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Music Business and Production

BA (Hons)

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You'll have access to our state-of-the-art engineering laboratories

Links to industry

We have great links with companies such as Slidesports Race Engineering

Real-world technologies

Get hands-on with our industry-standard rolling road and sports cars

UCAS code:
W37P
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Mode of study:
Full-time
Duration:
3 years
Academic year:
17 September 2018 - 21 June 2019
09 September 2019 - 19 June 2020
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Our Music Business and Production degree builds your skills and experience in business areas of the industry, as well as audio production and recording.

Our Music Business and Production course aims to prepare you for work in business management within the professional music industry. The course focuses on areas such as promotion, use of marketing, promotional tools, social media and the internet – to demonstrate what you need in order to maximise music sales and live performances.

Through a range of optional modules, the course allows you to develop specialisms in a variety of areas. You will gain access to a range of specialist facilities, such as recording studios, live rooms, Foley Pit, mastering studios and location kits (recorders, cameras, microphones).

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) Music Business and Production

We have work placement links with companies and organisations including:

  • Yellowfish Studios
  • Dovetail Games
  • Clair Global
  • SFL
  • London Symphony Orchestra
  • Whitby Studios
  • Carlisle Leisure
  • The Lodge Recording Studio
  • Monnow Valley Recording Studio
  • Swansea Bay TV

Course content

Whether you wish to concentrate on marketing, promotion, artist management, running a record company or any other music business, you will be able to tailor your studies to suit your own aspirations through a range of option modules. In addition to our industry standard facilities and equipment, we also have an extensive range of resources including Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Ableton Live and Native Instruments Komplete. Our accredited Avid and Apple trainers who can help you to gain qualifications in Logic and Pro Tools.

Our lecturers have considerable academic and industry expertise. They have worked in studio production, performance and touring. Many of them present at global conferences and are involved in current research.

After you have completed your second year, you can choose to do an additional one year placement in an industry job of your choice. Previous placements have included major and independent record companies, artist management, events management companies and recording studios.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.

Modules

This map is an indicative list of compulsory modules for 2018/2019 full-time undergraduate courses only. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module are subject to change in future years, and according to the mode of study, entry date, award type. In the event of any full-time 2018-2019 compulsory modules changing, we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Design Futures for Media Production
Creative Music Practice 1
Revolutions in Music
Music Business – Marketing
Year 2 compulsory modules
DAW Production Techniques
Practical Studio Techniques
Music Business – Promotion
Year 3 compulsory modules
Music Business – Management
Individual Music Technology Project
Individual Music Portfolio

Entry requirements

  • Typical UCAS offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC, CCC plus B at AS
  • BTEC: DMM

Facilities

Careers

This degree will give you the knowledge, skills and experience needed for careers in music distribution, event and artist management, television, satellite and radio broadcasting. You could also produce sound or music for film, TV, video, games and apps.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

Assessment

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our Student Enabling Centre supports students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments. Each module normally includes practice or 'formative' assessments for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module and the grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

Paul Hodson
Paul HodsonCourse Leader

Paul teaches music production, engineering, music law and contracts, and embedded systems. He has worked with many major record labels and artists, is credited on over 50 albums, and continues to work within the music industry.

For the academic year 2018/19 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,100 per year of study

For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,320 per year of study

UK, EU and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International (Non-EU) students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

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Stoke-on-Trent campus
BA (Hons)
Full-time
17 September 2018

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