Commercial Modern Music / Nuacheol Tráchtála

2019 CAO Points - 583*

*This includes score from audition (maximum score 600)

Leaving Cert
Minimum Number of

Subjects

Higher

6

 2H5s

Minimum Grade in

N/A

N/A

Other Grade Requirements

Applicants must attend an assessment/audition. 

Applicants welcome to make a late application by 1st May at 5.15pm or use CAO change of mind before 1st July at 5.15pm

Additional Requirements/Information: You must attend an assessment/audition to establish your playing standard and eligibility for the course. Video auditions can be arranged for applicants who may be living overseas. 

Applications from QQI Level 5 and 6 are welcome. Further details at www.tudublin.ie/qqi

Mature applicants (23+) are welcome. The primary entry requirement for mature applicants is audition only.  Further details at www.tudublin.ie/mature

Programme Location: BIMM Institute Dublin

This four-year programme has been designed for guitarists, bass players, drummers, vocalists, songwriters, and those running commercial music projects who want to gain a Level 8 qualification in modern music, while at the same time fulfilling their creative and commercial potential.

It will encourage you to hone your live performance skills while also developing your career goals, which may include being a professional performer, professional songwriter or producer, music manager or publisher, academic researcher or teacher.

There are five streams: Drums, Bass, Guitar, Vocals, and Songwriting.

You’ll have access to BIMM Connect, an exclusive social networking platform and home to Europe’s largest private community of music students and graduates.

Aside from linking users to thousands of potential creative opportunities across each of our campuses, this free service delivers a range of valuable tools to help you achieve your creative potential and career goals. Resources include a jobs board, events page, group forums and opportunities to showcase and promote your work – plus lots of other resources aimed at getting you the right information when you need it.

Subjects (including optional subjects) include music business & study skills, artist development & entrepreneurship, live performance, music theory and keyboard skills, songwriting, performativity & live music, arrangement analysis, cultural perspectives, Research Methods, professional musicianship options, digital marketing in the music business, studio musicianship, The Songwriter/Producer studio recording, music publishing, Professional Project, Analytical Perspectives, Solo Performance, Ensemble Performance, Music Teaching Practice, Professional Development, Commercial Songwriting and Composition and Analysis.

On graduation, you may proceed to postgraduate studies leading to the award of MSc, MPhil or PhD at research institutes and universities worldwide.

At BIMM Institute Dublin 85% of our 2017 group of graduates were employed within six months of graduation, working in the music industry as artists and performers, session musicians, in artist management, record labels, music publishing, social media entrepreneurship and live music production. Many graduates have also gone on to pursue postgraduate studies in fields such as performance, music research, composition and teaching.

Graduates have toured the world with high-profile artists such as James Vincent McMorrow and Dua Lipa.

BIMM group students have scored an unprecedented 30 UK Top 40 singles and Top 20 albums, including George Ezra and James Bay. Other graduates have gone on to have successful careers in the wider music industry such as booking agent Natashia Bent who works with Foals and First Aid Kit.

BIMM Institute Brighton student Tom Odell’s debut album ‘Long Way Down’ reached No. 1 in the UK charts. He was nominated for two Brit Awards and won ‘Songwriter of the Year’ at the Ivor Novello Awards in 2014.

BIMM Institute Brighton guitar student James Bay won the 2015 BRIT’s Critics’ Choice award. Enjoying chart success and sell-out tours, James’s single ‘Hold back the river’ reached No 2 and his album reached No 1 in the UK charts.

A number of Dublin graduates have embarked on successful careers such as The Fontaines DC and AE Mak and Peter Walsh who has a successful career in music publishing.

  • Instrumental
  • Styles
  • Techniques
  • Music Business & Study Skills
  • Artist Development & Entrepreneurship
  • Live Performance Workshop
  • Music Theory and Keyboard Skills
  • Songwriting
  • Song writing Techniques
  • Styles Analysis
  • Live Arrangement Workshop
  • Music Theory & Keyboard Skills
  • Music Business & Study Skills
  • Artist Development & Entrepreneurship

Instrumental

  • Styles
  • Techniques
  • Applied Music Business & Study Skills
  • Essential Development Skills
  • Performativity & Live Music
  • Applied Music Theory
  • Transcription & Keyboard Skills

Songwriting

  • Songwriting Techniques
  • Arrangement Analysis
  • Live Performance Workshop (SW)
  • Applied Music Business & Study Skills
  • Essential Development Skills
  • Applied Music Theory, Transcription & Keyboard Skills

Instrumental - Core Modules:

  • Cultural Perspectives
  • Advanced Music Theory & Arrangement
  • Research Methods
  • Professional Musicianship Options:
  • Performance in Context
  • Digital Marketing in the Music Business
  • Studio Musicianship
  • Studio Recording
  • The Songwriter/Producer
  • Music Publishing

Songwriting - Core Modules:

  • Cultural Perspectives
  • Advanced Music Theory & Arrangement
  • Research Methods
  • Music Publishing

Songwriting Options:

  • Performance in Context
  • Digital Marketing in the Music Business
  • Studio Musicianship
  • Studio Recording

Instrumental - Core Modules:

  • Professional Project (Major)
  • Analytical Perspectives (Minor)
  • Analytical Perspectives (Major)
  • Professional Project (Minor)

Instrumental – Optional Modules :

  • Commercial Songwriting
  • Solo Performance
  • Ensemble Performance
  • Music Business Studies
  • Music Teaching Practice
  • Professional Development
  • Composition and Analysis

Songwriting - Core Modules:

  • Commercial Songwriting
  • Professional Project (Major)
  • Analytical Perspectives (Minor)
  • Analytical Perspectives (Major)  
  • Professional Project (Minor)

Songwriting - Optional Modules :

  • Solo Performance
  • Ensemble Performance
  • Music Business Studies
  • Music Teaching Practice
  • Professional Development
  • Composition and Analysis
I really enjoyed my time at BIMM. Having tutors who are actively working in the music industry was a massive help to both my studies and my own personal career as a musician. During my time at BIMM I organised several release campaigns for my band, had a No 1 single in the iTunes Rock charts, recorded on the BIMM album, and attended many industry panels/showcases organised by the college.
Since graduating, I have been writing for music blogs, gigging/recording with my bands and now I’m organising events with artists such as Idles, Mabel, Gerry Leonard, The Edge and Josh Homme.
TU Code

TU961

Level

Level 8

Award

Bachelor of Arts (Hons)

Duration

4 years

Number of Places

150

Location

City Centre

Fees

EU Fees

Non-EU Fees

Contact Us

Recruitment & Admissions Manager - Helen Shyne