BA (Hons) Popular Music Performance (W310)




Southampton Solent University

BA (Hons) Popular Music Performance

Requirements / Wymagania

PRZEDMIOT (co najmniej 2 przedmioty na poziomie rozszerzonym) POZIOM PODSTAWOWY POZIOM ROZSZERZONY
Średnia z matury ze wszystkich przedmiotów na poziomie podstawowym i rozszerzonym 50% 50%
Z matury z jednego przedmiotu rozszerzonego - 50%
Certyfikat językowy IELTS opcjonalnie jeśli nie spełnisz powyższych wymagań z matury - minimum 6.0 -

About the course

Looking to start a career as a performer, songwriter or session musician? Southampton Solent University’s BA (Hons) Popular Music Performance programme combines practical and vocational learning with an in-depth study of the music industries.

Southampton Solent’s popular music performance programme teaches students a range of skills balanced with academic, research and critical-thinking proficiencies that are relevant to many different careers.

The course features extensive study of the music industries including copyright, contract law and career pathways. Students are also expected to develop transferable skills in research, IT, presentation, teamwork, creative thinking, communication and project management.

Student learning is aided by free access to our industry standard facilities. These include nine recording studios (networked with Protools HD and Logic Pro), a range of mixing workstations equipped with Digidesign mixing desks, and a production lab with 24 Apple workstations (with Pro Tools|HD, Logic Pro and Sibelius). You’ll also have access to large rehearsal rooms equipped with full backline and PA.

Beyond timetabled seminars and workshops, students are encouraged to engage with Southampton’s music scene. By promoting or performing their own shows, students can cultivate their talents and expand their understanding of real-world arrangement, composition and stagecraft.


What does this course lead to?

Graduates have gone on to various roles, including a wide range of professional musicians, music teachers and industry positions. Some of the organisations course graduates have worked for include Rock Out Music School, Thunderfoot Records and Totton College.

Who is this course for?

Students from a range of musical backgrounds will are well catered for on Solent’s popular music performance programme. Whether its guitar, drums, vocals, electronic music or songwriting, students are supported by experts as they learn to shape a career around their talents.

Modular structure

Year one:

Core units

  • Music Practice 1.1
  • Music Practice 1.2
  • Instrumental Studies 1
  • Music Theory
  • Listening Skills
  • Popular Music in Context

Year two:

Core units

  • Music Practice 2.1
  • Music Practice 2.2
  • Instrumental Studies 2.1
  • Instrumental Studies 2.2
  • Arranging
  • Composing


  • Noise Annoys: Experiments and Alternatives in Popular Music
  • Songwriting Techniques
  • Experimental Music Production
  • Advanced Live Music Production
  • Music and Audio Post-Production
  • Introduction to Experimental Music Performance
  • Pop, Politics and Protest
  • Copyright, Piracy and the Music Industries
  • Fanzines to Facebook
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives
  • Model Your Business
  • Curriculum Plus

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Year three:

Core units

  • Music Practice 3
  • Music Strategies and Career Building
  • Instrumental Studies 3
  • Major Project: Popular Music Performance


  • Festival Cultures
  • Film Music
  • Consuming Music
  • Experimental Music Performance
  • Songwriting Portfolio
  • Experimental Music Production
  • Advanced Live Music Production
  • Music and Audio Post-Production
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives
  • Creative Entrepreneurial Freelance Practice
  • Curriculum Plus

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Fees and costs

The tuition fees for the 2018/19 academic year are:

  • UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year
  • UK and EU part-time fees: £4,625 per year 

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