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Music Production

Futureworks

UCAS Code: WJ39 | Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C

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

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subjects

Music production

Music composition

Sonic arts

There’s more to being a music producer than people realise. This course is designed to expose you to all elements of the job - creating great music is only part of the story. Our team of industry active tutors will work with you on the latest software in our studios, to build and manage large-scale projects; to enhance what you’re already doing in order to develop your experience in areas that will benefit you and your future career. Think of it like this… Your first day on the course is your first day in the industry. The challenge to you is; can you sustain it? Can you build on it to forge a rewarding career? In our experience, you can.
This year, the main activities within the programme will take place within a classroom/studio/online setting. This will allow you and the staff to develop a mature and informative relationship concerning your study. Not only is this a supportive and welcoming environment but it mimics the professional arena where you will be expected to organise your working patterns based upon set goals.
Circumstances surrounding COVID-19 enabled us to develop a flexible approach to your teaching and learning with the option to deliver aspects of the course both onsite and online. Throughout the pandemic, this has been a successful strategy to control numbers and preserve social distancing in the building, reducing the need for unnecessary travel by both students and staff but it is also very important to develop your ability to operate, collaborate and deliver work online – a vital and forward-looking employment skill recommended by our industry partners in the Futureworks’ Industry Advisory Group.
It is important to note that this is not a distance learning / online course. Online activity will be a part of the course in addition to onsite studios and labs as it is an important transferable skill you will need in industry.
BA (Hons) Music Production is at the heart of the Futureworks’ creative community, mirroring media industries around us. There are games design teams and animators who need music; film students looking for original tracks / scores, sound effects and dialogue– it’s a media production hub, bursting with potential, talent and creative opportunity.

Modules

HE Level 4 (Year 1):
This is a truly dynamic start to your degree. There's no time wasted in introducing you to a broad range of skills and subjects you're going to want and need as a Music Producer. Modules include - Composition and Arrangement (40 credits) * Recording Techniques and Technologies (40 credits) * Career Focus 1 –The Online Musician (40 credits).

HE Level 5 (Year 2):
Your confidence and identity grow by taking on more challenging and complex projects. We expose you to a broader more sophisticated approach to producing music designed to feed directly back into your work. Modules include - Music, Sound, Image (40 credits) * Composition and Production (20 credits) * Recording and Production (40 credits) * Career Focus 2 – Live Brief (20 credits).

HE Level 6 (Year 3):
Career and progression are hot topics in Year three, as your focus shifts from university life to industry or postgraduate study. Drawing upon your experience so far, this is the time create your best work, to make the biggest impact on your chosen path - something we call exit velocity. Modules include - Major Project (40 credits) * Career Focus 3 – Professional Preparation (40 credits) * Composition and Innovation (20 credits) * Advanced Recording and Production (20 credits).

Assessment methods

Lectures, workshops and tutorials take place in our fully equipped labs and studios. Flexible access to studio and practical facilities, allow students to establish, practice and develop their work using professional level hardware and software. Relevant hardware and software training will be provided during studio, workshop and lecture sessions to support student work at all levels.

Throughout your course you will be assessed primarily on your creative output, with an emphasis on practical submissions accompanied by presentations and written work in the form of supporting documentation and essays.

Practical exercises and studio driving tests during studio or workshop based sessions will be used as a means for the students monitor their progress along the way in order to help develop more formal assessment work.

Regular tutorials, group workshops and seminars allow students to seek advice, get valuable feedback and monitor their development across all aspects of the course.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
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England
£9,250
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Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Futureworks (Manchester)

Department:

School of Sound and Music Production

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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.

100%
high
Music production
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high
Music composition
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high
Sonic arts

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

100%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
91%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
82%
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

82%
Library resources
73%
IT resources
91%
Course specific equipment and facilities
100%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

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

After graduation


We don't have more detailed stats to show you in relation to this subject area at this university but read about typical employment outcomes and prospects for graduates of this subject below.

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.

£17k

£17k

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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