Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Popular Music Performance and Production

Three students playing musical instruments

University Centre Rotherham (UCR) creates opportunities and prepares students with the required skills to effectively enter the music industry.

The course offers an educational experience with a key focus on students’ passions, which help will nurture your enthusiasm for popular music and stimulate academic curiosity in the subject.

Our students are given access to a range of industry connections through experienced lecturers who continually work in the world of music. Students specialise in their own chosen area of study including, singing, guitar, bass, recording, production etc. and work both individually and as part of a team.

Many UCR students have turned their passion into a career for over 15 years. We have incredible alumni working in a large range of employment areas such as performance, composition, management, technology, live sound, studio recording, education and more, and previous students actively engage with current undergraduates to offer support, guidance and networking opportunities.

“The course gives me specific skills which I can use in the industry once I graduate, and the tutors are always there to support me if I need it.”

Marcus Kamsika
Marcus Kamsika Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Theatre, acting and performance
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We make every effort to ensure information within our online course directory is accurate and a true representation of the courses we are offering in 2022/23. However, we do reserve the right to make changes if necessary.

Start an exciting career in Performance

The performance sector is ideal for those who are interested in the production and delivery of events and performances.

Performing arts students

Musician

Average salary - £32,700

Musicians write, arrange, orchestrate, conduct and perform musical compositions.

Day-to-day tasks**:
  • Learn and rehearse music pieces
  • Look after your voice and instrument
  • Set up your instrument before performances
  • Perform in front of an audience
  • Prepare for and attend auditions
Working environments

You could work in a theatre, at a music venue or at a recording studio.

*EMSI 2021 **nationalcareers.service.gov.uk

Producer

Average salary - £43,500*

Producers plan the organisation of productions including films and stage productions.

Day-to-day tasks**:
  • Hire staff, cast and crew
  • Pitch to television broadcasters to commission your programme
  • Read scripts and plan filming schedules
  • Work with marketing companies and distributors
  • Work out what resources are needed
  • Check and approve locations
Working environments

You could work at a TV studio, in an office, at a film studio or on a film set. Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time and you may spend nights away from home.

*EMSI 2021 **nationalcareers.service.gov.uk

In-demand skills that commonly appear in job descriptions for roles within the performance sector include*:

  • Communication
  • Management
  • Detail Oriented
  • Planning
  • Enthusiasm

What our students say

“The course gives me specific skills which I can use in the industry once I graduate, and the tutors are always there to support me if I need it.”

Marcus Kamsika
Marcus Kamsika Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Theatre, acting and performance

“I’m finding what I learn on my course really useful and it is providing me with skills to use after my time here. UCR is easily accessible and local which suits me.”

Jessica Atkin
Jessica Atkin Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Theatre, acting and performance

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Popular Music Performance and Production