Popular Music and Production, BA (Hons) Top-Up

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This BA (Hons) Top-Up programme is a direct progression route for students successfully completing the Foundation Degree in Popular Music or similar Level 5 programme at the college or elsewhere (such as a HND in Music). It is designed to allow students to build on their knowledge and skills and specialise in a chosen area such as performance, composition or music in the community and education, while also conducting research into contemporary issues in music and developing themselves professionally. A key special feature of the programme is work-related learning, not only in the area of employability but also self-employment, enterprise and entrepreneurship.

Skills and knowledge developed: This programme develops the level and application of specialist skills and knowledge required in the music profession, along with a critical understanding of issues relating to the study of popular music. Students build on their own particular area(s) of expertise in fields such as performance, composition, education or community music in assignment-based and project-based work. Students also develop their intellectual, critical writing and research skills appropriate to an Honours level programme, through assignment work (in the Contemporary Issues in Music module) and the option of writing a dissertation.

Teaching methods: Teaching methods vary according to the subject and type of module being delivered, but may include tutor-led learning such as lectures, seminars involving a high level of student interaction, practical sessions overseen by a tutor but led by students, and online/blended delivery using the VLE or other online resources. Being a Level 6 programme there is an expectation of a high level of self-directed and independent learning with tutorial support, particularly for the Major Individual Project module. Students choosing an education or community music project will be expected to liaise closely with a suitable organisation/client in the planning, preparation and delivery of their project, and students choosing performance or projects involving recording are expected to similarly liaise with fellow musicians and technicians/engineers.

Assessment methods: The programme is assessed through the submission of written essays, critical evaluations and logs/blogs, project or performance based practical assessments, and a final project or the submission of a dissertation. Formative feedback will support student progression in both written work and practical outcomes. Self and/or peer assessment in convener/critique situations will be an element of all projects and the feedback from these will enhance student achievement and progression. The programme is worth 120 credits at Level 6.

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