Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Music Business & Management - full-time FdA (Foundation Degree)/BA (Hons) Degree

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Course Code: HE0048-1C Course Type: Degree and university-level Campus: West Durrington Campus Start Date: September 2019 Duration: 2/3 Years

This course has been successful in developing and promoting motivated and ambitious individuals across all aspects of the music industry , including music producers, performers, artists, managers, A&R, music publishers, studio owners, tour production and entrepreneurs.

Key features

  • Taught in small classes and one-to-one tutorials by music industry specialists 
  • Weekly music industry visitors, including lawyers, artists, video directors, agents, managers
  • Strong industry connections including staff and ex-students (eg at Sony and Warner managing artists such as Skepta and Mabel) in key parts of the music industry
  • State-of-the-art recording studios and professionally equipped theatre on campus
  • Excellent collaboration opportunities with courses such as performance, production, photography, media, graphic design
  • Optional third year to gain BA (Hons) degree

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Course entry requirements

Interview and portfolio.

Individual offer conditions will vary. Normally a relevant A Level or Level 3 Extended Diploma.

Industry experience may be taken into account.

Year 1 - This course begins with fundamentals of music industry structure, copyright and contracts, alongside practical, real-world music projects including artist management, A&R, releasing and marketing records, from vinyl to digital streaming. You will put on live events, build music audiences and fan bases and run the student radio station.

Year 2 - In Year 2, you will study entrepreneurship, bid for actual funding for your music business ideas and negotiate industry work placements while developing your own vocational Major Project - defined, planned, owned and controlled by you. Your own projects will be informed by one-to-one tutorials and weekly industry visits by current practitioners (including many now-successful alumni) across all sectors of the music industry, including lawyers, artists, video directors, agents, managers.

Year 3 - On successful completion of the two-year FdA course, students can progress to the optional third year BA (Hons) course - go to third year course page

Small class sizes allow you unrivalled access to work experience opportunities. You will also build up your own area of music industry expertise via a research project.

We have excellent relationships with industry figures at all major labels, music publishers, promoters, the media (including the BBC), music distributors and the streaming services.  Our industry connections including staff contacts at Universal Music and many other important music companies, and crucially with ex-students working at Sony, Warner, managing artists such as Skepta, Mabel, working with artists, distribution, copyright, contracts, rights, digital music aggregation and key parts of the music industry.

Music Business students have full access to our outstanding sound studios, as well as an office dedicated to music industry projects. Students receive a digital copy of Music Week each week, and can access a range of current industry books and publications, and further essential industry-related IT equipment and software in the Music Department and in our fully equipped Learning Resource Centres. For Event Management, we have excellent relationships with a host of South Coast venues, as well as our own Theatre spaces on campus.

Each part of the course is designed to increase your value and your opportunities, as either artist or as part of an artist’s team. Our External Examiner said “If I were to be studying my music business degree now, I would want to study here.”


On completion of the two-year FdA course, students can either progress to the optional third-year BA top-up or they can enter employment. 

Potential careers

  • Artist manager
  • Recording/touring artist
  • A&R (artist & repertoire)
  • Artist entrepreneur
  • Studio manager
  • Booking agent
  • Event promoter
  • Venue manager
  • Music producer
  • Freelance composer
  • Sound engineer
  • Entertainment lawyer
  • Music publishing
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