Foundation Diploma in Professional Musicianship

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A 1-year part-time diploma

This one-year practical and vocational course is ideal if you want to further your musical abilities on a part-time basis of 4.5 hours a week.

At BIMM Dublin, we understand that live performance is the key to you becoming a great musician. So, you’ll spend a lot of time working on your techniques and styles to help you develop and find your niche as a performer.

You’ll receive expert guidance from your highly skilled BIMM tutors, all of whom have had vast experience in the music industry and continue to be a part of the business today.

You’ll also study music theory and the fundamental skills required to read and perform music notation

During your time on the course, you’ll connect with like-minded fellow musicians for exciting collaboration projects and will get to plug into unique networking opportunities. These include Masterclasses with global music industry professionals. You’ll also have the opportunity to audition for the BIMM Album and the BIMM end-of-term gigs.

All in all, it’s a fantastic part-time introduction to modern music and the industry that surrounds it.

The course is fully validated by BIMM University and successful completion will gain you 60 CATS credits at Level 4 in the National Framework of Qualifications for England & Northern Ireland.

This is the equivalent to 30 ECTS credits at Level 6 on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications.

It’s a great gateway to taking your first steps in a music industry career.

So, what are you waiting for? To make your way as a musician, connect with us, and we’ll connect you to a life in music.

Course specification

Mode of attendance: Part-time

Length of course: 1 year

Awarding institution: BIMM University

Campus delivery: Dublin

Language of study: English

Final award and exit awards: 60 CATS Credits (Equivalent to 30 ECTS Credits)

Admissions Criteria: Successful completion of one module at Level 5. This is equivalent to one O6 (formerly one Ordinary Level D3) in any subject at Leaving Cert.

Minimum requirements

The minimum entry requirement is the successful completion of one module at Level 5. This is equivalent to one O6 (formerly one Ordinary Level D3) in any subject at Leaving Cert.

Applicants must be 17 on 1st January in the year of entry. All applicants are made directly to BIMM Institute Dublin. All applicants must also attend an audition to determine their eligibility for the course.

Overseas students where English is not their native language must meet a minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.0. We require a minimum of 5.5 to be achieved in each band.


Graduates can progress directly to a career in the music industry or can continue their study with BA (Hons) Commercial Modern Music in Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocals or Songwriting at BIMM Institute.

Course fees

Because we’re Europe’s largest and most prestigious music institute, we’re uniquely positioned to offer outstanding value and quality to all our students.

Module names and structure may be subject to change.

In this module, you will learn about music styles that feature in today’s music industry, along with the pivotal artists from each genre, what the essential components are, and how you can apply these creatively to music and live performances.

You will get to perform these styles ‘Live in BIMM’, with bands made up from members of all four instrumental streams. In these ‘Live’ sessions, tutors will share their knowledge and experience, with tips and secrets on stagecraft and maximising your potential as a dynamic and creative live performer.

In this module, you will study the core techniques necessary to deliver a professional standard performance on your chosen instrument. Your specialist tutor will identify areas for improvement and help you to establish a practice routine that will ensure continued development during your time at BIMM and into the future.

Not only will you develop your instrumental skills, but you will also collaborate with other musicians, creating a performance that showcases the techniques you have gained. At BIMM, we understand the importance of fostering artistic relationships that can lead to exciting opportunities.

This module is all about making theory creative and fun. You’ll be introduced to the fundamentals of music theory with creative application of theoretical concepts using an industry-standard DAW and piano/keyboard.

For the contemporary musician/songwriter, digital audio workstation software has become an essential and valuable creative tool. This module blends the technical concepts with practical tasks to demystify and inspire. You will also explore and develop your aural recognition and transcription skills to become better prepared for the range of musical situations you are likely to encounter as a professional musician.

All students will have access to a DAW and piano keyboard in class, emphasising the practical demonstration and creative application of all the theoretical concepts studied.

Any questions?

For any questions regarding our courses or if you’d like more information on how to apply to BIMM Institute, please contact our Admissions Team on +353 1 5133 666 or email [email protected].