Popular Music at HCA is a vocational course designed for performers, songwriters and producers who wish to graduate with all the creative skills, knowledge and experience needed to have a successful career in the music industry. From mainstream to underground, this degree embraces music in its many forms – from rock, pop, folk, urban, jazz and to the experimental. Study on an industry-focused program in an inspiring art school environment.
This Key Information document gives you a summary of the core characteristics of the BA (Hons) Popular Music degree at HCA.
This dynamic, innovative, industry-facing course is designed for students whose ambition is to work in the music industry. The course will prepare you to be a versatile, resilient portfolio musician with a host of transferable skills. You will learn through being involved in stimulating live briefs relevant to current 21st century music industry practices. With an emphasis on the production of original work, you will learn how to collaborate with your fellow students in performance, songwriting and production, whilst acquiring a detailed knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the contemporary music business.
We support innovative and curious students who are willing to engage with ideas that will enhance their own creative vision and critical thinking. The course welcomes diversity, collaboration and experimentation.
Herefordshire has vibrant community of musicians, producers, recording studios, venues, music festivals and community music that contribute to an exciting live scene. The course will enable you to connect with the rich music ecology within the city and the region.
- Taught by a strong team of industry-based lecturers combined with regular masterclasses from professionals that are designed to educate, stimulate, and motivate.
- Access to high quality rehearsal rooms, acoustically designed and fully equipped. Whether it be high-end digital or retro analogue, you will be able to produce and create a diverse range of experimental and professional sound recordings to a high standard.
- Develop an expertise in a business relevant to your musical interest and discover opportunities for industry based internships and graduate placements, regionally, nationally, and internationally.
Our recording studio runs the latest Apple Mac Pro and Logic Pro Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). All machines feature Logic Pro as well as a multitude of software necessary for a career in the creative music technologies, while our team of technical demonstrators will assist you in the production of professional quality music and sound, web design, video editing and with a range of software for use with digital and printed media.
Our experienced course tutors are all currently active in the music industry. You will have the opportunity to work on placement with regional and national music organisations, recording studios and music festivals. Benefit from links with BBC Introducing, Warner Bros., Universal, Sony Music and Brit and Ivor Novello Award winning songwriters.
Potential career options include composition for screen and media, professional performance, songwriting, production, music business, education, event management, marketing and music journalism. Students can also progress to further postgraduate studies.
- Minimum age 18.
- Successful audition and interview.
- Academic achievement – we would normally expect applicants to have achieved 80 UCAS Tariff Points at entry but, whilst qualifications are important, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We may make offers based on other evidence of talent and suitability for the course.
- 80 UCAS Points on the New UCAS Tariff system for 2017 equates to 200 UCAS points on the previous points system – for more details please see tariff explanation and advice on the UCAS website.
- Applicants whose first language is not English – proof of IELTS overall score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all sections (reading, writing, listening & speaking) is required.
- Applications from mature students with relevant experience will also be considered.
- Recognition of Prior Learning Opportunities – the college welcomes applications from students with prior learning and/or previous experience. Further details on eligibility can be found on page 15 of our Admissions Policy.
- Alternatively, please contact us at email@example.com and we can offer further advice on HCA and the UWTSD awarding body requirements.
1-to-1 specialist music tuition in your specialist instrument
1 hour per week, 24 weeks per year
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“There’s a real flexibility in this course: you can balance being a practical musician with studying music theory and recording techniques and we also get an hour’s private tuition on our instrument per week which is brilliant. It’s also great that the tutors are so well connected, they often bring in guest musicians.Read Alex's story3
“I had the opportunity to be one of a small number of students to be involved with a Q&A session with Ian Matthews (Kasabian), to run the sound desk for singer-songwriter Charlie Dore and to act as a technician for The KoGo Project. On top of this, I have met lots of inspirational and successful musicians, from which I have learnt new musical techniques and skills and made connections which have been helpful to me when finding placements.
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