ICMP’s one-year CertHE Creative Musicianship is a highly creative course which will help you identify your musical ‘voice’, give you a thorough understanding of how the music industry works, and position you ready to launch your career as a versatile and confident self-producing artist.

This fun and diverse course is suitable for all musicians and caters for a range of different instruments, including guitar, bass, drums, vocals, keyboards, saxophones, harps, and many more options.

Over the course, you’ll develop expertise in your principal instrument, individually through one-to-one and group instrumental tuition, and collectively within a group workshop environment. You’ll have access to ICMP’s high-tech facilities, where you’ll build an impressive portfolio of your own original music, working across media including film, games, fashion, dance and more. You’ll also gain an understanding of marketing, social networking and branding, while developing broader communication, management, business, entrepreneurial and interpersonal skills.

Your experienced tutors will guide and mentor you along the way, helping you to understand the way the music business operates first-hand, thanks to regular visits by special guest musicians, masterclasses, industry events, and ICMP’s partnership with London’s Tileyard Studios – home of the UK’s largest professional music community.

The learning journey of the CertHE Creative Musicianship is student-led and hugely personalised. You’ll be encouraged to make your own decisions regarding the direction your study will take, and will explore a range of potential musical directions as a creative artist.

At the end of your time with us, you’ll be a confident composer, producer and performer with a wide-ranging repertoire of material, and will have the marketing skills, networking contacts and ambition to launch your professional career.


Studying music at ICMP in London is great value, as well as great fun, with fees for our music courses significantly less than those at many traditional universities and other UK music education providers.

2019/20 Course Fees: £7,500 (UK & EU Students) | £9,700 (Non-EU Students)

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

EU Students, applying to start their course in 2019, will continue to be eligible for both home fee status and have access to student finance. This entitlement will remain in place for the duration of the course. Read more

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Successful completion of programme Cert HE Creative Musicianship at ICMP leads to the award of Certificate of Higher Education by the University of East London.


Key facts

  • Develops your creative skills and unique identity as a musician through structured weekly individual and collaborative performance activities.
  • One-to-one and group tuition in your principal discipline and opportunities to explore other instruments.
  • A personalised learning experience which prepares you for a portfolio career within music and the wider creative industries.
  • Develops your performance, musicianship, entrepreneurial, business and networking skills to maximise your creative ability.
  • The London location provides opportunities to perform in gigs at top London venues, while immersing yourself in the global music scene.
  • High-quality teaching by music industry practitioners in a creative and inspiring learning environment.
  • A high level of contact teaching hours, delivered in small groups in world-class facilities.
  • Connection with Tileyard Studios and wider music industry enables you to build an impressive musical network.
  • Global opportunities in Nashville, California, Malmö and Paris make for a truly international course.


Course modules

During your year on the CertHE Creative Musicianship programme, you’ll develop and enhance your technical and creative skills thanks to one-to-one tuition on your principal study instrument. As well as this, you’ll begin to develop your compositional ‘voice’, while gaining an in-depth understanding of contemporary and traditional music production processes. You’ll also build your critical awareness with regards to the wider arts, creative industries and music business sectors.


During this module you’ll develop your performance skills through the study of a range of performance traditions, genre conventions and idiosyncrasies, and will begin to identify your unique artist ‘voice’ through first and/or second instrument study. You’ll receive one-to-one instrumental tuition, allowing you to focus intently on your technical proficiency, self-expression and study of your first and/or second instrument. You’ll also develop the ability to compose, arrange and perform original music, while generating an understanding of genre conventions and how these can be manipulated or re-presented for a contemporary audience.


On this module you’ll develop an understanding of established methodologies and models for composition, songwriting and creative practices, while creating of a portfolio of original material. You’ll study the core principles surrounding melody, harmony and rhythm, and how these are applied in the context of composing or arranging. You’ll also acquire an advanced awareness of musical structures and the use of music technology, while developing basic keyboard skills to support your learning and enhance your skill base.

Music Culture, Context and Criticism I

During this module you’ll be introduced to effective ways of recognising and interpreting the development of popular music genres and will develop the skills necessary to justify intellectual positions using critical texts and resources. The module utilises the University of East London’s ‘Skills Curriculum’ as a core framework for investigating, analysing and critiquing current debates and theories surrounding the context in which popular music is produced, performed and consumed.


On this module you’ll develop an understanding of how music works in the context of new and emerging media channels and the wider arts sector, largely through a portfolio of work created collaboratively with ICMP students from other course disciplines. You’ll also study and practise both established and more recent forms of music composition for new and emerging media, and will consider the underlying philosophical and aesthetic connections that link and contextualise music within the wider arts sector.


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.

Your learning will be in small mixed groups for seminars and small workshop groups for practical skills. Some lectures are in larger groups.

You will have access to the Student Services Department for support and advice concerning welfare, finance, personal development, safeguarding etc. 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.

As a student of UEL you will also enjoy access to a range of UEL facilities, including the 24/7 multimedia libraries, with over 300,000 books, journals, audio-visual resources and archives, 500 electronic books and 25,000 electronic journals and databases.

Teaching and Learning

On the Cert HE Creative Musicianship programme 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.
Throughout the duration of your course your time will be split as follows:

Teaching, Learning and Assessment hours per year: 392hrs

Self-study hours per year: 808hrs


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:

100% Coursework


Applicants will typically have A Levels, BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma, or International Baccalaureate equivalent to 48 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 can demonstrate their suitability for study through appropriate skills and experience.

For International Student entry requirements, see ‘International Applications’. All applicants will be invited to audition.

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