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Creative Music Production BA (Hons)

Institute of Contemporary Music Performance

UCAS Code: W100 | Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


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80

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Music production

The BA (Hons) Creative Music Production course is a thorough, well-rounded exploration of both the practical and theoretical aspects of music production, and has been specifically designed for those looking to launch a career as a professional creative music producer.

Across three years, our expert tutors – who are all successful music producers and musicians in their own right – will guide you through the exciting world of music production in studio, live and digital music making settings.

You’ll begin in our newly launched project studio – for dedicated use by first-year Creative Music Production students – where you’ll become familiar with industry-standard hardware in a modern studio set up, plus in-the-box (ITB) software and digital audio workstations (DAWs) like Pro Tools, Logic Pro and Ableton Live. You’ll create your own an individual production style las you learn to record, mix and master your own creative music production compositions. In years 2 and 3, you’ll access ICMP’s larger state-of-the-art recording studios, getting to know a range of more advanced professional high-tech hardware and software.

Across each year of the course, you’ll learn to create, produce, launch and promote market-ready original music, while developing industry-relevant technical, music business, marketing and entrepreneurial skills, essential for today’s music producer.

Creatively, you’ll be pushed out of your comfort zone as you regularly compose and produce to brief, explore new styles and genres, and collaborate with the wider ICMP community – made up of both fellow music production students, and vocalists, guitarists, bassists, drummers, keyboard players and songwriters also studying at ICMP.

You’ll cover basic music theory and develop the ability to analyse and critique music from an academic perspective, while providing constructive feedback to your classmates. All areas of contemporary music will be explored, as you look at different cultures and evaluate how the music of the past continues to influence us today.

There will be plenty of chances to immerse yourself in the music industry via a series of real-world music business events, guest lectures, masterclasses and more, so you’ll leave ICMP with a solid understanding of how the music industry works and exactly what you need to do to progress your career in music production.

One significant benefit of being an ICMP student is that you can book our cutting-edge facilities for personal use free of charge outside of class hours, seven days a week, meaning you’ll have ongoing access to the very best music production kit. This includes ribbon, modelling and valve microphones, synthesisers, drum machines, controllers and loop stations, vocal processors and effects pedals, instruments, PAs, mobile recording rigs, writing rooms, studios and more.

A highly personalised course, you can tailor your studies and practical assessments to suit your interests and future career goals. With an ongoing focus on real-world activities, Creative Music Production degree students also have the opportunity to fulfil the role of Assistant Engineer in recording sessions at ICMP’s in-house studios and other external studio spaces.

Throughout your time with us, you’ll develop an impressive professional network thanks to our extensive London music industry connections. Our dedicated music careers team will offer you a range of personalised opportunities and training, so you’ll graduate ‘career ready’ and eager to prove yourself as a talented and highly knowledgeable creative music producer.

Modules

Year 1 (Level 4)
- Project Studio Recording
- Digital Music Production
- Production in Context
- Music Business for Creative Producers
- Creative Mixing Techniques
- Creative Composition

Year 2 (Level 5)
- Studio Recording
- Advanced Digital Music Production
- Applied Production
- Marketing for Creative Producers
- Advanced Mixing Techniques
- Experimental Composition
- Creative Live Technologies

Year 3 (Level 6)
- Advanced Studio Production
- Critical Analysis of Music Production
- Creative Business Practice for Producers
- Mastering Techniques
- Creative Production 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
£9,250
per year
International
£13,750
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

Extra funding

For students to be eligible for SLC funding, they must be studying a designated course. Courses at the ICMP are designated each year by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

We have developed together with valued partners several scholarships and bursaries which supplement our outreach and widening participation activities and enhance access to our courses. Please contact our admissions team for more information.

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Course location:

Institute of Contemporary Music Performance

Department:

Music

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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.

52%
low
Music production

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Music

Teaching and learning

71%
Staff make the subject interesting
81%
Staff are good at explaining things
70%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
73%
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

59%
Library resources
62%
IT resources
66%
Course specific equipment and facilities
47%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

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

After graduation


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