Key facts

Location:

Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 3 years full-time
UCAS code: W37P
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 7 June 2019

Introduction

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

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.

Modules

This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course.

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
Recording Studio Production Compulsory
Creative Music Practice 1 Compulsory
Revolutions in Music Compulsory
Music Business – Marketing Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Recording Studio Production Compulsory
Creative Music Practice 1 Compulsory
Revolutions in Music Compulsory
Music Business – Marketing Compulsory

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
DAW Production Techniques Compulsory
Practical Studio Techniques Compulsory
Music Business – Promotion Compulsory
Electronics for Music Optional
Sound Design for Film and Games Optional
Digital Performance Optional
Studio and Venue Acoustics Optional
Creative Software Tools for Sound 2 Optional
Creative Music Practice 2 Optional
Semester 2
Module title
DAW Production Techniques Compulsory
Practical Studio Techniques Compulsory
Music Business – Promotion Compulsory
Sound Design for Film & Games (Int) Optional
Venue Acoustics Optional
Sound Design for Film and Games Optional
Digital Performance Optional
Studio and Venue Acoustics Optional
Creative Software Tools for Sound 2 Optional
Creative Music Practice 2 Optional

Year 3

Semester 1
Module title
Music Business – Management Compulsory
Individual Music Technology Project Compulsory
Individual Music Portfolio Compulsory
Sound Design for the Creative Industries Optional
Sound for Mobile Devices Optional
Studio Mixing Techniques Optional
Teacher Training Optional
Work Experience in the Film, Games, Music and Television Industries Optional
Work Placement in the Entertainment Industry Optional
Mixing and Production Management Optional
Intermedia Art Optional
Semester 2
Module title
Music Business – Management Compulsory
Individual Music Technology Project Compulsory
Individual Music Portfolio Compulsory
Commercial Recording Management Optional
Advanced Pro Tools HD Techniques Optional
Mastering Techniques Optional
Work Experience in the Film, Games, Music and Television Industries Optional
Work Placement in the Entertainment Industry Optional
Mixing and Production Management Optional
Intermedia Art Optional

Teaching 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.