About the BA (Hons) Music Production programme
BA (Hons) Music Production programme aims to develop students into successful contributing members of the local, national and international popular music industry.
This is a fantastic course for anyone wanting to pursue a career in music. It covers both conventional music skills and related technology with an emphasis on creative applications including composition for a wide range of media, studio recording through to computer-based song writing.
Our students will: develop a portfolio including varied selections of production opportunities with a view to increasing employability in a diverse and challenging sector be expected to become active engineers and producers, contributing to the music scene from the very start of the course by taking part in real-world experience by managing our White Box label be thrust into a busy life of studio recording, showcasing original, interesting and challenging work which demonstrates top-class skillstake advantage of our four industry-standard digital studios with separate live rooms, consisting of Pro Tools and Logic Pro recording equipment and stock of hundreds of industry-standard microphones, instruments, backline, drum kits, PA systems and keyboards.
The programme has been carefully constructed to provide students with a clear pathway from skills acquisition, through to application and development, finishing with a ‘springboard to industry’ in the final year
Applicants will require 80 UCAS points (UCAS 2017 tariff). This equates to MMP or above at BTEC National Diploma, CCD at A-Level, or Merit on the Diploma Foundation Studies (Art, Design and Media). Students are also required to hold English & Maths GCSE (or equivalent) grade C or above.
Students with no traditional entry qualifications will be considered on an individual basis by completing a short essay and informal audition and/or showcase of production work to date.
What you will learn
Year 1 (Level 4)
Year One focuses on the development of key skills required of a modern musician including: Production; Electronic Music Composition; Live Sound; Song Writing and Composition; Music Theory and Listening Skills; Sound Production and Popular Music Studies.
Year 2 (Level 5)
Year Two applies knowledge gained in Year One by developing and applying skills in: Production Portfolio; Composition for TV and Film, Radio Production; Music Theory and Composition Studies and Popular Music Studies 2.
Year 3 (Level 6)
Honours Stage allows learners to tailor their study programme to fit their career path/specialism. Focus will be on: Final Major Project; Creative Collaboration; Dissertation and Music Business and Digital Promotion.
Learning & Teaching Methods
Students will need to attend university two days a week. They will also need time for self-directed study and assessment completion, which can be done at home or at university to suit individuals’ commitments and preferences.
The course will equip students with the knowledge to understand and be able to apply theoretical and contextual concepts, through deconstruction and critical analysis of own practice, to ‘real world’ scenarios in a competitive and fast-paced entertainment sector.
Our students will develop the necessary skills to read and compose music in a creative way and allow students to access and confidently operate in individual and group studio recording sessions.Our course aims to provide students the opportunity to access and use industry-standard equipment in individual and group production environments.
Students will develop and understanding of the music industry and opportunities for employment as a musician or producer and will develop in students the ability to apply research and inquiry skills to explore related topics in depth.
Our students are expected to become active musicians and producers, contributing to the music scene from the very start of the course. Our real-world experience in managing our White Box Sessions and record label offer a unique opportunity for learners to practise and contribute to the industry in preparation for forging their own career and creative pathway.
Postgraduate study (teacher training), employment as a performing musician, recording and production industry, multimedia, radio and television, music promotion and management.