BA (Hons) Songwriting

Course OVERVIEW

Our BA (Hons) Songwriting was designed for those who have aspirations of being an artist, writing music for the church, or working within the broader music industry.

The course is focused on developing the range of techniques, skills and approaches required to be a songwriter. Throughout your study you will receive expert tuition and practical experience in the areas of lyric writing, melody composition, prosody and form. Further modules will focus on the development of a portfolio of material, both in a recorded and live performance context. 

As a Songwriting student you will study directly alongside musicians and sound, video and lighting technicians. This unique environment provides regular access to those with the skillsets to bring your songs to life—whether on stage or in the studio. 

In order to fully develop your skill, the Songwriting degree contains a regular roster of guest speakers and lecturers, as we draw upon those that have expertise in every area of the music industry to help prepare you for life beyond your studies. When combined with the strong Biblical discipleship ethos that exists at Nexus ICA, the result is that you will be better equipped within your career, church and beyond. 

A vibrant, faith-filled community

Nexus ICA is committed to the education of the whole person, and a strong sense of community is an integral part of what we do. There are regular opportunities to spend time together as a whole school, and staff and students come together weekly in order to socialise, pray and worship together. 

It is a key part of our educational ethos that education best takes place in smaller groups. Our staff-to-student ratio allows us to adopt a unique approach, where staff have the time to work alongside each student and create an experience that is tailored to them. 

There are many opportunities throughout the duration of the course to get involved in a variety of aspects of life here at Nexus ICA. Students are encouraged to contribute to a wide-range of causes and events during their time here, creating a diverse learning experience that will enrich many aspects of your life. 

Committed to your career

There is a growing demand for songwriters, both within a church context and within the wider music industries. The Songwriting BA (Hons) can be the springboard between you and an incredibly rewarding and long-lasting career. 

The course is designed to develop the many employability skills that enable people to thrive within their careers, and each student should leave Nexus ICA with radically improved communication skills, work ethic and time management—the attributes that, time and time again, enable people to ensure they are always in demand. 

If you aspire to become a professional songwriter, then this course can help turn these dreams into a reality.

Entry point: Level 5 or 6 

Key Course Details

What you need to know

Course Title: BA (Hons) Songwriting
Course Duration: 3 Years

Course length available: 2 Years

Course Start Date: September 2024

Study Mode: Full Time

Guidance

Using your current and/or past study experience, your professional experience or a combination of all three, you can apply to jump in & join our courses in their level five (second) year or level six (third) years.

Due to the process of applying for a course part way through, each application will reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Due to announcing our closure, we are no longer accepting students wishing to study for 3-years.

To apply to jump in at level 5 or 6 you will need to demonstrate and evidence your suitability for the course in the following ways.

Academic

  • 64 UCAS tariff points, from level 3 studies or equivalent
  • Minimum three GCSEs including English Language at Grade 4 or above (Grade C or above if you studied previous to 2017)
  • Relevant current and/or past study at Higher Education level

Non native English-speaking students need to meet our following English language requirements: IELTS 6.0 average with a minimum of 5.5 in any individual element or equivalent. Visit our International Students page for more information.

Interview

Prospective students will be required to undertake an interview to assess their suitability for the course. Interviews take place over Microsoft Teams, or in-person at Nexus ICA should this be preferable.

If you require any support relating to this, please do not hesitate to Contact Us or for more info see our FAQ page.

Creative submission

You will be required to submit two songs you have written and produced to assess your compositional ability. At least one of your songs must be submitted in a way that demonstrates your ability to perform.

Additionally, you will need to demonstrate an understanding of music theory, equivalent to Rock School’s Grade 5 music theory syllabus. You will therefore, either hold a certificate in music theory to this standard or be required to complete our theory paper. You will be asked appropriate theory questions as part of your video call interview.

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