Our students are creative technologists, wanting to produce their own music, enhanced by the very best sound production values. You'll work on a range of musical projects and portfolios centered around music creation. You'll hone technical skills, and also develop an understanding of a wide range of musical styles, musical theories and cultures, and apply these skills and understanding to the creation of music products.You'll also work with others, including engineers and musicians in order to craft an overall music ‘production’ vision. Core modules studied alongside practice modules develop your techniques and approaches using a range of sound technologies. They also foster professional and industrial contextual immersion and awareness, and experience with specialisms within connected musical fields.
Building on the University’s long-standing and highly successful Music, Sound Design and Audio Recording and Production courses, the BSc (Hons) in Music Production course is designed for students who see themselves as creative technologists wanting to produce their own music, enhanced by the very best sound production values.
Students work on a range of musical projects and portfolios centred around music creation, they hone technical skills, and also develop an understanding of a wide range of musical styles, musical theories and cultures, and apply these skills and understanding to the creation of music products. Students also work with others, including engineers and musicians in order to craft an overall music ‘production’ vision.
Core modules studied alongside music production practice modules develop students’ techniques and approaches using a range of sound technologies, as well as fostering professional and industrial contextual immersion and awareness, and experience with specialisms within connected musical fields.
Member of the UK Music Academic Partnership (MAP)
You will graduate as a talented music producer / technologist capable of forging a career in a variety of roles. Our graduates can be found in many places within the music industry, working in recording studios, production companies, working in live sound and at major events, in DSP design, rigging and install, as AV engineers, as sound editors, audio restoration engineers, and developers of new hardware and software.
“I’ve experienced some massive stuff since graduating, including recording some of the headlining DJ’s at Ministry of Sound in the main room. Without all of your guidance through last year, I would never of had this opportunity. So a big thank you for all your help to get me to the point I'm at today.”
Edward Shepherd – recent graduate – Technical Support Manager for Evermix.
Each year, former students return and talk to our current students about their employed roles and how their degree has been beneficial.
Whilst a number of our students go one to work for established companies, there are always a number who set themselves up independently, developing their own business. The following includes a very small selection of very recent graduates who are already achieving success….
Chris Pavey – Mastering and Restoration Engineer
JJ Mitchell – Producer, Mix Engineer & Drummer
Stefan Baranowski – CEO Insight Music – Digital Label & Publisher
Marjan Kalinaki – Independent Sound Designer & Music Signal Processing Specialist.
You can expect to develop a career in hardware / software system specification, web-based music / sound creation and delivery, or in technical roles within the music and sound industry. These could include sound reinforcement, recording and engineering, multimedia installations, music studios or production companies.
BSc (Hons) Music Production sits within the overarching Music & Sound Technology Programme. There are four degree awards within this programme: BSc (Hons) Music Production, Bsc (Hons) Music and Sound Design Technology, BSc (Hons) Live Sound and Lighting Technology.
All courses share the same ethos, and you’ll have opportunities to work alongside our music composition and music industry management students too, ensuring you benefit from teaching and experiences within a large community of musicians, composers, technologists and performers.
Within the wider school of creative arts at UH, there are opportunities to collaborate with students from other creative areas, including animation and film and TV, allowing you to network with a broad range of creative industries.
In year 1, within the core modules, you’ll gain a solid grounding on a number of major DAW packages, as well as develop your creative and technical skills in mixing and effects processing, studio work and making your own virtual instruments. In order to develop your technical knowledge of connected audio specialisms, you’ll investigate acoustics, psychoacoustics, audio and Midi protocols and a number of sound projection systems whilst also using lab time to develop an understanding of audio electronics through building your own synthesizer for your own creative output. Music Business is also introduced where you’ll investigate various music business modules and contexts that connect what you are studying to the music industry.
In addition to the core modules, music production students also investigate a broad range of music production systems within the creative music context. Through the analysis, re-creation of and development of a range of production techniques and approaches used in a variety of genres, much scope is placed on applying these to individual composition and production work in order to develop a ranged portfolio of musical material.
In year 2 much focus is placed on developing your critical ear, and getting your music out there, with detailed work on developing both mixing and mastering techniques, and approaches to digital distribution and delivery. In addition students continue to develop their deep understanding of microphones and sound signal routing, including network-based systems using our state of the art Rednet enabled facilities. You will continue to hone your studio practice and understanding of the wider music industry. As a music production student this goes hand in hand with dedicated taught areas that help you to continue to develop and enhance your creative music output.
By year 3, the vast majority of our students have already formed a number of professional connections, and students are able to make use of these and reflect on their approaches within a dedicated field project. In addition, there is the final major project which under the supervision of a dedicated tutor allows you to specialize in your chosen area which could be for example album recording and production, software / hardware development, an experiment, or dissertation based study. Drawing on the programmes’ industry accreditation links, students also engage with a defined real-life / live project within the area of (or relating to) music production. This topic is delivered and supported by sessions from a range of academic staff in addition to bespoke sessions from industry professionals who feed in external expertise, so as to support the realisation, process and achievement of the project as a whole. Typical projects include large track count mixing, audio and media work, and as such create opportunities for students to test and validate their production skills to a typical externally defined industry brief, including delivering to specification, deadline and budget.
Placements are a valuable means of establishing industrial contacts and gaining an insight into the commercial reality of a chosen discipline. We have a long history of students working with industry supplementing the taught university curriculum with real life on the job experience.
This course offers you the opportunity to study abroad through the University's study abroad programme.
Study abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme. Find out more about Study abroad opportunities.
|Music Production Practice 2||30 Credits||Compulsory|
|Audio Specialisms 2||30 Credits||Compulsory|
|Sound Technologies and Techniques 2||30 Credits||Compulsory|
|Professional & Industrial Context 2||30 Credits||Compulsory|
|Year Abroad||0 Credits||Optional|
|Professional Work Experience 30: Music||30 Credits||Optional|
*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.
The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.
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