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Urban Development Urban Artist School

  • Code
  • Location
  • Start
  • Time
    Daytime (2 days per week)
  • Fee
    £5500pa (UK & EU)
  • Duration of course 1 Year (Full Time)
  • Course type Full-time
  • This course is suitable for Adults; H.E. Students

This course is suitable for H.E. Students and some students via FE funding.


N.B. There are also a limited number of free places on this course for applicants with appropriate qualifications who are aged 18 on the 31st August.


What does the course include?

Urban Artist School is course for Urban Music Artists who are serious about entry to the music industry.  UK urban music has produced some of the most innovative and distinctly British music over the last 30 years and this course recognizes the potential for education to be the catalyst to enabling developing artists a space to explore, test and refine ideas.  The course focuses around the concept of you as an individual artist and supports you in developing repertoire, recorded catalogue and brand development towards the music industry.


Qualification:  Creative Practitioners Qualifications (QCF) Level4


The qualification is 120 credits at level 4 which has equivalence to the first year of a degree.  It assesses your artist/ brand development over the year


The course includes the following modules:


Year 1

·       Deconstructing the Artist

·       Market Analysis

·       Brand Development

·       Skills Development

·       Marketing a Brand

·       Presenting the Brand

·       Evaluating the Brand


What do I need to get on to the course?

You need to be at least eighteen years of age with four GCSEs at Grade C AND one A level, or an equivalent qualification (e.g. BTEC National Diploma, or GNVQ Advanced Level 3 in an appropriate subject). Applicants without the listed qualifications are encouraged to contact us regarding suitability or if they are able to demonstrate talent and focus in urban music performance, composition or production.


The interview process

All suitably qualified applicants (including those who expect to gain the necessary qualifications in June) will be interviewed. The interview will be informal and group based where we will assess your musical ability and your ability to discuss your music with peers.   It will take approximately 60 minutes. You will be asked to explain of describe previous musical and music technology experiences. Any relevant industry experience and based on grades, experience and proven ability including examples of previous work may be asked to complete a piece of research and written work. This will allow tutors to correctly asses ability and skills at levels 4 necessary for studying on the programme.


How is the course assessed?

Coursework and continual portfolio assessment, practical portfolio assessment tasks and where possible – work based opportunities.


Where does it lead?

This course is specifically designed to prepare students with the knowledge, skills and experience they need to begin a career in the music industry, or alternatively to progress on to the final year of a relevant degree course.




Fees quoted are for full time study.


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Equipment and other costs

If you are a UK student planning to study a full-time or part-time higher education course you may be eligible for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of your course. If you study full-time you may also be eligible to receive a maintenance loan and a grant to assist you with living costs.


These loans do not require repayment until you have finished your course and you are earning more than £21,000 per year, although you can start repaying them sooner if you wish. Click here to find out more.​