BA (Hons) Popular and Commercial Music (A8C2)




University of South Wales

BA (Hons) Popular and Commercial Music

Requirements / Wymagania

PRZEDMIOT (co najmniej 2 przedmioty na poziomie rozszerzonym) POZIOM PODSTAWOWY POZIOM ROZSZERZONY

Dwa przedmioty na poziomie rozszerzonym 

- min. 55% 

Jeśli kierunek wymaga matury z konkretnego przedmiotu:

85% 60% 

Matura z języka angielskiego na poziomie rozszerzonym

- 70%

About the course

The Popular and Commercial Music degree encourages you to develop your own voice and musical identity. Your studies will embrace popular and commercial music in its many forms and subgenres, from electronica to folk, urban, rock and cutting edge-pop. With an emphasis on original work, our music degree will teach you how to collaborate with your fellow students in performance, songwriting and production. We welcome diversity, collaboration and experimentation. So whatever your musical interests, you can extend your practice to gain skills relevant not only to employment in the music industry, but also to the wider creative industries.

Staff are experienced and high-profile professionals in their own right and many have worked as producers and songwriters. You’ll also learn from regular visits and masterclasses from high-level music industry professionals such as Greg Haver, producer of Manic Street Preachers; Amy Wadge, Ed Sheeran’s co-writer; Gruff Rhys, Super Furry Animals and Steve Sidelnyk, Madonna’s drummer. Studying Popular and Commercial Music in Cardiff, you will develop links with studios, record industry professionals and music companies in this thriving capital city.

What you will study?

Through a stimulating collection of modules, you’ll have to be innovative and engage with ideas that will enhance your creative vision and critical thinking.

You’ll understand form and content in popular music, songwriting, the business of music, and artist development and imagery. You’ll also gain studio and musicianship skills, know how to network and adapt your skills to the market. Through live briefs linked to music industry practices you’ll understand what it takes to be a professional musician.

Modules include:

Year one:

  • Inside the Music
  • Getting Plugged In
  • Words and Music
  • Artistic Development and Performance
  • Studio Production

Year two:

  • The Creative Musician
  • Sound and Vision OR Understanding Music
  • Professional Performance
  • Your Music: Your Business
Year three:
  • The Professional Musician A
  • The Professional Musician B
  • Immersed in the City
  • Industry Ready


The Popular and Commercial Music degree is taught in a variety of ways, including practical workshops in the studio, tutorials, seminars and lectures. In the first two years, you will develop your practical music skills, building to one or more live ensemble performances each year. In your final year, you can specialise with a creative or industry-focused major project and a dissertation on an area that is of interest to you.


Course assessment is through regular coursework submissions, in addition to examinations in some areas.


By the time you graduate, you will have the skills for a wide range of careers in the music, media and entertainment industries, including performance, composition, administration, promotion, multi-media production, and studio work. We have graduates working in the music industry as performers, composers, writers, promoters and administrators, teachers and musicians in the community, as well as those working in new media such as the computer games industry.


August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: £9000 

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