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Digital Music

Entry requirements


A minimum of 2 A Levels required if studying only A Levels, but can be used in conjunction with other qualifications

In combination with other qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

M:45,P:15

60 Credits with 45 M Level Credits and 15 P Level Credits

HNC (BTEC)

P-D

HND (BTEC)

P-M

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28-31

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

DD

In combination with other qualifications

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

MMM

In combination with other qualifications

In combination with other qualifications

In combination with other qualifications

In combination with other qualifications

Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF)

DD

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

MMM

In combination with other qualifications

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

DD

In combination with other qualifications

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

MMM

In combination with other qualifications

In combination with other qualifications

UCAS Tariff

96-112

A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma, BTEC Diploma or equivalent. For detailed information on accepted qualifications, please view our Course Entry Statement (https://www.solent.ac.uk/how-to-apply/documents/course-entry-requirement-statement.pdf) Solent University is a proud champion of widening participation. For further information about our contextual offer, please visit our website (https://www.solent.ac.uk/how-to-apply/what-next/contextual-offers)

In combination with other qualifications

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Music production

**Our music courses ranked 15th out of 66 other UK institutions for student satisfaction (NSS 2019).**

Passionate about digital music production? Want to learn from professional producers/composers and develop a solid foundation for success in the music industry? This innovative, industry-focused course enables you to develop your skills, musical creativity and confidence – providing you with a solid foundation for success within the music and creative industries.

Under the guidance of practising producers, composers, musicians and DJs you’ll study areas including music production/composition, audio engineering, live performance and entrepreneurship. The course caters for a wide variety of contemporary musical styles including various dance music genres, for example, Drum & Bass, House, Hip-Hop, Grime, EDM and Techno.

The course also encourages you to widen your skill-set, and supports you to expand upon the knowledge and proficiencies necessary to succeed within the competitive world of commercial music and sound, bridging the gap between the aspiring music producer and professional digital artist. You will also have the opportunity to study skills in Foley artistry, music/sound design for film, games and other creative mediums.

You will also be supported in establishing, branding, release/distributing and promoting your own original music through the three year course.

Throughout your studies you will have the chance to use a variety of contemporary, industry-standard software and plugins are used within teaching, including Logic Pro X, Ableton Live Suite, Pro Tools and Native Instruments’ Komplete. You will also access our professional recording studios, acoustically treated workstations, DJ equipment and facilities, music labs, instrumental practice rooms and dubbing suites.

Digital music students learn from experienced musicians, DJs and producers with a wealth of first-hand knowledge to share.

**What does this course lead to?**
BA (Hons) Digital Music students go on to enjoy a range of careers and professions. Thanks to the diversity of the course, graduates can apply for a variety of roles within the music and creative industries such as becoming a releasing artist/producer, studio-based third-party production, sound engineering, music/sound creation for film, games and online media, DJing and live performance.

Past graduates have gone on to become releasing producers in their own right, as well as mastering engineers, sound editors, label owners, composers for film and sound designers for games. You will also be well placed for other music-related roles, including post-production sound, sound/music editing, Foley artistry, sound design, ADR recording/editing, sound effects editing and film and TV composition.

**Who is this course for?**
This degree is ideally suited to students who have a genuine desire to progress and succeed within the music industry, as either a producer/composer, or digital creative within the wider creative sectors including film, games, TV, etc.

Modules

YEAR 1 - CORE MODULES
Digital Music Production and Composition 1
Digital Music Production and Composition 2
Studio Practice
Electronic Music in Context (Historical)
Artist Development 1 - The Music Industries
Digital Music Live 1 - Creation

YEAR 2 - CORE MODULES
Mixing
Artist Development 2: Branding and Self-Release
Digital Music Live 2: Performance
Electronic Music in Context (Contemporary)
Music and Sound for Film

YEAR 2 - OPTIONS (please note that not all options are guaranteed to run each academic year)
Digital DJing
Music and Sound for Games

YEAR 3 - CORE MODULES
Digital Music Final Major Project
Artist Development 3: Industry Portfolio
Artist Development 4: Networking and Promotion
Collaborative Project

YEAR 3 - OPTIONS (please note that not all options are guaranteed to run each academic year).
Advanced Mixing and Mastering
Surround Mixing

Assessment methods

This largely practical degree course is mostly assessed through music-related projects with accompanying reports; though also incorporates presentations, live performances, essays and portfolios.

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
£13,800
per year
International
£13,800
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£13,800
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Solent University offers a number of bursaries, grants and scholarships. For more information, please visit https://www.solent.ac.uk/finance/grants-bursaries-scholarships/bursaries

The Uni


Course location:

Solent University (Southampton)

Department:

Faculty of Creative Industries, Architecture and Engineering

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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.

62%
low
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

80%
Staff make the subject interesting
82%
Staff are good at explaining things
70%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
71%
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
67%
IT resources
65%
Course specific equipment and facilities
56%
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?

68%
UK students
32%
International students
80%
Male students
20%
Female students
93%
2:1 or above
13%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
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.

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.

£16,238
med
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
71%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
11%
Other elementary services occupations
11%
Business, finance and related associate professionals

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

£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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