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Music Production and Business

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.

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subjects

Music and arts management

Music production

If you’d like to become a record producer, production company manager, studio engineer, sound designer, or even a recording artist, this course will prepare you for a career in music and entertainment.

Substantial time will be spent in the studio where you’ll learn about audio applications and explore a number of processing techniques. You’ll develop relevant management skills and a firm understanding of the music business, helping you to leave BNU ready to hit the ground running in this competitive, exciting and rewarding industry.

**Why study this subject?**
Opportunities in the UK music industry are plentiful – the industry contributed £5.8bn to the UK economy in 2019, (Music By Numbers, UK Music) and employed an estimated 315,000 people in music, performing and visual arts (DCMS 2020).

A degree in Music Production and Business means that you can combine your love of music with sound business practice, opening up a world of opportunities for you.

**Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?**
BNU pioneered Music Business and Management degrees over 20 years ago. Having studied with us, you’ll be associated with our highly regarded teaching programmes and benefit from a leading team of lecturers.

You'll have the opportunity to go on an Erasmus exchange in your second year with one of our partner institutions based in the USA, Holland and Sweden, all of whom have excellent connections to the music industries in their respective countries.

You’ll be able to take advantage of BNU's strong industry links to find excellent work experience opportunities. Previous students have worked with companies like Sony, Sennheiser and Universal Music.

Our industry advisory group, BIGMusic, regularly reviews our music business and management courses ensuring you graduate with up-to-date skills and knowledge relevant for today’s industry demands.

**What facilities can I use?**
We have extensive and advance industry standard recording facilities at BNU including three recording studios with separate vocal booths and live rooms as well as three professional edit suites.

In the studio we’ll teach you how to use Pro Tools professionally and look at how music is evolving through advanced technologies. You’ll develop an understanding of studio hardware, microphone characteristics, sound capture and mixing. We’ll also look at stereo effects, ambient techniques, composition and structure. The growing area of sound design and music for film, animation, games and other media forms is also addressed.

Our combined approach will allow you to pursue your chosen production style and maximise the potential of technology and acoustically treated environments.

**What will I study?**
The successful management of recording and production is still at the very heart of the UK music industry. During this course you’ll learn about the importance of intellectual property (the ownership of an idea) and develop a solid understanding of how to negotiate contracts. This will ensure you know how a real living can be made within the music industry.

You’ll learn about the unique nature of dealing with recording artists and how to maximise the potential of compositions with a variety of recording techniques. Additionally, we'll also spend time focusing on a number of DIY approaches to the music business.

This course aims to harness and develop entrepreneurship, a key aspect in the music business. You’ll learn creative strategies, how to follow market trends and seek opportunities within them. These skills will enable you to enter the industry as a self-employed freelancer or to launch your own music venture.

**How will I be taught and assessed?**
A variety of assessment formats will be used throughout the course, including in-class assignments, workshops and presentations. Assessments will be appropriate to the task, achievable, motivating and vocationally focused, forming a constructive part of your learning process.

Modules

Year One: DIY Approaches in the Music Business, Managing Talent, Music Production Practice, Music Production Principles, Principles of Music Marketing, The Chart Show, The Music Industry Environment, Writing Hit Songs. Year Two: Intellectual Property & The Music Industry, Music Publishing, Production Analysis, Production Tools, Studio Production Process, Studio Production Techniques, The Music Entrepreneur. Year Three: Creative Strategies, Digital Music Marketing, Dissertation, Library Music for the Media, Music Industry Contracts, Production Company 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 Business and Law

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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 and arts management
68%
med
Music production

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

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?

74%
UK students
26%
International students
39%
Male students
61%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
13%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
D

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

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.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
58%
med
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

What about your long term prospects?

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

Performing arts

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£15k

£15k

£20k

£20k

£23k

£23k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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