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Commercial Music (Platform One, Isle of Wight)

Our degree in Commercial Music offers students a unique opportunity to acquire a diverse range of skills and knowledge relating to the music industry of tomorrow.  This course is all about employability and the ability to secure realistic career pathways in this vibrant and highly competitive industry.  Each module has been carefully crafted to represent relevant industry professional practice. There are an abundance of opportunities and significant links, allowing the course to interface with the modern music industry.  The facilities are incredible, dedicated staff team are all industry practitioners, loads of opportunities to develop own personal specialism, free instrumental lessons, performances at international festivals - including Isle of Wight Festival, European tour, regular gigs, music business, commercial project, creative modules and much more.  

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Michael Champion
"Platform One allowed me to develop the fundamental skills, confidence and awareness required to build and maintain an exciting career in the modern music industry." 

Course content

This is a unique opportunity for you to acquire and develop the range of skills and knowledge required to secure realistic and sustainable employment within the sector.

Please note that this course is only available at Platform One on the Isle of Wight. Platform One is an independent college of music that offers state-of-the-art facilities and experienced music industry staff.

The Isle of Wight Festival

Both Bestival and the Isle of Wight Festival have put the Island on the international music map. There is no-one within the industry that does not recognise the significance of the Island in relation to music history. The Festival has hosted the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Miles Davis and, in later years, acts such as the Foo Fighters, the Prodigy, Snow Patrol, REM, David Bowie, Coldplay and the Rolling Stones. The Isle of Wight Festival has won the title of Best Major Festival in the UK Festival Awards and this annual event now plays host to 90,000 people in June each year.

Our facilities

Our facilities content

Platform One enjoys a working relationship with many of the world’s greatest manufacturers of music equipment. Endorsement deals ensure that students are using up-to-date, industry standard kit. Facilities include: sound proofed and fully equipped rehearsal rooms, dedicated instrumental tuition rooms, lecture and performance suites, seminar rooms, a dedicated Pro Tools suite and two high-end, professional recording studios running Avid HD3 systems with Audient consoles.

Industry Links: Companies that support Platform One include Blackstar Amplification, Marshall Amplification, Ashdown Engineering, Audient, Zildjian, Mapex, Pearl, Peavey Electronics, Roland, Neutrik and Music Man.

Where this can take you

Students that successfully complete the BA(Hons) Commercial Music at Platform One have many opportunities:

  • MA Music Industry Innovation & Enterprise
  • Other postgraduate specialist programmes
  • Self-Employment
  • Establish a business
  • Employment
  • Audio Production & Recording
  • Music Performance
  • Live Sound
  • Festival Production
  • Music Business
  • Events Management
  • Session Work
  • Musicians on Cruise Ships
  • Composition for Film, Television and Games 

Work placements

The BA (Hons) Commercial Music allows for many professional opportunities to engage with the music industry. 

Past opportunities have included:

  • Live Performance
  • Events Production
  • Live Sound
  • Stewarding
  • Studio Sessions
  • Songwriting Collaborations
  • Artist Liaison
  • Studio Production
  • Journalism
  • European Tour
  • Assistant Engineer
  • Composition of Moving Image 

Indicative modules

The course has a diverse range of modules that contribute to a rounded skillset linked directly to employment opportunities.  Modules are grouped into four key strands – Musical Development, Popular Music Studies, Audio Production and Music Industry. 

Individual modules include;

  • Practical Musicianship
  • Songwriting
  • Creative Music Development
  • Professional Musicianship
  • Music Sociology
  • Digital Culture
  • Recording Principles
  • Mixing
  • Production Values
  • Professional Studio Practice
  • Commercial Project
  • Modern Music Industry
  • Live Sound
  • Event Management
  • Composition for the Moving Image
  • Music in Education
  • Employment in the Music Industry
  • European Tour 

Teaching and assessment

You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including essays, examinations, practical work, project work, presentations, group tasks and seminar discussions. Assessments are mixed and varied and allow you to demonstrate your learning in different ways. Modules are assessed at every stage of the course, offering cumulative assessment of your progress.

Additional Costs

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Additional Costs

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Codes

UCAS code: 
W340
College Code: 
C58

Course length

3 Years
Full Time