The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.
This programme trains music performers to manage themselves. Whether you’re a musician, singer, songwriter, rapper, producer, beat-maker or DJ, you’ll learn how to develop and manage yourself as a brand and business as well as gaining a broad understanding of the operations of the current Music industry.
What will this course cover?
Created for today's new DIY music environment, this innovative degree has been uniquely designed for music performers of the 21st century.
There will be a strong focus on online digital promotion, marketing techniques as well as learning about music publishing, contracts, intellectual property and entrepreneurship.
There will a strong emphasis on the analysis of music through the study of genres, a unique A&R module and performance workshops run by experienced music industry professionals where you will receive mentoring on how to improve aspects of your music.
You will spend time in the studio exploring production techniques and in your third year, learn how to set up your own production company.
A pioneering music degree
Developed in conjunction with the industry, this course covers the most important aspects required for individuals to manage themselves in today's ever-evolving industry.
We also offer this programme on a part-time basis, designed to fit around the performance commitments of students.
Develop your entrepreneurial skills
This course aims to harness and develop entrepreneurship, a key aspect in the music business. You'll learn creative strategies and how to make the most of business opportunities. These skills will enable you to navigate the industry successfully as a self-managed music performance artist.
More placements, more choices
Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
UCAS CODE: WN32
Bucks pioneered music business and management degrees over 20 years ago. Having studied at Bucks you’ll be associated with our highly regarded teaching programmes and benefit from a leading team of lecturers. Our teaching staff have a wealth of professional and academic experience, with many still actively working in the industry.
Our students have the opportunity to go on an Erasmus exchange for a semester during their second year. Our partner institutions are based in the USA and in Holland and Sweden and have excellent connections to the music industries in their respective countries.
Bucks Industry Group Music
Our industry advisory group, BIGMusic, regularly reviews our music business and management courses. This ensures you graduate with up to date skills and knowledge relevant for today’s industry demands.
Bucks runs its own in-house music business company, MC9 Music Ltd. You’ll have the opportunity to work as part of this independent company, which allows students to put on events. This will give you first-hand experience working in a professional, real-time environment, working with a variety of different artists.
Excellent work experience opportunities
You’ll be able to take advantage of Bucks’ strong industry links to find excellent work placement opportunities. Previous students have worked with companies such as Sony, Sennheiser and Universal Music.
Teaching and Learning
Your course consists of a combination of structured learning and teaching activities and independent learning.
Structured learning activities include lectures, seminars, tutorials and other time-tabled sessions. The amount of time set aside for each activity (‘contact hours’) is set out in individual module descriptors and so will vary depending on the modules you take. When you are not attending structured learning and teaching activities you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, using the library, preparing for seminars, and completing coursework assignments.
The programme specification will provide more information on the specific learning and teaching activities on this course.
What are the course entry requirements?
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year. If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to firstname.lastname@example.org
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.
Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.
Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
The modules available on this course are as follows:
Foundation Year Modules
- Preparing for Success Knowledge and Creativity
- Preparing for Success Self-development and Responsibility
- Introduction to Music Management, Production and Performance
- Inquiry and Research Skills
Year 1 Modules
- The DIY Musician
- Introduction to Recording
- Music Cultures
- Professional Performance Reflection
- Entertainment Industry Framework
- Principles of Marketing
- Introduction to Pro Tools
- Professional Performance Context
Year 2 Modules
- The Music Entrepreneur
- Audio Production Techniques: Studio
- Professional Performance Practice
- Music Publishing
- e-Commerce for the Music Industry
Year 3 Modules
- Research Methods
- Professional Production Project
- Professional Performance Management
- Digital Music Marketing
How much does it cost
Full Time Home and EU, September 2019: £9,250 per year
Full Time International, September 2019: £12,000 per year
Full Time Home and EU, February 2020: £9,250 per year
Full Time International, February 2020: £12,000 per year
Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks