Three UK Universities to offer a degree in rap music

Britain’s first rap degree has been launched as universities try to find the next Stormzy, who made history as the first British black solo artist to headline at Glastonbury Festival on Friday night.

The Academy of Contemporary Music has decided to host the new course at its campuses at the University of Birmingham, the University of Guildford and Middlesex University.

The course will be run by professional, award-winning rapper ShaoDow who has appeared on Radio 1Xtra and opened for Stormzy.

He also was recently invited into Parliament to speak on behalf of grassroots music venues across the country.

The rapper said a variety of industry experts will be enlisted by the course to help students.

“When I was young, just asking a question about what to do next is worth more than a degree,” he said.

He added the course would generate young people who were business minded and talented enough to make a career out of music while paying their fair share of tax.

The Technical Studies for Rappers and MC’s course investigates each strand of rapper’s profession, including the study of the “4 weapons of rap” (lyricism, flow, delivery, and originality).

According to the prospectus, students will “analyse music theory, study the ideologies behind skillful artistry, develop analytical skills for long and lyric writing, and receive integral guidance on how to hold audiences through effective performance and how to captivate listeners with the art of freestyle.”

Kaine Clements, chief executive of ACM, said: “I could not be more proud of the team at ACM who have put together this incredible programme for lyricists, rappers, MCs and those of you who want to make beats.

“You know that you can really only get to where you want to be by collaborating. “So that is what this is all about and I cannot wait to see what happens next.”

The course runs for two years, or three with a foundation course for those without A Levels, and costs up to £11,000 per year. However, the government will fund parts of the degree in certain circumstances.

The university said that the degree has proven popular, with only “limited spaces” left.

It said in a statement: “Here at ACM, we have been building sustainable, long-lasting careers for its students in all corners of the music industry since 1995. With its innovative learning-by-doing approach, we ensure it brings students fresh knowledge direct from the industry via our world-class tutors, as they teach their students in an industry environment. Partnered with Europe’s largest recording facility, Metropolis Studios, our exclusive industry connections mean that our students receive an unparalleled learning experience, making our graduates highly regarded by music business professionals.”


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