Music Production

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BA (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code:
W38P
UCAS code:
W38Q
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time
Study option:
Full-time, with a foundation year
Duration:
3 Years
Duration:
4 Years
Start date:
27 September 2021

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Our expert facilities include five studios and four live rooms

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Our academic team work as songwriters, producers and live performers

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.

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.

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Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Entry requirements

  • Typical UCAS offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC, CCC plus B at AS
  • BTEC: DMM
  • Typical UCAS Offer: 48 points
  • A levels: A, DD, EEE
  • BTEC: PPP

We understand that you might have experienced a challenging run up to higher education and may have not met the entry requirements as listed. If this is the case don’t worry, contact us and our team of expert advisors can guide you through the next stages of application, or help you find the perfect course for your needs.

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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
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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.

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 Inclusion Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

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.

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 study time will consist of class contact hours, self-directed learning, assessment and placements where appropriate. Your actual contact hours will depend on the subject area, on the option modules you select and professional body requirements

Your study time will consist of class contact hours, self-directed learning, assessment and placements where appropriate. Your actual contact hours will depend on the subject area, on the option modules you select and professional body requirements

Year 1

24% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
76% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 2

24% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
76% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 3

11% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
84% of time in independent study
5% of time in placements

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars, laboratory or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve utilising a range of digital resources including our virtual learning environment; reading journals, articles and books; working on individual and group projects; undertaking research in the library; preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning will be supported by a range of excellent facilities. These include the library, open access computer facilities, informal learning zones, a range of laboratories and performance and studio spaces.

When not attending lectures, seminars, laboratory or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve utilising a range of digital resources including our virtual learning environment; reading journals, articles and books; working on individual and group projects; undertaking research in the library; preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning will be supported by a range of excellent facilities. These include the library, open access computer facilities, informal learning zones, a range of laboratories and performance and studio spaces.

Year 1

13% practical exams
83% coursework
5% written exams

Year 2

54% practical exams
43% coursework
3% written exams

Year 3

26% practical exams
70% coursework
4% written exams

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.

Dr Dave Payling

Associate Professor

Dave teaches audiovisual composition, audio mastering, sound synthesis and music software design. He has a PhD in visual music composition and produces a variety of electronic music.

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Fees

For the course starting on 27 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BA (Hons)-Full-time
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full-time £9,250 per year of study £14,000 per year of study

For the course starting on 27 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BA (Hons) Full-time, with a foundation year
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full-time £9,250 for your first year subsequent years will be charged at the University standard rate £14,000 for your first year subsequent years will be charged at the University standard rate

UK 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 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).

Included in tuition fees
Included in the fees:

Travel, and accommodation costs incurred by compulsory trips and visits away from the University that are directly linked to the learning requirements of a specific module.

The use of all workshops, studios and specialist technical facilities and hire of equipment relating to the course of study.

Travel, and accommodation costs incurred by compulsory trips and visits away from the University that are directly linked to the learning requirements of a specific module.

The use of all workshops, studios and specialist technical facilities and hire of equipment relating to the course of study.

Not included in tuition fees
Not included in the fees:

The estimated cost of text books over the duration of the course. All essential text books are available from the library, but some students chose to purchase their own copies.

Travel, subsistence, entrance fees etc. incurred by optional trips and visits away from the University related to the course.

The cost of materials for the development of a student’s individual practice and work. Additional costs vary dependent upon student’s own choice of materials and approach to their practice.

Optional personal insurance when borrowing equipment such as cameras, lighting equipment etc. for extended period of use off campus [Approx £50-£100]. It may be possible to add some items to home contents insurance.

The following course-related costs are not included in the fees:

  • Portable headphones
  • Portable storage (may be cloud based)

The estimated cost of text books over the duration of the course. All essential text books are available from the library, but some students chose to purchase their own copies.

Travel, subsistence, entrance fees etc. incurred by optional trips and visits away from the University related to the course.

The cost of materials for the development of a student’s individual practice and work. Additional costs vary dependent upon student’s own choice of materials and approach to their practice.

Optional personal insurance when borrowing equipment such as cameras, lighting equipment etc. for extended period of use off campus [Approx £50-£100]. It may be possible to add some items to home contents insurance.

The following course-related costs are not included in the fees:

  • Portable headphones
  • Portable storage (may be cloud based)
Accommodation and living costs
Accommodation and living costs

Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

For more information on accommodation and living costs, please see: Accommodation

Sources of financial support

If you receive funding from Student Finance you may be eligible to apply for additional benefits. Details can be obtained by visiting: www.gov.uk

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

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