During the programme you will learn to: Comment critically upon your own and others' material. Examine the musicological roots of your craft. Consider the commercial value of your songs in the marketplace. Rewrite and collaborate. Conduct academic research. Develop technical skills. Create a professional-standard portfolio of your work.
Suitable for: it is aimed at unpublished songwriters wishing to develop their craft to a professional level, or published songwriters wishing to achieve academic accreditation and continue to improve creatively.
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Admission requirements We offer places on the basis of the student’s experience, potential and commitment as a songwriter. Normally, but not invariably, applicants will have a degree in any subject (or equivalent music industry experience) and a substantial body of recorded work. Where an applicant does not have a degree, he or she is required to complete an APEL (Accreditation of Prior Learning Experience) form. Applicants should submit a portfolio of work – a four-track CD of original songs with lyrics in the English language accompanied by printed A4 lyric sheets.
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This is the world’s first and only Master’s Degree in Songwriting. Offered in both attendance-based and distance learning formats. The course, which is based at Corsham Court will help you to develop a range of critical, practical, communicative, industrial and research-based skills.
The course is available on either a full-time (typically one year) or part-time (typically two year) basis. The academic year is 12 months long and comprises three trimesters: October-January; February-June; and June-October. Taught sessions are held during the daytime.
Teaching methods and resources
Bath Spa’s approach to the teaching of songwriting combines analysis of existing repertoire with a focus on song crafting technique and students are encouraged to develop by writing new songs throughout the course. Lectures, seminars and tutorials combine to offer a range of expert and peer critique that seeks to enable the student to examine original and known works in a range of critical and technical contexts.
Students have access to laptop-based recording equipment and the programme has its own dedicated facilities. The curriculum is supported by a Virtual Learning Environment, so course materials can be accessed from any web link.
Assessment takes the form of individual assignments for each module. Typical assessments include audio CD, presentation, essay, and evaluative account. Assessment is continuous and there are no written exams.