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Oxford Brookes University

Music Production (Bridgwater and Taunton College)

UCAS Code: WW37

Foundation Degree in Arts - FdA

Entry requirements


Normally to include either Music or Music Technology

GCSE/National 4/National 5

English - Grade 4 Mathematics - Grade 4 2 further GCSE subjects at Grade 4

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

PPP

Music, Music Technology, or Media Production

UCAS Tariff

48

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About this course


Course option

2.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Music production

This course is a two-year Foundation Degree programme designed to enable students with relevant level 3 qualifications in a Music or Music Technology subject, or equivalent, to obtain an FdA in Music Production.
It has been developed with Oxford Brookes University and has two distinct pathways (Music Technology; Music Composition and Performance) so that students can tailor their course to the needs of their preferred area of the music industry.
The programme utilises its facilities to provide students with the same opportunities as those on a similar course offered at Oxford Brookes University. Cohort size follows a similar pattern to that of the University’s BA (Hons) Creative Music Production course and will allow natural progression in a familiar environment to that of the previous course studied (i.e. Extended Diploma in Music or Music Technology).
Local employers (such as Modern World Studios and M5 Audio) are regularly contacted to ensure the programme’s relevance to industry and are also involved in some of the work-based projects that feature on the programme. Students will also have the opportunity to develop their performance, events production and live music production skills at the college’s brand new McMillan Theatre complex, alongside other venues and during the first year students will also develop further experience of working in the music industry by working on live client briefs in some modules and working in the role of a session musician in others. Visits and guest speakers will also be a common theme within the course.
Graduates from the course will have a range of skills and knowledge to help them progress into the workplace or onto a higher-level degree course.
The course will give students the opportunity to develop a broad range of practical skills and theoretical understanding relevant to employment across the creative industry. The range of modules provides good coverage of a broad selection of topics, allowing students to explore the areas of music and music technology that they wish to specialise in. The work-based projects which feature in several modules on the course give students the chance to gain real-world experience of potential career paths and challenge themselves both in a working environment and with self-directed study tasks.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£7,570
per year
England
£7,570
per year
EU
£7,570
per year
International
£9,270
per year
Northern Ireland
£7,570
per year
Scotland
£7,570
per year
Wales
£7,570
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Bridgwater and Taunton College

Department:

Arts

TEF rating:
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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.

76%
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

90%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
78%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
76%
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

71%
Library resources
95%
IT resources
79%
Course specific equipment and facilities
59%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

83%
UK students
17%
International students
58%
Male students
42%
Female students
65%
2:1 or above
14%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
A*
B

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.

Music

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.

£17,000
med
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
82%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

31%
Teaching and educational professionals
16%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
11%
Childcare and related personal services

Music is a popular degree subject and a little over 4,600 degrees were awarded to UK graduates in 2015. Most were working after six months — but postgraduate study (usually continuing with music) is quite common and a lot of graduates go into music teaching, often as freelance or travelling music teachers of particular instruments. Obviously, many music graduates get work as musicians as well, or work as sound recordists and in similar technical roles. Music is important in advertising and so a lot of graduates go into this industry, and management is also a popular job role for music graduates. There's also a niche for music graduates wanting to work in IT and computing, particularly with web applications. Because a lot of musician work is temporary or freelance, the most common way for new graduates to get jobs as musicians is through their own contacts, so learning how to make good use of networks and contacts might help in your career.

What about your long term prospects?

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

Music production

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

£16k

£16k

£18k

£18k

£20k

£20k

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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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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