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Music Production

FdA

Foundation degree

Key facts

Award
FdA Music Production
School
College of Liberal Arts
Campus or location
University Centre Weston
Taught by
University Centre Weston
Course length
Two years full-time
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: J930
Campus Code: C,WESTON

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our foundation programmes. See ‘Interested in applying’ for more information..

Equip yourself with the skills and experience to forge a career in the audio production industry.

  • Taught through practical activity to ensure a thorough understanding of industry practices.
  • Annual residential visits to legendary studios to engineer for professional musicians.
  • Dedicated studio space for degree students.

This foundation degree in Music Production will give you the skills to work as a producer, sound engineer, sound designer, live engineer, composer for multimedia and film, or sound post-production for film and television. We place emphasis on practical skills for employment, and offer frequent opportunities to record and engineer with other students and professional musicians.

You’ll graduate with a competitive edge in a popular industry; having become a versatile and intelligent music producer with creative approaches to production.

“The degree was carefully structured to give students a taste of all that the music industry has to offer. It helped determine what path I wanted to follow in the industry and find ways of breaking into it.”

– Karl, Music Production (Foundation Degree) graduate

What you'll learn

Overview

Through extensive studio experience, you’ll learn to work efficiently and creatively with a wide array of processes and equipment. We’ll give you an in-depth knowledge of industry-standard software including Logic Pro X and Pro Tools, and explore the underlying principles and impact of technology on the 21st century musician.

You’ll develop your listening skills, focussing on audio electronics and acoustics to gain an in-depth understanding of successful studio practice, as well as insight into why different genres of music draw on the resources of the recording studio in different ways.

We explore the challenges of creating sound for the moving image, and the use of music and sound to enhance narrative structures in film, television, computer games and multimedia. You’ll plan live sound events in our marketing and events management module – operating live sound systems, and developing a range of marketing techniques to promote your musical projects.

Alongside this, studying Music Production (Foundation Degree) builds your abilities in a range of more general areas, including social and interpersonal skills, building productive and business relationships, critical self-awareness, and adopting an ethical approach to the music industry.

Course structure

Year 1
Gain a thorough understanding of industry software including Logic Pro and Pro Tools. You’ll learn the latest production techniques in our state-of-the-art digital studio and explore the underlying theory of sound and music.
Year 2
Explore the role of sound designers and music composers in film and television production. You’ll learn how to engineer live performances and organise music events, and develop a thorough understanding of current marketing techniques.

How will I be assessed?

This course is assessed through creative projects, essays, portfolios, technical reports, and presentations.

How will I be taught?

This course is taught through lectures, seminars, workshops, group work, work-based learning, practical work, and 1:1 guidance. We also make use of industry specialists to deliver guest lectures and workshops.

Opportunities

Field trips

From Monnow Valley to Saw Mills, you’ll have opportunities to participate in studio visits across the Music Production modules. Please note that you will have to pay for some of these study visits.

List of current alumni careers

Music Production graduates have progressed to a range of professions including live sound engineering, recording engineering, DJing and media composition

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

This course is taught at University Centre Weston, where you'll benefit from access to recording studios, rehearsal rooms and performance space. Concerts, live-streamed performances and a wealth of professional recording opportunities create a unique professional and commercial experience.

Fees

UK and EU students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £7,950
Year 2 Published Jan 2018
Year 3 Published Jan 2019

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2018
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

International students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £13,500
Year 2 Published Jan 2018
Year 3 Published Jan 2019

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2018
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

Offers are usually made on the basis of a minimum of MMP/CDD or equivalent, preferably in a related area such as the BTEC Extended Diploma in Music Technology or A Level in Music or Music Technology. Applications from those studying only two A-levels or alternative qualifications will be considered on an individual basis. You’ll be required to submit an audio portfolio of work.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the apply now button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply webpages.

Interview and portfolio guidance

Your portfolio should consist of tracks you have produced which demonstrate your compositional achievements to date in your main area of specialism. We’ll ask you to complete a supporting document form which will give you an opportunity to provide descriptions, observations and analysis of your tracks.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk

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