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BA (Hons)

BA (Hons)

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Accreditations

BA (Hons) Music is accredited by JAMES, which can provide students with direct links to the audio and media industries.

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Introduction

The BA (Hons) Music degree is a contemporary, industry-focused course led by practising professionals in popular music, audio production, musical theatre and composition. Pathways within the degree enable students to tailor their learning to their own interests and career aspirations.

This course connects practice with theory, tradition with innovation, and personal creativity with collaborative projects. As well as working with other musicians, students have the opportunity to work with dancers, actors, film­makers, animators and designers.

The teaching team is made up of professional musicians and experienced researchers with expertise that encompasses numerous professions, disciplines and mediums, such as musical theatre, composition, performance, orchestration, musical direction and editing.

On one pathway, the emphasis will be on composition, orchestration, arrangement, editing and musical directing, working for a range of ensembles, instruments and media and using specialist software and facilities.

The other pathway provides students with the opportunity to create and perform their own work, both as a singer-songwriter and on stage as an actor­ musician.

Whichever pathway students choose, they will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of ways with various different media and theatrical productions, working in recording studios, editing suites and performance venues, including the Lincoln Sound Theatre and the versatile stage of the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre.

Accreditations

The quality and industry relevance of this course has been accredited by the Joint Audio Media Education Support organisation (JAMES).

How You Study

Practical work will take place in recording studios, performance spaces, rehearsal rooms and IT suites, where students will have the opportunity to develop skills in using equipment and creating music for recordings and performance.

Meanwhile, students will have the chance to develop an understanding of the history and context of the music industry in seminars and lectures. The second and third years of the programme encourage students to go outside the university to work in industry-­based scenarios in pop music, performance, media or teaching.

Contact Hours and Independent Study

Contact hours may vary for each year of a degree. When engaging in a full-time degree students should, at the very least, expect to undertake a minimum of 37 hours of study each week during term time (including independent study) in addition to potentially undertaking assignments outside of term time. The composition and delivery for the course breaks down differently for each module and may include lectures, seminars, workshops, independent study, practicals, work placements, research and one-to-one learning.

University-level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend two - three hours in independent study.

Please see the Unistats data, using the link at the bottom of this page, for specific information relating to this course in terms of course composition and delivery, contact hours and student satisfaction.

How You Are Assessed

Much of the assessment on this course will be practical. Depending on the chosen pathway, students may be asked to perform or asked to create and submit their music using various technologies.

Students may be required to submit their practical work as a portfolio of songwriting extracts and occasionally we will observe how students work in the studio, rehearsal space or as part of the collaborative process.

Whenever we assess practical work, students will be asked to reflect on their process and development, sometimes in writing and sometimes in conversation. Written assessments come in various forms and are designed to develop writing skills in preparation for the final-year dissertation.

Students may be expected to write in the style of sleevenotes, to prepare briefs or reports similar to those used in the industry, and to submit conventional academic essays discussing issues relating to contemporary music.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date (unless stated differently above)..

Methods of Assessment

The way students will be assessed on this course will vary for each module. It could include coursework, such as a dissertation or essay, written and practical exams, portfolio development, group work or presentations to name some examples.

For a breakdown of assessment methods used on this course and student satisfaction, please visit the Unistats website, using the link at the bottom of this page.

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

Interviews & Applicant Days

Following consideration of UCAS applications, we will invite selected candidates for an interview. This will be an opportunity for students to meet staff and view our facilities, and for us to find out more about applicants’ interests and experience in music.

Staff

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

For a comprehensive list of teaching staff, please see our School of Fine and Performing Arts Staff Pages.

Entry Requirements 2017-18

GCE Advanced Levels: BCC

International Baccalaureate: 28 points overall

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma: A minimum of 45 level 3 credits at merit or above will be required.

Applicants must also have a recognised practical music examination at Grade 5, A Level Music or the equivalent.

All applicants will be required to have at least three GCSEs at grade C or above (or the equivalent), to include English.

Mature students with extensive relevant experience will be selected on individual merit.

If you would like further information about entry requirements or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact our Admissions Team on
+44 (0)1522 886097 or email admissions@lincoln.ac.uk.

Level 1

Critical Approaches to Music and Performance (Core)

Multiple (ethno)musicological perspectives will be explored through the lens of music from across the globe. By taking this approach, students will critically address different styles of music through lectures and performance attendances whilst honing their academic writing skills.

Electronic Music Production (Core)

In this module students are invited to investigate the practices and creative possibilities of working within a desktop music and sound design production environment. This will involve MIDI programming, composition of basic musical and rhythmic arrangements, sound design, sound effects and an introduction to software instruments, synthesis, sampling techniques and digital signal processing.

Multitrack Recording and Music Production (Core)

This module aims to provide an introduction to the multi-track studio environment in which students can identify and employ digital audio recording, editing and mixing techniques and technologies. The study of listening skills essential to the perception of audio quality will be introduced and can be developed along with the practical and technical elements necessary for studio-based audio and music production.

Understanding The Creative Industries (Core)

This module aims to contextualise students’ production practices by introducing them to the ways in which both media and music institutions within the creative and cultural industries are organised. The module aims to explore and examine key issues in the history and current organisation of, and possible changes in, the cultural industries as institutions and practices. Students have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the legal, ethical, regulatory, and self-regulatory frameworks within which they operate.

Level 2

Acting the Song (Option)

This is a practical module in which students can explore the techniques of singing and acting song. Students have the opportunity to work on both ensemble numbers and individual numbers, to develop vocal technique, group singing skills, acting approaches to song and character building techniques for musical theatre.

The final performance of both ensemble and solo numbers aims to leave students with the skill to put together a portfolio of song material appropriate for their voice. Assessment will be part practical, and part based on an annotated rehearsal log put together throughout the process. Studying 'The Musical' in Semester A is a prerequisite for 'Acting the Song' in Semester B.

Curating Music (Option)

This module brings together a scholarly understanding of music with practical, industry-focused skills. By the end of the module students will have written an essay on a subject of their choice and also had the opportunity to prepare a detailed proposal in response to a creative brief, to be pitched to a music industry panel.

Ensemble Performance and Enterprise (Option)

Students work in small groups to develop a concert programme and find a performance venue, before promoting their event, rehearsing and performing the final show. Inventive approaches to performance, including considerations of unusual venues and engaging marketing techniques, are central to the module.

Music Production and Enterprise (Option)

This module gives students the opportunity to examine the role of the music producer. Students can work closely with a music artist and develop a portfolio of recorded original musical pieces produced to a professional standard. For the technical aspects, this module aims to build on the multitrack studio and DAW techniques learned at level one. However, it is the creative and project management aspects which are given more focus here.

Students will also have the opportunity to devise a promotional strategy/music enterprise for the development of the act as an independent artist. To underpin this, the music industry can be analysed including legal aspects, income generation and the role of professional bodies along with evaluation of business models old and new reflecting the key issues and challenges within the music industries.

Placements (Fine & Performing Arts) (Option)

On completion of their degree, students need to be able to decide how best to employ the skills that they have gained. As well as the more obvious routes within a performing arts degree such as teaching, students need to be aware of what other options may be open to them practically, to explore their route out of the University and on into appropriate employment.

This module encourages students to think beyond the confines of the University, reaching into the wider community to hone their skills for future employment. This module should enable students to examine closely how various arts based organisations work from day to day, whilst at the same time relating that experience to their studies.

Study Abroad (Option)

Study Abroad is an optional module which enables students to spend a semester studying abroad at one of the University’s approved partner institutions. Eligible students must have completed their first year of study to a satisfactory standard and successfully completed the application process for the study abroad scheme. During the semester spent abroad, students share classes with local students and study on a suite of locally-delivered taught modules which have been approved in advance by the University. Upon their return, as part of the assessment for this module, students are required to critically reflect upon their experience of living and studying in a different cultural environment and the skills acquired.

The Musical (Option)

Why are musicals so popular (and why are some more popular than others)? What can a musical tell us about the culture in which it is produced and staged? How do you apply a critical framework to a study of the musical?

These are some of the questions that will be addressed in this module. In interactive lecture/seminars, students will have the opportunity to investigate how the musical, whilst operating as a mainstream form of popular theatrical entertainment, it similarly can be seen to engage with, challenge or enforce issues of race, gender, class and national identity. The module will provide a historical framework for a study of the musical, and will explore the origins and development of the genre of musical theatre both on the American and the British stage.

Level 3

Dissertation (Music) Written (Option)

This module provides the opportunity for students to investigate and pursue a Music-based topic of their own choosing in more depth than is possible in a conventional essay. Students will be required to work on their own initiative and provide clear evidence of their ability to collect, select and evaluate relevant information, which can subsequently be presented in a clear and logical manner, in the form of a 7000 word dissertation.

Dissertation: Practice-led (Option)

This module gives students the opportunity to produce a substantial piece of practical work that can be in any area of their choosing, including a substantial performance or set of performances; a portfolio of compositions or substantial single work; an album or EP; music for a film; an audio installation. Students will be supported through a series of lectures and seminars alongside close work with an appropriate supervisor.

Music and Choreography (Option)

This module provides an opportunity for students in music and dance to work collaboratively towards a final performance that showcases their musical and choreographic work. Dance and Music students are allocated in small groups at the beginning of the semester and they work together to create a live performance piece that forms a portion of the final assessment.

Music and media (Option)

This module is designed to develop students’ skills and experience in creating music for different media.

Students will have the opportunity to work alongside students from other programmes who are developing work in radio, film, animation, computer gaming, etc. to create appropriate musical scores and soundtracks.

Music and the Stage (Core)

This module aims to develop students’ skills and experience in creating music for the stage. The module runs concurrently with the Shakespeare and Performance module within the BA (Hons) Drama degree, in which drama students work to produce a full-scale, staff-directed Shakespeare production to be staged and performed on the LPAC stage. In this companion module, Music students will have the opportunity to create and (where appropriate) record or perform scores for a Shakespeare play, working alongside the staff and students from the Drama programme.

Professional Practice (Music) (Core)

In this module students will have the opportunity to produce promotional material for, and participate in a music and performance showcase / festival. Students can pitch their proposed promotional projects to the organisers and report on their development and implementation throughout the module. The promotional projects will require students to engage with a range of digital media as well as more traditional forms of promotion. In addition to promoting their own performance, students will have the opportunity to propose and contribute to other aspects of festival promotion. The performance itself may include or be adapted from musical material the student has composed for previous modules. However, it will also include new material or demonstrate significant development of existing material.

Throughout the module students are required to maintain a digital record of the work completed which tracks the development of their ideas, the investigation of promotional methods used by musicians and the industry, as well as items of interest and inspiration.

†The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Special Features

Performance Opportunities

There are opportunities for students to perform their music (or have their music performed) at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, The Platform Stage in the Engine Shed and at Siren FM radio station. Students may choose to join the University Orchestra or our semi-professional theatre group, the Lincoln Company, which stages productions throughout the year including at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Live Performance Ticket Allocation

Each student will receive event/performance credits at £90 p/a, which can be used against ticketed performances at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre.

Placements

Our Placements module in the second year allows students the opportunity to develop important work experience in the industry, focusing on a role suited to their career aspirations and specialist expertise developed on the programme.

Potential costs that can be incurred on a placement are outlined under the features tab.

Placement Year

When students are on an optional placement in the UK or overseas or studying abroad, they will be required to cover their own transport and accommodation and meals costs. Placements can range from a few weeks to a full year if students choose to undertake an optional sandwich year in industry.

Students are encouraged to obtain placements in industry independently. Tutors may provide support and advice to students who require it during this process.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.

The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.

Facilities

Fully equipped recording studios include facilities for live music, radio and drama productions. The Lincoln Sound Theatre is set up to sync image and sound and is equipped for screening, recording and foley production. Mac suites are set up with notation software and orchestral voices. Rehearsal facilities include large studio spaces and the fully equipped theatre in the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre.

At Lincoln, we continually invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our students. Whatever your area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources to enable them to develop the skills which may prove valuable in their future career.

View our campus pages
www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/ourcampus to learn more about our teaching and learning facilities.

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our undergraduates. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

View our campus pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/ourcampus/] to learn more about our teaching and learning facilities.

Career Opportunities

Music graduates can go on to careers as songwriters, musical directors, arrangers, orchestrators, composers, studio technicians, teachers, vocal coaches, producers, agents and event managers, or continue their study at postgraduate level.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with students to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during their time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing a course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise our graduates future opportunities.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages for further information. [http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/studentsupport/careersservice/]

Additional Costs

For each course students may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on their subject area. Some courses provide opportunities for students to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and meals may be covered by the University and so is included in the fee. Where these are optional students will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay their own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that students are required to read. However, students may prefer to purchase some of these for themselves and will therefore be responsible for this cost. Where there may be exceptions to this general rule, information will be displayed in a section titled Other Costs below.

Related Courses

At Lincoln, our students can benefit from strong industry links, accreditation and extensive practical experience to help prepare them for a career in the exciting and innovative field of audio production.
The practice-based curriculum on the BA (Hons) Dance degree at Lincoln reflects the vocational needs of professional dancers. Students will have the opportunity to engage with practical and theoretical methods to become stronger dancers and more dynamic dance makers. A variety of modules offers students the opportunity to develop a range of transferable skills in preparation for their future career. Dance training at Lincoln focuses on contemporary techniques and works to develop and nurture creative practice.
Our BA (Hons) Drama and Theatre degree puts the creativity of performance at centre stage and aims to prepare students for a range of careers in the theatre and media, both on and off stage.

Introduction

The BA (Hons) Music course at Lincoln is a contemporary, industry-focused degree for musicians looking to develop their skills as performers, composers and collaborators within a flexible curriculum that encompasses classical, rock, pop and non-Western music.

This course connects practice with theory, tradition with innovation, and personal creativity with collaborative projects. As well as working with other musicians, students have the opportunity to work with dancers, actors, film­makers, animators and designers.

The teaching team is made up of professional musicians and experienced researchers with expertise that encompasses numerous professions, disciplines and mediums, such as musical theatre, composition, performance, orchestration, musical direction and editing.

On one pathway, the emphasis will be on composition, orchestration, arrangement, editing and musical directing, working for a range of ensembles, instruments and media and using specialist software and facilities.

The other pathway provides students with the opportunity to create and perform their own work, both as a singer-songwriter and on stage as an actor­ musician.

Whichever pathway students choose, they will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of ways with various different media and theatrical productions, working in recording studios, editing suites and performance venues, including the Lincoln Sound Theatre and the versatile stage of the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre.

Accreditations

The quality and industry relevance of this course has been accredited by the Joint Audio Media Education Support organisation (JAMES).

How You Study

Practical work will take place in recording studios, performance spaces, rehearsal rooms and IT suites, where students will have the opportunity to develop skills in using equipment and creating music for recordings and performance.

Meanwhile, students will have the chance to develop an understanding of the history and context of the music industry in seminars and lectures. The second and third years of the programme encourage students to go outside the university to work in industry­based scenarios in pop music, performance, media or teaching.

Contact Hours

Level 1:

At level one students will typically have around 24 hours of contact time per week. A typical week may consist of:

  • 14 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 1 hour of project supervision
  • 4 hours of tutorial time
  • 2 hours in seminars
  • 3 hours in lectures


Level 2:

At level two students will typically have around 20 hours of contact time per week. A typical week may consist of:

  • 2 hours of external visits
  • 2 hours of supervised time in studios or workshops
  • 10 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 1 hour of tutorial time
  • 1 hour in seminars
  • 4 hours in lectures

Level 3:

At level three students will typically have around 21 hours of contact time per week. A typical week may consist of:

  • 1 hour of external visits
  • 1 hour of fieldwork
  • 2 hours of supervised time in studios or workshops
  • 9 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 1 hour of demonstrations
  • 1 hour of project supervision
  • 3 hour of tutorial time
  • 2 hour in seminars
  • 1 hours in lectures

Overall Workload and Independent Study

University-level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. Students’ overall workload will consist of their scheduled contact hours combined with independent study. The expected level of independent study is detailed below.

Level 1:

  • Total scheduled teaching and learning hours: 484.2
  • Percentage scheduled teaching and learning hours: 40%
  • Percentage of independent study expected: 60%


Level 2:

  • Total scheduled teaching and learning hours: 314.7
  • Percentage scheduled teaching and learning hours: 26%
  • Percentage of independent study expected: 74%


Level 3:

  • Total scheduled teaching and learning hours: 265.7
  • Percentage scheduled teaching and learning hours: 22%
  • Percentage of independent study expected: 78%

Contact Hours and Independent Study

Contact hours may vary for each year of a degree. When engaging in a full-time degree students should, at the very least, expect to undertake a minimum of 37 hours of study each week during term time (including independent study) in addition to potentially undertaking assignments outside of term time. The composition and delivery for the course breaks down differently for each module and may include lectures, seminars, workshops, independent study, practicals, work placements, research and one-to-one learning.

University-level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend two - three hours in independent study.

Please see the Unistats data, using the link at the bottom of this page, for specific information relating to this course in terms of course composition and delivery, contact hours and student satisfaction.

How You Are Assessed

Much of the assessment on this course will be practical. Depending on the chosen pathway, students may be asked to perform or asked to create and submit their music using various technologies.

Students may be required to submit their practical work as a portfolio of songwriting extracts and occasionally we will observe how students work in the studio, rehearsal space or as part of the collaborative process.

Whenever we assess practical work, students will be asked to reflect on their process and development, sometimes in writing and sometimes in conversation. Written assessments come in various forms and are designed to develop writing skills in preparation for the final-year dissertation.

Students may be expected to write in the style of sleevenotes, to prepare briefs or reports similar to those used in the industry, and to submit conventional academic essays discussing issues relating to contemporary music.

Assessment Breakdown

Level 1:

Coursework: 63.6%
Practical exams: 21.4%
Written exams: 15.0%

Level 2:

Coursework: 66.9%
Practical exams: 16.9%
Written exams: 16.2%

Level 3:

Coursework: 76%
Practical exams: 6%
Written exams: 18%

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date (unless stated differently above)..

Methods of Assessment

The way students will be assessed on this course will vary for each module. It could include coursework, such as a dissertation or essay, written and practical exams, portfolio development, group work or presentations to name some examples.

For a breakdown of assessment methods used on this course and student satisfaction, please visit the Unistats website, using the link at the bottom of this page.

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

Interviews & Applicant Days

Following consideration of UCAS applications, we will invite selected candidates for an interview. This will be an opportunity for students to meet staff and view our facilities, and for us to find out more about applicants’ interests and experience in music.

Staff

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

For a comprehensive list of teaching staff, please see our School of Fine and Performing Arts Staff Pages.

Entry Requirements 2018-19

GCE Advanced Levels: BCC

International Baccalaureate: 28 points overall

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma: A minimum of 45 level 3 credits, to include 30 at merit or above.

Applicants must also have a recognised practical music examination at Grade 5, A Level Music or the equivalent.

All applicants will be required to have at least three GCSEs at grade C or above (or the equivalent), to include English.

Mature students with extensive relevant experience will be selected on individual merit.

If you would like further information about entry requirements or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact our Admissions Team on
+44 (0)1522 886097 or email admissions@lincoln.ac.uk.

Level 1

Critical Approaches to Music and Performance (Core)

Multiple (ethno)musicological perspectives will be explored through the lens of music from across the globe. By taking this approach, students will critically address different styles of music through lectures and performance attendances whilst honing their academic writing skills.

Electronic Music Production (Core)

In this module students are invited to investigate the practices and creative possibilities of working within a desktop music and sound design production environment. This will involve MIDI programming, composition of basic musical and rhythmic arrangements, sound design, sound effects and an introduction to software instruments, synthesis, sampling techniques and digital signal processing.

Multitrack Recording and Music Production (Core)

This module aims to provide an introduction to the multi-track studio environment in which students can identify and employ digital audio recording, editing and mixing techniques and technologies. The study of listening skills essential to the perception of audio quality will be introduced and can be developed along with the practical and technical elements necessary for studio-based audio and music production.

Understanding The Creative Industries (Core)

This module aims to contextualise students’ production practices by introducing them to the ways in which both media and music institutions within the creative and cultural industries are organised. The module aims to explore and examine key issues in the history and current organisation of, and possible changes in, the cultural industries as institutions and practices. Students have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the legal, ethical, regulatory, and self-regulatory frameworks within which they operate.

Level 2

Acting the Song (Option)

This is a practical module in which students can explore the techniques of singing and acting song. Students have the opportunity to work on both ensemble numbers and individual numbers, to develop vocal technique, group singing skills, acting approaches to song and character building techniques for musical theatre.

The final performance of both ensemble and solo numbers aims to leave students with the skill to put together a portfolio of song material appropriate for their voice. Assessment will be part practical, and part based on an annotated rehearsal log put together throughout the process. Studying 'The Musical' in Semester A is a prerequisite for 'Acting the Song' in Semester B.

Curating Music (Option)

This module brings together a scholarly understanding of music with practical, industry-focused skills. By the end of the module students will have written an essay on a subject of their choice and also had the opportunity to prepare a detailed proposal in response to a creative brief, to be pitched to a music industry panel.

Ensemble Performance and Enterprise (Option)

Students work in small groups to develop a concert programme and find a performance venue, before promoting their event, rehearsing and performing the final show. Inventive approaches to performance, including considerations of unusual venues and engaging marketing techniques, are central to the module.

Music Production and Enterprise (Option)

This module gives students the opportunity to examine the role of the music producer. Students can work closely with a music artist and develop a portfolio of recorded original musical pieces produced to a professional standard. For the technical aspects, this module aims to build on the multitrack studio and DAW techniques learned at level one. However, it is the creative and project management aspects which are given more focus here.

Students will also have the opportunity to devise a promotional strategy/music enterprise for the development of the act as an independent artist. To underpin this, the music industry can be analysed including legal aspects, income generation and the role of professional bodies along with evaluation of business models old and new reflecting the key issues and challenges within the music industries.

Placements (Fine & Performing Arts) (Option)

On completion of their degree, students need to be able to decide how best to employ the skills that they have gained. As well as the more obvious routes within a performing arts degree such as teaching, students need to be aware of what other options may be open to them practically, to explore their route out of the University and on into appropriate employment.

This module encourages students to think beyond the confines of the University, reaching into the wider community to hone their skills for future employment. This module should enable students to examine closely how various arts based organisations work from day to day, whilst at the same time relating that experience to their studies.

Study Abroad (Option)

Study Abroad is an optional module which enables students to spend a semester studying abroad at one of the University’s approved partner institutions. Eligible students must have completed their first year of study to a satisfactory standard and successfully completed the application process for the study abroad scheme. During the semester spent abroad, students share classes with local students and study on a suite of locally-delivered taught modules which have been approved in advance by the University. Upon their return, as part of the assessment for this module, students are required to critically reflect upon their experience of living and studying in a different cultural environment and the skills acquired.

The Musical (Option)

Why are musicals so popular (and why are some more popular than others)? What can a musical tell us about the culture in which it is produced and staged? How do you apply a critical framework to a study of the musical?

These are some of the questions that will be addressed in this module. In interactive lecture/seminars, students will have the opportunity to investigate how the musical, whilst operating as a mainstream form of popular theatrical entertainment, it similarly can be seen to engage with, challenge or enforce issues of race, gender, class and national identity. The module will provide a historical framework for a study of the musical, and will explore the origins and development of the genre of musical theatre both on the American and the British stage.

Level 3

Dissertation (Music) Written (Option)

This module provides the opportunity for students to investigate and pursue a Music-based topic of their own choosing in more depth than is possible in a conventional essay. Students will be required to work on their own initiative and provide clear evidence of their ability to collect, select and evaluate relevant information, which can subsequently be presented in a clear and logical manner, in the form of a 7000 word dissertation.

Dissertation: Practice-led (Option)

This module gives students the opportunity to produce a substantial piece of practical work that can be in any area of their choosing, including a substantial performance or set of performances; a portfolio of compositions or substantial single work; an album or EP; music for a film; an audio installation. Students will be supported through a series of lectures and seminars alongside close work with an appropriate supervisor.

Music and Choreography (Option)

This module provides an opportunity for students in music and dance to work collaboratively towards a final performance that showcases their musical and choreographic work. Dance and Music students are allocated in small groups at the beginning of the semester and they work together to create a live performance piece that forms a portion of the final assessment.

Music and media (Option)

This module is designed to develop students’ skills and experience in creating music for different media.

Students will have the opportunity to work alongside students from other programmes who are developing work in radio, film, animation, computer gaming, etc. to create appropriate musical scores and soundtracks.

Music and the Stage (Core)

This module aims to develop students’ skills and experience in creating music for the stage. The module runs concurrently with the Shakespeare and Performance module within the BA (Hons) Drama degree, in which drama students work to produce a full-scale, staff-directed Shakespeare production to be staged and performed on the LPAC stage. In this companion module, Music students will have the opportunity to create and (where appropriate) record or perform scores for a Shakespeare play, working alongside the staff and students from the Drama programme.

Professional Practice (Music) (Core)

In this module students will have the opportunity to produce promotional material for, and participate in a music and performance showcase / festival. Students can pitch their proposed promotional projects to the organisers and report on their development and implementation throughout the module. The promotional projects will require students to engage with a range of digital media as well as more traditional forms of promotion. In addition to promoting their own performance, students will have the opportunity to propose and contribute to other aspects of festival promotion. The performance itself may include or be adapted from musical material the student has composed for previous modules. However, it will also include new material or demonstrate significant development of existing material.

Throughout the module students are required to maintain a digital record of the work completed which tracks the development of their ideas, the investigation of promotional methods used by musicians and the industry, as well as items of interest and inspiration.

†The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Special Features

Performance Opportunities

There are opportunities for students to perform their music (or have their music performed) at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, The Platform Stage in the Engine Shed and at Siren FM radio station. Students may choose to join the University Orchestra or our semi-professional theatre group, the Lincoln Company, which stages productions throughout the year including at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Live Performance Ticket Allocation

Each student on this course will receive event/performance credits at £90 p/a, which can be used against ticketed performances at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre.

Placements

Our optional Placements module in the second year allows students the opportunity to develop important work experience in the industry, focusing on a role suited to their career aspirations and specialist expertise developed on the programme.

Placement Year

When students are on an optional placement in the UK or overseas or studying abroad, they will be required to cover their own transport and accommodation and meals costs. Placements can range from a few weeks to a full year if students choose to undertake an optional sandwich year in industry.

Students are encouraged to obtain placements in industry independently. Tutors may provide support and advice to students who require it during this process.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.

The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.

Facilities

Fully equipped recording studios include facilities for live music, radio and drama productions. The Lincoln Sound Theatre is set up to sync image and sound and is equipped for screening, recording and foley production. Mac suites are set up with notation software and orchestral voices. Rehearsal facilities include large studio spaces and the fully equipped theatre in the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre.

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our undergraduates. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

View our campus pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/ourcampus/] to learn more about our teaching and learning facilities.

Career Opportunities

This course aims to prepare graduates for careers as performers, songwriters, musical directors, arrangers, orchestrators, composers, teachers, vocal coaches, producers, agents and event managers, or to go on to study at postgraduate level.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with students to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during their time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing a course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise our graduates future opportunities.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages for further information. [http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/studentsupport/careersservice/]

Additional Costs

For each course students may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on their subject area. Some courses provide opportunities for students to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and meals may be covered by the University and so is included in the fee. Where these are optional students will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay their own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that students are required to read. However, students may prefer to purchase some of these for themselves and will therefore be responsible for this cost. Where there may be exceptions to this general rule, information will be displayed in a section titled Other Costs below.

Related Courses

At Lincoln, our students can benefit from strong industry links, accreditation and extensive practical experience to help prepare them for a career in the exciting and innovative field of audio production.
The practice-based curriculum on the BA (Hons) Dance degree at Lincoln reflects the vocational needs of professional dancers. Students will have the opportunity to engage with practical and theoretical methods to become stronger dancers and more dynamic dance makers. A variety of modules offers students the opportunity to develop a range of transferable skills in preparation for their future career. Dance training at Lincoln focuses on contemporary techniques and works to develop and nurture creative practice.
Our BA (Hons) Drama and Theatre degree puts the creativity of performance at centre stage and aims to prepare students for a range of careers in the theatre and media, both on and off stage.

Tuition Fees

2017/18UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level £14,500 per level
Part-time £77.00 per credit point  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

 

2018/19UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level £15,600 per level
Part-time £77.00 per credit point  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

The University undergraduate tuition fee may increase year on year in line with government policy. This will enable us to continue to provide the best possible educational facilities and student experience.

In 2017/18, fees for all new and continuing undergraduate UK and EU students will be £9,250.

In 2018/19, fees may increase in line with Government Policy. We will update this information when fees for 2018/19 are finalised.

Please note that not all courses are available as a part-time option.

For more information and for details about funding your study, please see our UK/EU Fees & Funding pages or our International funding and scholarship pages. [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/undergraduatecourses/feesandfunding/] [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/international/feesandfunding/]

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions [www.lincoln.ac.uk/StudentAdmissionsTermsandConditions].