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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Song / Lyric Writing

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Songwriting remains one of the UK’s biggest exports, with UK music stronger than ever. Popular song is the heart of the industry, and global demand for new songs is high. On our MA Songwriting you will nurture your musical creativity, focus and develop your professional portfolio, forge new collaborative networks, and engage in research designed to support your career as a songwriter.

The course is aimed at unpublished songwriters wishing to develop their craft to professional level, and published songwriters wishing to achieve academic accreditation while exploring their creativity.

We maintain strong links with industry professionals, guest artists, and guest lecturers. Also available as a distance learning route.

Overview

From day one, you’ll write songs, using alternative strategies designed to work alongside your current creative approaches.

Applying practice-based learning at our world-heritage research centres, through a range of creative strategies and critical perspective on your songs’ relationship with audience and industry, you’ll develop and focus your output. This is informed by a blend of practical, theoretical and scholarly practice.

Lyric-writing, and a fluent command of imagery, metaphor, and narrative is nurtured, as chords and melody take shape around language’s meaning, and vice versa. You’ll investigate the power and potential of song forms, modes of address, perspectives, time-frames, and characters.

Having stretched the range of creative options available to you within your own artistic palette, you’ll turn your hand to research; this is your entry to the postgraduate world. You’ll identify the industrial context relevant to your songs; your knowledge of your field will become intensified through primary research, secondary research, and contact with guest speakers from industry.

Careers

There’s a broad range of professional outcomes from this course and our graduates now work as:

  • Performers
  • Lecturers
  • Researchers
  • Agents
  • Signed artists
  • Signed writers
  • Teachers
  • Therapists
  • Publishers

This course also provides an excellent grounding if you’re interested in going on to PhD study.

In this course, students can also exit with PGCert and PGDip awards.

Different course options

Full time | Corsham Court | 1 year | 21-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

21-SEP-20

Modules

This is where you bring all your research and preparation into focus. You’re asked to present a showcase representing the songs developed during your time on the course. Usually this is a performer’s album. For some it will be several projects in differing contexts, a common practice for the working songwriter.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£7,600

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£14,700

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

You’ll already be very much engaged in songwriting - this course is not suitable for beginners. However, lack of knowledge of music theory isn’t a hindrance. You need "ideas". Where you don’t have a degree but have professional experience, we positively welcome you. Please complete an Accreditation of Prior Learning Experience (APEL) form.

University information

Turn your passion into your reality. Bath Spa University has a long-established reputation which dates back to 1852 and the original Bath School of Art. Based in the vibrant, World Heritage city of Bath, you’ll experience the best of both worlds: from Roman heritage to Georgian elegance, and the latest modern, specialist facilities – new buildings, well-stocked libraries and state-of-the-art technology. We pride ourselves on being a creative...more

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