About the course
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.
Why choose this course?
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.
- Our programme is Industry Accredited by JAMES, who represent the Association of Professional Recording Services (APRS), the Music Producers Guild (MPG) and Associate Industry Bodies.
- Develop excellent technical skills over the course of your degree, and benefit from our high quality studio, listening room, venue and sound resources including those by SSL, Yamaha, Avid, Focusrite, Quested, Genelec, Neumann, TLA, Lexicon and Drawmer to name but a few.
- Excellent industry input is built into the design of the degree awards from a huge number of areas within the wider music industry.
- The degree awards within the programme are designed to expose you to areas of music, sound and audio technology that you might not even know exist yet. "Coming to this course has really given my brain the kick-start it needed, and I'm beginning to see near endless possibilities with where I can go." - Glenn Osborn, second year student
- We have a strong record of students from the programme securing placement years between years 2 and 3 of their studies. Placement destinations include Focusrite, Sound Technology (a leading distributor of high profile brands for the Music Retail and Professional Audio industries), The Famous Company, and a number of recording studios.
- Every year, organisations and companies approach us to recommend our graduating students.
- Music business is woven into your degree study at every year giving you the skills to slot into the music industry (or create your own business).
- Organise and Participate ‘live’ projects, and our ‘JamJar’ showcase live events.
- Benefit from studying in creative arts school and collaborate with filmmakers and animators in realising fully featured, professional standard media projects.
- We have some of the best resources in the UK, including the 39 million pound entertainment venue – the Forum where our students perform, and engineer every month, and state-of-the art music studios and film and TV facilities in our 12 million pound building for Music, Film and media.
What will I study?
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.
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. The 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.
- Key industry professionals regularly visit us to speak to our students. Recent Guest Speakers Include…
- George Shilling (Mixing & Mastering Engineer, Cellist and Studio Owner).
- Matt Ingram (Drummer, Producer and Engineer from London, and Co-Founder of Urchin Studios).
- Alan Branch (Grammy Award winning Engineer, Producer, Writer and Musician).
- Gareth Jones (Huge modular analogue synth enthusiast, who has worked with a huge selection of artists, including making 5 LPs with Depeche Mode, and another 5 with Erasure).
- Mike Warriner (Commercial Director at Focusrite).
- Dan Cox (Award winning sound engineer, mixer and producer, and an executive Director of the Music Producer’s Guild).
- Bernard O’Reilly (Sound designer, sound effects editor and FX recordist).
- Neil Coomber (mixer, producer and engineer)
- Nick Watson (Mastering Engineer - Fluid Mastering)
- Richard Pryke (sound engineer / re-recording engineer - best known for his Academy Award for Best Sound for the film Slumdog Millionaire).
- Tony Platt (Audio Engineer).
- Dan Lancaster (Music Producer).
- Phill Brown (Sound Engineer, Producer - worked with Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, Dido, to name but a few)
- Alistair Meachin (Acoustics, Audio & AV Consultant – Harmonia Consulting Ltd).
- Ian Wallman (Producer, Composer, Mixer & Remixer).
- Nicky Bignell (Business Affairs Manager – Music, BBC Rights, Legal & Business Affairs).
- Kim Bailey (Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA).
- Cindy Truong (British Academy of Song writing, Composers and Authors (BASCA).
- Laura Young (Music Industry specialist on negotiating sales with recording, publishing and library companies.
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.
What job can I get?
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.