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Independent Music Production

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at C / 4 or above to include English Language. Please contact the Admissions Office for details on accepted equivalents.

UCAS Tariff

96

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Digital media

If you want to learn to write, produce, market and release your own music, this practical course is for you.

You might be a singer-songwriter, a band member, or a solo musician. Whichever style you love, we can help you gain the expertise and experience to succeed. Explore your artistic identity and define your place in the music world. Master advanced sound engineering techniques and software processes to realise your musical ideas. Learn new ways to manage, promote and sell your music as an independent artist without signing to a label.

This course is your chance to be your own producer. Prepare to write, produce and sell music you have created and performed. Our course allows you to build your portfolio and immerse yourself in the music industry. Developments in digital technology have created new opportunities for musicians. We will help you master these technologies and engage with these opportunities so you can succeed.

During your time with us, you will:

Write and arrange tracks to explore and develop your artistic identity
Capture and process sound using advanced production techniques
Learn advanced studio recording techniques with a developed understanding of acoustics
Sequence and synthesize sounds and beats using different digital technologies
Learn the practical business skills needed to establish and market your music
Become confident in handling contracts, copyright, sync rights and product promotion.
Alongside the practical element of this degree, you will advance your theoretical understanding of music production. Through lectures you will contribute to current debates around production. This could involve examining modern distribution platforms, the history of production, music in film and much more.

When you study with us you benefit from professional experience with artists and clients. You will work on projects with professional producers from the creative industries. You will take part in masterclasses and workshops with high profile music industry guests. There are opportunities to visit professional recording studios, including a working visit to Abbey Road studios in your final year.

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
£12,750
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

York St John University

Department:

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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
Digital media

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.

Media studies

Teaching and learning

87%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
77%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
81%
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

83%
Library resources
93%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
69%
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?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
52%
Male students
48%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
10%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

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.

Media studies

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.

£16,654
low
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
41%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

24%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
16%
Other elementary services occupations
12%
Sales, marketing 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.

Media, journalism and communications

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

£17k

£17k

£22k

£22k

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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