Music Degree at Northbrook College
Where passion meets practice

Music Business Degree: BA (Hons) Music Business & Management

Grow your creative network with our music business degree. Gain real-world experiences; join our creative in music management

UAL Accreditation: Our bachelor of arts degrees are accredited by the University of the Arts London (UAL), a leading authority in arts education known for nurturing creativity and innovation.       



Course Overview

  • Location: Northbrook College, Worthing, West Sussex, England
  • UCAS code: N190
  • Duration: 3 years full-time
  • Application deadline: 15 July 2024
  • Start date: September 2024
  • Fees: £16,500

Entry requirements

2 A-Levels and 3 GCSEs in other subjects grade 9-4 or A-C (or equivalent)
1 A-Level, a Foundation course and 3 GCSEs in other subjects grade 9-4 or A-C (or equivalent)

A portfolio of work or audition is also needed to demonstrate ability in the specialist area.

Contact us to get an assessment of your qualifications for equivalency in the UK education system.

English language requirements

IELTS certificate or equivalent with an overall score of 6.0, with 6.0 in the writing element and 5.5 in all other sub-elements.

Your application will be assessed based on grades, interview, portfolio/audition, and experience.

Course Information

Be part of a vibrant music community and work in a state-of-the-art music business hub.

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Course Content

Course Content

Learn music business from practising industry professionals with weekly guest lectures and a mentoring program from top figures across all sectors of the music industry. This innovative program, crafted with over 20 years of experience, blends critical business concepts with ethical and artistic considerations, ensuring you're prepared for the ever-evolving music landscape. Immerse yourself in a dynamic music ecosystem with classes and projects held in our state-of-the-art music business hub, located within a comprehensive studio complex. Network with the vibrant and diverse music community on campus and connect with the thriving South Coast music scene for real-world experience.

Teaching Method

Teaching Method:

We use a variety of teaching methods, including: 

  • Practical skills and creative studio-based workshops
  • Discussions
  • Lectures and seminars plus exploration of contemporary research methods and use of social media.
  • Tutorials
  • Small group study
  • Self-directed study
  • Study trips

Key Features

Key Features

  • Regular visits from current music industry experts.
  • Opportunities to collaborate with fellow students from a range of creative disciplines.
  • Undertake work experience, event planning, and build your music industry network (subject to student visa regulations).

Course Structure

Year One

Year One

The first year of a BA program in music equips you with the knowledge and skills for a successful career in the music industry. You'll gain a solid foundation in the legal and business aspects of music, learning about legal structures, intellectual property, contracts, and the inner workings of the music business. This program also focuses heavily on artist development, providing opportunities to develop your creative skills in songwriting, performance, and music production. There's also a strong emphasis on building your personal brand and your well-being as a musician.

To further explore the impact of music, a unit delves into music in context, teaching you how to critically analyse music and its influence on society. The program then dives into the business side of music with a commercial music unit that explores marketing, finance, and audience-building strategies. You'll also gain valuable skills in event management, learning how to organise and run music events, from finding venues to budgeting and promotion.

The year culminates in a music project where you can apply all your learned skills to create original music or organise a music event, showcasing your abilities and exploring your relationship with audiences and consumers.

  • Unit 1: Music Law
  • Unit 2: Artist Development
  • Unit 3: Ideas in Context: Why Music Matters
  • Unit 4: Commercial Music
  • Unit 5: Event Management
  • Unit 6: Music Project

Year Two

Year Two

The second year takes your first-year experience to the next level. You'll delve into the practicalities of running a music business, building a strong foundation in business and financial principles specifically applied to the music and sound industries. Learn how to plan, fund, operate, and control a music business effectively.

The program goes beyond theory, equipping you with the skills to formulate a business plan tailored to the music industry. You'll also develop strong entrepreneurial skills that complement your existing creative and industry knowledge.

Exploring various funding options is a key focus, allowing you to understand the impact each method has on business ownership and direction.

By the end, you'll be equipped with valuable skills for a wide range of music industry roles. This includes artist management, starting your own music business, working in production companies, recording studios, sound system companies, and promotion companies.

This curriculum builds upon the knowledge gained in previous courses like Music Law and Commercial Music Management, giving you a well-rounded understanding of how music businesses operate.

  • Unit 7: Music Business Budgeting, Planning and Funding
  • Unit 8: Innovation
  • Unit 9: Industry Briefs
  • Unit 10: Ideas in Context: Musicking
  • Unit 11: Individual Project

Year Three

Year Three

Year three is all about preparing you for the professional world and fostering independent exploration. You'll be thrown into collaborative projects with peers or industry professionals. This hands-on experience hones your creative, commercial, and technical abilities in a real-world setting. These collaborations can be short-term or evolve into long-term partnerships, potentially paving the way for your future career.

You'll conduct an independent research project on a music-related topic, developing your research and critical thinking skills.

Transitioning from student to music industry professional is a key focus. You'll gain valuable skills in career planning, networking, and building a strong portfolio. Setting realistic career goals and actively seeking opportunities to showcase your work are essential aspects. Negotiation and evaluation skills are also honed, ensuring you secure the best opportunities available.

Finally, you'll get the chance to develop a significant creative or commercial music project. This is your opportunity to build upon previous work or explore a completely new direction. Working closely with a supervisor, you'll propose, plan, and execute your project from start to finish. Developing independent ownership and project management skills are crucial aspects, all while showcasing your unique career aspirations. Ultimately, the project is designed to be a springboard for your professional development in the music industry.

  • Unit 12: Collective Practice
  • Unit 13: Music Dissertation
  • Unit 14: Professional Practice
  • Unit 15: Individual Project






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