BA Music (Performance and Production)

The BA Music (Performance and Production) programme has been designed to provide its graduates with the performance, technical, creative and professional skills relevant to those wishing to work in the music industries. This programme is highly practical and industry focused with a multi-skilled approach to include performance, composition, analysis, recording and production. The project-based nature of the programme allows students to tailor the assignments to suit their interests within the broad subject are of music.

Key Facts

UCAS Code: 165F
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
1 year

Tuition Fees for 2018/19:
£9000 (Home/EU students)
£11000 (Overseas students)
Scholarships and Bursaries

Swansea College of Art
Contact Name:
Jenn Kirby
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In the BA programme students develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of a body of music and of the repertoires and resources. They develop the ability to convey personal expression and imagination in practical music-making through employing appropriate technical and interpretative means. Collaborative projects develop inter-personal and professional skills required to work in the music industry, whilst the individual projects enable the students to demonstrate the ability to work independently, and to show self-motivation and critical self-awareness. Students undertake a module titled Major Project, where they propose their own project that they develop throughout the entire year. In this module students have founded record labels, organised concerts, produced albums and showreels. The project-based nature of the programme allows for students to direct their own study and get support and tuition in their own musical interests.

This year is designed as a top-up year for those who have completed studies at level 4 and 5, for example completion of an FdA or HND.

Major Project


Business, Marketing & Self-Promotion


This programme is designed for students highly proficient in one or more musical instruments. It provides them to opportunity to develop their performance and production skills further and most importantly how to build a career in the music industry.

The BA in Music (Performance & Production) is assessed by course work. The course work is varied and often dependent on the project that the student has chosen to undertake. Assignments typically include the production of a piece of work, supported by a written report. Presentations are often used to provide the student with an opportunity to discuss their work.

We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to art and/or design and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your portfolio of work.

Applicants are expected to have completed Level 5 qualifications including:

  • HND Music
  • FdA Music
  • First two years of a BA Music programme.
  • Other relevant qualifications can be considered on an individual basis

Qualifications are important, however our offers are not solely based on academic results. If you don’t have the required UCAS points then please contact the courses admissions tutor or email as we can consider offers to applicants based on individual merit, exceptional work, and/or practical experience.

Graduates of the BA Music (Performance and Production) programme may pursue employment as a:

  • Session Musician
  • Music Entertainment Promoter/Manager
  • Live or Studio Engineer
  • Music Agency Executive
  • Sound Designer
  • Composer, Songwriter and Arranger
  • Musical Director
  • Music Education Practitioner
  • Music Therapist
  • Radio Broadcaster
  • Music Journalist
  • Researcher
  • Event Manager
  • Record Label Owner/Manager

UK/EU Tuition Fees

Visit our UK/EU Tuition Fees section to find out more.

Overseas Tuition Fees

Visit our Overseas Fees section to find out more.

Bursaries and Scholarships

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Bursaries and Scholarships section.

Our students have access to a diverse range of equipment and resources, which in most cases are sufficient to complete their programme of study. We provide the basic materials necessary for students to develop their practical work within our extensive workshop and studio facilities. However, it is likely that art and design students will incur some additional costs to extend their investigation of their personal practice. For example, purchasing their own specialised materials and equipment, joining in optional study trips, and printing.



During your time with us you will have the opportunity to study abroad with the Erasmus exchange programmes currently running with Universities in Norway, Barcelona and Sweden.

Study Abroad

Students can also take up the opportunity to study a semester in the USA and Canada.

For more information please Swansea College of Art.