What are the best universities for a Popular Music Degree

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ehill_02
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I will be starting the application process for university in September. I am currently doing a BTEC Level 3 Music Performance and Production course and predicted to achieve a grade Distinction. I've looked at the best universities overall for music, but these universities are mainly for classical and more theory based degrees. I just need some more information on good universities for popular music and their rankings/ reviews from ex students.Thanks
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I did that BTEC course as well and I'm planning to go BIMM in september. they are kinda the best for more modern music. apparently falmouth is good as well.
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Ravensbourne is great. They're really geared towards training professionals for the modern creative industries - the uni's motto is literally 'designed for industry.' I went to BIMM, and my brother went to Ravensbourne. I regret not following him there (but feel free to ask me anything about BIMM lol, because don't get me wrong, I had fun there.)
Ravensbourne have recently merged their music course and sound design course so their students are learning a wide range of audio techniques across music and sound design fields, with the option to also specialise either in more of the music side or sound design side. Yeah, I've learnt music production and I'd say I'm pretty skilled, but he's learnt everything I know and more, including music and sound for media (film, TV, games and interactive media), studio & location recording, editing and post-production, music and sound for VR and live multimedia, emerging technologies such as 3D Audio, he's even had the opportunity to do sound art lmao. They're pretty digital-based but really accomodating for musicians, there's loads of drummers, guitarists, bassists, vocalists, even harpists who have studied tehre and expanded these skills as well as their digital ones.

(He definitely made the right choice opting to do a music course tailored towards creative industries, rather than just doing a music production course... because he's now hugely more employable than I am... he's going straight into the industry. Luckily I'm not pursuing a career in music as I've found my personal interest lies elsewhere (through no fault of BIMM's).
But if I didn't have another career in mind I'd be screwed... because yes I've been taught music production but I wasn't taught much that made me stand out from any other person studying music production either at BIMM or any other uni teaching a similar course to mine.)
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If you want the "uni" experience, you might consider Goldsmiths' Popular Music degree: https://www.gold.ac.uk/ug/bmus-popular-music/
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Check out some conservatoires if you're looking into that. For instance, Royal Northern College of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire, Leeds College of Music. I have some friends in the year above me doing popular music courses and they love it. But if you want the 'uni' experience, then I'd highly recommend the University of Huddersfield. Not only do they have a load of music courses and are brilliantly equipped, but they also have a huge range of music-related degrees too, including performance, pure music, music production, audio engineering if you're into that too and they do have a straight 'popular music' course too. I'd recommend checking them all out.
Hope this helps!
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