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Join our community of student performers
Our BA (Hons) Music with Arts Development degree offers you a course with a practical focus. You will develop your performance skills in singing and playing, alongside studying fundraising and the third sector as you broaden your knowledge of music and its many contexts.
This course is taught in modern music facilities including our computerised recording and media studio, well-equipped practice rooms with grand pianos supplied by Steinway & Sons, and an acoustically superb performance venue.
You will explore musical context and arts development, and have the opportunity to tailor your studies with optional modules in your second and third year. You will be able to take part in an extensive programme of professional concerts and masterclasses on campus, free to students, and have the chance to experience similar events at other major UK conservatoires.
On this course you will:
- Study in the £4.8 million Conservatoire
- Explore music of different contexts
- Develop your performance skills in singing and playing
- Discover fundraising and the third sector
Teaching and Assessment
How you will learn
You will study using lectures, seminars, practical classes and workshops and learn from a core team of experienced and qualified tutors alongside a wide-ranging team of more than 60 specialist instrumental and vocal teachers.
You will be assessed through a range of assignments, including:
- Practical work
- Project work
- Seminar discussions
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What you will study
You will study a selection of core and optional modules in each year. Each module is worth a number of credits is delivered differently, depending on its content and focus of study.
This list is indicative and subject to change.
Style and GenreYou will complete a chronological survey of the Western Art-Music tradition from it’s beginnings in ancient Greece, through the birth of polyphony, early opera, the works of Mozart and Beethoven, to the Tristan Prelude and the roots of modernism. You will understand the development of genres, musical structures and compositional style.
Performance Development (Music)You will work on your technical development and expressive facility in performance in a bespoke way with regular one to one tuition. We pride ourselves in helping you to form an excellent working relationship with your one to one tutor, which will enable you to identify areas for development, understand your specialist discipline with mindful awareness.
Professional ResilienceMore information on this module will be available soon.
Musical GrammarThis module introduces and familiarises you with a range of aspects of musical structure and its notation.
Self-Employment, Marketing and PromotionThis module explores the local and national marketplace and introduces you to a number of different models of successful positioning within the industry. For a successful career as a film or music professional you will need a strong understanding of the nature of self-employment in business. This module will develop your understanding and encourage you to confidently approach the world beyond university. You will complete a tailored financial and business plan which will encourage an awareness of local markets and circumstances.
Performance AnxietyExamine the problem of performance anxiety and stage nerves and study the theoretical background and how to effectively deal with anxiety. You will look at the performance itself and the surrounding physiological and psychological factors that lead to stage nerves during performance. This module introduces a wide range of theories from relevant disciplines including cognitive behavioural therapy and neuro-linguistic programming.
OperaMore information on this module will be available soon.
Expressing Music Through Movement & GestureYou will explore the opportunities for enhanced communication within the formal performance context and use your own physical projection of self and personal narrative of intention.
Community & Events FundraisingMore information on this module will be available soon.
Charity Project (live fundraising & performance)More information on this module will be available soon.
Major Donor FundraisingIn this module you will consider the history and current trends in major-donor fundraising, including donor investments, to discover how your charity might develop valuable and supportive relationship with high-net-worth individuals. You will discover the research, analysis and tools used for planning a major donor programme, including macro-environment data, and approaches to developing and sustaining a long-term relationship.
Learn from experienced performers, musicians and tutors
You will be taught by a core team of experienced and highly qualified tutors alongside a wide-ranging team of more than 60 specialist instrumental and vocal teachers.
As well as supporting student development and the student experience our staff are active, practicing professional musicians and researchers who regularly perform and record. We have around 140 professional tutors who visit campus regularly throughout the semester to deliver our practical and contextual modules. You will be supported by your one-to-one tutor and your module tutors, as well as your Academic Advisor.
Where you could go after your studies
This BA (Hons) Music with Arts Development degree will prepare you for a range of careers after you graduate. You will have the opportunity to develop a variety of transferable skills and specific subject knowledge to prepare you for life after university.
Past graduates have secured various roles in musical theatre and performance, including:
- Solo performers
- Teachers at all levels of education
- Music leaders
- Opera singers
- Group instrumentalists
- Cruise musicians
You could choose to continue your studies at postgraduate level.
Study options at the University of Chichester include:
- MA Music Performance
- MA Music Teaching
Course Fees 2022/23
For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.
For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.
Scholarships may be available for selected instruments; please enquire with the Head of Music.
To find out about any additional costs on this course, please see our Additional Costs page.
Typical offers (individual offers may vary):
You will need to demonstrate your ability in an instrument or voice performance, display musical awareness and showcase your skills during your performance audition. If you have a high level of performance skills you may be considered for a lower academic offer.
Interviews and Auditions
Auditions and interviews usually run from December until March.
We aim to offer you a genuine dialogue during your application process. This gives you a sense of worth and achievement from the audition process itself; a sense of ownership for you during the process and, ultimately, is an opportunity for us to get a clear understanding of who you are, what you need, and how we can best prepare you for your degree.
We judge you on your skills, your potential, and your personality, not your background.
Booking Your Audition
If you are invited to audition you will receive an email asking you to book your audition date on ChiView. If you are unsuccessful we will email you to let you know.
You can usually choose between two or three different days on ChiView at one time. Once these dates are close ChiView will refresh to show new options. If none of the current dates suit you then you should wait until the dates renew and check again. Dates are released two to three weeks in advance.
Once you have booked your audition you will have access to the relevant documents on ChiView.
Log in to the ChiView portal, click on ‘Events schedule’ and then ‘View details’ to view, download, or print documents telling you how to prepare for your audition and what to expect on the day.
If your situation changes and you can no longer attend your interview date you should cancel your booking in ChiView by visiting your ‘Event Schedule’ and clicking ‘Cancel Attendance’. You also need to inform the admissions team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org so we can send you a new audition invitation.
Sometimes if you are viewing your ChiView portal on a phone you will not be able to see the page correctly. If this happens you should try again on another device.
You may need to clear your browser history.
If you are still unable to see the ‘View details’ button, please check that you have successfully booked your audition by clicking ‘respond to interview invitation’.
If all else fails please email email@example.com with your query and applicant number.
Your Audition Day
You will need to prepare a three minute piece, in any style, but if you’d like to perform something slightly longer or to perform on more than one instrument, or on an instrument and as a singer, just let us know on the day. Composers can opt to bring a recording of some of their work, with a score if there is one, and play this instead if they prefer.
You can park on-site if you buy a pay-and-display ticket but please note that the demand for car park spaces exceeds the spaces available, particularly during term time. For this reason, there are specific parking controls and restrictions to ensure the efficient and effective operation of the University, equity of access and fairness.
There are clearly marked disabled parking bays available at both campuses.
After Your Audition
After your audition the panel will discuss your application and pass our decision onto the admissions team who will update UCAS.
- We make bespoke offers: Your offer is specifically for you. If we offer less than your predicted grades, this will reflect the potential and quality of your audition and we’d like to take a bit of pressure off of you heading into your exams.
- We don’t do unconditional offers: Unless you already have your grades (you are a mature student), we will always insist on certain grade achievements because we want you to succeed in all aspects of your academic life including your A levels, BTEC, etc.
- If you do not get the grades you wanted: Don’t panic. You received an offer because you were good enough for the department at audition. Ring us on the clearing hotline so we can discuss things with you.
- We may offer you a different course: We may offer you a place on a course within the department that is different to the one you applied for. If this is the case we will speak to you about this at your audition or shortly afterwards. We will explain our reasoning, which will revolve around placing you on the most appropriate course where we think you will thrive.
Frequently asked questions
How do I apply?
Click the ‘Apply now’ button to go to relevant UCAS page.
What are UCAS tariff points?
Many qualifications have a UCAS Tariff value. The score depends on the qualification, and the grade you achieved.
How do I know what my UCAS tariff points are?
Head to the UCAS Tariff Points web page where you can find a tariff points calculator that can tell you how much your qualification and grades are worth.
When does this course start?
This course starts in September 2022.