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Start date

16th September 2024

Course length

3 Years


The BA (Hons) Creative Musicianship degree is a highly flexible and interdisciplinary programme that moulds itself around you and your artistic journey, not the other way around. You’ll dive into a fascinating array of creative areas and build the foundations of your professional portfolio career in music, allowing you to pursue multiple career paths simultaneously and develop a wide range of transferable skills. We'll encourage you to explore your artistic identity freely – investigating new creative avenues and never discounting left-of-field ideas.

Musically inspired creatives of all kinds are welcome to join our Creative Musicianship programme, including artists, producers, songwriters, and performers who play any instrument. Our team of expert tutor-mentors will empower you to choose your own path, discover and nurture your creative identity, and broaden your horizons in line with your own interests.

No matter what your goal is as a creative musician, this degree will equip you with all the tools you need to succeed. Within ICMP's truly collaborative environment, you'll learn how to connect technique and music theory, develop and refine your creative process, analyse and reimagine conventional music genres, and write and play live with groups of your peers. Along the way, you’ll gradually create an industry-standard portfolio of your own original music, acquiring all the songwriting, composition, and arrangement chops it takes to make it happen.

Our supporting industry partners are:


Alongside generously sponsoring courses, rooms and providing equipment, our industry partners also offer ICMP songwriting degree students access to exclusive discounts, events and opportunities.

Throughout the Creative Musicianship programme, we’ll encourage you to question established ideas and articulate your own decisions and discoveries, including delving into genres you may not have previously explored. Our team also curates an exclusive Creative Musicianship events programme, featuring guest lectures and masterclasses from renowned musicians, artists, and industry insiders, who all actively work on the cutting edge of music.

Music technology also plays a central role in this course, from the inner workings of the recording studio to the lighting and video rigs found in performance venues across the world. You’ll sharpen your skills using the latest gadgets and gear – and as this course moulds itself around you, you’ll be actively encouraged to experiment with every piece of tech you come across. You’ll find innovative and creative ways to turn your visions into reality, both in the studio and on stage.

Across the whole Creative Musicianship degree, you’ll plug into equipment provided by the likes of Apple, Boss, Shure, Korg, Yamaha, Orange, Ableton, Audient and Zildjian. Our Tech Hub will give you access to over 1,000 pieces of gear, all kept up to date and in line with professional industry standards.

Every creative musician is also an entrepreneur – and with this in mind, our select team of successful industry specialists will show you exactly how the music business works. We’ll break down all the key concepts, and explain how they fit together. You’ll cover recorded and live music, publishing, marketing strategies, and everything you need to know about building your own unique and thriving business.

By the time you graduate from ICMP, you’ll be able to confidently forge a successful and durable music career that perfectly fits  your creative identity and evolution as an artist. To determine the course of your own evolution, click the “Apply Now” button below.

If you're unsure if this programme is the correct fit for you, we've put together some additional information here.

Fees & Funding

Course Fees: UK Students | EU/EEA/International Students

Please visit our Fees pages for information on access to Student Loans, students eligible for Loans are able to borrow the full course fee for ICMP degrees, unlike other UK music schools where students are required to pay additional top-up fees themselves.

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Successful completion of the BA (Hons) Creative Musicianship course leads to the award of Bachelor of Arts degree by The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance.

The Creative Musicianship course sums up all I have wished for. Creativity, diversity, production, marketing - all the tools I need to start my career in the music industry."

Victor Pascal
BA (Hons) Creative Musicianship

"We previously had a student join us as a metal guitarist and following continual creative exploration, they ended up leaving us as an EDM artist – breaking into the top 20 of the US Billboard Dance chart within a year of graduating.”


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Key facts

  • Develop your creative identity as an artist in a safe and encouraging environment.
  • This course moulds itself around you, not the other way around.
  • Empowers you to build the foundations of a durable and flexible portfolio career that fits you perfectly.
  • Open to all musical creatives, including artists, producers, songwriters, and performers who play any instrument.
  • Collaborate, create and perform with your creative peers.
  • Comprehensive curriculum that encompasses creative work, performance, production, business and entrepreneurship.
  • Personalised, self-directed and progressive degree, rooted in academic rigour.
  • Tailored to reflect the modern music and wider creative industries.
  • Exclusive events programme, including guest lectures and masterclasses.
  • Central London campus puts the core of the British music industry on your doorstep.
  • Grow your own unique network of contacts, collaborators, and friends across the London music scene
  • Taught by a select and successful team of expert tutor-mentors in a creative and inspiring learning environment.
  • Experiment with state-of-the-art equipment and the latest upgrades to fuel your creativity.
  • Optimal class sizes guarantee a high number of teaching contact hours.
  • Career support never stops, even after you graduate.
  • Additional Information: Creative Musicianship: Student Attributes
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Course Ambassadors

Nova Twins

Brit Award and MOBO nominated rock band Nova Twins’s Amy Love and Georgia South are the ambassadors for the Creative Musicianship Course.


Nova Twins are one of the UK’s most exciting new rock bands with their album ‘Supernova’, earning them two Brit Award nominations and a Mercury Prize nomination. Their success advocated for a new Alternative category to be created at the MOBO Awards. 

Photo by Frederica Burelli

Student Stories

Ella Eliza

Ella discusses how her BA Creative Musicianship degree is fuelling her creativity.



Year 1 (Level 4)

Year 2 (Level 5)

Year 3 (Level 6)

Your first year on the course provides a detailed introduction to life as a musical creative. Working both independently and collaboratively, you’ll develop and articulate your own creative process, learn to combine music theory and technique in creative contexts, perform in professional environments, work to industry-standard briefs, and master the core components of the music business.

Performance Practice (40 credits)

You’ll work to industry-relevant stylistic briefs during this module, composing and performing collaboratively with other musicians. This will develop your ability to compose and arrange original music, perform in a live professional environment, collaborate, understand genre conventions and how they can be manipulated/reimagined for contemporary audiences. You’ll also be able to apply the skills gained from your other modules, thus reinforcing and expanding your skillset.

Exploring Creativity (20 credits)

This module explores a range of creative processes, both collaborative and independent. You’ll learn how to develop and articulate your creative consciousness, understand how your own creativity fits into a wider intellectual, academic, and music industry context, and create ongoing works in progress. As there are no “mistakes” in creativity, you’ll be free to push beyond your comfort zone and learn from your experiments. You’ll also be able to share your works with peers and tutors, and reflect upon your discoveries.

Exploring Creative Technology (20 credits)

In conjunction with Exploring Creativity, this module will show you how to capture and develop creative ideas using a range of professional tools and methods. You’ll also learn how to construct melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic patterns while exploring structural forms, considering how those forms relate to the content of musical works, and producing your own portfolio of original material.

Musical Language & Technique (20 credits)

This module will cover theoretical and practical approaches and strategies you can use when making music. You’ll look at compositional components, technical and creative writing methods, technique (and how it informs your creative practice), and the application of theoretical concepts within a practical context. By learning to integrate musical language and technique into your own creative process, you’ll become a highly effective and authoritative musician.

The Music Industry (20 credits)

The music industry contains three main interconnected sectors (recorded music, live music, and publishing). This module explores the above in detail, including revenue streams, artist management, A&R, marketing, promotion, sales, distribution, copyright, royalties, collection societies, membership organisations and trade bodies. By understanding these key areas alongside current industry practices, the evolution of the music business, and predicted future developments, you will be able to develop a durable, long-term portfolio career.

Year 2 builds upon the modules completed in Year 1, progressing into advanced concepts and encouraging greater creative freedom. You’ll also explore the complete music production process, experiment with performance technology, and acquire all the marketing know-how you’ll need to stand out in your future career.

Performance Practice II (40 credits)

In order to increase your collaborative confidence, you will apply your understanding of styles and genres to broader, more conceptual industry-relevant briefs, and learn to justify your creative choices. As well as covering composition, arrangement, the application/manipulation of musical conventions, collaboration, developing your “voice” as a musician, and individual and group performances, this module also explores performance technology and lighting/video – allowing you to apply the skills you’ve developed through other modules to new challenges.

Creative Practice (20 credits)

During this module, you’ll learn to further develop and articulate your creative process, enhance your critical listening and mixing skills, and incorporate non-musical ideals into your process. This will enable you to place your creative process within a wider music industry context, discern links between process and outcome, and integrate theoretical processes into your own practice.

Creative Production (20 credits)

Building on the topics covered in Creative Practice, you’ll develop your production skills and learn how to turn your ideas into completed tracks. This module covers editing (and its relation to the creative process), mixing, mastering, analysis, ear training, critical listening, studio orchestration, and how to justify your production choices.

Musical Language & Technique II (20 credits)

This module covers an advanced range of practical, conceptual, and theoretical approaches to music-making. You’ll create a portfolio of original music, explore advanced compositional components, apply music theory in a variety of practical contexts, analyse your musical ideas, and enhance your ability to make decisions during the compositional process. You’ll also be able to effectively communicate musical ideas through writing, in the form of an essay.

Marketing Strategies (20 credits)

Success as a freelance musician depends on your ability to sell yourself and your services. With that in mind, this module covers fundamental marketing principles, traditional marketing theories, and contemporary marketing approaches and tools. This includes branding, advertising, promotion, pricing, distribution, PR, positioning, consumer behaviour, social media, competition, innovation, audience-building, viral marketing, building an online presence, market research, analysis, and product development and life cycles. At the end of this module, you’ll develop a fully assessed marketing plan.

During your third and final year, you’ll learn everything you need to know about business and entrepreneurship and create a professional self-directed business plan. You’ll also create an industry-standard portfolio of original music, complete a creative project of your own choosing, and receive all the additional support required to make something you’ll be proud of. You’ll finish your course fully prepared to begin a new life as a successful creative expert.

Creative Project (40 credits)

During this module, you will develop your creative and commercial skills to the professional standards required to plan, develop, and manage a convincing and cohesive catalogue of original works. Topics covered include songwriting, composition, setting and developing your creative direction, critical reflection and discussion, A&R practices, and academic, commercial, and cultural frames of reference. You will be assessed using a portfolio of original music, and a critical commentary that places your work in an appropriate context.

Professional Practice (40 credits)

Using the skills you’ve developed throughout the Creative Musicianship programme, you’ll identify and plan a career-focused project of your own, and complete it to a professional standard. To do this, you’ll study collaborative practices, planning and pitching skills, project management, research methodologies, and how the relevance, influence, and impact of your project relates to its audience and wider context. Module assessment will involve a 12-minute project pitch, and the creation of a full project portfolio.

Creative Entrepreneurship I (20 credits)

An understanding of key entrepreneurial concepts, principles, and strategies is essential for success in music. These include research, analysis, evaluation, ideation, strategy, creating and communicating value, distribution channels, business models, marketing concepts, and successfully acquiring funding and other resources. This module covers all of the above, culminating in the presentation and assessment of a “real-world” business pitch to a potential backer/investor.

Creative Entrepreneurship II (20 credits)

You will design, structure, and execute the process of launching a new creative industry business during this module. This will involve writing a fully assessed business plan, and exploring legal considerations, ethics, ownership structures, intellectual property, time management, industry regulations, financial planning, funding options, costing and budgets, marketing and implementation strategies, professional presentation, and project management. By developing an advanced understanding of the above, you will be fully prepared to launch your own creative business.


You will be taught at our campus in Kilburn, utilising our live rooms, tech suites and in-house music studio facilities as well as classrooms and lecture rooms. You will have access to use these facilities outside of class time while you are a student at ICMP in order to rehearse and record your music. 

You will be taught through a variety of teaching and learning methods including lectures, small group tutorials, performance workshops and music technology workshops. 

You will have access to the Student Services Department for support and advice concerning welfare, finance, personal development, safeguarding and more. You'll also have access to our Professional Development team ‘The Hub', who provide bespoke music industry careers advice and access to unique industry opportunities.

Teaching and Learning

On the BA (Hons) Creative Musicianship you will be taught through a variety of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. The programme has a particular focus on project work, both collaborative and individual, centred around creating and performing music.

When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you'll be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, and preparing coursework assignments.Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including our Learning Resource Centre, our many performance and practice rooms, and well-equipped tech suites.

In your first year, you'll be in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars, practical classes and workshops for typically 10-12 hours a week, you’ll also have personalised one-to-one tutorials scheduled throughout the year. 

You'll undertake more independent study and have less scheduled teaching in years 2 and 3, but can typically expect 8-10 hours of timetabled classes per week in your second year and 6-8 hours of timetabled classes per week in your third year.


Your knowledge and thinking will be assessed through coursework, presentations and demonstrations. Your practical skills will be assessed through performances and coursework, and your skills for life and work will be assessed through coursework and presentations.

The assessment breakdown of this programme is:

Year 1: 100% Coursework
Year 2: 100% Coursework
Year 3: 100% Coursework


Applicants will typically have A levels, BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma, International Baccalaureate equivalent to 80 UCAS points , or an ICMP Higher Diploma.

In addition, you should hold a GCSE Grade C or 4 or above in English, or suitable equivalent, such as Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Adult Literacy/Numeracy.

International students will typically hold a relevant equivalent qualification – please check your qualification with our Admissions Team. In addition, you should hold a relevant English language qualification equivalent to CEFR Level B2.

We also welcome applications from mature applicants who may have no formal qualifications but who can nevertheless demonstrate their suitability for study through appropriate skills and experience.

This course is also available as a one-year CertHE option.

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 Please apply via the "APPLY NOW" link below.

At any time during the application process if you need help or further advice just contact our Admissions team who will be happy to assist you. 

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Dilys UwagboeArtist

ICMP tutor Dilys Uwagboe’s music industry's journey has touched on many areas of the business. From releasing music as Eckoes to her board work for industry body, the Featured Artists Coalition , Dilys’ experiences within the sector run deep. Her artist project has enjoyed some success with 2023 releases 'Missing You' and 'How to Run' clocking up more than 400,000 streams...

Erika FootmanArtist

Erika Footman is a highly experienced songwriter and performer. When she's not on the road singing and playing with world-famous pop/rock groups, she runs her own record label, working with renowned writing and production teams. Erika has toured the world as backing vocalist to chart-topping British pop sensation, Mika, appearing at numerous international festivals, and performing on TV shows such as Jools Holland, Letterman, and the X-Factor. She's also toured with indie rock group Skunk Anansie, singing guest vocals on their 2012 album Black Traffic, and appeared as guest vocalist on Bastille's Mix Tapes.
Erika Footman | Vocal Tutor | ICMP London

Dan MurphyArtist

Dan is a singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Ireland. He is a tutor and module leader on our BA Creative Musicianship programme and he plays guitar, piano, harmonica, didgeridoo, banjo and dobro. He studied music at the University of Limerick, and later spent time studying dobro in Kolkata, India under Grammy award-winning Hindustani slide guitarist, Debashish...
Dan Murphy • Tutor

Lorenzo De Feo Music Production

A musician by trade, Lorenzo De Feo plays guitar, bass, and drums. Lorenzo started work in the music industry as a session musician for pop acts including Mel C, X Factor’s Matt Cardle and Andrea Begley, touring throughout the UK and Europe. Swapping the stage for the studio, he now spends the majority of his time writing, composing, and recording. Lorenzo runs a busy studio in the Hertfordshire countryside where he is the resident producer, working with a range of acts, from solo artists to bands, spanning a broad spectrum of genres.
Lorenzo De Feo | Music Production | ICMP London

Luke TomsArtist

Luke is a singer-songwriter, producer, and composer with over ten years of industry experience. He's signed major deals with Island Records and EMI Music publishing, and also toured extensively – both independently and with such artists as Mika, The Feeling, The Zutons, Nerina Pallot, and many more. As a producer and composer, Luke has written extensively for TV and film, with many works published through Sony ATV.
Luke Toms | Songwriting Tutor | ICMP London