3rd Year | BA (Hons) Music Business & Arts Management

During their third year on the BA (Hons) Music Business and Arts Management programme, students are offered a choice of elective modules. Only the Critical Studies in Music Business and Arts Management module is compulsory. To offer the best specialist training, most modules are taught exclusively to BA (Hons) Music Business and Arts Management students. Others are shared with students of Music, Popular Music and Jazz. The Independent Project module allows students to pursue areas of study not otherwise catered for in taught modules, while the Major Project module gives students the opportunity to plan and deliver their own major music and/or arts-related project.

MUS3078 Critical Studies in Music Business and Arts Management

This module aims to enable students to develop their critical understanding of key and contemporary issues in the music business and wider arts sector. Students will explore how the complexity and ambiguity of these issues affect professional practice in arts management and the music business, and develop their independent enquiry, analysis and communication skills to devise and sustain arguments about key and contemporary issues in arts management.

  • Assessment is via contribution to critical discussion in class, and submission of an individually-produced portfolio.

MUS3996 Music Funding and Finance

This module relates advanced concepts of finance, funding and economic systems to the music industries, and explores how different theoretical perspectives (forms of capital, musical genres, artist-audience relationships) inform the industries’ creative, management and entrepreneurial practices.

MUS3076 Contemporary Music Studies

This module presents specialist studies of contemporary musical styles through analysis of a range of works, genres, repertoires, and related musicological theories. Taking its starting point as the mid-twentieth century, the module examines modernist, postmodernist and neo-modernist trends in relevant musical, cultural and philosophical contexts.

  • Assessment is via submission of two essays.

MUS3098 Popular Music Studies

This module provides an advanced idea of popular music studies through a selective overview of theoretical approaches, including cultural theory, sociology, political economy and musicology. Key areas of popular music studies will be addressed, including production, mediation and reception. Theory will be used to explore popular music practice and popular music practice will be used to explore popular music theory.

MUS3077 Community Arts and Music Education

The primary aim of this module is to enable students to affect positively the musical development of a community or individual(s). This will be achieved through the planning and delivery of participatory musical activity within a specific community-based or pedagogical context. To this end, both practical facilitation techniques and theoretical literature will be explored. Upon successful completion of this module, students will have gained sophisticated creative and interpersonal skills, and will be well-placed to start working professionally in the sector, and/or to undertake further study, for example, a PGCE or masters in community music.

  • Assessment is via completion of a placement in community music/arts setting, and submission of a reflective diary and arts workshop plan.

MUS3055 Independent Project

This module develops students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in a particular area of interest, whether arising from prior learning or enabling the pursuit of interests not otherwise catered for in taught modules. Because of the diversity of Independent Projects, their aims will vary according to the nature of the project. This will be defined in a proposal, which is subject to the approval of the Module Leader.

MUS3993 Major Project

This module develops to an advanced level the organisational knowledge, understanding, and practical skills required to plan, finance and deliver a major music and/or arts-related project. The project will draw together all elements of the programme to date, encouraging students to demonstrate advanced practice in the presentation of a project and to work with external partners and audiences. Indicative topics for study and practice include: entrepreneurship; programming or product development; project planning and management including problem-solving; budgeting, finance and fundraising; marketing, promotion and sponsorship; and production.