Our BMus (Hons) programme is a one-year, full-time top-up degree, delivered in partnership with Kingston University, London. Students can, therefore, complete an honours degree after three years of HE study, rather than the four years more typical in Scotland. The programme is open to applicants with an HND (with Graded Unit A or B) from Edinburgh College or elsewhere. Other conditions may apply, depending on the applicants' background and experience.
The BMus programme is highly flexible, tailored to students’ individual strengths and interests. Students choose the content for their major project, worth 50% of the year’s work. The project can be part of a performance, composition/songwriting, dissertation or music technology pathway, or some combination of these. Regular one-to-one supervision sessions – 12 hours per year – support students in their chosen project; these may include instrumental or vocal lessons. There are also weekly group classes for each pathway. As well as the individual project, students choose two modules, each worth 25% of the degree. The options include
- Advanced Techniques in Music and Sound for Image – composition across a variety of musical styles and genres; using sound effects and sound design for film
- Current Debates in Music Education – an in-depth study of music education and the Scottish curriculum through both theoretical and practical classes, with opportunities for lesson planning, placements, composition/arrangement, and research
- Jazz Studies – a practice-based study of jazz improvisation and composition, supported by appropriate theory
- Live Performance Technology – creating small-group compositions and performances featuring live manipulation of sound, using tools such as loop pedals, Ableton software, and filters
- Scoring and Arranging – developing skills in music analysis, genre-specific composition, and arrangement
- The Studio Musician – planning, developing and producing studio recording projects and learning how to position them in terms of genre, audiences and marketing; the module can be taken as a performer or as a producer. Students are strongly encouraged to choose their individual project and further modules with a view towards how they can enhance employability, or prospects for further study, following the BMus year.
Individual Project – chosen by the student
Two options from Advanced Techniques in Music and Sound for Image
- Current Debates in Music Education
- Jazz Studies
- Live Performance Technology
- Scoring and Arranging
- The Studio Musician
- Students choosing the 'Current Debates in Music Education' module have the opportunity to complete placements observing and teaching in local primary and secondary schools.
- A good pass in HND Music or related subject (A/B in Graded Unit2)
- Successful completion of an interview/audition where requested.
English Proficiency Requirements
How the course is assessed
- Assessment is through performances, project work and written assignments.
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
- The details of audition requirements will be given on application.
Progression And Articulation Routes
Work in the music industry:
- session musician
- instrumental or classroom teacher
- a wide variety of other roles as part of a portfolio career.
Course Cost And Funding Options
found that studying at the college was very flexible and it was possible for
students to stretch to fulfil their own potential and interests, whatever those
might be. I was able to develop knowledge and skills as a composer, and
produce a high-quality portfolio of classical and digital compositions. In
my case, this was the springboard to a successful application to study Digital
Composition and Performance at Masters level at Edinburgh University. I am
nearing completion of that now and have found the whole journey immensely
rewarding, challenging and inspiring.’