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Songwriting (Distance Learning)

Bath Spa University
1-2 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Online / Distance
10 October 2022

Program description

Songwriting (Distance Learning)

From day one you’ll write songs, using alternative strategies designed to work alongside your current creative approaches. Through a range of creative strategies, and critical perspective on your songs’ relationship with audience and industry, you’ll develop and focus your output. This is informed by a blend of practical, theoretical and scholarly practice.

Lyric-writing, and a fluent command of imagery, metaphor and narrative is nurtured, as chords and melody take shape around language’s mood and meaning. All the while, you’ll investigate the power and potential of song forms, modes of address, perspectives, time-frames and characters.

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Admission requirements

Entry requirements for our postgraduate courses vary. We're generally looking for a good honours degree or equivalent.

Some courses also require an interview or the submission of a portfolio of work.

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Program content

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

The Distance Learning option is a blended learning design which combines formal online lectures with regular personal tutorials. Week to week, you'll study a workbook of specific tasks which are reviewed and discussed with your tutor. Peer-based teaching and learning occurs in our regular Songwriter's Circle webinars in which students from all over the world meet to share and critique their work.

Tuition fees

  • UK students full time for 2021/22 Entry in Year: 1 £7,790
  • UK students part time for 2021/22 Entry in Year: 1 £3,895
  • International students full time for 2021/22 Entry in Year: 1 £15,070


Program Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

  • A1 Industry-ready creative skills as both lyricist and composer
  • A2 Industry-ready technical skills as producer and performer
  • A3 In depth knowledge of cultural and industrial contexts appropriate to their writing
  • A4 Sophisticated strategies for performance arrangements of their songs
  • A5 Focused research to that enables, informs and consolidates career choices
  • A6 Significant experiential understanding of song promotion and marketing
  • A7 Fluency with literary and musicological vocabulary

Career opportunities

There’s a broad range of professional outcomes from this course and our graduates now work as:

  • Performers
  • Lecturers
  • Researchers
  • Agents
  • Signed artists
  • Signed writers
  • Teachers
  • Therapists
  • Publishers.

This course also provides an excellent grounding if you’re interested in going on to PhD study.

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Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University is a top UK university for creativity, culture, enterprise and education. Based in a World Heritage city and connected to a network of international partners, Bath Spa University ensures that its graduates are socially engaged global citizens....

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Bath Spa University

Newton Park
BA2 9BN Bath
United Kingdom

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