BA (Hons) Singing

Programme Information

Title BA (Hons) Singing
Calendar September – June
Type Full-Time
Length 3 Years
Typical Class Size 27
Awarding Institution Programme is subject to validation

About the Programme

Songwriting / Creating / Performing

The BA Hons Singing programme has a unique focus on singing for popular music, commercial music and musical theatre forms. Highly practical, with substantial one-to-one training, a large amount of public performance opportunities, linked with a solid foundation in music business, the programme combines the best of mainstream music education with a dynamic modern entrepreneurial focus on commercial and entertainment singing performance. The programme develops the student across six areas:

  • Singing (technique / style)
  • Musicality (including the development of a second instrument)
  • Songwriting
  • Music Technology and Recording
  • Performance
  • Music Business and Management

The BA Hons is highly practical and driven by the desire to create imaginative and creative singer / songwriters / performers. The programme gives its students all the key skills required for a successful career. The programme does not prescribe style or genre of popular music but rather allows its students to develop as individual artists.

Year One — Core Skills

Year one is about developing the core skills. In this year the students work closely with the singing staff, through both weekly one-to-one sessions and group sessions, in the development of a healthy, sustainable and strong singing voice. Students also study vocal styles including amongst other Jazz, Blues and Rock singing.

In addition to developing their voice, in year one student develop performance skills in a second instrument (Piano or Guitar). It is not essential that students already have skills in one of these instruments. Students also follow programmes in Music Creation and Recording and performance technology and Music Business Management.

Year Two — The Artist

Year two is focused on the student developing their own creative identity as a music maker and a music performer. One-to-one and group singing sessions continue, as do vocal style studies, performance skills and music business. In year two, two important elements are introduce – Song writing and performance projects. These two are crucial for the development of the creative artist. Utilizing the music technology and recording skills developed in year one students are asked to write and produce a number of original songs – in performance projects students then have the opportunity to producing a substantial public concert showcasing their work.

Year Three — The Professional

Year three is focused on developing creative material and an individual brand so as to help the student launch their professional career. Students also produce recorded material and make a music video. Music business in year three is focused on developing strategies and material and building links to external organization (record labels, promoters, producers and others) to facilitate the students move to being a professional in the music industry.

Year three concludes with each student developing a portfolio of public performances focusing on areas in which they want to develop professionally – these performances can be collaborative or solo and will involve working with backing bands and will take place in professional music venues in Spain and the UK. Each student will graduate with a comprehensive show reel and promotional material.

What Happens When You Leave?

Depending on choices made through the programme students may go on to careers across a broad spectrum of singing related theatre and arts practice.

  • Popular and Commercial Music Singer
  • Cabaret / Concert Singer / Cruise Ship
  • Session Singer
  • Musical Theatre Performer
  • Singing Coach / Teacher
  • Community Music Facilitator

Areas of Study

Individual Vocal Training
To enhance and develop the students professional level performance skills as a solo performer, with specific focus on the development of a personal singing style or approach
Ensemble Singing
To enhance the students ability in ensemble technique including harmony, counterpoint and choral performance
Songwriting / Music Creation
To provide the students with skills as songwriting and in music creation, arrangement and interpretation
Second Instrument Study
To provide students with performance skills in a second instrument (Piano or Guitar)
Style Study
To provide the student with the opportunity to explore and evaluate differing styles and approaches to singing and singing performance from Ella Fitzgerald to Beyonce (e.g Jazz, Gospel, R&B including improvisation etc…)
Performance Skills
To provide the students with an understanding of, and skills, in music performance (utilizing the associated performance skills of visual presentation song interpretation and movement / dance)
Music Technology / Sound Recording and Production
To provide the students with the core skills and understanding of digital audio music production, audio sound recording and production, and live sound.
Music Business and Professional Studies
To provide students with an understanding of the music / performing arts economy and develop in them an understanding of their potential within it. Specific focus is given to music entrepreneurship including the organization of live events.
Music Theory and Analysis
To provide students with a thorough understanding in music theory (including the ability to sight read) and develop in them the capacity to undertake detailed analytical evaluation of music texts and performances.
Vocal Anatomy and Vocal Health
To provide the students with a detailed understanding of the physiological make up and operation of the human voice and develop an understanding of how to work safely as a singing performer

English Language Requirement

All of our programmes are taught and assessed in English.

Foundation Certificates: IELTS 5.5 BA and MA degrees: IELTS 6.5

Students applying from countries where English is the main language do not need IELTS qualifications

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HOW TO APPLY

Applying is Simple

We make applying to our programmes as simple as possible. We highly recommend that you visit us and talk to our lecturers and take a tour of our facilities. We are open every week day except for public holidays and the month of August. Please contact apply@iabarcelona.es to make an appointment.

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STEP ONE – APPLICATION FORM AND FEE

Download the application form and fill it out accurately. The form is a PDF document that will need to be emailed back to us:

You do not need to send copies of your qualifications or references at this time. The application must be filled out in English. Please use Adobe Acrobat Reader (free) to fill out your application form. Mac users – do not use the “Preview” application.

A €50 audition fee will need to paid before the audition. You can pay for the audition fee with a credit card here:

The application form and fee is due 4 weekdays before an audition.
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STEP TWO – CHOOSE AND ATTEND AN AUDITION

If you meet, or will meet, the requirements of the programme, you will need to attend an audition as part of the application process. At the audition, bring a photograph of yourself with your name clearly marked on the back, along with copies of your qualifications achieved to date.

The Institute holds auditions and interviews in multiple locations throughout the year. You will need to choose an audition date and place for your application form. Upcoming dance auditions are listed at the bottom of this page.

Detailed information regarding the audition will be emailed to you after receipt of your application form and audition fee. The auditions are open to anyone who will be at least 18 years old by the 31st of December of the year of enrolment in our programmes.

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STEP THREE – ACCEPT THE OFFER

About 2 weeks after your audition we will contact you. Should you be offered a place at the Institute, you will be asked to email us to let us know if you would like to take up the offer and to pay a one-off Registration Fee of €350. The offer letter will also contain a Fact Sheet setting out the payment plan for the Deposit and the Programme Fee instalments.

Upon receipt of the Registration Fee, you will be sent an enrolment pack as well as accommodation information and you will be given the name of a staff member who will support you through the rest of the process.

What We Look For in a Prospective Student

Enthusiasm for, and commitment to the performing arts or media

Through your application form and in your interview you need to show us tangible evidence of your enthusiasm for and commitment to a career in the media & performing arts. This can be shown in any number of ways. Indeed every applicant will be different. As an example you could talk about what performing arts activities you have done and are doing, you could talk about who inspires you, you could detail any research you have done to progress your planned career. We know that some of you live in cities with access to a lot of performing arts – what have you seen? Some of you do not have such easy access, so what else have you done?

Subject specific skills

Each of the programmes require a specific set of base skills. It is highly unlikely that for BA programmes or above we will accept students with no or limited previous experience, this is particularly true of the performing programmes (Acting, Dance, Music, Musical Theatre). We do not expect you to be perfect (why would you do a degree if you were?) but rather be able to demonstrate the core skills that will enable you to take full advantage of what we can offer you.

Intellectual capacity

The qualifications we offer at the Institute are at the same level as any other University or institute of higher education. You need to demonstrate to us that you have the intellectual capacity to fully engage with the programmes. This is normally demonstrated to us by your achievement in your previous qualifications. Mature students (over 24) without prior academic qualification may be given the opportunity to demonstrating their capacity through the production of some written material specifically for us. If you think you fit into this category please contact us.

Programme Fees and Schedule

  • Audition Fee
    €50 non-refundable One time payment. Due 4 days before your audition.
  • Registration Fee
    €350 non-refundable One time payment. Due 1 month after receipt of offer letter.
  • Deposit
    €2000 EU/EEA and Rest of World £2000 UK Non-refundable and only applicable for new admissions. (Counts toward programme fee.)
  • Programme Fee (includes deposit)
    €7700 Spain Residents* €9950 EU/EEA Residents €14000 others £8750 UK Residents

*To qualify as a Spanish resident, you must:

a) have lived in Spain 6 months prior to your Application

AND

b) be a Spanish citizen or hold a Spanish Residence Certificate or Card for the same length of time or more.

Attending the programme does not entitle you to the Spanish resident fee in subsequent years of attendance.

Important Information

Non-EU/EEA Students Visa Requirement

If you are not a resident of the EU or EEA, you will need to apply for a Spanish student visa. It is your responsibility to apply for this visa and it is very important that you start your visa application process early as it can take a long time. Consult the nearest Spanish embassy or consulate for more information.

Equal Opportunity

The Institute of the Arts Barcelona welcomes applications from disabled students. It is important that you let us know in the application process whether you have any long term disability which could impact on your studies so that we can prepare for you.

Questions?

If after reading this application procedure and you feel unsure about certain aspects of it, we will be happy to assist you. Email your questions to: apply@iabarcelona.es

AUDITIONS

Choose an audition that suits your schedule from this list and enter the place and date on your application form.

Manchester
TIME:
10:00 - 15:00
PLACE:
Studio 25
WEBSITE:
www.studio25manchester.com
ADDRESS:
25 Church Street
Manchester M4 1PE
Barcelona
TIME:
9:00 for Dance, Commercial Dance, Singing and Musical Theatre;
14:00 for Acting
PLACE:
Institute of the Arts Barcelona
WEBSITE:
www.iabarcelona.com
ADDRESS:
C/ Ramon Dalmases 18
08870 Sitges
Spain
Glasgow
TIME:
10:00 - 14:00
PLACE:
UK Theatre School
WEBSITE:
uktheatreschool.com
ADDRESS:
4 West Regent Street
Glasgow G2 1RW
Barcelona
TIME:
9:00 for Dance, Commercial Dance, Singing and Musical Theatre;
14:00 for Acting
PLACE:
Institute of the Arts Barcelona
WEBSITE:
www.iabarcelona.com
ADDRESS:
C/ Ramon Dalmases 18
08870 Sitges
Spain
Bristol
TIME:
14:00 - 17:00
PLACE:
Dance Station
WEBSITE:
www.dancestation.org.uk
ADDRESS:
Alexandra Park
Fishponds
Bristol BS16 2 BG
Dublin
TIME:
10:00 - 14:00
PLACE:
Dance Ireland
WEBSITE:
www.danceireland.ie
ADDRESS:
1 Foley Street
Dublin 1
Manchester
TIME:
10:00 - 15:00
PLACE:
Studio 25
WEBSITE:
www.studio25manchester.com
ADDRESS:
25 Church Street
Manchester M4 1PE
Barcelona
TIME:
9:00 for Dance, Commercial Dance, Singing and Musical Theatre;
14:00 for Acting
PLACE:
Institute of the Arts Barcelona
WEBSITE:
www.iabarcelona.com
ADDRESS:
C/ Ramon Dalmases 18
08870 Sitges
Spain
Lisbon
TIME:
17:00 - 20:00
PLACE:
EDSAE
WEBSITE:
www.edsae.com
ADDRESS:
Edifício Amoreiras Plaza
Rua Silva Carvalho, nº 321 Loja M
1250-252 Lisboa
Barcelona
TIME:
9:00 for Dance, Commercial Dance, Singing and Musical Theatre;
14:00 for Acting
PLACE:
Institute of the Arts Barcelona
WEBSITE:
www.iabarcelona.com
ADDRESS:
C/ Ramon Dalmases 18
08870 Sitges
Spain
Berlin
TIME:
10:00 - 15:00
PLACE:
battleROYAL
WEBSITE:
www.battleroyalprojects.com
ADDRESS:
Glogauer Str. 6, 10999 Berlin
TELEPHONE:
+49 30 208 47 77 50
Porto
TIME:
10:00 - 14:00
PLACE:
Conservatório Vocare
WEBSITE:
http://conservatoriovocare.wordpress.com
ADDRESS:
Rua D. João IV 667
Rés do Chão
Munich
TIME:
10:00 - 14:00
PLACE:
Munich International Ballet School
WEBSITE:
www.mi-ballet-school.de
ADDRESS:
Marsstraße 40
80335 München
Copenhagen
TIME:
10:00 - 15:00
PLACE:
Copenhagen Dance Space
WEBSITE:
http://copenhagendancespace.dk
ADDRESS:
v. Josefin Bjerkensjö, København
Stockholm
TIME:
9:00 - 14:00
PLACE:
Danscentrum Stockholm
WEBSITE:
http://danscentrum.se
ADDRESS:
Jungfrugatan 7B
114 44 Stockholm
Oslo
TIME:
9:30 - 12:30
PLACE:
Norges Dansehøyskole
WEBSITE:
http://ndh.no
ADDRESS:
Borgatta 7
0650 Oslo
Norway
Barcelona
TIME:
9:00 for Dance, Commercial Dance, Singing and Musical Theatre;
14:00 for Acting
PLACE:
Institute of the Arts Barcelona
WEBSITE:
www.iabarcelona.com
ADDRESS:
C/ Ramon Dalmases 18
08870 Sitges
Spain
Barcelona
TIME:
9:00 for Dance, Commercial Dance, Singing and Musical Theatre;
14:00 for Acting
PLACE:
Institute of the Arts Barcelona
WEBSITE:
www.iabarcelona.com
ADDRESS:
C/ Ramon Dalmases 18
08870 Sitges
Spain
Barcelona
TIME:
9:00 for Dance, Commercial Dance, Singing and Musical Theatre;
14:00 for Acting
PLACE:
Institute of the Arts Barcelona
WEBSITE:
www.iabarcelona.com
ADDRESS:
C/ Ramon Dalmases 18
08870 Sitges
Spain