Online BA (Hons) Music & Sound Top-Up ( Fast track for industry professionals )


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Program Description

BA (Hons) Music and Sound Top-Up

Equivalent to the 3rd year of a degree, this flexible top-up year is designed to follow on from our Foundation Degree in Music & Sound, but would also suit any applicants studying a music related HND, Foundation Degree or indeed those with recognised industry experience backed up with qualifications. Validated by the University of West London, the course has been developed to mirror the modern music industry, allowing students to learn the skills to become independent, multi-skilled music practitioners, fluent with various forms of multi-media.

  • Tuition, advice, and guidance from industry mentors
  • Network and collaborate with fellow musicians and like-minded people
  • Use your existing work or personal projects and apply them to elements of the course
  • Expand your career prospectus and portfolio

For Industry Professionals:

We offer the opportunity to fast-track students with industry experience (5+ years) onto the BA (Hons). We map your previous experience against the two years of the foundation degree allowing you to progress straight onto the final year and achieve a full BA (Hons) in one year.

How long will it last?

  • Full time 2 x 12 week semesters
  • Part-time 3 x 12 week semesters

Entry Requirements

All Applicants will need relevant experience and skill in performance. Foundation degree or equivalent qualification in the relevant subject OR 5+ years professional industry experience.

What subjects will I study?


Level 6 Project

Engage in a large-scale project in an area of your choice: performance, songwriting, composition, dissertation, music production, event management or multi-media

Music and Sound for Media

Study the academic theories behind matching music and sound with media and put them into practice when creating your own soundtrack to a given film clip.

Recording Project

There is a large market for music that film and TV production companies can take ‘off the shelf’ for genres such as sport, gameshows, wildlife etc. In this module, you will create your own portfolio of original music suitable for submitting to a publisher that covers a wide range of moods, styles and uses.

Freelance Portfolio

Develop a viable music industry product with all accompanying business research and requirements (business plan, website etc). This will be your calling card when you graduate.


Showcase Studies

This performance-based module helps students to work towards presenting a live showcase that is supported by relevant and effective promotional materials.

Advanced Studio Production

Create your own portfolio of professional productions while developing a keen understanding of the techniques and working practices of leading producers.

Advanced Radio Production

Enjoy the challenges of making your own short radio play production that encompasses theme music, incidental music, sound effects (foley) and dialogue editing.

Music Management Project

This module is largely self-directed: with the option of specialising in music or artists management, retail management or crowd funding.

What happens next?

Following successful completion, you may progress to post-graduate level study on our M.Mus in Popular Music Performance.

Fees and Funding

  • Fees per academic year are £6165.
  • £3,082 per semester (2) for full-time study.
  • £2,055 per semester (3) for part-time study.

Subject to eligibility you can apply for a student loan to cover fees.

Last updated Sep 2019

About the School

AMS online is a pioneering online music college based in the UK. We offer fully validated Foundation Degree, BA Hons and Masters courses, written by and delivered by music professionals entirely onlin ... Read More

AMS online is a pioneering online music college based in the UK. We offer fully validated Foundation Degree, BA Hons and Masters courses, written by and delivered by music professionals entirely online. Read less
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