ICMP’s one-year CertHE Creative Musicianship is a newly redesigned programme which will help you explore your unique artistic identity, provide you with an extensive introduction to how the music industry operates, and guide you on your first steps towards success as a highly skilled creative artist.

Suitable for vocalists and instrumentalists, the programme is ideal for those looking to eventually become entrepreneurial and creative music professionals with varied and enduring portfolio careers.

Through a practical and theoretical examination of performance, composition and music business, you’ll improve your technical understanding of musical language and begin to explore your potential for a career in music and the creative industries.

The modules address a variety of specialisms within creative music practice, ensuring you acquire skills in creative collaboration, songwriting, recording, entrepreneurship and career development.

The programme also lets you progress an individual learning path relevant to your preferred way of learning, interests and ultimate career journey, and there are ongoing opportunities to explore the areas you feel support your personal artistic goals. You’ll be encouraged to consider a variety of different directions as a creative artist, but will make your own decisions about what’s best for your future career.​

You’ll be supported and mentored by exceptionally experienced tutors – all experts in the creative industries – while also learning how to work autonomously.

With a strong focus on entrepreneurship, the course introduces you to tried-and-tested approaches to building yourself as a successful brand and business. Tailored to reflect the realities of the modern music industry, it gives you access to regular masterclasses, industry events and visits by special guest musicians.

At the conclusion of your year of study with ICMP, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a versatile and confident self-producing creative artist, with the entrepreneurial skills, networking contacts and drive to succeed, and an artistic uniqueness to stand out from the crowd.

Will I be able to start my course in September?

Yes. We’re very much looking forward starting the new academic year in September and are still accepting applications.  Head over to our 2020 Student Hub to learn all about how we're preparing for September, the investments we've made and the safety measures we've put in place.  

Your timetable for this course - we’ve also now outlined how much of each module will take place online and face-to-face during Semester A.

 Course Timetable


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.

2020/21 Course Fees: £9,250 (UK & EU Students) | £11,700 (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 2020, 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

Full Fees Information


Please note, this course is currently subject to validation from the University of East London and module details may change. Successful completion of the Cert HE Creative Musicianship programme would lead to the award of Certificate of Higher Education by the University of East London.



Key facts

  • Develops your creative skills and identity through creative collaboration.
  • A comprehensive one-year introduction to the music business.
  • Tailored to reflect the modern music and wider creative industries.
  • Offers a personalised learning experience with a high degree of choice and self-direction, preparing you for a varied portfolio career.
  • Develops your entrepreneurial, business and networking skills to maximise your creative ability.
  • The London location provides top performance opportunities, while you immerse yourself in the global music scene.
  • High-quality teaching by expert 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 the wider music industry enables you to build an impressive musical network.
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Course modules

The CertHE Creative Musicianship offers an excellent introduction to life as a creative artist. Benefiting from opportunities to collaborate with your fellow student musicians and exceptional group tuition, you’ll begin to develop your compositional ‘voice’, grow your technical and creative skills, and build your critical awareness of the wider arts, creative industries and music business sectors you’ll one day be a part of.

The Creative Practitioner (40cr)

Students will practically explore songwriting and composition in different contexts (e.g. artist-focused, film, new media etc.). Students will use Logic Pro as a tool for capturing and presenting ideas.

Performance Practice I (20cr)

Students engage in collaborative composition and performance activity, in response to a range of stylistic briefs.

Musical Language & Technique I (20cr)

Taught in a multi-disciplinary model, students will learn practically relevant aspects of music theory and technique, to enhance and support their creative practice.

Music Industry Structure (20cr)

The module will introduce students to the core structures and functions of the modern music industry, to examine current industry models, processes and practices,

Professional Development (20cr)

This module is designed to support and draw on the students’ practical activity and to equip them with the skills necessary to engage in critical self-reflection, as well as to develop a broad range of personal and professional skillsets.


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.

UCAS code W35CUni code i25


 Please apply via  the "APPLY NOW" link  below.

At any time during 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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