The University of Wolverhampton

FD (Arts)Foundation Degree (Arts) Music Performance at Academy of Music and Sound

Why choose this course?

The FD (Arts) Music Performance has been developed with invaluable input from our industry partners, designed to equip you with the

skills and knowledge necessary to work as either a professional musician and/or instrument teacher.

The course will provide you with an understanding of the demands and practices of The Performance Industries, whilst fostering your creative entrepreneurial mindset and intellectual skills, preparing you for work within this innovative industry.

It will also develop your performance and production skills and improve your ability to use a range of technology appropriate to industry practices.

What happens on the course?

Throughout the course you will explore a range of topics such as commercial music creation, the entrepreneurial mindset, and research and intelligence in the performance industries. In the first year, you will undertake a performance-based project that could involve either solo, duo or band gigs. In the second year, you will complete a teaching based project and develop skills in how to start your own business with confidence and focus. You will also examine key issues surrounding stage management and production design.

As the course is professionally focused, there is less emphasis on traditional teaching methods such as lectures and tutorials. Instead, you will learn by participating in ensemble rehearsals, in-class demonstrations, practical hands-on application, listening, analysis, seminars/workshops, notation, independent learning and practice, out-of-class group rehearsals, field visits, peer critique, discussion forums, touring practice, and engagement with practitioners within the workplace.

Why Wolverhampton?

This Foundation Degree is ideal if you wish to progress your studies from a BTEC Extended Diploma or BTEC Diploma and/or A level studies in a performing arts or related subject. Work-based learning projects will help you gain valuable experience of this global industry by exposing you to the realities of the business world.

The nature of the Performance Industries means that most musicians work on a freelance basis throughout their career. This course gives you thorough grounding and understanding of how the industry works and how it evolves. The entrepreneurial skills that you will learn will be of great benefit to you when trying to promote yourself in the future, and will enhance your employability and ability to become a self starter in the industry. On successful completion of the course, you will be able to progress your studies and work towards obtaining a further qualification from The University of Wolverhampton.

Career path

This course is designed to give you vocational experience of working as a performance musician and or music teacher. Following successful completion, you may progress on to a top-up degree course also offered at the University of Wolverhampton.

What skills will you gain?

As a graduate of this course you will be able to:

  • develop performance and production work focusing on technical excellence
  • apply research and cognitive skills to the identification of creative models, audiences and markets, and will be able to analyse, evaluate and reflect critically on theoretical and performance texts and recordings
  • carry out technical, managerial and business/enterprise activities in support of the creative process, and demonstrate practices which combine creative and commercial sustainability as appropriate to the global industry
  • confront, explore and absorb unfamiliar performance genres, concepts, repertoires and practices
  • manage data in a variety of forms as part of a progressive artistic and business strategy
  • understand and respond to the digital world in which the theatre environment operates through the use of various technologies.

Entry requirements

2019 Entry

  • DE from ‘A’ levels
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade PPP
  • BTEC QCF Diploma MP
  • Access to HE Diploma full award
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.

Other Requirements

Those meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted for an interview at the Academy of Music & Sound.

International applicants are not eligible to apply for this programme.

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Course fees and finance

2019/0 Home/EU International
Full time £6,165 - *
Part time £4,110

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2019/0. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

* We are currently unable to confirm these fees.

Fees at Partner Colleges are not yet available.

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