BA (Hons) Music Production
Award: Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree
Duration: 3 years, full time
Start Date: September 2013
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UCAS Code: WJ39 (Campus Code: T)
Institution Code: C30
Applications should be submitted via UCAS
Application Deadline: 15 January 2013
Aims of the BA (Hons) Music Production Degree
• To develop the practical skills and knowledge to work in today’s music production industry
• To develop creativity alongside practical and theoretical knowledge of music production techniques through creative assignments and projects
• To build a broad critical, analytical and contextual understanding of music production techniques that will equip the graduate with skills that can be directly transferred into the work place
• To provide opportunities to develop skills and attributes needed in order to create original work in the areas of sound recording and design, music technology and related media and to provide personal presentation and project development skills
The music production degree combines creativity with technology, assessing your creative output while developing technical skills and knowledge. As a student on this course you’ll record musicians, create music for film, learn to mix creatively, explore video production, record live and on location, and get to grips with the business and law of music and media, developing industry-specific skills in the fields of studio and location recording, sound design, computer music production and audio visual work.
As with all Futureworks courses, you’ll spend a large amount of time learning by working in our state-of-the-art facilities, using a range of industry-standard hardware and software in our recording studios, workstation labs and edit suites stocked with industry names such as Neve, SSL, Icon, Logic, Pro Tools and many more besides. Upon graduation you will achieve not only a recognised degree qualification, but will also be equipped with a strong portfolio of production work focussed on gaining employment in your chosen career sector.
• Creative Production Skills
• Recording techniques
• Sound Processing
• Sound and Vision for Installation
• Project development and leadership
• E-Music and Marketing
• Research skills
Lectures, workshops and tutorials take place in our fully equipped classrooms and studios. Regular access to studio and practical facilities, allow students to establish, practice and develop their work using professional level hardware and software. Relevant hardware and software training will be provided during studio, workshop and lecture sessions to support student work at all levels.
The majority of your coursework is assessed through practical submissions and written work in the form of supporting documentation and essays. We also use viva voce interviews, seminars and tutorials as methods of formative and summative assessment and feedback for the work you produce.
The transferable skills gained through the music production course allow graduates to move into a variety of careers and be well equipped for work within the creative industries. Specialist skills and knowledge lead on to a variety of exciting creative roles within music recording, post-production, sound design for film, TV, the web and multimedia, community arts projects and within the education sector.
Specific entry requirements for this course are:
• 240 UCAS Points and an Audition
We expect all applicants to have a proven interest in music and music production and perhaps the performing arts in a wider context. Knowledge of the basic use of computers (either Mac or PC platform) and music/audio software will be helpful, but it is not essential for you be expert in these areas before starting the course. More important is a proven interest in music making, sound recording and design and its associated technologies. A willingness to explore new ideas is important alongside creativity and a positive attitude to study.