Belfast | Exeter | Birmingham | Sheffield | York
Full-Time:1 Year, Part-Time: 2 Years
UK/EU(2018 entry): £7,195, NON-EU: £13,900
Fees are subject to change see website for full information.
04 September 2018
Songwriting remains one of the UK’s biggest exports, with UK music stronger than ever. Focusing your portfolio through research prepares you to contribute to this field.
From day one, you’ll write songs using alternative strategies designed to work alongside your current creative approaches. Lyric-writing and a fluent command of imagery, metaphor and narrative is nurtured, as chords and melody take shape around language’s meaning, and vice versa. You’ll investigate the power and potential of song forms, modes of address, perspectives, time-frames and characters.
Having stretched the range of creative options available to you within your own artistic palette, you’ll turn your hand to research; this is your entry to the post-graduate world.
Collaborating with songwriters, and creatives from related disciplines, from near and far, will increase your creative and networking range. Ahead of your Major Project, contextual research performs the vital tasks of shaping your song outputs.
There are a range of modules which include:
Songwriting Skills: a twelve-week process during which you’ll develop a feel for sensory imagery, metaphor and a facility for narrative tension. Meanwhile you apply various creative approaches to harmonic constructions and melodic devices. Of the songs generated here, some may go on to become part of your final Major Project showcase. The aim is to allow songs and writing within all genres to flourish.
Research Methodologies and Context: a ‘pathfinder’ contextual study into an economic/cultural context for your future song outputs. From folk to hip-hop, indie, metal, etc., each industrial context possesses a uniquely different set of venues, publishers, labels, agents, producers and performers.
Song Identity and Culture: here you investigate and unravel your personal songwriting ‘DNA’. You’ll look at your own work and that of others, in the context of artistic identity and culture, and explore genres and movements.
You will also chose one of the following modules:
Major Project: bring all your research and preparation into focus. You are asked to present a showcase artefact representing the songs developed during your time on the course. Usually this is an album. For some it will be several projects for differing contexts, for example, a writer’s showcase for a publisher.
Please note modules are subject to change. For detailed information on the course modules, please visit the Course Webpage.
There are regular taught sessions running across each of the three trimesters. Lectures, visiting speakers, seminars, workshops, tutorials, presentations and playback sessions work on song material and research outcomes. Students play their songs to one another in a supportive yet dynamic environment facilitating networking and analysis and developing the language of creative critique. This can be in a live capacity or via playback.
For information about resources and facilities, please visit our website.
Assessments range from simple audio sketches in the early stages, to full album productions in the final stages; each is assessed for quality and market focus. On the research modules, formal, researched and referenced papers express your intellectual and analytical development, and presentation skills bring your work to life.
There is a broad range of professional outcomes from this course and our graduates now work as:
• Signed artists
• Signed writers
The course is also an excellent grounding if you’re interested in further study; a number of our alumni have progressed onto PhD study.
Visit the MA Songwriting (Campus Based) page on the Bath Spa University website for more details!
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