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Key facts

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FdA Music Production
School
College of Liberal Arts
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.

  • Our practical emphasis ensures you gain a thorough understanding of industry practices.
  • Benefit from visits to legendary studios and regular guest lectures with industry representatives.
  • Learn the latest production techniques on industry-standard recording equipment.

Learn the production and promotional techniques needed to make professional and commercial music and grow an audience on your own terms.

There are so many opportunities to work in formal roles in the music industry and the wider creative and production sectors. You may also prefer to develop your career by marketing and selling your skills and products on a freelance basis.

The Foundation in Music Production followed by the BA (Hons) Top-up in Professional Music Performance and Production have been designed to help you achieve your ambitions, whichever route you choose to take.

“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

Foundation degrees are Level 5 qualifications equivalent to the first two years of a full Honours degree.

This industry-focused Foundation degree has been designed to equip you with the skills you'll need to be able to produce your own music or work as a recording engineer, live sound operative or sound designer for media, or progress to further study.

You’ll learn the latest production techniques on industry-standard recording equipment, including our Audient ASP8024HE console. You'll work on your own projects and in partnership with other musicians.

You’ll also have the opportunity to attend regular guest lectures with industry representatives and inspirational speakers. We recently hosted a talk by a Grammy Award-winning record producer, for example, and other experts we’ve had teach on this course have included film composers, studio owners, acoustic technicians, guitar technicians and electronics designers.

Course structure

This two-year Foundation degree comprises six modules (three in each year) covering creative audio applications, music production in context, recording studio practice, advanced music production, marketing and events management, and sound for media.

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

Studio visits

As a student on this course, you're invited to attend optional studio visits and residential trips at an additional expense. In recent years our students have recorded their own music at the legendary Abbey Road Studios, Monnow Valley Studio, Rockfield Studios, Modern World Studios and Sawmills Studio.

Work placements, industry links and internships

Lectures and seminars are enhanced by varied and inspiring talks by visiting music industry professionals, including award-winning musicians and producers and renowned session musicians.

Careers

Graduates of this course are qualified to work as sound engineers, recording engineers, producers, DJs, multimedia composers, and in related and freelance roles in the music industry. Many have progressed to the honours Top-Up in Professional Music Performance and Production.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

UCW's music courses are based in the artistic and collaborative environment of our Loxton Campus in Weston-super-Mare, which includes studio and performance spaces. You're also also taught at the state-of-the-art teaching learning facilities at the redeveloped Winter Gardens in Weston.

Fees

UK and EU students full time

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £8,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

International students full time

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £14,300
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

A minimum of CDD at A Level, or a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMP, or equivalent, preferably in a related area. Applications from those studying two A Levels or alternative Level 3 qualifications will be considered on an alternative basis. Applicants are also required to submit an audio portfolio of work and attend an interview.

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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