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  • Study Type

    Distance learning , Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Creative Arts & Design

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    Full-Time: 1 Year, Part-Time: 2 Years.

  • Course Type

    MA

  • Course Fees

    UK/EU(2018 entry): £7,195, NON-EU: £13,900
    Fees are subject to change see website for full information.

  • Last Updated

    04 September 2018

Course content

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.

COURSE STRUCTURE AND CONTENT

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:

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  • Professional Collaboration : you’ll negotiate collaboration with other practitioners within a professional context. For example, songwriters might collaborate in the traditional manner of successful and acclaimed songwriting teams, or may work with choreographers, film makers, poets, composers, arrangers or remixers.
  • Workstation Song Production: this module investigates the contemporary songwriter’s personal studio for its power to create both impressive song demonstrations and finished production masters. Increasingly, original artists are mobile and adaptive; plugging their laptop systems into bigger studio systems, or completing masters in their bedrooms. Here we explore the technical abilities that empower the contemporary autonomous songwriter to realise their vision.

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.

TEACHING METHODS

The Distance Learning option is a blended learning design which combines formal online lectures with regular personal tutorials. Week to week you 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.

For information about resources and facilities, please visit our website: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/songwriting-distance/

ASSESSMENT METHODS

Assessments range from simple audio sketches in the early stages to full album productions in the final stages; each of which is assessed for quality and market focus. On the research modules, formal, researched and referenced post-graduate papers express your intellectual and analytical development.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

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

• Signed artists

• Signed writers

• Lecturers

• Researchers

• Agents

• Performers

• Teachers

• Therapists

• Publishers

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 (Distance Learning) page on the Bath Spa University website for more details!

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