Music Performance*

BA (Hons)

Full of exciting, creative opportunities, the music industry is one of the UK’s biggest cultural exports. Music Performance at our Epsom campus is an innovative performance course that focuses on the development of the music artist as a creative force.

On this BA (Hons) Music Performance course, you will gain a global understanding of music and the music industry, learn to question musical forms, and begin to understand your own development as a performer.

Through immersion in live, studio and online experiences you’ll have the opportunity to creatively experiment with music, image and performance. By the end of the course, you’ll have developed a distinctive portfolio of work.

Taught by an experienced team of professionals, you’ll learn through live projects and work experience placements, have the opportunity to collaborate with other UCA courses from Music Journalism to Fashion and Graphic Design, and network and engage with industry experts.

Throughout this music performance course, you’ll be learning skills for a sustained career as a musical artist. We’ll also nurture your flexibility and adaptability, helping you to develop your own earning potential in today’s marketplace.

Our strong links to the music industry will help you learn and develop a host of performance skills, work creatively with others, and make important connections that will prepare you for a career, not just in music, but the wider creative industries too.

*Course is subject to validation.

Length of study:

Three years full-time

Entry requirements:

112 UCAS tariff points

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  • Year 1

    In the first year, you'll be introduced to the University and the technical workshops and facilities available to you. On the course you’ll learn the technical and conceptual skills that will give you a solid foundation from which to explore your areas of specialist activity.

    Introduction to Music Performance
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    More than a Fan
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    Music and Popular Culture
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    Theories of Music and Media Production and Auditory Culture
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  • Year 2

    The second year focus is on finding your own specialist way of working and you’ll be encouraged and supported to start working more independently. During this year you may also have the opportunity to complete an industry work placement or even study abroad.

    Face Off: Creating an Alter Ego
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    Bandemonium & Work Experience
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    Culture, Identity & Music/Live Mix: Performance and Festival Theory
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    Performance, Production & Industry
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    Study Abroad with Host Institution
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  • Year 3

    The third year will see you achieve a greater level of independence with self-managed research, study and practice, resulting in a final major project and a written dissertation.

    You Got the Look: Master Minding Image
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  • Study abroad

    This course offers the opportunity to study abroad for part of your second year. To find out more about studying abroad as part of your course please see the Study Abroad section:

  • Fees

    Find out all about the fees for studying with us, as well as the grants, loans and other financial support you may be entitled to:


Campus facilities include: Studio spaces for tutorials, workshops, group and independent working; recording area with booth for radio and podcast podcast production. Digital media suites with Macs and PCs programmed with the latest design software and fully-equipped photographic studios with lighting rigs, green screen lighting and set up.

Course connections

On this course, you'll be exposed to a world of opportunities

  • Industry links

    Taught by lecturers with a rich background in music production and based on our Epsom campus with several other music-related courses, we benefit from connections across a wide range of industry names in music and the arts, including:

    • The V&A Museum
    • Fender Guitars
    • Gibson Guitars
    • Glyndbourne Opera House
    • Oddstream Media Arts Festival, Netherlands
    • Brighton Great Escape Festival
    • Arts Council UK.
  • Careers

    On this course you’ll learn from experienced professionals and through live briefs and projects, building you a strong portfolio to help prepare you for a fulfilling career in the music industry and the arts. Roles that you could pursue after graduation include: 

    • Touring Musician
    • Session Musician
    • Cross-Media Performer
    • Theatre Designer
    • Sound and Installation Artist
    • Practitioner-Theorist
    • Composer.
  • Further study

    Your training on this course will prepare you for a wide range of postgraduate courses. We will help you find the correct course for you and support you in your application should further study be for you.

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Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

The standard entry requirements* for this course are:

One of the following:

  • 112 new UCAS tariff points, see accepted qualifications
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Distinction, Merit, Merit at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Merit at UAL Extended Diploma
  • 112 new UCAS tariff points from an accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma in appropriate subject
  • 27-30 total points in the International Baccalaureate Diploma with at least 15 IB points at Higher level, see more information about IB entry requirements.

And four GCSE passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 4-9 including English (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2).

And Grade 5 or equivalent in music-making. If you don’t have Rockschool, GCSE, A level or formal Associated Board music exams you can demonstrate your level of musical experience/competence at audition.

Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis, and we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds to apply.

*We occasionally make offers which are lower than the standard entry criteria, to students who have faced difficulties that have affected their performance and who were expected to achieve higher results. We consider the strength of our applicants’ portfolios, as well as their grades -  in these cases, a strong portfolio is especially important.

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Your portfolio

You will be invited to attend an Applicant Day and an audition for this course. For the audition we will ask you to prepare two pieces to play or sing lasting approx 5 mins.

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