BA (hons) Performance Industries


The BA (Hons) Performance Industries (Top-Up) has been designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary to work in the music industry. Our BA is in association with The University of Wolverhampton and is equivalent to the 3rd year of a degree.

This course is aimed at Singers, Guitarists, Drummers, Bass Players, Music Producers and Music Technologists.


It is full-time, 2-Semester course, studied over one year.


This BA (Hons) Performance Industries Top-up is designed to follow on from most music-related foundation degree pathways. This can include music performance, music production, music technology or similar courses. You may also be eligible to study this qualification using your experience and expertise within your industry sector (Accredited Prior Learning).

The course will suit experienced musicians/music producers/music technologists of any age (20+) who are already working in the music industry in some capacity.

There are two pathways: Music Performance or Music Production/Technology.

Music Performance
Music Performers should be confident, skilled performers, able to sight-read notation, improvise competently and adapt to a range of musical genres. Prior experience of playing/singing in front of an audience is essential.

Music Producers/Technologists
Music Producers/Technologists should have practical experience in a recording studio, and a portfolio of production work. They are expected to be confident and skilled in at least one industry-standard music technology software, such as Logic Audio, Pro Tools or Cubase

Application is direct to the University of Wolverhampton and applicants will have an interview and an audition at The Academy of Music and Sound prior to acceptance. Mature applicants are most welcome to apply with relevant work-experience in a related industry.

2015 ENTRY

Foundation Degree or similar

2015 FEES

£5995 per year. Payable via a student loan.


This Level 6 qualification is potentially the most practical one studied at the Academy. It affords each student an enormous amount of creative autonomy and freedom.

The Professional Project
It’s this year-long module that gives the ‘Hons’ part of your degree. You will be assigned a Personal Supervisor, who will mentor you as you develop your work in one of the following areas of your choice:

  • Solo Performance (you can be accompanied, as long as you take the lead)
  • Songwriting/Composition
  • Music Production (Music Technology)
  • Dissertation
  • Event Management

Employability and Enterprise in Music
In this module, you will be required to plan, organise, rehearse and stage a music event in the course of
the semester.

Music and the Moving Image
In this module students will have the opportunity to research music used for animation, film TV or computer games and then compose and record a sound track for a piece of moving image of your choice.

Independent Study
In this module you will plan, create and promote a feasible music product (ie: CD, music download, book, DVD, teaching practice, music therapy service, master- class service etc) . Then you will create a business plan showing market research and create a website to market it.

Here are two modules you can choose from, depending on your preference to either perform or compose and produce music:

Option 1 – Commercial Studio Production
In this module, you will develop music production skills employed in the creation of professional recordings. You will gain a deep insight into the work and production approaches of leading producers through analytical studies; and develop planning, communication and collaborative skills through production tasks. The lessons focus on issues that will enable you to manage every aspect of a production project. You will study: production personnel & their responsibilities; artist
& music selection; arrangement & instrumentation considerations; choice of musicians & personnel; artist behaviour; communication; conducting sessions; modern production techniques; vocal production; advanced
Pro Tools and Logic Studio techniques; creation of final mix; mastering; cover & inlay design considerations; marketing & distribution.

Option 2 –University Ensembles
Finally, in the University Ensembles module, you must rehearse on a weekly basis with two ensembles (one of which must be ‘large scale’ of five or more musicians). This module culminates in a 25-minute performance with each ensemble at the end of the semester.


You will have a formal qualification: the BA (Hons) Performance Industries.


Following successful completion, you may progress to a Masters Degree.

It may also help you on your way to a career as a musical performer, music teacher, songwriter, producer, music journalist, band manager, sound engineer and session musician.