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Professional Music Performance and Production

BA (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single honours

  • UCAS codes: Institution B20, Course PM11

Key facts

Award
BA (Hons) Professional Music Performance and Production
School
College of Liberal Arts
Taught by
University Centre Weston
Course length
Three years full time.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: PM11
Campus Code: C,WESTON

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. Typical offers include A-level grades CDD or equivalent, with studies in music or related subjects preferred.

View 'typical offers' for more information.

Fuse creation and practice with our Professional Music Performance and Production course.

  • Prepare for a range of careers in areas such as performing, composing, producing, teaching, sound design and freelancing.
  • Become multi-skilled and digitally literate: study music production, culture, contexts, and how music is used in other fields.
  • Focus on professional practice, employability, enterprise and entrepreneurship to become a resilient music professional.

Learn a broad base of skills, vocabularies and practices in music performance and/or music production with our Professional Music Performance and Production degree at University Centre Weston. 

Gain the skills and knowledge you need for a wide range of careers – and entrepreneurship – in the music industry, including creative practice (composition, performance, improvisation, production), study of music (as sound and/or notated), study of the cultural and social contexts of music, and the application of music in other fields.

What you'll learn

Overview

Our aim is to provide you with opportunities to develop a range of skills during this three-year course.

In your first and second years, you gain core subject knowledge and transferable skills, which will enable you to consider your career options.

In your final year, you further define and evidence your abilities in your chosen specialism. 

Course structure

Year one
Your first year introduces you to the professional music fundamentals of music theory, sound production and live performance, with your skills and knowledge developed in the classroom, in the studio or on stage.

You also take part in workshops to improve your musicianship, rehearsal and performance techniques, and recording skills. 

Year two
The second year continues to develop your performance and studio skills, while you'll also be offered the chance to learn more about live event management.

You'll gain an understanding of the music industry from a business and socioeconomic perspective, and work by yourself and with others to produce your own music in response to studies in composition and songwriting.

Year three
The course culminates in you producing a professional portfolio to demonstrate your skills in your artistic specialism, as a performer, producer, composer or engineer, for example.

You'll also undertake a research project in an area of academic interest, and engage with the music industry in a professional context via a work placement, series of performances, or production of a music product.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is via a combination of practical exams, written exams and coursework.

How will I be taught?

This course is taught via a combination of lectures, seminars, skills practice, performances and studio workshops.

Opportunities

Instrument tuition

You’ll be offered the chance to enhance either your voice or instrument skills with one-to-one and group sessions with our lecturers and visiting guest experts.

Field trips

As a student on the Professional Music Performance and Production 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, and have also been on longer trips to destinations including Krakow, Poland.

Work placements, industry links and internships

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

Careers

On successful completion of the course, you'll be well-equipped with the skills and knowledge to pursue careers in fields including:

  • Performing
  • Composing
  • Producing music and audio
  • Teaching
  • Sound design
  • Community music
  • Freelancing and portfolio careers.

You may also wish to pursue further study, for example on one of Bath Spa's postgraduate courses such as Music Performance, Sound (Production), Songwriting or Composition.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

Taught at University Centre Weston’s Loxton Campus, you’ll have access to digital recording studios running Pro Tools HD and Logic Pro on Apple Macs. You’ll also be able to use Loxton’s rehearsal, recording and performance spaces, and the state-of-the-art facilities in the recently-redeveloped Winter Gardens building.

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

All students full time - with professional placement year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. Otherwise, fees are the same as for full time study. This applies to UK, EU and International students.

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We’re looking for students who'll thrive in the small and creative learning environment at UCW, and engage with the numerous opportunities to perform in our local music community or produce high quality recordings in our studios and on the studio trips we offer.

Applicants are also expected to have the motivation to succeed academically. Ideally, you'll have previously studied music or related subjects.

The course’s focus on professional practice, employability, enterprise and entrepreneurship means it's well-suited to students who aspire to work in any of the various roles on offer in the music industry, or who want to work in related roles in the wider creative industries.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A-level – minimum of CDD or equivalent.
  • BTEC – Extended Diploma at grade Merit, Merit, Pass (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 individual basis.

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 pages.

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