Undergraduate Music Degrees
Establish yourself as a composer, producer, sound engineer or music industry professional.
We offer five undergraduate courses that are tailored to meet a range of sound and music careers within today's challenging and highly rewarding creative industries. Within each course there is further opportunity to follow your interests and passions through option modules and flexible assignments. All courses offer opportunities to collaborate with other students from other disciplines such as Film, Games and Animation.
Our teaching is extremely practical, giving you the hands on experience and the creative skills you will need to succeed in your chosen career. You will learn from highly-qualified and dedicated staff with active and prominent roles in both industry and research. In addition, our courses all feature regular input from a wide variety of guest speakers working in the music and creative industries.
Teaching takes place in our world-class, state-of-the-art facilities that include a music studio complex, Mac labs, a TV centre and a range of industry-standard software. As an approved Avid and Apple training centre, we offer additional accreditation in Pro Tools and Logic at a very low additional cost. Furthermore, our BSc courses are accredited by the Institute of Engineering and Technology, giving added value to your qualification.
The vast majority of our students graduate with 'good' degrees (1sts and 2:1s) and go on to a range of careers in the music, media and games including studio engineers, music producers, sound designers (for film, TV and games), promoters, performers, composers, DJs, lecturers, technicians, teachers and marketing.
BA (Hons) Electronic Music (Composition and Performance)
Gain skills and knowledge in music composition and production, software, performance and digital arts.
BA (Hons) Music Business and Production
Gain skills and experience in business areas related to the music industry as well as audio production and recording.
BA (Hons) Music Production
Gain skills and experience in audio production and recording.
BSc (Hons) Music Technology
Get to grips with analogue and digital equipment, recording and mastering technologies and digital audio workstation equipment.
BSc (Hons) Music Technology (Top Up)
Top Up from HND or Foundation Degree in Music Production or Technology to BSc (Hons).
BSc (Hons) Sound Design
Prepare for a career as a freelance sound artist and/or part of the sound department in the film and games industries.
There have been really good opportunities to record with bands and produce different types of music records, which was great for my development.Sam Gibbs - Music Production
I graduated with a strong desire to become a sound designer. I landed a full-time in-house position at Radium Audio, a London-based sound company. I quickly progressed to the position of Head of Sound Design and had the opportunity to work on channel idents for Sky 1 and MGM HD. I have since left Radium Audio to start my own company. We're now are currently in the process of opening a second studio in Stockholm, Sweden.Chris Didlick - Music Technology
The award structures, lecturers and technical staff were incredibly supportive and provided the perfect academic environment for students.Jay Harrison - Graduate
You will be prepared for your career by learning from highly-qualified and dedicated staff with active and prominent roles in both industry and research.
They have worked as sound engineers, music producers, performing artists, composers and sound designers. Several have run successful businesses and several present, perform and publish in international academic circles. Our courses all feature regular input from a wide variety of guest speakers. In recent years these have included: Ken Scott (Producer: The Beatles, David Bowie); Dean Humphreys (Sound Supervisor: The Pianist, Taken 2) and Nick McCabe (Guitarist: The Verve).
The vast majority of our students graduate with 'good' degrees, i.e. 1sts and 2:1s and go on to graduate-level employment or freelance work. Staffordshire Music graduates have gone on to work in the following areas:
- Acoustic Consultancy
- Artist Management
- Community Arts
- Digital Distribution
- Digital Marketing
- Events Management
- Games Audio
- Instrumental Tuition
- Instrument Making
- Interactive Multimedia Design
- Live Sound Engineering
- Music Production and Remixing
- Postgraduate Study
- Post-Production Audio for Film and TV
- Post-Production Houses
- Radio Advert Production
- Record Companies / Labels
- Record Shops
- Sample Libraries
- Sound Design
- Studio Engineering
- Studio Equipment Design and Manufacture
- Studio Management
- Technicial Departments
- University Lecturers
- Venue Management
Guaranteed Work Experience
Who says students have never done a day's work? We provide the opportunity of work experience for all new students.
This work experience may link to your course, or it could be a broader experience. Our commitment will give students the best possible mix of knowledge and experience.
You'll have the opportunity to apply to spend a year working on placement in the music industry. With our solid contacts, we'll do our utmost to help you secure the placement that's right for you. Placements occur between your second and final years of study.
Previous students have gone to recording studios, media outlets, and education institutions. A growing number of our students also choose to start-up in business.
You'll also have the opportunity to join Phoenixx Management. Run by music students, it signs, records, and releases material for a variety of artists.
- Solid State Logic (SSL)
- Sony Music
- Polydor Records
- Ditto Music
- London Symphony Orchestra
- Yellow Fish Studios
- Dovetail Games
Work Experience Opportunities
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We've invested £11.5m in developing brand new TV and Music Technology Studios.
The Cadman Studios offer brand new studio spaces and facilities. These include music studios built in fully isolated acoustic boxes and the ability to interconnect any control room to any live room within the complex through our central patchbay. We can even connect to the TV studio and post production rooms.
We have five studios, four live rooms with drum kits and equipment from Line 6, Marshall and Laney. The studios are a mix of analogue and digital, including ProTools HD and surround sound. One studio is home to an advanced SSL AWS 900SE mixing console, the others have consoles from Avid, Audient and Toft.
The lab is equipped with 50 Macs running software from Apple Logic, Ableton, Native Instruments, UAD, SSL and more.
Our teaching is extremely practical, giving you the hands on experience and creative skills you will need to succeed in your chosen career. You will learn through a mixture of practical studio / lab sessions, lectures, seminars, tutorials and group work.
New Campus Experience
We're delivering a whole new campus experience at the heart of the UK. Connected by great transport links, it doesn't matter where you're from. You'll be the first to use our new £40 million learning and social spaces.
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Why choose us
We'll connect you to your future. Join us and you'll be amongst the first to use our new city campus in Stoke-on-Trent. We've invested millions in creating new campus experiences designed around you. Giving you everything you need to open doors and break boundaries.
We've invested £40 million to make the student experience better for everyone. So, If specialist laboratories and studios are important to you, we've got you covered. Or if balancing university life in new social and leisure spaces is the clincher, consider it clinched.