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Music Production

BA (Hons)

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New Music Studios

Our expert facilities include five studios and four live rooms

Industry professionals

Our academic team work as songwriters, producers and live performers

UCAS code:
W38P
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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Gain the knowledge and the practical and creative skills you'll need to succeed in the music industry with our multi-disciplinary degree in Music Production.

This course is perfect for anyone looking to work as a music producer. It will also prepare you for a career in radio, TV, film, games and theatre.

You will learn to compose, record, mix and master music for commercial release. Developing the creative processes involved in songwriting, you will also cover the technical skills essential for working in professional studio environments.

You will have access to our five fully equipped recording studios, all with surround sound and consoles from SSL, Avid, Audient and Toft. We also have a 60-seater Mac music technology centre incorporating Logic Pro, Ableton Live, Pro Tools and Native Instruments Komplete.

Throughout the course, you will be guided by lecturers who work as songwriters, producers and live performers. There will also be talks and masterclasses from guest speakers.

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

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

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

In your first year you will be introduced to key studio principles and techniques. We will teach you strategies for working in professional recording studio environments and you will study sound recording, mixing, editing and mastering principles. You will learn about creative musical processes and practices, including performance, listening, improvisation, recording and composition.

In your second year, you will expand your knowledge in recording, editing and remixing, enabling you to work on real-world, professional projects. Between years two and three, you can opt to do an additional one-year placement in industry. Previous placements have included recording studios, major and independent record labels, games development companies and theatres.

A major part of your third year will be the Final Year Project. This will include a piece of written work (dissertation) and a practical portfolio in an area of your choice. Previous music production projects have included producing an EP, or organising and performing at live events.

In your first year you will be introduced to key studio principles and techniques. We will teach you strategies for working in professional recording studio environments and you will study sound recording, mixing, editing and mastering principles. You will learn about creative musical processes and practices, including performance, listening, improvisation, recording and composition.

In your second year, you will expand your knowledge in recording, editing and remixing, enabling you to work on real-world, professional projects. Between years two and three, you can opt to do an additional one-year placement in industry. Previous placements have included recording studios, major and independent record labels, games development companies and theatres.

A major part of your third year will be the Final Year Project. This will include a piece of written work (dissertation) and a practical portfolio in an area of your choice. Previous music production projects have included producing an EP, or organising and performing at live events.

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.

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
Recording Studio Production
Creative Music Practice 1
Revolutions in Music
Year 2 compulsory modules
DAW Production Techniques
Practical Studio Techniques
Creative Music Practice 2
Year 3 compulsory modules
Mixing and Production 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
  • 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 you need to work in:

  • Music production
  • Song writing
  • Performance
  • Broadcasting and internet streaming
  • Sound and music for games, film, TV and video
  • Music distribution
  • Events management and live sound
  • Artist management
  • Music and media education

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Mode of study
Part-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£4,620 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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