting students’ enterprise skills through distinct, industry-based projects centred on their vocational programme of study.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday afternoon

    ‘Research methods for dissertations and consultancy projects’ teaches social science research methods from a real-world perspective. Students can follow the dissertation or consultancy project pathway so to apply their understanding of research methods to a substantial piece of independent research.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Thursday morning

    This module looks at the relationship between the creative industries, events and cultural policies. It critically discusses notions of the creative class, the creative city and the experience economy which have been used to inform and support strategies in cultural and creative industries policies. It further investigates the role the creative industries play in urban as well as rural areas and it also explores ways in which cities have reinvented themselves as centres of leisure and culture consumption using major cultural infrastructure investment, events and festivals.

    Aims:
    1. To critically assess and analyse the relationship between events, cultural policy and the creative industries
    2. To provide students with an understanding of the role strategy and policy-making play in event-led and culture-led regeneration projects
    3. To further develop students’ analytical and critical abilities and prepare them for the completion of an individual essay based on independent research

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start)

    This sandwich placement module is undertaken as an additional 30 credits between Levels 5 and 6, extending students' undergraduate course programme to four years.

    The module is designed to develop student employability and increase career prospects upon graduation. The sandwich placement year requires learners to undertake a minimum of 44 weeks full-time employment which is developmental and relates to their graduate career goals. Compulsory pre-placement preparation workshops and one to one support will be delivered by Placement Officers to provide guidance and assist students in their search for an appropriate placement. The placement must be in an industry relevant to their area of study, allow them to develop professionalism and to transfer learning from the classroom, and any previous employment to the placement workplace.

    During the placement year, students will be supported in applying theoretical knowledge in a practical context, analysing business problems and proposing solutions, and identifying and articulating transferable skills and knowledge developed during the placement. Students will be expected to demonstrate improved understanding of their abilities and career goals, knowledge of the workplace organisation and professional awareness through reflective and reflexive learning.

    Students will receive briefings prior to the placement and a post-placement debriefing. They will be supported remotely by a Placement Tutor who will provide guidance with assessment.

    Student will not be registered on the module until they have secured a suitable placement that meets all the requirements.

    The module is open to all Business and Management undergraduate course programmes.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday afternoon
    • spring semester - Friday afternoon
    • autumn semester - Thursday afternoon
    • autumn semester - Friday afternoon
    • spring semester - Friday morning
    • autumn semester - Friday morning

    This module is a 15 credit option module on the Undergraduate Scheme.

    Increasingly managers at all levels of an organisation are required to manage projects, temporary endeavours undertaken to create a unique product or service. This module uses the Association of Project Management Body of Knowledge (APMBOK), https://www.apm.org.uk/body-of-knowledge/ - and therefore prepares students in the capabilities required for effective project management: managing resources, time, people, and the project as a whole. The module includes both the use of computer programmes for project management and approaches to managing people and leading and motivating teams.

    Aims of the module:
    The module will equip the student with an understanding of the complexities of managing projects in an uncertain world. The student will become familiar with the project business case, the detailed planning and the use of ‘WBS’ and the ’OBS’, resources issues and their management, the timeline, budgeting and cash flow as well as the eventual monitoring and control of the project through methods of tracking and monitoring. The student will study methods of managing people in the project with appropriate models of leadership, team behaviours and motivation and methods of conflict management and resolution.

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After the course

This four-year degree is designed to improve your employment prospects within the music and entertainment industry.

Our graduates have gone on to take up roles as event promoters, record label managers and digital publishers. Some have also gone on to work in indie label associations such as the Association of Independent Music (AIM) and the Worldwide Independent Network (WIN).

However, career opportunities on graduation are broad and could include roles in digital marketing, public relations and distribution as well as positions such as tour manager, artist manager and strategy adviser.

What is a degree with foundation year?

This is a four-year degree course with a built-in foundation year (Year 0). It's the perfect route into university if you don't meet the necessary entry requirements for the standard undergraduate degree. You'll graduate with a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who studied the three-year course.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

Apply to us for September 2019

Applying for a full-time undergraduate degree starting this September is quick and easy – simply call our Clearing hotline on or complete our online Clearing application form.

UK/EU applicants for September full-time entry must apply via UCAS unless specified otherwise.

Applicants for September part-time entry should apply direct to the University using the apply online button.

Non-EU applicants looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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