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Audio and Music Production

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,D-B,C,C

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MMP-DMM

UCAS Tariff

88-112

A typical offer will be a UCAS Tariff score of 88 - 112. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subjects

Audio technology

Music production

Does experimenting with sound recordings and music interest you? Audio and Music Production explores the technical and creative aspect of sound. You don’t have to be musically trained. We’re looking for students who have a fascination for sound and a flair for music. If that’s you, then we’ll give you the skills you’ll need for a career in the industry.

On this course you’ll learn about both performance and the music business. And of course, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in the industry with real life briefs.

**Why study this subject?**
Are you looking for a future in studio and live production, sound design, music performance, music technology retail, or music hardware?

The Recorded Music sector includes record labels, music distributors, recorded rights holders, physical manufacturers and recording studios and is estimated to be contribute £568 million to the UK economy. (Music By Numbers, UK Music)

Combining your fascination for sound and flair for music with sound business skills and hands on experience could lead to your ideal career.

**Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?**
At Buckinghamshire New University, we have excellent teachers, well-equipped spaces and household names as partners. Audio and Music Production is a JAMES accredited course, which carries real weight with employers when you graduate.

By the time you graduate, you’ll have the ability to project manage yourself and a portfolio crammed with real life experience. Our Careers and Employability team will also help to find you work placements in and around the area.

**What facilities can I use?**
You will regularly be given the opportunity to work with a variety of artists using our state-of-the-art facilities. Working with the Film and TV students, you’ll record sound and work on post-production which will give you experience of working with a wide variety of genres to help you perfect your production skills.

You’ll record and produce audio in the Sennheiser Sound Lab which has been fully equipped by our partners, Sennheiser, a world leading production supplier.

We have other top quality suppliers, including Midas, Focusrite, Novation and AC Lighting, so you can get your hands on the same tools as the best in the business.

**What will I study?**
Any media production draws on a range of skills. To reflect the real world, you’ll work as a part of a production crew on campus and off on site with our partners. You’ll collaborate with students from other courses, including Film & TV and Performing Arts on projects ranging from the screen to the stage.

There’s more to Music Production than performance. It’s also a business. We include business modules to give you an insight into the challenges that freelance technicians face, such as finance and legal guidance.

**How will I be taught and assessed?**
Our tutors have worked in live studio-based music production, sound design and location. They bring a wealth of experience from film, TV and radio to their teaching. We also have visiting tutors who keep you updated on the latest developments in sound production.

As well as this you'll have the opportunity to take part in live-industry briefs. These have seen students work at Glastonbury, Dolby and Pinewood Studios. You’ll also get the chance to work with up and coming music artists. Previous artists have included the Ting Tings, Jake Bugg, and Florence and the Machine. It’s an amazing way to team up with some of the brightest new talent.

Modules

Year One: Principles of Audio Technology, Disciplines in Live Audio, Introduction to Recording and Pro Tools 101, Audio Cultures, Introduction to Entrepreneurship. Year Two: Audio Production Techniques: Live, Audio Production Techniques: Recording & Programming, Sound for Vision, The Production Entrepreneur, Introduction to Research Methods. Year Three: Live Events Project, Production Company Project, Sound Design, Professional Practice Research Project.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£14,250
per year
International
£14,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Buckinghamshire New University

Department:

School of Creative And Digital Industries

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

68%
med
Music production

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

80%
UK students
20%
International students
81%
Male students
19%
Female students
77%
2:1 or above
12%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
D

Music

Teaching and learning

79%
Staff make the subject interesting
82%
Staff are good at explaining things
73%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
69%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

73%
Library resources
75%
IT resources
77%
Course specific equipment and facilities
63%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

80%
UK students
20%
International students
81%
Male students
19%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
13%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
D
B

After graduation


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Others in technology

What are graduates doing after six months?

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Average annual salary
96%
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Employed or in further education
54%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

35%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
18%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
8%
Other elementary services occupations

Design, and creative and performing arts

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

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Average annual salary
98%
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Employed or in further education
58%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

24%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
16%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
8%
Other elementary services occupations

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Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Materials and technology

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